I couldn’t recommend this course much more. We booked the day hoping to come away knowing the basics of stained glass making and maybe with something in hand at the end.
Not only did we come away with a finished stained glass project but Anna was a fantastic teacher, making sure that we knew what we were doing and that we understood the process as much as possible.
She dedicated a lot of time to helping each of us over the day and was very friendly and welcoming, though we were working hard on our glass through the day she made every effort to make the workplace comfortable.
The projects we made weren’t overly complicated but were manageable within the one day’s course and were more than enough difficulty for a beginner, teaching the fundamentals of glass cutting and copper foiling. The finished pieces were still definitely something for us to be proud of.
Both of us are keen to go back and do another course with her soon!
Christian and Matt - - #26689
I wanted to learn a new skill. Anna is extremely good at explaining all the stages of making a piece of stained glass, using the copper foil method, and there are many stages before ending up with a finished piece of work. Anna was very good at teaching how to do each stage and how to work safely, which is how I spent the whole day cutting glass and avoided making any cuts to my hands and fingers. The course is very intense but lots of help and guidance available from the teacher and lots of questions answered.
I was a little disappointed not to be taught the traditional way of making stained glass using lead came, but this is an introductory class at the basic level and all things relevant how to make a finished piece of work. The advantage of using lead came would be that your finished piece of work would be far more robust as using only copper foil and solder is far more delicate and flimsy. The course was informative and learnt a lot about glass cutting, the different types of glass, how to cut it, break it and smooth rough edges. It is a skill, but well taught by Anna and was easy to follow her instructions.
Carol - - #26463
I am not sure what to say that hasn't been said in all the other reviews on here! Anna is fabulous, warm and welcoming. Her attention to detail within the working space is outstanding, everything you need is immediately to hand. Her patience and knowledge are remarkable, and her studio space is a riot of incredible talent, so vibrant and so inspirational, I come away wanting to do everything!
But what of the actual craft? This was my second silk painting course with Anna, and silk painting is just so much fun. You can get as much out of silk painting, if you have two left thumbs when it comes to art, or if you are a fine artist! The techniques are explained by Anna so well and it is a true mix of doing what is suggested and then adding your own unique style or twist. Everybody's work will come out in a different way, which is part of the magic. Cannot recommend highly enough.
PS Did I mention that tea, coffee biscuits and marvellous cake are always on hand!!
Fran McMurray - - #26314
Anna was warm and friendly, the workshop is full of her wonderful creations and very inspiring! I attended the one day Mosaic class with my sister in law and we both really enjoyed it. Anna is a great tutor, everything was explained in detail and I am really pleased with the trivet I made .
Jane - - #26043
This is my second course with Anna and once again she excelled herself. Anna's attention to detail, immense patience, knowledge of the subject and expertise in teaching the course enabled us to complete a final piece on the day. The atmosphere and surroundings, not to mention the wonderful refreshments, helped to round off this very enjoyable experience.
I will definitely be returning for a third time.
Sue S - - #26019
Anna is a great teacher and a makes everyone feel very welcome and relaxed. With the small class sizes she is able to adapt the course to suit the skill level and preferences of her students, to give a personalised experience.
I worked with new materials and learnt new skills while progressing on a lovely flower pot.
It was also good to exchange ideas and experiences with Anna and my fellow student.
A thoroughly enjoyable day, highly recommended.
Pauline Wright-Marchant - - #25862
Anna is so friendly ....made me feel very welcome and relaxed as soon as I arrived.
Her craft studio is really cosy country cottage.... full of crafts to inspire...
She gave me lots of confidence and helped when ever I got stuck....
I came away with a photo frame all finished and I love it....
Met two other lovely ladies on course and we hope to now do level 2 together...
Thank you Anna
Trish smith - - #25704
One day mosiac course.
We had a really fantastic day with Anna in her beautiful studio space.
Anna was patient and understanding with two complete newbies to mosaics and guided us gently through the processes and techniques. The selection of pieces to tackle was great and the array of materials to use was more than ample from tiles to glass, beads and even china cups to cut up!
We enjoyed spending time with Anna and learning about mosaics, as well as the interesting conversation throughout the day.
Maggie and I would highly recommend this course and hope to go back for another day with Anna soon.
Maggie and Ally
Ally Clarke - - #21483
Anna was excellent from the point of arrival. As a beginner in mosaic she took the course at the right pace and fully explained everything. She was so helpful with finding somewhere to eat for the lunch break and always had refreshments for you to help yourself too. I could not recommend this course enough to anyone who’d like to try something new and different. Anna made my day really enjoyable! Thank you so much!
Hannah Baker - - #21204
My mother and I were bought this one day course for a Christmas present. We had such a great day, Anna was a wonderful teacher, and the space was inspiring and inviting. We will definitely be booking day 2 when the courses start again.
Jessamy Campbell - - #21169
Two fantastic days of learning how to make beautiful mosaic articles. Anna was very knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. I can't praise her enough. I came home with two pieces of work that I will always cherish. I can't wait to return to her studio and lovely accommodation.
Thank you so much Anna.
Karen - - #21107
This was my second silk painting course with Anna &, yet again, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Anna's calm, friendly approach makes it a relaxed learning environment. Thank you Anna
Sarah Mennell - - #20973
I booked this course as a birthday present for my very creative friend and we attended on Monday the 25th March. I have to say I am not arty or crafty in anyway but we both had a fantastically enjoyable day learning something new and Anna is the most lovely person. I mainly booked the course on the reviews from others and certainly was not disappointed. Anna is a very talented and interesting lady who is obviously into lots of different crafty things , which my friend knew all about . Anna welcomes you warmly and although nearly two hours way from where we live it was worth the travel. Thank you Anna for a wonderful day.
Loraine Martin - - #20902
Had a fantastic day yesterday with Anna on a silk painting workshop. It was organised by my friend as a birthday surprise and she couldn’t have chosen a better day out for me and her. Anna was very welcoming and friendly and was an amazing patient and knowledgeable teacher. Will be booking another one soon!
Rhiannon Waygood - - #20873
Absolutely fantastic experience making my first stained glass suncatcher. Anna is a wonderful tutor and her craft room/home is exceptional, showing her skills in numerous crafts. I would highly recommend The Craft Cottage not only for Anna's patience and obvious love of crafts and excellent teaching. Plenty of tea and coffee in a beutiful inspiring setting. I will definatly be returing. X
Sarah - - #20479