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Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Howard France - - #31926

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Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Howard,

Thank you for such a considered and honest review 😊. I'm glad you found it useful and that the course gave you confidence and encouraged you to pursue the craft.

All the best and happy turning!

Simon

Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Veronica Morley - - #31868

A really good introduction to different methods of making pottery items. It was lovely touch to get a certificate and the next day a whole host of good photographs. This experience was bought by my husband as a Christmas present and I will treasure my items once I get them back after firing and glazing. I would recommend this workshop and I will want to go again for another day to do some coiled items.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Veronica, it was great to meet you & thank you so much for your lovely review :-). We're pleased you enjoyed your day getting to grips with various ways of creating with clay.
You made some fab pieces! And I'm sure your lasagne dish will have a variety of uses :-).

Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Marianna - - #31858

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Response from Blended Monkey:

Marianna, thank you so much for your lovely review!

It was an absolute pleasure having you back in the studio again, and I'm so very pleased you enjoyed learning a bit more about the wonderful art of ceramics.

You should be very proud of the beautiful bowl you made - it was the last piece you threw and so you ended on a real high!

Thank you again for your kind words and I very much look forward to seeing you again the studio in the future :-).

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Mark thulborn - - #31771

Great day we'll worth doing.
Simon is very Informative and works well towards your needs and capabilities.
I learned a lot and soon be turning bowls for fun. Thanks for a great day

Response from Blended Monkey:

Really pleased you enjoyed your 1-2-1 woodturning workshop with us here at Blended Monkey. We try to provide the best possible woodturning tutoring tailored to the specific needs and levels of the student. Lovely meeting you and we hope you go on to turn many lovely bowls!

"2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 2 people

In-person course
Faye Harnwell - - #31705

Amazing day at blended monkeys, my husband booked this as a surprise, and I loved it. Really friendly engaging teachers, and such a lot of fun. Lunch was lovely and water teas and biscuits on tap. Highly recommend this day both wood turning and pottery were really interesting. Lots of laughs, thank you.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Faye,

Thanks for your lovely review! We're so pleased you enjoyed your workshops :-). You both made some lovely pieces (loving the wooden Christmas decs!) and your pottery bits & bobs and drying nicely in the ceramics studio. Glad you had fun - so did we :-)

Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Jenny Neale - - #31678

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Response from Blended Monkey:

Jenny, thank you for your lovely review and we're so pleased that Cassy enjoyed the day - and also that she'd like to return again in the future :-).

She made some lovely pieces which will be ready for collection very soon. It's always interesting to see how children respond to the various types of clay building. The hand building is a very free form and you can get really creative with it, so although most people consider throwing to be the "thing" you do in pottery, it's always encouraging to see that students are open to the other forms of building too.

Thanks again for a lovely review!

"2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 2 people

In-person course
Florence Steer - - #31619

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Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Flo,

We're super happy that you and Aaron enjoyed your "2 Crafts in 1 Day" experience with us here at Blended Monkey.
It was a real pleasure to teach you both and you should be massively proud of the woodturning the pottery pieces you guys produced. I'll let you know as soon as your ceramics have been fired :-).

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 2 people

In-person course
Sian Astley - - #31616

I went as the willing plus-1 with no particular expectations. I had a great day! Thoroughly enjoyed learning to use the tools and making things that are not only functional but also attractive. Simon is an excellent tutor, who clearly enjoys the art wood turning. Importantly, however, it is evident that Simon enjoys teaching others, enabling them to take something pleasing home. Lunch was good too!

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Sian,

Thank you so much for your lovely review :-).
We're so pleased you enjoyed the workshop and learning a new skill. You and Abbi both came away with some lovely pieces that you should be very proud of. We enjoy teaching our crafts, and it's great that our enthusiasm comes across to the students :-).

Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Marianna - - #31520

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Response from Blended Monkey:

Marianna, thank you so much for the really lovely review!
I enjoyed every minute of the workshop too, so that's always a plus from my perspective ;-).
I really appreciate hearing students' opinions about their workshop with me. I also totally understand that the thought of a 1-2-1 session with a complete stranger could be a daunting prospect at first, but I'm so pleased that all my students have felt comfortable in my company and in the studio.

The aim of the workshop is obviously to impart some pottery info and give students a grounding in the basic methods we can use to make some lovely things out of clay, but also for them to have a creative, fun and relaxed day.

You made some really beautiful pieces and I can't wait to see them glazed.
Thanks again for the fab review and see you soon!

