Had a wonderful time in Sara’s workshop, and have come away with a piece I feel proud of. Sara is an excellent teacher, very patient and generous with her time. Highly recommend the session if you want to get your head away from work, screens, and focus on making something beautiful with your hands. Very cosy countryside setting too.
What an amazing afternoon, i bought this experience as a gift for my mum's birthday! Sara is so knowledgeable and patient, what we produced was beyond our expectations! Her workshop is lovely and easy to find. We all had such a great time and I am so glad that I have booked another afternoon to do it all again! Can't wait!
What a lovely way to spend a day. Sara was the perfect teacher and host for a productive day of silver jewellery making. Nothing is too much trouble and Sara welcomes your ideas and helps you every step of the way to ensure you are more than happy with your finished product! Can’t wait to sign up for another day.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review Michelle ..... It was a really fun day for me too working on both your idea and seeing them come to life. You really made a very nice bangle, and I can't wait to see you again to maybe make a matching ring and earrings !! Sara x
I've had the perfect morning making my own silver cuff bangle with Sara. Her little wooden workshop is perfect for one on one or group visits, it's set in her beautiful quiet garden, alongside her very gorgeous picture postcard cottage. Sara was a brilliant teacher, very knowledgeable, really helpful and she has helped me create something I absolutely love!
Thank you so much Sara, I had a brilliant time with you (and I love my bonus ring purchase!!) and i would recommend you again and again x
If you are looking for a very knowledgeable, flexible and skilled silver smith, Sara is your person. I had the most lovely day and threw all sorts of problems at Sara and she knew exactly how to resolve them. I have only the most basic silver-smithing experience and Sara was brilliant at showing me techniques and making sure I was on the right track. I even turned up with a scrap of silver that looked like an offensive weapon, it was so sharp; and she helped me make it into a fluid and beautiful bracelet - an iterative process which I really enjoyed. We had happy dogs at our feet all day - Sara and Misty welcomed my lurcher Fiasco and were very accommodating of a rather large dog in their space! We even took the two dogs for a little walk before I headed off with two new bangles and several beautifully polished rings. A day of fascinating conversation, creativity and a sense of achievement, all due to Sara's generosity. I highly recommend this course. Great fun! Thank you Sara!
Wow .... Lizzy thank you so much for your review and very lovely words. You made my day a pleasure too, we chatted over so many things as well as worked and you achieved such lovely bracelets. Fiasco was a delight to have as well, it made a nice change to the day and I know Misty loved the doggy company! I'm really hoping to see you again to make some more wonderful jewellery. Sara
A fantastic workshop with results that surpassed my expectations!
Sara is knowledgeable, highly skilled and very patient (helpful in my case!)
I would definitely recommend and hope to do another course soon
Thanks for a great day
My friend came down from Shropshire and I thought we do something different so booked this course at the last minute.
What a great time we had! Completely different to anything we had done before and under the patient guidance of Sara, we created unique silver cuffs, earrings and pendants, learned new skills and had a blast doing it!
Sara is talented artist and an amazingly gifted teacher ..at no time did we feel may be leaving without something that looked professional, she deftly showed us each step and assured us it would be fine!
We are now proud owners of one off pieces to be worn and appreciated for many years.
We can't recommend this workshop highly enough, a creative few hours with an expert has certainly brightened our dull February weekend, and Sarah made us very welcome in her lovely country cottage .. with frequent guest appearances from Misty, who completed the ambience!
My dear Fran & Jayne - A total pleasure to work and chat with you both. I had a great afternoon too, so wonderful to see your work develop...... what's next????? Look forward to seeing you again some time I hope. Sara (& a lick from Misty)!
A lovely way to spend a few hours with friends and enjoy the pleasure of creating your own special piece of jewellery-I came away with a wonderful silver bangle that I couldn’t believe I had created myself-can’t stop looking at it! My friend made a perfect pair of earrings. Sara made the day for us-her Studio was so professionally laid out with every imaginable tool possible-she was very helpful and encouraging and made us most welcome. We will certainly go again this year-I can thoroughly recommend the experience-thank you so much Sara-
Dear Annette - thank you so much for your review, I had such a fun day with you and Liz, it was my absolute pleasure to work with you ..... and you both made lovely pieces - I'm glad you like your bangle. Can't wait to see you both again later this year to make some new things ...... maybe some spoon rings :-) Sara
I have really just started trying to make jewellery in silver but still had no idea of what I wanted to do - despite seeing hundreds of images in Facebook, Instagram etc!
