This course was fantastic! I was a little nervous going on my own, but the course was just three of us and Jonathan made us feel really welcome and comfortable. The course itself was fun, and I came home with a lovely pair of earrings I crafted myself. Having never done silver jewellery before, I learned absolutely loads and had enough information to go home with so I could set up my own little workshop... Jonathan makes every effort for you to feel comfortable providing much tea, coffee, home made biscuits and a home-made lunch! It was a perfect day. I will definitely go on another of Jonathan's courses and recommend you do too!
Laura Potterton - - #25144
Totally agree with Harriet's recent review - thanks again Jonathan for your generous spirit and such an informative and fun course - a great intro. into the world of silver jewellery making!
Dawn - - #25052
I chose to take Jonathan's course in particular since he has such stellar ratings; spending the day at his studio on a one day workshop yesterday I totally endorse all the great things previous students have said.
The day was superb for Jonathan's approach and hospitality and generosity with time, tools, knowledge, support and welcome at his lovely home (and wonderful lunch).
Jonathan is closely involved with education and it shows; the day was a magical combination of being well-structured but informal. It provided the perfect mix of theory, information, demonstration and explanation and space to let us get on with it and allowing us to learn through practice with Jonathan always good humouredly close at hand for support. The after-care and guidance offered is also excellent.
SUPERB! Thanks so much Jonathan!
Harriet McKay - - #24900
The day we spent at Jonathan's studio was absolutely fantastic! Jonathan is so warm and welcoming and his teaching style is structured but relaxed. He encourages you to abandon any hangups you have with saws or blowtorches and to simply go for it after he demonstrates a technique, but he's also available to guide you through every step of the process. Jonathan teaches in such a way to provide guidance past the one-day course, and so introduces every tool along with some model/prices alternatives to best suit your interests, should you decide to continue your jewellery-making hobby.
He was also very hospitable - tea, coffee, and all the gingerbread biscuits you could ever want :) He even took us into his home for homemade lunch!
Maria - - #23729
This course was fantastic! Jonathan was a brilliant teacher who really passed on his enthusiasm and passion for jewellery making to all of us on the course! I even came home with jewellery I had designed and made myself. I will be booking on more of his courses and can’t wait to learn more about jewellery making! Aside from the jewellery, the lunch and biscuits provided were home made and delicious. I can’t recommend this course highly enough.
Katie Hockley - - #23547
I had the best day with Jonathan, he is funny, friendly and very generous with his knowledge. I have been to other workshops and this one was by far the most informative I have been on. It makes a big difference to be taught by someone with a teaching background. The day was well paced and at no time are you left wondering what to do next. I left feeling excited to try my new skills and to increase my tools with recommendations rather than guesswork.
Stevie Collin - - #23338
Brilliant! Have attended various one day courses nationally. They're regularly oversubscribed and the tutors although great at their craft, aren't always good teachers...Cue Jonathan: very skilled at his craft and a fabulous teacher. He is very generous with his time and has put a great deal of thought and effort into the handouts he gives to his students.
The lunch and cookies provided are delicious too!
Cannot fault the day! Highly recommended.
Jayne - - #23001
Excellent weekend 2 day course. I learnt so much in a very comfortable environment. Jonathan was a brilliant teacher and his partner were both excellent hosts in every way. Can't believe that I made 3 pieces of jewellery ! Looking at dates for the next two day course on gem settings for this year.
helen howell - - #21621
What a fantastic day
Jonathan is an excellent teacher, and in just a single day we managed to make 2 pieces each under his direction.
Not only that but we were given a whistletop intense introduction to the world of silversmithing, along with plenty of humour, coffee (lovely bikkies), and a great lunch.
The first class factsheets that were emailed later have ensured that you can continue benefiting from his advice and guidance in the future.
Susie - - #20929
I couldn’t have asked for more from this course. Jonathan is very professional, very funny and a great teacher. You really do leave this course feeling like you have everything you need to know to give it a go yourself - the techniques, the understanding of the what’s, why’s and how’s and lots of follow up information so you can make some sensible first time purchases to get you going. Highly recommended.
Tracy Smeathers - - #20816
Jonathan is a very talented and knowledgable Jeweller, a wonderful teacher and a really lovely man. He made me feel very comfortable from the minute I arrived and provided yummy home made food and plenty of tea! From start to finish I enjoyed myself immensly and I strongly recommend this class to anyone with an interest in making jewellery at any level. Jonathan is really fun and very patient, he has a great work space and you will learn so much from him. Attending this course is one of the best choices i've ever made and I will be booking another session as soon as possible. Thanks again.
