I have attended Jinks' 5 days summer jewellery course for several years. The description of her course on her site is absolutely accurate. The number of students in the course is ideal for each person to get the personal tuition that you would expect, the workshop is very well equipped to pursue any chosen project, the environment is extremely beautiful, the food prepared and cooked by Jinks is wonderful plus the various hot drinks provided each day BUT this course is so much more ... To me these 5 days are a breath of fresh air, sunshine and laughter and I leave feeling full of joy, energy and impatient to do so much more. Jinks is a very good teacher as she not only imparts knowledge with great generosity but also manages to bring her unique energy which always make me want to come back.
I would not hesitate to recommend her courses very highly, but no one is taking my place for next year or the year after. Sorry...Booked. Dominique
I have now taken four terms of these evening classes and have enrolled for the next one: I've learnt so much and have really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend both Jinks and Sam for their knowledge and teaching and second the praise given in other reviews. Additionally the atmosphere is always welcoming and encouraging, not just from the tutors but also the other learners. As an added bonus there's coffee, herbal teas and biscuits and the artistic setting in the South Downs is stunning.
Having attended a number of Jinks' short courses I am totally addicted. She is so patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. You learn all sorts of techniques without really realising and I have never heard her say anything is too difficult too do. It doesn't matter what level you are you will always come away with something you are really pleased with. She makes it all so very enjoyable. I look forward to the courses so much. I have made things that I never thought I would be able to do. Because of the small number of students on the courses you get plenty of time to ask questions and get to really understand how to do things. The setting is fabulous and on top of that she serves up the most delicious lunches in her fairy tale barn.
I've returned to Jinks McGrath's studio for Jewellery workshops many times over the last 15 years. My last one was in July 2016 when I did a 3-day course. She limits the courses to 5 students (so book early as they fill up fast) which means you get a lot of direct teaching support. Jinks is not only a highly skilled jeweller but she also is very experienced at teaching. She sets the perfect balance between expertly guiding you in how to do something at the same time as ensuring that she doesn't take over and you learn how to do it. Her studio is in a truly idyllic setting and you get access to all the tools and materials you need. She also throws in a delicious light lunch each day. It's the perfect way to spend a weekend.