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.
Andrew Bradbury - - #17791
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.
Traditional Stained Glass - - #17755
I had an amazing day, learnt so much, and thoroughly enjoyed myself, thankyou :)
maxi brown - - #17726
Kate was excellent learnt so much in such a short time. She clear and her instructions were easy to follow.
Would absolutely recommend it to others, indeed i already have.
Thanks so much (really proud of my stain. glass
steve loxam - - #17712
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.
Kay - - #16744
The stain glass courses are well run. Martin leads each student step by step through the stain glass process methodically making it seem (relatively) straight forward. He is amazingly patient and happy to repeat information as required. Each class contains a variety of "students" with different skill levels and experience that are working on different projects. Martin treats you as an individual and provides you with the level of support that you require. The studio is well stocked with all necessary equipment that is well maintained. Students just need to purchase their glass for their personal projects. I would highly recommend these courses.
Sue Matthews - - #16281
Excellent course with good support and guidance from Martin who is a great teacher. He is always happy to help with your ideas and share his knowledge/tips . Very enjoyable and returning for a third course.
Donna Martin - - #16083
I have really enjoyed learning a new skill, meeting other people doing the same and creating pieces. Martin is an excellent teacher who is always very encouraging! I am looking forward to improving my techniques over the coming year.
Corinne Thornton - - #15994
Love what we do, Martin is patient and helpful and I enjoy the other participants and everyone's willingness to share ideas
Vicky Thomas - - #15968
I have attended at least four of Martin’s courses, I think!! I’m not certain how many because it feels like a normal part of my week! I enjoy ‘crafty’ things anyway but had never tried stained glass before. The first few weeks were challenging and I can’t say some of my skills are much better now, but that is not to do with Martin’s skill as a teacher. As a teacher myself, for 40 years I can spot a ‘good un’ a mile off and Martin is one of these. He immediately puts you at ease, quietly and with humour leads you through the process of producing something magical. He never gets frustrated, however many times you need reminding about techniques, he’s supportive when you want to try something left of field and helps you achieve the ‘picture in your head’. He’s helped me produce pieces I never ever thought I’d be able to make and even improve my soldering - not an easy task. There is always a happy atmosphere in his well equipped workshop, with everyone interested in each other’s projects, I’ve signed up for another course in September - can’t wait!!
Gail - - #15958
As a 'newbie' to Stained Glass, I began working with Martin just 6 months ago, however I have been delighted with Martin's teaching, encouragement and support throughout....... and am now most definitely hooked on Leaded Glass and Tiffany Glass art.
I thoroughly recommend Martin as a tutor and his well equipped workshop at Abbeydale. When you start you will be challenged by this addictive medium, but Martins teaching and enthusiasm will soon get you over any frustrations and very quickly you will have made brilliant pieces of glass art with a fantastic feeling of achievement.
Everybody who attends the workshops is really friendly and happy to share, and its great being surrounded by amazing ideas. Looking forward to returning in September!
Debbie Twell - - #15854
This is an excellent course! As a beginner, Martin will show you both the traditional way of making leaded stained glass and also the Tiffany method, you will then have a chance to produce a piece of your choice using either of these new skills.
Martin is a patient, well organised teacher with a wealth of knowledge and ideas and the classroom is well set out with all the equipment easy to find.
I thoroughly recommend this course.
Deborah Williams - - #15828
I cannot rate this course highly enough. Martin is an excellent and patient teacher, allowing each class member to work at their own pace. He is always encouraging and happily shares of his many years of experience in this craft, allowing us to learn from what has gone well for him.
The facilities at the workshop are also excellent. There is never any waiting around for equipment to become free, every class member has exactly the tools needed. He is always very aware of our safety and teaches us best practice with regards to health and safety. It is also very helpful to be able to purchase some items from Martin which he supplies at very competitive prices.
I have met some lovely people on Martin's course and look forward to returning.
Alyson Ward - - #15829
It's been fabulous to explore my creative side and I've learnt so much. Martin has been very encouraging and supportive, pointing in the right direction when I needed it too. The others in the class have been inspiring with their wonderful creativity. Highly recommend these classes.
Amal - - #15824
I have been attending Martin's class for a few years now as I love the relaxed creative environment. Martin is always supportive and gives great advice on ideas for the projects that I have carried out. I also love being able to see everyone else's projects and share ideas/get inspiration from them. The time spent in the class flies every week, and is very enjoyable - a great way to forget all of life's stresses.
Barbara Ruth Doyle - - #15715
A great course for beginners, or even as refresher course. Something new learned every week. Individual equipment which is good, lots of help from Martin who is an excellent teacher. A very motivational course. Definitely returning with a new project.
Pauline Oldfield - - #15682
Classes are fantastic. Martin is a great teacher with a lot of patience and gentleness. I feel a real sense of achievement and he has helped me find skills within me that i didn't know existed. Looking forward to September already.
Cathy Phillips - - #15678
What a delight to get along to glass class each week. Martin is an excellent teacher who gives each of us the individual attention we require - from first timers to ambitious glass artists we each get just the right amount of support and encouragement. And at half way through each class he brings us a cup of tea - what's not to like?
Tom - - #15674
Martin's class has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding classes I have ever attended. Martin's teaching style is perfect fro a group of adult learners with a varying amount of knowledge and expertise, from those who have been working with glass for years to those who are complete newcomers. He gently facilitates learning whilst at the same time teaching the various aspects of the craft and keeping a safe environment. Martin is careful to teach thoroughly the best techniques - which he has acquired over decades of working with glass, but at the same time allows students to follow their own style of work. From "Well done you're finished, are you pleased with it?" to "Hold it up, and I'll take a picture", those of us who have experienced that feel the same kind of delight that Bake-off contestants experienced when Paul Hollywood shook their hand.
Lisa Heller - - #15672
The course is very well run and inspirational. It offers a good introduction to stained glass techniques for beginners in the class and encouragement for more experienced students to develop their preferred projects. The atmosphere is friendly and non judgmental which makes for enthusiastic and supportive classes. There are a large selection of books and the website gallery of students work provides plenty of ideas.
Kay - - #15640