"It was an incredibly enjoyable day with Bridget in her lovely studio. We both made lovely items (hammered cuff and spinner ring) and learnt so much about the jewelry process. Bridget is a very patient, knowledgeable and experienced tutor."
Bridget Bradshaw Designs responded:
" Hi Mandy, so kind of you to have left such a lovely review.
It was a delight to teach you both yesterday and I hope to see you back in the Workshop being very creative again some day.
"Had the most wonderful time! The ring we made was beautiful and just what i hoped for. Bridget is so knowledgable and a patient friendly teacher. She is a delight to be around! I will be going back to do more. she has rekindled my passion and curiosity for jewellery making. Highly recommend!"
Bridget Bradshaw Designs responded:
" Hi Emily,
Thankyou so much for your kind words.
I had the most enjoyable day in the Workshop with you.
You have the passion and enthusiasm to carry forward your dream of making jewellery. You were a delight to teach and soaked up every bit of information i gave you.
I can certainly see you go from strength to strength as you progress on your silversmithing journey.
"Bridget is the most patient teacher. She calmed the nerves of this very nervous beginner and got me fully involved in the process of making a lovely bracelet.
Her explanations of all topics was very thorough.
Great workshop with all the tools you could possibly want.
Thanks Bridget I so enjoyed my day.
Bridget Bradshaw Designs responded:
" Thankyou so much Janette, it was an absolute pleasure having you in the Workshop for the day.
I loved how your confidence grew throughout the day, resulting in a beautiful piece of jewellery all hand crafted by yourself.
You will be welcomed back anytime you wish to return.
"We had a lovely day making silver rings with Bridget. Bridget was both knowledgeable and made the day fun.
Bridget was able to find a way for us to make our designs (which before the day I worried were a bit unrealistic) which definitely speaks to her depth of experience. My partner made a wood effect ring (which I thought might be impossible but Bridget had just the right tool) and I made a rough textured ring with embossed hearts.
All in all a great day."
"We had a busy and exhausting day at Bridget's!
She led us through the design process, helping shape our vague ideas into something concrete and realistic.
She was upfront about metal costs so we could proceed without any unpleasant surprises.
Bridget tutored us through a number of different techniques, one at a time, and giving us plenty of time to practice on scrap metal. Each element of the design was discussed, practiced, then made with attention and care, overseen by Bridget.
When we ran out of energy (it's hard work concentrating on something new for so long!) Bridget was there to take over when needed.
We are delighted with the end result, and thoroughly recommend the day as a real treat for anyone who wants to make something unique and beautiful of their own."
"My husband booked me a one to one silversmithing session for my Birthday. I had an absolutely fantastic day. Bridget was so welcoming & patient & nothing was too much trouble. I had a design in mind for the session & Bridget provided guidance, support & encouragement every step of the way. She is extremely skilled & knowledgeable & I gained a wealth of skills, knowledge & tips from the session.
Prior to this session I struggled with soldering & Bridget spent some time with me providing advice on the techniques involved & also provided a demonstration of 3 different soldering torches. I now feel more confident as a result of this.
I would highly recommend this course to people of all skill levels - from beginners to more experienced silversmithers. Bridget has a wealth of knowledge & skills to share & her workshop has every tool you could possibly need. I will definitely be returning in the new year."
"Bridget sets a relaxed "can do" environment for you to thrive. Choosing your own piece really gives you the ambition to embrace all of the processes to achieve the goal you have set yourself. Loved my day so much I've finally found something that I want to learn more about. I would wholeheartedly recommend Bridget."
"For anyone who enjoys being creative, you’ll love this jewellery making course.
Bridgette is very experienced and is so easy to get along with, we had a laugh and she is very patient indeed. She will have every tool you would possibly need to make anything you would like to make..?I was very happy with my ring and pendant?
I will certainly be recommending Bridget to my friends and clients and will definitely be returning again myself . Thanks again Bridget for all your help and making today fun X"
"I spent a wonderful day in the company of a wise and generous tutor making something beautiful out of my jumbled ideas and without any previous experience!
The best Tuesday I have spent in a long while. Bridget's warm welcome to her studio, her reassurance that I would not leave without my masterpeice was reassuring; from refining my ideas to handling the piece from start to finish. Every step from the cutting, annealling, filing, rolling, beating, soldering, polishing- " you see, you do" under safe guidance with wonderful explanations and anecdotes.
A joy to spend time with such creativity and skill rolled into one very fine silversmith who has captured the imagination and enthusiam of an absolute novice. I wore my piece home, it is a special tresaure and this was the most wonderful day with a remarkable lady- I loved it enough to plan to bring a friend next time- you won't want to leave it at just one day- Fabulous experience and thank you."
"I have just spent a most enjoyable day working with Bridget in her workshop, and with her patient guidance have created a most beautiful pair of earrings. I had a vague idea at the start of what I would like to achieve, but certainly had no idea of the complexity of the craft, which was very soon obvious once I had discussed my ideas in more detail. We eventually decided on a very simple design, which was certainly the way forward, because even that took all day! Bridget took time to explain each stage in the making of the earrings, and I was able to practice certain techniques before doing the "real thing". Her knowledge of the craft is impressive, and she took every opportunity to make sure everything was done just right in order to achieve a very pleasing end result. I have come away enthused with what I had achieved, and a determination to spend another day in her workshop to make other pieces to complement the earrings."
"Me & my new husband spent the day with Bridget making our wedding rings.
She made the day one to remember for life for us, down to every last detail.
We even had time to make our mother’s presents.
The jewellery we have made with her is finished to a very high standard.
I would highly recommend her."
