"I had a wonderful day with Dorothy, she made me feel at home with flowing conversation and cups of tea.
Nothing was too much trouble when it came to her teaching me about the various types of glass that I used to create two coasters, a hanger and a wave.
It was fascinating to learn how the glass will change during firing.
Dorothy is certainly a wonderful, knowledgeable teacher.
I would highly recommend this course.
Thank you for a fabulous day Dorothy x
"I started this course 15 months ago. I had never done stain glass or much art before. It is an amazing course which challenges a different aspect of my brain. I never thought I would achieve so much.
Martin is an outstanding teacher and demonstrates the skills required and is always there to help.
He also encourages one to improve with each course by suggesting how to do it oneself and create ownership of wonderful pieces of stained glass. It is an exciting hobby for anyone who wants to do something different .
"I have been doing a weekly stained glass course with Martin, making leaded windows, which has been great. I was a complete beginner but feel I have made good progress and really enjoy the class. Martin is a very patient and encouraging teacher, and is always helpful. I really appreciate that if you have to miss a class, Martin will try and fit you in for another. I have also been on a 1 day Christmas decoration class with Kate, who is also a great teacher, and enjoyed doing the Tiffany technique again. "
"A great course led by a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. Looking at the tree stump that we started with I never thought that I'd find the spoon inside - but I did! Left feeling very proud and would recommend this course."
Touchwood Glasgow responded:
" Thank you kindly, it was a real pleasure to spend the day with you guys 👌🏽"
"An excellent course for learning a new skill. Lots of help to bring out your creativity and on how to complete your piece of art.
Relaxing and enjoyable. No time for much chatting as you become absorbed in what you are making.
Definitely recommend if you are interested in doing something different and being taught by the best."
"This was my fourth stained glass course - a reflection on how much I’ve enjoyed them! Martin and Kate are both excellent teachers - knowledgeable and supportive. Really pleased with the pieces I’ve produced."
"Absolutely fantastic session. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Stevie was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. Very informative delivery and so supportive of my endeavours. Can't wait to see what they look like after firing!"
"This is my fourth class with Cathy and once again it was most enjoyable. This was a 10.00a.m. - 4.00 p.m. in pastels with seven other like minded people. I can honestly say all of us really, really enjoyed our day. Our final pictures show this and some completing three and four pictures. Cathy is very approachable, professional and her knowledge immense. She gives you time and encouragement if you're feeling overwhelmed and you surprise yourself with your final picture. I’m looking forward to enjoying many more. Some weeks ago. Just retired I wanted to enjoy something new. I decided to go for the art classes and it’s just been brilliant. I can only say take that step."
Stanwick Lakes art and craft courses responded:
" What a lovely review - thank you for taking the time to let us know. I will certainly pass your comments on to Cathy - thank you, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon, The Stanwick Lakes team"
"The stained-glass workshop was a most enjoyable experience. It was an intensive course, and I learned a lot. The instructor was welcoming and helpful, demonstrating the different techniques and guiding those of us who were complete beginners."
"My 1st day at the woodwork class. Extremely friendly people running and attending the course.
Lots of equipment explained. Shown around lots of books and craft magazines. Help making a bird house. Used drill etc. not used before. Tried whittling a spoon then. Really enjoyed my day and hope to go most weeks. Thank you!
Dukeries Community Workshop responded:
" Hi Helen, very pleased to meet you and that we were able to help you start you way into the world of wood skills. We are open 5 days a week so please do come to see us again, the kettle is always on,
"My sister and I spent a really lovely morning with Val trying our hand at cyanotype. Val is very knowledgable and very patient explaining how the process works. She supplied everything we needed and had lots of examples on display.
We were spoilt with a lovely cake made by Daisy!
I highly recommend this course.
little blue hodgepig responded:
" Thank you both! It was lovely to meet you and share some cyanotype magic with you. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the course (and the cake!)"
"I really enjoyed this course. Sarah was very organised, extremely knowledgeable, and an amazing teacher. You won't be disappointed and I would love to join again when I can. I am definitely inspired to make candles at home and I've already ordered some equipment. Thanks so much, Sarah."
Candle by Events responded:
" Thank you Mahsa for your kind words, really pleased you enjoyed the workshop. Kind regards Sarah"
"I wanted to get hands-on experience of casting an object from molten bronze - so that I could get a sense of the pitfalls and practicalities. I definitely got that from the 2-day course, all wrapped up with Mark's humour and anecdotes - about bronze casting and everything else! You should expect the weekend to feel a bit rushed at times, but I'm so happy with what I learnt and the little cast bronze I came away with!"
New British Art responded:
" Thank you Chris, it was lovely to meet you and thank you for coming over to us! Fantastic that your cast came out so well too. Best wishes, Mark & Caroline"
"A cold wet day but once the forge fires got in to action and a cuppa was on offer, the charisma amongst attendees began to flow. We started off by heating and scrolling metal rod into a key ring which got us used to that initial side of the process. Adrian demonstrated with ease to begin with and soon I realised he was a pure professional, completing this small task in just a few minutes. This task however took us ‘newbies’ most of the morning to complete under Adrian and Andy's guidance. Following a wonderful lunch prepared by Debbie, we returned to work for the afternoon. Our next task was to make a dragon headed coat rail bearing three scrolled hooks. Again, Adrian demonstrated proficiently making the task look simple. The processes from the previous task soon came into play for me, I really felt like I knew what I was doing this time so the guidance in the first task must have been very good! We were heating, hammering, chiselling in order to cut hot metal and using punches to create the detailing, whilst being in charge of our fires, keeping them stoked, that heat was lovely aaah!!! Although the coat rail was a bigger task than the key ring, it seemed to evolve quicker, at that point I began to realise that I was learning fast under their guidance. At the end of the day, I was pleased with the items that I had produced and overall, I can say I had a fantastic experience. The group setting was good, everyone was interested in helping each other and it all flowed very well. Adrian and Andy were happy to show and discuss the creative methods of their current projects and had no problem with people taking photos of tools and equipment inside the forge. A great day delivered by a fantastic team and would recommend that every beginner should attend. James. "
"This is a very great workshop if you’re interested in learning how to make a traditional lampshade. I have completed my first ever shade and I couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out. Prior to the workshop, I had zero sewing skills and never used a sewing machine before. Sarah was so patient and kindly taught me how to do both. I was a new student in the class, the rest were returning students which was a good sign. It was such a very pleasant weekend. I learnt so much. Time went past so quickly. Now I’m looking forward to doing more classes with Sarah. I couldn’t recommend this class enough. If you’re looking for a traditional lampshade making class. This is the one."