Greatly enjoyed it although it was sometimes a bit difficult following instructions from the other end of the table
Jane Gibson - - #6199
Had a wonderful day, I have no hesitation in recommending this course, was great fun learning a new craft amongst like-minded people, eating lovely food and sharing banter in a perfect setting. Annie is awesome and the Quirky workshops at the Cycle Cafe are a real treat day away from it all, can't wait to return!
Anna Wolfe - - #6183
Perfect setting for a perfect course and lovely food- all homemade - if I lived nearer I would be there every month
Sallie Anderson - - #6169
This course is fab - I had no idea what a large and lifelike goose I would be making. I also thought mine would never look like the course leader's model. But it does. I am so proud of it and love having it in my garden. The course was extremely well managed, great fun and totally absorbing. I plan to do more.
Aine Kelly - - #6165
This course was a retirement gift to push me outside my comfort zone- I have never been known for any artistic ability! I had heard so many glowing reports about Quirky Workshops. Gwen was a legend, patient, reassuring, completely understanding about my need to have everything explained several times! Other course members had some artistic skills and we were all able to produce finished articles at our own level. I loved the different techniques we learnt for creating patterns on porcelain- I had only previously used clay at school. My husband was amazed to see what I had produced.
We were also well looked after with tea, biscuits and lunch, a real treat. I would recommend anyone to have a go at a Quirky Workshop whether you are experienced or not.
Gill George - - #6164
I LOVE this workshop! I have worked in Art & Design all my life, but with very limited experience of ceramics. Gwen is an excellent and patient tutor, who has been able to help my naturally clumsy self to develop some skill in working with porcelain (I need a lot more experience though!)
Greystoke Cycle Cafe is a lovely venue - and the refreshments provided throughout the day are wonderful. I would highly recommend both Gwen's workshop and Quirky Workshops at Greystoke to anyone interested in Arts and Crafts
Jane Greenwood - - #6162
I have been on a number of courses here and they have all been excellent. My herdwick doorstop is lovely and even admired by James Rebanks of "shepherds life' fame. The food is lovely too, I always eat too much!
Ann Stupple - - #6159
What a great day !
The venue is lovely, with a great atmosphere. The course was excellent, all the materials required were provided. The tutor showed all the steps and no sewing is required. We all went home with our own doorstop - wonderful.
There are so many courses available, I will be returning.
Vouchers are available which make great gifts.
Patricia Davies - - #6158
Excellent and fun course. Great tutor with easy to follow steps. Amazing lunch and treats during the day. One of many great courses offered by the cycle cafe st greystoke. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and would even attend this course again!
Roslyn - - #6156
Excellent course by a very capable instructor, and we all came away with wonderful sculptures. Added to that, we had a delicious lunch in the cafe garden (price included in the workshop fee) in a really convivial atmosphere.
julia stanton - - #6155
My second wire sculpture course, just love it. Sue is a very patient teacher and I came home chuffed with my creations!! Will be booking for next year.
Iona - - #6154
An amazing course! The teaching was excellent- Jackie is very good at explaining the technique and manages to get the best out of what that person wants to do. The setting is wonderful. The cycle café is a very relaxing place and the work-space is nice and cosy. The atmosphere is very friendly and the 2 days were just very enjoyable on many counts. The food provided by Annie is plentiful and delicious.
I couldn't fault the 2-day course in any way. I came away, very pleased with the panel I made, and am wanting to carry on doing more stained-glass. Jackie is a very inspiring teacher.
Kevin - - #5557
I really enjoyed the course ( stained glass ) and I am enormously pleased with the end result. I had never done stained glass before and would recommend it, Jackie is a very good teacher and patient. Great location and warm and friendly people, good grub too.
Cindy - - #5554
First class course delivered with skill and awareness of all the participants abilities. Great hands on experience which Tony and wonderful wholesome food from Annie and her Team.
Many thanks for a brilliant 2 days. See you in September for what I am sure will be another great course.
Rob lea - - #5552
A fantastic 2 days, Tony is an excellent tutor providing the right level of instruction, support and advice whilst allowing you to get hands on from the start. The satisfaction of seeing your arrow fly from the bow you have crafted cannot be fully described. Thanks also to Annie and her team at Greystoke for keeping a team of newbie "bowyers" fed and watered with excellent food and refreshments- I cannot recommend the 2 days highly enough - go for it you won't be disappointed.
John Lorimer - - #5357
Other than some hamfisted attempts at DIY round the house, I've never worked with wood before, but this was just a joy, and I was amazed with the results we all achieved. David is a great tutor, good company, and the quality of his own finished work is amazing, so we knew we were in good hands. We started with a part trimmed down block of wood, with the bird outline marked up with pencil, a stanley knife, some sandpaper, and plasters. Once David had set us off, there followed two hours of slightly surreal near silence from all of us until lunchtime as we frantically whittled away, completely absorbed by what we were doing. I ended up with more plasters on my fingers than the rest of the group put together! But I was just delighted with the end product, due in no small part to the lovely design David chose for us, and my friends and family were hugely impressed too. Annie kept us fuelled with delicious tea and cakes, and the lunch of delicious home made soups and puds was worth the trip alone. More intense whittling and sanding in the afternoon, and voila, a bird appeared! It still needs a little work to finish it off (I'm waiting for my arm muscles to recover first!), but I have invested in a few good books on whittling and bird carving and am looking forward to doing a lot more whittling in the future. Thanks Annie and David, for a brilliant day.
Anna Williams - - #4776
An brilliant experience. Tony is a knowledgeable and skilled teacher - provide support and encouragement from start to finish. A quirky workshop not to be forgotten.
Thanks also to the Annie and her crew for providing regular refreshment and sustinance.
Julie Allan - - #3121
Great couple of days. Thanks to Tony's guidance started with ash tree section and came away with a long bow. Venue and food supplied by Annie also brilliant.
Joe Wright - - #3092
As three art teachers, we had a wonderful and very informative day out on the willow course. Phil and all the Cycle cafe staff were lovely and it was a real pleasure to take part - not to mention our superb, quirky willow hares we made! Would thoroughly recommend!
Kristina Stevens - - #1636
An excellent day out. Beautiful setting, clear instructions & help. People can't quite believe that I made Harris, my willow hare.
Jacqui - - #1627