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 2 people

In-person course
Abigael Polley - - #31597

This was a birthday present from my spouse and I took my BFF along for the experience. We are complete beginners and had a fabulous day woodturning in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Simon was kind and patient in his tuition, ensuring we had help when we needed it. Simon knows his craft, is obviously experienced in teaching and ensured we came away with beautiful, unique honey drizzlers and bowls to be proud of.
Louise and Simon could not have made the day any better.
Thank you both.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Abbi,

We are so pleased you enjoyed your pairs woodturning experience. You certainly made some lovely pieces and it was a pleasure teaching you both. You took to the craft well and you should be very proud of your achievements - a honey dibber and a bowl in just one day!

Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Alannah J - - #31581

Myself and my husband did the half day pottery and woodworking course.
The course was superb from start to finish. We were made to feel so welcome from the moment we arrived, the instruction was perfectly suited to make you feel relaxed and happy while also challenging you to push yourself.
Can’t recommend highly enough

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi guys,

We're so pleased you enjoyed your respective 1/2-day pottery and woodturning workshops!
We do aim to create a relaxed, creative yet immersive atmosphere and we are really happy you felt that came across. You both made some fabulous pieces, and your ceramics will be ready to collect very soon Alannah :-).

Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Ann - - #31487

A fantastic day experimenting with lots of different techniques for making and decorating pots. Louise was attentive, encouraging and informative. I couldn’t have felt more welcome with refreshments through the day, a lovely lunch and interesting conversation. Using the wheel was great fun and totally absorbing. It’s encouraged me to dedicate some time to crafting as a hobby and for relaxation.
I enjoyed every minute!
Thanks again Louise and Simon.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Ann, it was a pleasure to meet you and teach you about the various ways we can have fun with clay!
You made some really beautiful pieces and you took to the wheel super quickly too - I'm looking forward to seeing what the kiln Gods make of your pieces and I'll let you know as soon as they are ready to post out :-).

I'm really pleased you enjoyed the therapeutic benefits that come with having a day to yourself to be creative. Clay is a fantastic medium if you want to just switch off and enjoy the process.
Thank you for the lovely review!

Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Edward hobbs - - #31483

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Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Edward - I think this one was meant for the woodturning workshop section :-), so we'll respond to it there :-)

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 2 people

In-person course
Edward - - #31481

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Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Edward,
We're so pleased you enjoyed the woodturning workshop :-).
You're a quick learner and you seem to have a natural flair for turning. The pieces you produced are really beautiful and you should be very proud of them - so enjoy showing them off :-).
We hope you and Alex continue to have fun in the UK.
As we've mentioned to Alex, we'd love to hear about any other crafts you have a go at. Do stay in touch!

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 2 people

In-person course
Penny Lukins - - #31484

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Response from Blended Monkey:

We're really pleased you enjoyed the woodturning workshop and have come away with the skills needed to pursue the craft at home and on your own lathe.
You made some really lovely pieces, and we do hope you go on to make many more!
Let us know how you get on, and feel free to send us some photos of your work in the future. Thanks again for the lovely review!

Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Alexandra - - #31479

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Response from Blended Monkey:

Thank you so much for your lovely review Alex! It was a pleasure spending the day with you in the pottery studio :-). You've made some really beautiful pieces and I'm just as keen as you are to see how they look when they emerge from the kiln! Especially the contentious coil pot ;-).
We hope you and Edward continue to enjoy your time in the UK, and I'd be interested to hear what other crafts you have a go at during your stay.
I'll let you know as soon as your pots are ready :-).

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Megan Bradsworth-Cole - - #31464

Simon and Louise made me feel really welcome and the day course was really enjoyable. Simon was a patient and engaging teacher. I'm very happy with my creations and hope that I get the chance to try this craft again - I think I have caught the 'bodging' bug!

Response from Blended Monkey:

It was lovely to meet you, and we are so pleased you enjoyed your woodturning workshop.
We hope you do indeed go on to make more lovely woodturned creations in the future. The pieces you made with us are fab! Thanks again for the super review.

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Leigh - - #31432

Superb day out the day flew by.
Straight from the get go I felt welcome in a relaxing environment. Learnt the basics throughout the day basically, tinkering with different techniques to get a desired outcome.
Left to go home with two woodturned pieces which I am very happy with.

Highly recommend.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Really pleased that you enjoyed the day, and you made some really lovely pieces too! Thanks for the great review :-).

"2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 1 person

In-person course
Charlotte - - #31433

A really enjoyable course. Simon and Louise were very patient and welcoming. Lunch was lovely too! Would definitely recommend this course to any beginners.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Thank you for the review Charlotte :-). It was a pleasure teaching you and we really enjoyed meeting you both!
I'll let you know when your ceramics are ready.

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 2 people

In-person course
Debi McKee - - #31313

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Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi guys,

We're so pleased you enjoyed the workshop and we hope it was a fitting anniversary gift to yourselves :-).
You both made some lovely pieces and we hope you are justifiably proud of your efforts!
Thanks for the lovely review :-).