Latest reviews

9 Dec 23'

Sue P reviewed: Willow Deer or Pig at The David Hall

"How did we create such fabulous deer sculptures? All down to Jo‘s easy to follow methods and clear instructions. It’s a full-on day but what we produced at the end was amazing. Thoroughly recommended. Really impressed and impressive- my friend’s can’t believe it’s something I actually made!"

9 Dec 23'

John reviewed: Spoon Carving with Touchwood Glasgow

"Had a great day with Robert and a small group learning the techniques to make a spoon. Robert was really good at explaining the skills and sharing his knowledge. It was very satisfying to be able to start with a fresh piece of wood in the morning and by the end of the day have my own spoon. Would highly recommend to anyone who is interested, a great day."

9 Dec 23'

Gary Izatt & Jayne Mayors reviewed: One day fused glass course at North Norfolk Stained Glass

"This is our third couse with Paul and as usual his manner, style and patience is excellent and his ability to ensure everything is clear and precise makes the whole experience enjoyable. I wish there were further glass fusion courses covering Slumping and how to use the kiln and explaining firing programme scheduling."

9 Dec 23'

Caroline Smith reviewed: Slate mosaic workshop at Jo Garden Art

"I had such a good day. I arrived slightly frazzled after a drive that had taken much longer than expected, but the warm welcome and a cup of tea from Jo quickly settled me. There are plenty of examples of her slate mosaic in the house for inspiration but in fact, I found that the materials themselves were inspiration enough. A wonderful selection of pieces of slate and an Aladdin’s cave of bits and pieces to insert in the gaps between the slate. Jo had prepared two backing boards for us and showed us how to attach the fixings and mix the adhesive. Then we were off. She gave advice where required and plenty of encouragement. And beautiful pieces of work emerged, we each had our own style and colour choices and every one was lovely. I wasn’t too sure whether I was going to like my second one but with a little guidance from Jo it’s just as successful as the first. I’m pretty sure I will be back, maybe for a large piece next time. Thank you so much Jo."

9 Dec 23'

DI reviewed: Stained glass introduction at Blue Kite Stained Glass

"It was a great day and its given me the enthusiasm to continue in doing more stainglass. Thanks to Ian he is a great teacher"

9 Dec 23'

Steph reviewed: Upholstery/cushion making

"The upholstery course was fantastic! I brought a small footstool as a project to complete while being instructed by Jo. It was immensely enjoyable to see something get restored that had been gathering dust in my attic for years, and knowing that I did it myself was a really rewarding experience. I am not a very crafty person but I still managed it all thanks to Jo's instruction. She is very patient and explained each step very clearly. I'd definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn a new skill."

9 Dec 23'

Sharon reviewed: Lino printing landscapes

"Lee is a very good teacher, and his advice on colour turned my landscape from bland into beautiful. It was so good everyone wants a copy."

8 Dec 23'

Gilly Peskett reviewed: Rag rug making course in North Herefordshire

"Really enjoyed the day. Good to see the variety of weights of fabric that everyone was using, and the different effects that resulted. When I've finished my project with old tee shirts, I'm keen to try something with tweed scraps."

8 Dec 23'

Jayne reviewed: Five day woodwork course - tools

"Excellent course, the tutors are amazing and I can't believe the quality of the footstool I made - neither can anyone else! Never used any of the power tools before but feeling confident and keen to do more. Highly recommend."

8 Dec 23'

Glenice Cox reviewed: Two hour Fused Glass Workshop with April Pebble

"We went to the Fused Glass taster session on 2nd December. It was brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend it! April went through the principles and the tools, and guided us through the basic steps. We made Christmas decorations and those who were more confident were able to make an additional item. I want to go on the mosaic course next! PS a lovely coffee was included from the neighbouring cafe."

8 Dec 23'

Lynn reviewed: Stained glass leading for beginners

"A great course which I thoroughly recommend to anybody remotely interested in stained glass and its history and practice. Jamal is a knowledgeable tutor and is very patient and friendly. The course is perfectly suited to the one day format and made a great Xmas present."

8 Dec 23'

C-J Green reviewed: Duo human sculpture kit (1 x 30cm & 1 x 50cm)

"I bought one of Jo’s sculpture kits to make some of the human sculptures as a gift. The step by step instructions, easy to follow tips and materials I had made the whole experience delightful. I couldn’t recommend enough. "

Jo Garden Art responded:

" Thank you C-J - the photos you sent of your finished humans were fabulous. Well done! Really pleased your enjoyed the experience. Jo xx"

8 Dec 23'

Jane Osborn reviewed: Needle felting for wellbeing - Festive Robin

"This was a thoroughly enjoyable course, run by an excellent teacher. The environment was very relaxing, with yummy homemade cakes served for afternoon tea. The other students were lovely and added to the experience. I would recommend courses run by Carol."

