As a beginner I found the course excellent with Martin taking us 3 beginners through the basic techniques via 2 projects. After these Martin guided us through our own projects.
The class had a mixture of levels of skill which was good as I could chat to more advanced classmates about their projects.
Martin was very good at sharing his time with everybody, plus he makes a good cup of tea! His classes are relaxed and friendly making learning easy
I have been wanting to take up a craft as a hobby for sometime but struggled to find something that appealed as most craft courses seem to be based around sewing. My search is over! I have just finished my first course and have loved every minute of the Friday morning stained glass course. I'm really pleased with my first two 'practice' pieces and have nearly finished my own third piece. Kate has been a great teacher; she is very knowledgeable and patient. She explains and demonstrates every stage of the process and and never seems to mind my asking her to show me how to do something again for the umpteenth time! Now I just need to think of my next project ready to start the next course in January....
I came across Martin’s workshop whilst visiting an open day at the Hamlet. I had never thought of doing stained glasswork before but immediately thought of a window for which we needed a stained glass panel and decided to make my own. I was inspired by the work which students were undertaking, the workshop and the atmosphere. Having completed 3 terms the window is now done and even my husband was impressed! Martin is very encouraging and inspires confidence in moments of doubt. There doesn’t seem to be any problem he doesn’t have a solution for and will ensure every piece is a success. I am in awe of the work students undertake under Martin’s guidance and have now signed up for a 4th term.
I attended an introduction to fused glass workshop run by Martin. Not having attended a workshop before I was a bit unsure of what to expect but I needn't have worried. The workshop is held in a beautiful location and the facilities in the room were fantastic. Each person has an individual work-bench with all the tools required in the glass fusing process so no having to share and wait for people to finish. Martin has a huge amount of experience in working with glass and was an excellent tutor - clear instructions and on hand to help. There was no pressure to complete a certain amount so everyone could go at their own pace. Overall I absolutely loved it and will definitely be booking another workshop.
Kate is a fantastic teacher . Everything was clearly explained and she gave us plenty of encouragement and help if required. Really pleased with what we achieved in such a short time. Would love to do a longer course but I live too far away :(
This course is exceptional. I have been working with Martin for about 18 months and it is my "happy place" among the stresses and strains of life. Martin is very patient, respectful and inclusive. He creates a relaxed environment and is encouraging so that I feel I am learning all the time and proud of my achievements. I would recommend this class to people of all abilities - I am definitely at the learner end but still able to create some beautiful work.
Martin's class is well organised,with help, advice and input whenever required.
It's a pleasure to be in his class, I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it and learning the stained glass techniques he teaches. His studio is fully equipped and a delight to be in.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my recent “stained glass” course and booked for the next one. Martin is knowledgeable and friendly making learning easy,his studio is large and well equipped.
I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning stained glass techniques.
I really enjoy the class. Martin is an excellent teacher, giving clear instruction, guidance and help and enabling students to work at their own pace with friendly support and encouragement. There is always a positive and friendly atmosphere, and Martin is always happy to provide extra help when needed. I look forward to starting the classes again in the New Year.
I have loved this class. Martin is an excellent teacher who is supportive and encouraging. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing and the class offers a great break from a busy life each week. I really look forward to attending each week.
I'm in my third year of going to stained glass classes taught by Martin. I was a total novice and the first term introduces you to all the techniques needed to make both Tiffany and Leaded pieces. I enjoyed it so much I kept on going. Being able to spend a couple of hours a week focusing on making stained glass in a friendly atmosphere is great. Martin is on hand to advise, answer questions and help out when needed. Am looking forward to continuing in 2019!
A really great day. Bought this for my Mum's birthday and we both thoroughly enjoyed the day. No prior knowledge or skills needed. We made a number of fused glass pieces - suncatchers, coasters and a bowl. I use the coasters everyday and I still think they look fab!
We have attended 3 ten week courses with Martin and both my husband and I can certainly recommend his classes to anyone who wants to learn a new hobby. We are going to attend his fusion glass courses too as we just love working with glass and the way Martin teaches. Xx
A really good day out, I had fancied a go at lead work for a long time and this came as a birthday present. There was a nice mix of people who all got on well and Kate was very patient with us and showed us clearly what to do.
It was a full day and worth every penny (even though I didn't pay for it!) and I would thoroughly recommend it. I can see it could become quite addictive and a good stress reliever as you do have to concentrate as cutting glass with sharp instruments.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Kate was great. She demonstrated everything superbly and was on hand to assist as and when required. Lovely to be able to come away with a coupe of stained glass samples illustrating what we had learnt. Highly recommended and will be checking the other courses out.
Really good course conducted in a friendly and encouraging environment. There are plenty of books and examples of completed projects available for inspiration. All materials and tools are provided in a designated workshop with plenty of adjacent parking. Refreshments and toilet facilities available next door throughout the day in a nice clean cafe and drinks available in the workshop.
Course started with instruction on how to cut glass shapes and layer pieces to make a sun catcher, then progresses to cutting and encapsulating foil and paper designs,, using glass powders and glass shapes to make coasters and a bowl.
Martin is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient teacher who encourages participants to develop their own creative ideas. By the end of the class everyone had produced several pieces with an amazing variety of styles and techniques. We all enjoyed the course and were left wanting more. Highly recommended.