Exclusive Jewellery reviews

31 Jul 19'

Ethan reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"I spent a day with Lucy as a complete beginner but with some interest of the subject and it was fabulous! Lucy was very patient, knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed her subject. By the end of the day I had created a stunning ring and had learned far more than I ever though I would have, I left completely inspired and still am, thank you for the amazing day Lucy :)"

22 Jul 19'

Lucy B reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"I spent a day with Lucy to introduce me to jewellery making for the first time. Lucy was patient and easy to understand, giving me plenty of opportunity to try techniques and ask questions. Feeling very inspired and already planning what I would like to learn next time I book a day with Lucy. Thank you!"

19 Jun 19'

Carole H reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"This time: a three day visit continuing my bangle project. As it is inspired by the amazing irises in Lucy's garden, she brought one into the studio for me as a close-up reference. I was suffering with hay fever; fortunately Lucy has an air purifier in the studio that she turned up and it really helped! To round off three instructive and enjoyable days, Lucy showed me a wonderful new book on the history of jewellery: great inspiration for future projects! I have booked my next session in August. Can't wait to return. Thanks Lucy."

17 Jun 19'

Emma H. reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"I spent a wonderful day with Lucy in her beautiful studio. (She also has a beautiful garden!) Her knowledge and creativity are inspiring and she is an excellent teacher, knowing when you need her and also knowing when to step back. She is fabulous company too and a pleasure to spend a day with. She made me feel very welcome in her studio. Lucy provides lots of help and guidance before the class and documents the day so you have a lovely record of what you did. I am amazed at what I managed to produce in a day and would love to return again."

12 Jun 19'

Tony Rimmer reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"With next-to-no prior experience, did a one-day workshop yesterday with Lucy to turn a plain strip of silver into a textured anticlastic cuff bangle which has delighted my wife. Lucy is a hugely skilled, knowledgeable and patient teacher with a well-equipped studio. Altogether a fulfilling day with added incidental birdwatching for extra enjoyment!"

11 Jun 19'

Edna reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"After having stones ping all over my floor with a hunt with a broom to find them. I decided to do the sensible thing and use a session with Lucy to learn how to do it. For a start we worked in the bench with the skirt which ensured that they only pinged as far as my knees so were easily found. Although I have had several sessions I am not always confident to work at home. Lucy taught me in her usual methodical way and now I’m sure with practice and getting my equipment right I can do it at home."

11 May 19'

Victoria ARTHINGTON reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"After my daughter and husband's visit and seeing their enthusiasm and their amazing finished jewellery they had made with Lucy, I really wanted to go myself. My husband was more than happy to oblige and join me. We both had a fantastic day. Lucy is so kind and knowledgeable, patient and happy to listen to your ideas and help you make your designs. She puts you at ease and is quick to commend, giving you the confidence in yourself to complete the task in hand. She shows you how, then either watches you to help or lets you get on if she feels you are able. I found her way of teaching brilliant. I love the triple solid silver bangle I made and would of paid far more to buy it if I had seen it in a Jewellers, than I paid for the course and the silver! A superb added bonus is I came away with the knowledge of how to make more and how to use the skills I have learned to make matching earrings and a ring that I was able to start and bring home to finish . I am already planning my return to learn more skills from Lucy’s abundant knowledge. I can’t recommend Lucy and her jewellery courses enough ."

10 May 19'

Edna reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"On returning to Lucy after my epic pendant challenge, I decided with Lucy to do some stone setting. This is something where my experience is lacking. Before I knew it two pendants were planned cut and started to be set. I set one stone in a bezel setting on the day and the others to be done as homework. The second pendant will have a flush set of stones. More techniques with the embellishments to the pendants to be decided on. Never a dull moment. All this before my next ambitious project. There is so much I want to learn and Lucy is the perfect instructor as she is full of ideas. Her experience will shy me away from anything too complicated. I felt so confident with my stone setting due to my past sessions with Lucy the time just whizzed by."

7 May 19'

Tricia reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"Another satisfying day making jewellery with Lucy’s expert and patient tuition. I didn’t know there was so much to know about stone setting! Trev and I are delighted with our pendants and looking forward to learning more skills in Lucy’s lovely workshop. The coffee also comes highly recommended! Lucy ensures that her students are enjoying their day and getting the best from it on all levels."

7 May 19'

Gwen reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"I had a good couple of days in Lucy's studio. She really listens to what you want to learn and plans the class around it. It was also a pleasure to work in her spacious and bright studio. Would recommend her classes!"

25 Apr 19'

Victoria ARTHINGTON reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"My daughter and husband went on this course and absolutely loved it. Lucy was able to teach both of them together even though my husband was a complete novice and my daughter having experience wanted to make a more complex piece. Lucy is friendly, patient, and knowledgeable and made them feel very welcome. The studio is in a beautiful picturesque garden where they were able to sit and enjoy their packed lunch. They are already planning another session. I can highly recommend this course. Thank you Lucy"

14 Apr 19'

Tricia Boateng reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"A very relaxing and immensely rewarding day with Lucy in her workshop. Lucy took us step by step through the process of making our bangles encouraging creativity and confidence. We are both very proud of what we achieved in such a short time and our children are delighted with their presents. What a special gift to be able to make for loved ones! We’ve booked another day to further our skills and make something for ourselves. Highly recommended."

10 Apr 19'

Leah reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"We attended Lucy’s studio to make our wedding rings. What an absolutely fantastic set up, very professional, well equipped and set in beautiful surroundings. We felt very at ease and in capable hands. Lucy guided us throughout the day to produce a design we had chosen. We are delighted we managed to produce our unique rings for our happy ever after. Thank you Lucy."

