I had a fantastic day and made a fabulous ring and pendant! David was very welcoming and keen to explain about different techniques and finishes! As well as answering all of my questions. As a complete beginner I have learnt so much and would definitely recommend the course. The endless coffee and biscuits were also much appreciated
Response from David J Lilly:Hi Linda,
The course was a gift for my birthday. I had a great time. A bit frustrating because it took me a long time to be a bit more confident with the glass cutting. David helped me a great deal with this, guiding me through the different type of cutters I could use. He also made sure all the pieces fitted when the lead work was being prepared. I ended the day with a very special stain glass panel.
Response from David J Lilly:Thanks Pat for the lovely review. You really challenged yourself which was lovely to see and I could tell that your skills were increasing at quite a lick as you progressed through the panel making.
Loved this afternoon with David.
My son and I benefited (if you can say that) from the Covid restrictions and had David to ourselves meaning he was always on hand as we completed each step and ready to answer any questions. He is an excellent teacher; very patient, methodical and engaging. Instructions to find the studio were thorough and following his guidance and satnav we didn't go wrong.
My son had a fair idea of what he wanted to create and following a bit of guidance on his design, came away with a very unique piece of jewellery. I took the opportunity to browse a selection of designs that David indicated could be easily replicated in this course and I gave my chosen one a tweak to make it my own - you don't have to know which design you want to make when you walk in the door.
We chose David's course over others because we did not want to be producing run of the mill items. His workshop is packed full of ideas and temptation to return and enjoy other courses. If his studio was closer to home, I would be re-booked already!
Thank you David for a lovely afternoon.
Response from David J Lilly:Hi Jo,
Really enjoyed my afternoon making a beautiful silver ring for my daughter. David was very welcoming, friendly, patient and clearly very passionate and knowledgeable about his craft/s!
Response from David J Lilly:Shirley,
Excellent course. Parking available, toilet available. Premises totally suited to the workshop. Fantastic views. Patient, quality teaching, guiding rather than instructing allowing participants to follow their own direction. Copious quantities of tea and coffee along with biscuits. And then there was the copper bashing. I do love bashing metal. I have been having a go at various silversmithing and copper courses; I am not that good and my results not very predictable - although on occasion I have made some beautiful pieces of which I am very proud. But I think it's fair to say I feel vaguely nervous around the equipment and much angst in the studios I have worked in previously. I think what I liked best about David's course was that I felt relaxed in the workshop and very comfortable around the equipment. I hope to return.
Response from David J Lilly:Hi Jayne,
This course was booked as a birthday present for me and my best friend by my husband and we had the most amazing time.
The workshop is on top of a hill with gorgeous countryside and in the summer this will be the most glorious setting. Sadly on the day we were there it was pouring down and blowing a gale but the barn was still warm and inviting. We were welcomed, given tea and biscuits and allowed to progress with the course at our own pace. Tuition was clear and helpful without being over bearing or too simple. David was friendly, knowledgeable and a wonderful tutor. It as also great to see other examples of the different types of work he does and has done in the past. All in all I cannot recommend highly enough. I am delighted with the ring I produced and wear it most days! Looking forward to being able to book up for the copper fold forming workshop in the future.
Response from David J Lilly:Hi Anna,
Second time for this course. Was a wonderful day, David professional and cheery
as before. A great day was had and I will return to try his copper course.
Thank you David.
Response from David J Lilly:Thank you Sue.
The day was a Christmas gift from my partner as I expressed interest in learning more about glass cutting and it was for beginners as a taster course. I had no previous experience in cutting glass, and it took a while to get the hang of it. David was quite short with me, in front of the rest of the class, on more than one occasion.
Although I realize he is passionate about his craft, and very talented,I found his attitude really rude and quite embarrassing.
Response from David J Lilly:Hi Pauline,
An excellent morning and wonderful to leave with a piece of jewellery I can wear. I have attended David's stained glass course in the past, and as before David was an excellent teacher. He takes you through each stage of the process and is incredibly patient. All the tools and equipment you could possibly need were to hand. A lovely small group and each person made their own individual design. Looking forward to the next course!
Response from David J Lilly:Hi Sarah,
What a brilliant course. I didn't believe for a second that I would be able to go from absolutely no experience to making a silver ring in 3 hours, but I did and loved what I produced! David is an excellent teacher - very patient and attentive, funny and engaging. More to the point, he really helps you to believe that you are capable of producing something beautiful no matter what your level of competence is and he clearly has the technical know-how to back this up. Also, the group of participants on my course really made the experience - everyone was really friendly and we really bonded under David's expert tuition and super, approachable manner.
An excellent course and I would happily do this course again, or even better, do a day long course. It really was that good.
Response from David J Lilly:Thanks Krish for that lovely review. You made an amazing (and advanced for a complete beginner) ring and it was great to see you surprise yourself. I look forward to seeing you on one of the full day courses that will be running later in 2020.
Such an enjoyable morning and so surprising what you can create and make in a morning. David is an excellent teacher and makes the whole process enjoyable, light and fun. I’d never made any jewellery before and it was fascinating to see what goes into it, I felt a wonderful sense of achievement at the end. The workshop space is so well equipped and laid out and the course just flows beautifully. It’s a gorgeous peaceful location in the Sussex Downs, the views are stunning. Highly recommend.
Response from David J Lilly:Thank you so very much Nicola. I am delighted that you enjoyed the experience so much.
David was a great instructor and clearly passionate about stained glass works and sharing his enthusiasm with others. David gave clear instructions and demonstrations and very patiently repeated and re-demonstrated when requested. An extremely enjoyable and thoroughly productive, stimulating and motivating day which I would definitely recommend to others. I'd like to come back and do more.
Response from David J Lilly:Dear Lin,
David is an excellent teacher. Clear, supportive and enthusiastic. It's incredible what wonderful organic shapes you can be producing within a very short time. Great fun, super technique, highly recommended.
Response from David J Lilly:Thanks for the great review.
A great day. I had never had a go at Stained Glass before. David was an excellent instructor, and took us through each stage steadily and slowly. Would love to have another go!
Response from David J Lilly:Thanks for the great review
Loved it, Loved it, Loved it.
There were only 2 of us on this course so we had lots of individual attention. We started the day with David showing us different techniques and how to use the different tools then he let us "play" for a bit before we decided what we wanted to create.
His endless patience in showing me how to do things was very helpful. I finished the day with a whole set of leaves and a flower along with lots of copper to complete my mobile at home. I'm very much looking forward to completing it and have it in my lounge.
I loved the fact that every item I made/created was totally unique and individual , it's almost as if they were waiting to be discovered within the sheet of copper.
Response from David J Lilly:Hi Claire,
I enjoyed the day and came away with the things I had made. Only downside was that as there were 7 of us in the class I seemed to spend a lot of time waiting to use the equipment.
Response from David J Lilly:Thanks for your great review. There were in fact only six people on the course and I'd really like to know what you felt you were waiting to use as each participant had their own set of main tools, it was only the specialist tools and single forge that there was limited numbers of. If you can help me improve the experience I'd like to know how.