"I had a really lovely day with Bridget, and made two pieces of jewellery that were far more sophisticated than I thought I’d be able to make as complete beginnner. Bridget is very easy to talk to and encouraged me to personalise my designs, so I came away with two entirely unique items: a ring and a pendant. Bridget gives lots of expert help and encouragement so you quickly feel confident and at ease. The studio is bright and well-equipped with everything to hand. A fantastic day for anyone to explore a new skill. Thoroughly recommend!"
"My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our day with Bridget. She covered many more skills than I was expecting and encouraged us to explore our ideas from a technical point of view and creatively. We both finished the day with a piece we were really happy with. Bridget is super patient. You can work at your own speed. She has created a very peaceful studio environment to work in. It was a very relaxing day at the same time as learning a lot. I would highly recommend this to anyone who simply wants to explore a new skill or develop the skills you have already."
"I had an excellent day with Bridget. Although I expected there was a lot more work that goes into a handmade project than initially meets the eye it was still a surprise how many different techniques can be used to create different items & finishes / appearances.
This course is excellent value for money and Bridget is a lovely lady ready to assist in ensuring you get the most from it. There is no pre structure, everything is tailored around what you want to learn and the product you want to achieve. Thank you Bridget, I had a brilliant day & will return x"
"What an incredible day! I started a complete beginner and have learnt so much about silver working with Bridget as an amazing teacher. She's patient and gives clear directions when needed and friendly chat otherwise. I'm really happy with what I made (which was much more than I thought was possible in the time!) and her experience and own work (which is beautiful) is inspiring. Looking forward to learning more! Thank you for a wonderful time - I'd recommend this to anyone!"
"I found Bridget to be a brilliant teacher. She was so supportive and inspiring in such a friendly and welcoming way. Her workroom is well stocked with equipment, and everything I wanted to make Bridget had the gadget for me to be able to achieve it.
I really enjoyed my day with Bridget, and felt she had helped me to achieve a lot in only one day. I would thoroughly recommend Bridget's course."
"Bridget was an excellent tutor, friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. I had a really fun day, learning lots of new skills making a pendent. Despite the piece not going quite the way we planned Bridget went her way to make sure I went home with a quality piece of jewellery.
Her workshop is suitable for anyone wishing to have a fun day learning masses about silversmithing and a desire to make their own piece of silver.
I shall be recommending this workshop to friends."
"My Mum and I had an amazing day with Bridget.
We couldn’t of asked for a more welcoming, friendly and passionate teacher for our first taste of silver jewellery making.
Her workshop had everything we needed and more and it was the perfect set up for us.
We were so pleased with the pieces we made and would highly recommend he course to anyone."
"My husband and I received a workshop day with Bridget as a wedding gift. We designed and made a pendant and bracelet. Bridget is lovely, patient and very helpful providing her wealth of knowledge. We did not expect to be so involved which was a lovely surprise and both came away with a sense of real achievement and two beautiful items. We highly recommend a day with Bridget making a bespoke piece of jewellery. I cannot wait to attend another workshop!
Thank you Bridget!"
"Just arrived back home after spending the day with Bridget in her jewellery studio. It was a very interesting and fun day. I liked the fact that I could choose whatever piece of jewellery I wanted, and after discussing the basic design we worked out the details together, which ensured that my piece had enough challenges to teach me the basics of silversmithing. Bridget was very patient and very easy to talk to, I learnt a lot today and am very happy. I thouroughly recommend spending a day with Bridget to anybody interested in jewellery design and silversmithing"
"Had the most amazing time at Bridget's workshop. I had a brilliant day and came home with two awesome unique rings. Bridget is a wonderful teacher and talked us through every step of the process and made the day a truly enjoyable experience.
Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fun day of silversmithing."
"Yesterday my daughter and I had the absolute pleasure of spending a day with Bridget. We were complete novices in the art of silversmithing but Bridget's confident approach soon made us relax and begin to explore what was actually possible during our day. We both had ideas of what we hoped to achieve but had no idea whether any of it was possible. Bridget approached our ideas with enthusiasm and confidence and guided us gently through the processes required to create our end results which incorporated ideas from Bridget that enhanced our creations in an imaginative and creative way. We would both thoroughly recommend Bridget to anyone who would like to either dip a toe into the art of silversmithing or would like to improve and hone their skills. Tip top tutor!"
"I have just spent the most fantastic day learning new skills, creating jewellery from scratch and having so much fun under the watchful and expert tutelage of the wonderfully talented Bridget from Bridget Bradshaw Designs. Individual attention entirely geared to what I wanted to learn at my pace, but the day flew by. Lovely company and a lovely lady. Will definitely return to build on what I've learned and tackle some of the 1,000,000 things I now know there are to learn in this fascinating and incredibly creative industry. Best day out I've had in a long time and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. 10/10. Thank you, Bridget."
"What a fabulous Silver Jewellery Workshop. I can strongly recommend Bridget's day course. Before the course took place Bridget asked me to think about what I would like to achieve and think about the item/s of Jewellery that I would like to make, which was amazing as it gives you ultimate freedom and creativity - plus plenty of time to make sketches (even though mine were pretty bad). So when I turned up for the day we had a great starting point. Bridget has an amazing knowledge of her craft and is a very welcoming and lovely person. I immediately felt at ease and it was super interesting to learn about all of the different processes that go into jewellery making. I initially started using tools and techniques on copper to get to grips with the saw and hammers and then we worked on my designs to then transpose on to Sterling Silver. I came away with a great understanding and appreciation in the craft and felt that my teacher was a amazing fountain of knowledge. I would love to go again and try to evolve my designs. Thank you Bridget!"