3 Apr 19'

Rosemary Cochrane reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"Just spent two days one to one workshops with Lucy learning some of the skills of stone setting. Lucy is an excellent teacher with just the right balance of demonstrating, watching, encouraging and helping! I learnt so much from working alongside her. The workshop is amazing and has everything you would expect from Lucy’s years of experience as a skilled jeweller. It is such a peaceful space and her garden too is a delight. I hope to arrange another visit once I have had time to practice the skills I have been taught so far. March 24/25th 2019"

3 Apr 19'

Edna reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"Finally I have finished my pendant and chain. I’m thrilled with the result. It has taken a long time but I have learned so many processes along the way. The design has been the most crucial. I know now when Lucy takes a sharp intake of breath that I am suggesting something complicated which looks simple when it’s been executed. This is the key to why I keep going back. I have attended day classes where I have come home with a completed piece which has many flaws. With Lucy you learn the right way and to my mind the only way. I have got to achieve something special which I can be proud to pass on to the generations in my family."

28 Mar 19'

Pauline reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"Lucy is a gifted and patient teacher and David and I had a fantastic day making wedding rings. To go from zero experience to two fully fledged and very wearable rings in a day was an exciting achievement for complete beginners. I enjoyed it all so much I went back for a second day and made a bangle. Lucy was great company and her workshop an inspiring and lovely space to be in. We learnt loads in a very relaxed and unhurried way. And the photographs were great!"

3 Mar 19'

Carole H reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"Another excellent two days. My silver bangle project is progessing very well. I learned some invaluable tips about cotter pins and rouge powder for a lot of tricky soldering in preparing two mounts for prehenite stones. Tea break in the garden with outstanding weather for February - perfect! Having fun while increasing my abilities. Thank you, Lucy."

26 Feb 19'

Debbie W. reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"I thoroughly enjoyed my one day workshop with Lucy. I made a beautiful set of 3 stacked silver rings. Lucy has a great way of teaching which is well paced, relaxed which made the workshop a very enjoyable way to learn. I also really enjoyed Lucy's company. The location too of the workshop is ideal and relaxing. I would definitely recommend Lucy's workshop and I hope to find another project with which to return. Thank you Lucy :)"

25 Feb 19'

Karl Trayler reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"My Wife and I attended a one-day course to make our own wedding rings, it was one of the most interesting and enjoyable experiences we have had. Lucy is so knowledgeable, explains and demonstrates every step we needed to make our rings. Lucy is also very patient and allowed us time to go over certain processes. The workshop is exceptional well laid out and very well stocked with all the equipment you would need. The day is very well managed by Lucy although you are consistently learning but you are also allowed to progress in your own time and made to feel relaxed. The overall cost is again excellent value when you consider the course is all day and 1-1 teaching. We would 100% recommend to anyone and really hope to return one day in the future ourselves Not to mention Lucy's workshop is set in a beautiful part of the Welsh country side, which is just an added extra to a truly wonderful day. Sue & Karl Trayler Feb2019"

11 Jan 19'

Beverley Whent reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"After nearly 40 years away from a bench I went to Lucy Copleston to brush up on old skills and learn some new ones. Firstly it must be said her beautiful workshop is inspirational in itself and incredibly well equipped. Lucy is an excellent teacher, very intuitive and seems to know exactly the pace required for each task to ensure the learning process is complete. She is very patient and we had a lot of fun exploring solutions in the construction of my rather ambitious design. Over 4 days of 1-to-1 tuition I felt I learned a huge amount and achieved my objectives. I'm already looking forward to returning. I would like to add that I can tell a complete novice would be totally at easy with Lucy's gentle teaching style whilst someone with more experience can feast on Lucy's wealth of knowledge and be challenged."

12 Dec 18'

Lindsay Eckley reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"I got a voucher for a jewellery making day with Lucy at Christmas in 2017, I eventually got round to arranging my course in December 2018. I thoroughly enjoyed it and Lucy is a patient and excellent teacher. I have done silver smithing jewellery making before and the encouragement she gave renewed my interest in taking it up as a hobby. I am extremely proud of what I created with Lucy's guidance, a beautiful robin inspired pendant in silver and copper."

11 Dec 18'

Edna reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"I'm reflecting on the tortoise and the hare. I have had two sessions recently where we have mulled over the design details of my work with some practice put in for good measure. Whilst the number of completed items may be small the devil has certainly been in the detail. If I had run ahead to complete pieces they would certainly not have turned out to be so magnificent as they have with Lucy's steady and collaborative approach with gentle questioning of my reasoning has made the difference between an average and a master class. With Lucy you have a grand master. I have already booked my next class."

4 Dec 18'

Rhona Hobson reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"Absllutely brilliant. Lucy is super knowledgeable, creative and flexible. She listens to your ideas and gives you fantastic improvement ideas. Lucy is encouraging and easy to get along with. Cannot wait for another day because there will be another."

26 Nov 18'

Caro Hogan reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"This was my second time with Lucy. We spent 2 days crafting a gem set ring that started out as a very simple two dimensional idea that turned into a complex three dimensional object. Lucy was incredibly knowledgable and encouraging throughout the whole process, letting me know of different techniques and their application. She was happy to answer any questions I had about construction, gems, or jewellery in general and I have come away with a wealth of knowledge and the confidence to design more pieces. I can’t recommend this class enough if you have an interest in silver craft."

22 Nov 18'

Carole H reviewed: Jewellery making for beginners in the Vale of Clwyd

"Hooked on jewellery making and back for another totally inspiring day. Lucy gives the opportunity to try so many techniques; I was happy to be doing etching again: one of my favourites. I also got some great advice for setting up a vice at home on a budget. All in all a fun day, as usual. With one to one tuition, you learn so much. Thank you, Lucy."

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