I attended the beginners glass jewellery course in January and it was fantastic. Eleanor was a patient and informative teacher who took the time to ensure everyone in the group was secure in each technique before moving on.
We had ample time to create our own pieces and while we were given free reign, Eleanor was on hand to offer advice and assistance.
I’m so proud of my finished pieces and I can’t recommend this course highly enough. If you are considering booking, do it. You will not regret it, and you’ll have a load of beautiful glass jewellery as well!
Response from Eleanor Designs:Hello Tamsin,
Eleanor showed us how to make a wide variety of different decorations, using a range of techniques. She was keen to accommodate all specific requests. We made lots of different decorations which I am really looking forward to receiving in the post in the next few days. Would recommend this course - many thanks Eleanor for a fantastic day.
I wasn't sure what to expect, I love making jewellery and wanted to learn a new technique. This was a fabulous course, Eleanor has a wonderful way of teaching many different techniques, so you can explore your own ideas. Only time limited how many pieces you can make. I'm absolutely delighted with what I have made, and planning to book the advanced course.
Response from Eleanor Designs:Hi Laura, I am so pleased you enjoyed the day! I'm just as excited to see what you all make with the techniques we cover! Well done! Look forward to seeing you again at a future course at Rainbow Glass Studios!
Fantastic course. I learned so much under Eleanor's friendly and expert tuition. She encourages participants to bring their 'own story' and creativity to glass making so you come away with unique and 'meaningful' pieces. There is a huge array of materials available to use to create your 'masterpieces'. Because of the firing schedules you will not come away from the course with your pieces but they will arrive promptly within a couple of days at no extra cost. If you are thinking of doing this course I would thoroughly recommend it.
Response from Eleanor Designs:Thank you Clare for your kind review, I am pleased you enjoyed the Advanced Fused Glass Jewellery weekend course. You really captured the colours and feel of your sunsets and sea scapes in your jewellery and I hope you are wearing them with pride and telling your story! Thank you for coming! Eleanor
The glass Jewellery workshop with Eleanor was fantastic. she is a great teacher and taught us lots of different fusing techniques in a very short time which we were able to put into practice and fire in the kiln. I made some pendants using dichroic glass and some with copper inclusions and textured paper and decals. I also experimented with painting with copper oxide and reactive glass .
The course was very well structured and Eleanor was very attentive to all the students and explained all the techniques very clearly. It is a lovely studio with a small group of students.
I didn’t want the workshop to end ! I am very inspired to continue and develop the techniques I learnt and I am looking forward to doing another course in the future .
Highly recommended !
Response from Eleanor Designs:Hello Holly, thank you for your lovely review - it was delightful to have you on the course exploring so many creative techniques. I really look forward to seeing how you combine them with your beautiful artworks and bee-keeping interests too! I really liked the wide variety of bubbled glass pieces you made, the turquoise on red is very interesting isn't it? I look forward to you coming back and learning more soon! Thanks again! Eleanor
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I wondered what could I possibly make and at the end had made cufflinks, pendants, beads, earrings and broaches. The sparkling vibrancy of the pieces that I’ve made has made me keenly look for another course with the tutor, Eleanor. The studio is a treasure in just the right location. The content, findings and the duration of the course was spot on. Well worth doing.
Response from Eleanor Designs:Thank you Carol! It was great to have you on my course and see you explore glass as a new medium for your jewellery making. Well done, you should be proud of your beautiful pieces! I hope to see you again soon!
I attended this workshop in October as my children had bought me a voucher as a surprise birthday present. I had no idea what to expect but had a really great experience. Eleanor is a very patient, kind and enthusiastic teacher who took care to ensure that everyone was supported and encouraged. I certainly did not expect to make 7 different pieces in one day! I loved the experience and would recommend it to anyone.
I did the day course in copper enamelling recently. It was just brilliant. From the inspiring workshop full of colourful examples of fantastic glass work to the careful attention to detail and tips that Eleanor shared - I left buzzing with ideas and information to be able to plan to start experimenting with my own enamelling. Thanks Eleanor - I might be back!
Eleanor is a really patient, unassuming tutor who gives concise step by step instructions to achieve really great results in just a day. Her examples are both inspiring and attainable. Her passion for the art is self evident and nothing is too much trouble.
Rainbow Glass is a working studio too and is so busy its amazing Eleanor is able to fit any classes in.
A great experience and warm welcome. Would highly recommend.
A great day! I had never worked with glass before but Eleanor was a brilliant teacher, patient and informative. I had no idea glass was so versatile and was amazed at how much we could make in a few hours. The day was utterly absorbing and I would reccomend the course to anyone.
I spent a wonderful Saturday learning how to cut glass and then turn it into lovely pieces of fused glass jewellery via Eleanor’s kiln. Eleanor is a fantastic teacher - she gives very clear instructions and is generous with her encouragement and ideas. She made everyone in the class feel relaxed and positive with her warm friendly attitude. I look forward to joining Eleanor for another class soon! Thanks again Eleanor :-)
Really enjoyed this course. I loved the fact that I knew nothing about enamelling when I started in the morning and took home four lovely pieces, which I have already worn.
Eleanor was a lovely teacher, clear instructions and calm when when things got a bit panicky.
I am already planning my next course with her.
A well structured day with an excellent teacher and not a minute wasted. A chance to compare two common table top kilns, learn the health and safety aspects and study the behaviour of opaque enamels when fired.
Eleanor said 'Everyone has to start somewhere'. This is the place to start.
Excellent course. Fabulous teacher. Throughly enjoyed the course. Highly recommend it.
Learnt loads of new skills. Eleanor gave very clear instruction right from the beginning. New information was drip fed throughout the day at just the right level; with plenty of opportunity to recap when needed. She managed to achieve and excellent level of supervision whilst also letting up work on our own and at out own speed. Plentiful cups of tea and some very calm rescues when things went a limitless wrong. A perfect environment for first time enamellers
Eleanor Watson is a great teacher. She combines serious learning with great fun in a creative atmosphere. I'm a beginner and I love the glass fused jewellery that I created under Eleanor's expert guidance. Her post-course follow up is second to none. Materials supplied were quality and generous.
I'm looking forward to the next one. Highly recommend.
Thank you Eleanor.
This was a brilliant course which really moved my creativity and skills forward. The class is small enough that you can get the help you need while big enough to have a fun, creative atmosphere. The pieces I produced are remarkable - far better than I dreamed were possible. Eleanor is incredibly helpful and supportive and willing to share her expertise. Highly recommended!
I really enjoyed the class. It was a great refresher for me but I also learnt a lot of things I didn't know before. Eleanor is very knowledgeable and has a great teaching style. She really took the time to try to explain things. The day was very well structured. There were a great range of samples to showcase different techniques and ideas. The studio is also well equipped with lots of different types of glass to try. It was a really fun day which sped by all too quickly.
This was an excellent day. I had never done any enamelling before and Eleanor explained things patiently, helping us through the process and letting us experiment, giving lots of hints and tips along the way. I would recommend this to anyone. It was a fun day and we all learned such a lot about the enamelling process, taking home some lovely finished pieces. If you do come on this course, beware, I went back and bought a kiln and am now completely smitten!!5
A wonderful day. Eleanor is an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher, who explains and demonstrates clearly. Within a short time, we had finished our first piece of enamel. So much is put into one day, covering a variety of techniques, which we immediately put into practice. We all had some beautiful results. Thoroughly recommended!