My husband had bought me a Craft Courses Voucher and due to covid 19 I was struggling to find a course that I could do safely and that didn't involve travelling far due to restrictions. I then stumbled upon Jo Garden Art and got myself a bronze hare sculpture kit. The kit arrived super quick and came with everything you need to complete the sculpture, there were also details of links to the online video's that went through step by step for completing the sculpture. I enjoyed every minute and am looking to do another one as I enjoyed doing this so much!
Would definitely recommend!!
Response from Jo Garden Art:So glad you enjoyed the plaster hare kit Donna ;-) It's exactly the same products as we use in the One Day Hare workshops. Perhaps you need to progress to the larger version!!! Ironically easier to make as less small areas to reach into! They are addictive ;-) Jo x
Just wanted to say a big thank you for the excellent instructions online and the products you sent in the kit. I’ve had a fab time learning the process and making the hare, it’s been quite intriguing! Thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to attend a workshop in the future when we can move about and everyone is safe, at your studio. I’ve done quite a few art workshops as I like to paint/draw, but I will say that few are as concise and relaxing as yours. I enjoyed the gilding part I’ve never done that before. Really enjoyed the polishing bit. It was amazing watching it start to pop! It’s been great. I'll send a picture of Mr Hare separately to your email, so you can see what I’ve done 😊.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thanks for this review Lucinda - and also sending a photo of your fabulous finished hare. You really nailed the gilding part! As you say, the moment the gilt goes on the hare comes to life. It's always a magical moment in the workshops ;-) I'm sure your Mum is delighted you loved her present to you! Jo x
Purchased a craft kit as a birthday present for sister in the Far North (Caithness, not Greenland!). Jo’s given us lots of help and ideas. Can’t wait to see it in the garden!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for letting me know the large hare kit 'loped its way safely' to north Scotland. I'm sure your sister will have great fun making it and hopefully will soon be moongazing and watching the Northern Lights!
I and some friends went to Jo’s very first hare sculpture day workshop back in 2019 and I put a review on at that time as we all enjoyed ourselves so much. Unfortunately my leaping hare was badly damaged in an accident so I contacted Jo to see if he could be repaired. Luckily I live fairly close to her studio and she took him in and did a ‘Repair Shop’ makeover, which she made a video of. My hare repair is now on youtube and he is famous! He is now back on my sideboard fully restored – thank you Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:My pleasure Sarah ;-) That workshop seems an eternity ago! It was fun locating the photos I took of you making your hare which I included in the video - thank you again for letting me put them in. The video can be found on youtube and my website. Really pleased he is back on your sideboard. Jo x
Bought the hare kit, along with the sleeping cat kit, a few weeks ago, was a really good experience. The YouTube video was great to follow and any issues Jo responded very swiftly and was a great help. The instructions and kit was everything you needed, you just added the coffee and cake!! Will be purchasing again - the dog one next I think. Hoping to visit in person in the near future. Thanks Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Ah ha! Here is the cake once more ;-) - thank you Catherine! I loved the photos of your hare along with little basket of carrots made with the spare clay - an inspiration! (was the cake Carrot Cake?). Would love to meet you in the summer. Jo x
Bought the sleeping cat kit a few weeks ago, was a really good experience. The YouTube video was great to follow and any issues Jo responded very swiftly and was a great help. The instructions and kit was everything you needed, you just added the coffee and cake!! Will be purchasing again and hoping to visit in the near future. Thanks Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Catherine ;-) and thanks for sending your great photos through (including little mouse!). I like the idea of coffee & cake (on Slimming World at moment, so cake is making me heady!). Jo x
I was bought this as a present after my lovey labrador Dylan passed away. Despite having no natural artistic ability, I followed the video and was delighted with my finished Dylan. He was a black labrador and my friend had contacted Jo to see if she would put black paint in instead of bronze which she did. There was clay left over and I made a tiny food bowl to sit beside him as he was always hungry! He is now on my kitchen window ledge and we have a chat everytime I washup. Would recommend this kit very much even if you think you have no creative skill!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for taking the time to place a review Paula ;-) So sorry to hear about your loss, but glad you were pleased with how your Dylan sculpture turned out - really like the little food bowl idea! Jo x
I was brought the family sleeping cat sculpture kit for my birthday. We completed them in stages over 4 weekends during lockdown and thoroughly enjoyed spending time together making them. I don't think my husband or son would have considered attending a craft course but enjoyed making them at home. The instructions were clear and comprehensive but the cats are very definitely individuals. A strange lockdown birthday but a lovely reminder of spending time together as a family.
An excellent craft course and would highly recommend it.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Angela! You made my day when your review and the photo you sent came through on my email ;-) As you said, despite the same materials and instructions everyone made completely different cats (and little mice with the left over clay!). So glad you had some special time together as a family. Jo x
Just to say how much I’m enjoying using your kit to make a sculpt of my friend’s whippet as a surprise for her birthday. Your instructions are very clear though getting good photos of her dog without her knowing has been very challenging!