Felted Friends responded:

" Thank you Jane. It was lovely seeing you again. Your little robin was very sweet. Hope to see you again next year. Best wishes Carol "

8 Dec 23'

Molly Newham reviewed: Lucy Churchill's Stone Carving Workshops

"This course with Lucy was unbelievable. She welcomed us into her home and studio and was extremely friendly, supportive and warm. Her wealth of experience was evident and she managed to take me from complete beginner to able to carve my own sculpture. I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking of trying stone carving!"

Lucy Churchill's Stone Carving Workshops responded:

" Thanks Molly - it was a pleasure to have you here and get to know you! Your artwork is inspirational and I can't wait to come up to Scarborough to see all you are doing at your Mandy Apple arts centre. And to see where you will go with your stonecarving! "

8 Dec 23'

Philippa reviewed: Beginners Upholstery Workshop in Cheadle, Gr Manchester - Make a Footstool

"I had a great time on this course, I loved that there was an end product to take home - very rewarding. Jo was a great teacher, very clear and concise in her instructions and encouraging and supportive as we went along. I would definitely recommend anyone wanting to try their hand at this to give it a go. It was good value for money too and the cakes were a pleasant bonus!"

The Boho Shed responded:

" Philippa, I'm so pleased you had a great time and got so much from the workshop. Thank you for your lovely comments. You were a pleasure to teach. x"

8 Dec 23'

Rachel reviewed: Pottery throwing experience with Ceramics at the Croft

"Had a wonderful time throwing my first ever pots, guided expertly and kindly by Carolyn. I will certainly be going again and whole heartedly recommend Carolyn’s pottery courses to anyone! "

8 Dec 23'

Robert Crawford reviewed: Woodturning for beginners

"Stuart took me through the course at my own pace and I learned a lot during the two days. I now feel more confident having been shown the proper techniques of woodturning. Just as important, I now know what not to do. Highly recommended."

The Scottish Woodturner responded:

" Thanks Robert. Just keep practicing."

8 Dec 23'

Joanne Dewire reviewed: Fused Glass Lanterns with Crafts in the Valley

"We had a fantastic afternoon making a beautiful lantern. There were lots of stencils available to make the fused glass panels of the lantern and a wide range of glass colours. I designed a festive winter theme while my friend went for the four seasons so she can keep her lantern up all year. Melanie is a lovely, inspiring tutor and the workshop is in such a nice environment- and the refreshments were great too! We are already planning our next workshop at Crafts in the Valley!"

7 Dec 23'

Sara Hathaway reviewed: Basket making for beginners using traditional willow basketry techniques

"I totally loved this course! It was such fun! Well organised, relaxed, great tutoring, met lovely people, enjoyed fabulous food and created an amazing basket! Would recommend it to everyone! Thank you so much Jon and Becky 😊"

7 Dec 23'

Elly Douglas-Hamilton reviewed: School of Iron, Edinburgh | INTRO - Blacksmithing @ WORK of IRON

"I really enjoyed the course. Jack is very knowledgeable, interesting and patient and I felt I learnt a lot. Thank you!"

7 Dec 23'

Nicky reviewed: Stained Glass course

" We had an amazing day learning about how to safely use the tools and Keith shared his extensive knowledge about stained glass. I thought my idea about what to make was ambitious, but no need to worry as Keith guided me through. My friend got her inspiration on what to make from looking at pieces in the studio. If you are thinking about booking a course, you don't need any artistic skills, just a passion to try something new. We are both feeling proud of what we'd achieved. Thanks Keith for your patience and sharing your skills "

Antique and Period Glassworks responded:

" Thanks Nikki, great review thank you we hade fun😀"

7 Dec 23'

Jane Brown reviewed: Full day beginners make several stud earrings silver clay workshop, Southampton

"I really enjoyed my day working with silver clay. I learnt so much & I am so pleased with my pendant & earrings. The whole day exceeded my expectations. I picked up so many useful hints & tips on how to improve my pieces. Rebecca was very thorough in her explanations & very kind & supportive. Thank you. "

Rebecca Oxenham Jewellery responded:

" Thank you for your review. I an really pleased you enjoyed the day and got a lot from the course. Rebecca x"

7 Dec 23'

Liz reviewed: One day stained glass classes by Le Breton Traditional

"It was brilliant! Matt was knowledgeable and helpful, and it was a joy to work with such colour and light. I would definitely attend the course again - thank you so much!"

7 Dec 23'

Andrea Baynham reviewed: Create Your Own Christmas Wreath - Making Workshop

"Thoroughly enjoyed my evening wreath making with Sarah & Chantelle, who both provided expert guidance and support along with all the greenery and equipment needed, along with delicious mince pies and warm mulled wine! "

7 Dec 23'

Sandra reviewed: Needle felting for wellbeing - Festive Robin

"A relaxing and enjoyable day. Carol was an excellent tutor and ensured all on the course received her attention and experience to achieve their aim of creating a felt Robin. Whether you were new to needle felting or had previous experience. I would like the opportunity to do another workshop to increase my felting ability and confidence. Thank you Carol for a lovely day. "

Felted Friends responded:

" Thank you Sandra for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you at the workshop. Your little robin was delightful and I look forward to teaching you further techniques in future. Enjoy your little “felted friend”. Best wishes Carol"

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