Jonathan is a great teacher, clearly passionate about his work and also a great person to spend the day with! In addition to learning a lot on silver jewellery making I had a great time and we were well-looked after (including drinks, great biscuits and a lovely lunch!)
When I booked the course I was expecting an introductory session, and already thought about booking additional courses if I liked it but I was very pleasantly surprised (I hadn't read the reviews!) by the fact that Jonathan made sure we could continue on our own, not just by showing us the techniques but also providing guidelines and references to buy tools and giving us advice to get started on our own with a minimum investment in money and space. I'm definitely going to get some of the basic tools and start experimenting! I've also convinced my partner to do the same course as I'm sure he'll enjoy it just as much!
Thanks again! :)
Maeva - - #28585
I had a fantastic time on this introduction to jewellery making.
Jonathan is a wonderful tutor who knows his stuff and creates a relaxed and fun learning environment.
I’m so proud of the ring I made and I can’t wait to book onto another course and develop my skills further.
I highly recommend this course!
Zoe Davidson - - #28419
I bought this course as a Christmas present for my partner, and after opening it he asked if I would want to go along with him. I contacted Jonathan who responded that he couldn’t fit in an extra person on the date I had booked, but that he would open up one of his free weekends to include me as well. I can’t thank him enough for being so flexible and accommodating!
We really enjoyed our day with Jonathan. He is a really amazing tutor and we both came away excited to get going with our new hobby! It was relaxed and informal and he is a really entertaining and genuine person, I’m really glad I chose this course.
Jonathan took us through how to set up a workshop, different tools we would need and his recommendations for where to buy them and what to spend. Really invaluable advice for beginners!
Throughout the day we had an endless supply of tea and coffee - some gorgeous home made ginger nuts (which Jonathan was kind enough to send me the recipe for!), and a really lovely lunch of soup, with some cold cuts of ham and cheeses.
Overall we came out with two lovely silver rings, a new hobby to take up, and had a really lovely day together. I cannot recommend this course enough, and will be looking to come back and see Jonathan again in the future!
Laura Darby - - #28381
My friends and I had had a really entertaining and informative workshop making jewellery with Jonathan. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and he made everyone feel welcome and at ease. We got to learn about the processes of making jewellery, about the different components and interesting facts about metals and stones plus we got to make our own jewellery!
I would highly recommend learning with Jonathan as he is highly knowledgeable and has a great way of sharing his skills with his students.
Cal - - #28247
Absolutely fantastic course. Highly recommended. Jonathan is a wonderful teacher. I came on this course with no practical jewellery making skills and have left with the confidence and enthusiasm to begin my own journey.
I will definitely be enrolling in the stone setting course.
Jayne Johnson - - #28097
Going on my own, I was a little worried before arriving for the course; but I needn’t have worried at all. Jonathan was so welcoming and provided a plentiful supply of biscuits and coffee all day! I had never tried making jewellery before, but came away with two rings and a set of earring studs! Jonathan was so informative and provided information during and after the course of how we could go on to startup our own mini workshop.
I didn’t anticipate the day to be so educational and came away felling like I’d really learnt a new craft! All my friends want to go on this course now too!
Mallory Ritchie - - #27309
I really enjoyed the two day jewellery course I had with Jonathan. He was very knowledgable and approachable. I came away with enough information to start making silver jewellery at home, and a helpful list of tools needed.
Lovely homemade lunches and biscuits were also provided by his partner in their home which was a nice touch.
I’d like to book another course with Jonathan in the near future for sure!
Lucy Thiara - - #25781
I did the two day course this last weekend and it was fantastic. I was a bit apprehensive beforehand, having done various crafty things before but never trying jewellery making so wasn't really sure what to expect, or if I'd be able to come away having made anything I'd be able to wear. I need not have worried as the course was fantastic - Jonathan clearly knows his craft inside out and is a lovely friendly, supportive tutor. We covered everything I felt I needed as a complete beginner, from what kit would be useful to start out at home to different materials, thinking about designs and even having a nosy at some beautiful gemstones.
Refreshments were provided over both days, with no issues catering for me as a picky vegan type. I've come away with a couple of lovely pieces which I've already been wearing and making everyone admire, along with enough knowledge to feel like this is something I could start to try myself at home. Fully intending on booking in for another session in the not too distant future and would highly recommend this course to anyone interested.
Claire - - #25782
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