I wondered if you could tell me where to buy the clay you include in the kit. I do some figurative sculpting with air drying clay but it’s more groggy and I like the finer texture of your clay, especially for smaller works. Many thanks, Maggie
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Maggie ;-) Yes, the clay is a good quality one - I have sent an email with all the product information. Jo x
Have just completed the dog and all I can say is what a fabulous thing to do.
You receive everything you need and the YouTube video is very clear and you can do it in real time.
It’s fun and relaxing which is what we all need at this moment in time.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Susan! I'm loving your sculpture of Henry - thank you for letting me use the photo you sent. As you say, we are all needing some relaxation ;-)
Really enjoyed this kit, my first attempt and very impressed with my finished creation. Will definitely do another one or two. Would be a great afternoon spent with friends or family and lots of fun in the process.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Dawn ;-) Messing with clay is so relaxing and I loved your finished hare with its enormouse ears!!!
Another fantastic kit! Enjoyed doing this socially distanced with friends over zoom, great way to switch off and relax. Really pleased with the results too. Great, prompt service from Jo, everything you need is in the kit, instructions are very clear and easy to follow, as is the video tutorial. 5 *'s from us!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Wow Heidi & gang - thank you so much for the photos of the amazing cats you created! They are now featured as a collage on the Craft Course page for the 'Family & Friends' kit. Just gorgeous results - thank you again for sharing them with me ;-) Jo xx
I really enjoyed making my hare (photo attached) and found the whole process very relaxing!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for the photo Deborah! So glad you enjoyed the experience, Jo x
My daughter loved the hare kit which I gave her for Christmas!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Carolyn for letting me know your gift was enjoyed! Jo x
A mixed group of 9 family and friends got together virtually to make our hare and sleeping cat sculptures. The kits were fantastic, containing everything we needed. The instructions were extremely well written and the extra resource of the training video meant that everyone knew what to do. We all produced unique and pleasing sculptures, even the least experienced among us!
We are delighted with the whole experience. Thank you Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you and your family and friends for such a lovely review Kitty ;-) And also for the awesome photos! I never thought someone would make a hare standing on his hind legs from the clay kit!! 'Virtual' sculpting parties are such fun. Jo x
I loved this sleeping cat kit. The kit was really well thought out, everything you need is included which made it super simple to get started. The accompanying youtube tutorial is very clear & really well paced, you can just let it run as you do your sculpture in real time -you don’t have to keep pausing and rewinding. And the results were great! I’m amazed at how well it turned out! It was loads of fun to make & really relaxing. I’m definitely going to buy some more kits from Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Becca ;-) So happy you found the process relaxing - we need that at the moment! When I check the videos I play them at double speed and can still understand what I'm saying - I did not realise I spoke so slowly! Jo x
We loved this kit so much ! We have never done anything like this before and thought it would end up a bit of a mess but this kit is so carefully thought out that it really helps you every step of the way . We had great fun doing our cats together (we asked for 2 cats instead of a hare and a cat) and found it extremely relaxing . I never usually take time out to do things like this and I decided I should do it more often . We are going to try a hare and a dog next . The kits are extremely organised and the instructions so clear with a really well paced and thought out video that you can play as you are working on it . I will get some more kits for us to use but I will also get some as gifts as I think they make a really sweet and fun present .
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Cathy - really pleased you managed to find some 'zen' time doing something new. Sculpting in clay is very tactile and absorbing (and quite addictive!) Jo x
I really enjoyed my sleeping cat sculpture! What a lovely project. The kit was perfect and the instructions easy to follow. Thank you!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Ruth! I loved the picture you emailed me of your fabulous sculpture ;-) Jo x
Not just a 'good hare day' but a brilliant one! Four friends, different households, zoom and away we went. The kit was excellent; instruction sheet, tools, materials, access to the video. The video excellent too and a great reference. Thoroughly enjoyed the sculpting, painting and final bronzing and we all have very different results. We would all happily recommend the 4 person kit and look forward to being able to join the workshop in person.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Oh wow Heidi! Your hare is amazing - as mentioned in the video, I generally guide people away from putting face details as it can go a bit wrong - but you have nailed it - really well done ;-) And knowing you had a friends zoom session is very heart warming. Thank you for your lovely review - I'm really glad you all enjoyed your time making the hares and hope to see you in person soon. Jo x
Fabulous kit and great video. Really has inspired me to do more! Mega chuffed with the results my sleeping cat looks great! Though I am clearly bias! I would recommend this as a great gift with brilliant instructions. A pleasure to recieve and to make!!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Harriet - and also for the photos you sent me - fabulous! Lovely to hear you will do more clay work - enjoy! ;-) Jo x