Alice Appleton - - #20762
My partner and I combined a two-day silver jewellery making course and a one-day stone-setting course with Jonathan and had a fantastic time. We were both fairly new to the techniques taught but with Jonathan's expert guidance and wealth of knowledge we came away inspired to continue. Between us we made four rings, two pendants and a malachite necklace, all of which we were very pleased with, as were the friends and family we gave some of them to as gifts! Jonathan was incredibly friendly, helpful and a great teacher - and cooked us lovely lunches too! I am also very grateful for the follow-up information on where to buy materials and tools, as well as step-by-step worksheets which were very thorough. I would highly recommend the courses to anyone, whether beginners or those with some knowledge of jewellery making. Thank you again Jonathan - we will definitely be back for more!
Becky Whitcombe - - #20294
A very enjoyable day, informative with lots of hands on experience. Jonathan is a excellent teacher, lots of patience with no time constrances. Family very hospitable.
Would highly recommend.
Dawn Coubrough - - #20019
I bought this experience for my mother-in-law and daughter for Christmas, so Jonathan had 3 generations in his Workshop! It was a great day, even more than I hoped for. Jonathan is a real delight so informative and a real good teacher/instructor. All credit to him for allowing each of us to work on bringing to life a piece of jewellery we imagined. The coffee flowed all day and I now have the recipe for the fabulous ginger biscuits, yum. Thank you for your patience and trust in us as novices.
Samantha - - #19537
My husband and I have had a very enjoyable and informative weekend. We had the opportunity to practice a wide range of techniques and learnt everything we need to know to continue with our new found hobby at home.
Excellent course, excellent teacher, would definitely recommend it.
Liz Johnstone - - #19532
Just spent 2 great days on Jonathan's silver jewellery course. After a thorough introduction to a range of skills, we were given lots of hands-on experience, encouraged and supported by Jonathan. On day 2 we each made a ring to our own design, and then in the afternoon completed our own silver project with guidance from Jonathan. The pace of the course was perfect, as was Jonathan's teaching style. Finally we were given advice on how to proceed with our individual silversmithing journey: we've all signed on for more! A huge thank you to Helen for the endless supply of delicious biscuits, tea, coffee and lunches.
An excellent course!
Susan E Smith - - #19370
What was amazing ( besides the legendary ginger biscuits ) ( and the lunches ) was how much we packed into these 2 days, not just in terms of practical work, but also the amount of knowledge Jonathan gave us. The three of us on the course not only came away with a ring we had each made ( and now wear very proudly ! ), but also something we had personally chosen and designed - a pendant, ring, and torq in our cases. This means you come away with the enormous satisfaction of making something you want, yourself, and having the knowledge ( and comprehensive notes ) on how to progress beyond that into silversmithing as a hobby or career. Jonathan not only has vast experience and skill, but also the empathy and ability to give his students the confidence to believe they could do really well in the future if they want to. As you can probably tell, I was impressed.....!
Paul St John Bennett - - #19352
I spent a couple of days with Jonathan and I must say that I enjoyed the two days immenseley. His welcoming friendly greeting sets you at ease immediately and his ability to pass on his skills is seond to none. I had been having difficulties with a few things but his patience and knowledge soon had these issues sorted. If you are thinking of a silversmithing course then do not hesitate to speak to Jonathan. I guarantee you will not regret it. A bottomless coffee jug and superb ginger biscuits combined with lunch are a very welcome bonus to a brilliant day.
Jonathan you are a star, thankyou.
Ps you have cost me a fortune.....My work bench seems to be sprouting new tools all the time.
A 5 star experience.
Steve Wright - - #19246
Cannot stress enough just how fantastic this course is! Jonathan is such an influential tutor, so very passionate about his craft and knowledgeable beyond belief! And a super sensational person too! Thank you so much for your expertise and hospitality and to Helen also! Had a fantastic day and Jonathan really is a great motivator. Absolute master class!
Gemma Widdowfield - - #19024
Just to say a big thanks for a great day that caters for a compete novice like me through to folks with more experience.
During the day we were give so much useful information ranging from buying tools, basic design for work stations, to technique use in making jewellery all backed up with practice and handouts.
All along the way Jonathan give plenty of encouragement and constructive criticism and ideas how to achieve your design.
Over the day I made a chunky silver ring with textured surface not perfect, but has given me the confidence to try out a few more pieces of jewellery
The other treat was lunch made by Jonathan partner along with tea coffee home biscuits plus freshly made mince tarts.
Again many thanks wil be booking more courses in new year
Silversmith course - - #18797