Over mugs of tea in Sara’s lovely kitchen with Misty sitting by our feet, we went through what I had done, what I liked and what we could feasibly do in the time we had
Then off we went to the amazing workshop in her Kent garden. I spent all day learning new techniques and using Sara’s own tools to make a hammered silver cuff bracelet, a pair of sparkling little silver star earrings and the adventurous retriculated silver earrings with star cut outs - suitable for any high flying meeting or potential girl band rock star!
Star is warm, friendly and kind (no wrist slapping or sighs). She lets you work at your own pace and steps in at exactly the right moment
Anyone booking this course will have the most fantastic day or even few hours here. Spoil yourself and spend some time mastering a little piece of silver magic
I booked a half day silversmithing workshop with Sara for a birthday present and it was an excellent experience. Sara was very welcoming and instantly helped us with lots of design ideas, ensuring she was there to support throughout. Sara had lots of suggestions if anything needed correcting and she was a great teacher, explaining the process as we went through.
It was fantastic to take home some finished pieces and I would highly recommend this course to all!
We had such a great morning making Christmas tree decorations as part of our office day out before breaking up for the holidays. Sara was so helpful in designing a course for us that would accommodate a larger group than normal and that catered for mixed characters and abilities. We all came away with a lovely handmade memento of the day, as well as having spent a fun and relaxing morning. I have no hesitation in recommending the courses at SDP, and I now really want to return at some point to try out some other jewellery-making skills.
Really enjoyable one day course with Sara who is a very patient and encouraging teacher. I’m a complete novice in all things creative but came away with a lovely hammered silver bangle and a silver gingerbread man Xmas decoration both of which I’m very pleased with. I’d thoroughly recommend this course and I’ll definitely be booking again next year.
Sara was lovely!! I booked an afternoon session to create a personal, handmade item to give as my family Secret Santa present. I am so pleased that I took the chance and booked a session - I have no creativity (!) and no previous experience but now I have a gorgeous pair of earrings and I completely loved my afternoon.
Initially, Sara made me tea and we talked about possible designs of the earrings. Sara guided me through the process and we came up with a totally original design! I loved using all the tools and learning about the different silver techniques- the time flew by and Sara’s gorgeous little dog sat happily watching us throughout. I loved my afternoon and will definitely be back. Thank you so much Sara.
Lisa, wow that you so much for your amazing review, I absolutely loved working with you, it really was fun and you made such a great set of earrings (I am sure she will love them - let me know!) ... here's hoping to see you again to make something else and learn some more skills.
Brilliant one day course. I chose to make a leaf shaped pendant, probably threw Sara by choosing an unusual leaf but she didn’t baulk at all. She was so patient and explained everything so well. Nothing was too much trouble and I’ve gone home with a necklace to be proud of. Thanks very much Sara
I chose to attend a 1:1 workshop with Sara to make a memorial pendant to match an existing piece of jewellery. Sara is patient and takes her time to explain each process and tool. Within 2 hours, under Sara's excellent guidance I was able to achieve far more than I expected and left with a beautiful pendant in memory of my dad.
I can't recommend Sara enough.
I bought this for myself to make some personal gifts for Christmas. I booked the half day bangle session. I would throughly recommend this. Sara was friendly and welcoming from the start and was patient and supportive throughout making me feel confident by modelling the techniques and guiding me through each part. I’ve done a couple of silver courses before but this was far superior and completely bespoke to me. Sara was an amazing tutor who made the session so enjoyable and made me feel super confident and we actually made a ring as well as a bangle during the session. They turned out so beautifully that I’m keeping them instead of giving them away for Christmas!! I will definitely be going back to make some more items and can’t recommend this session highly enough. 5 stars - thank you Sara!!
Jacqueline - thank you so very much for your amazing review, I loved our time as well and what you made was just perfect! You have some great skills and I can't wait to see you again to make some more!!
Absolutely brilliant course booked for me by my daughter as a birthday treat. From the moment we arrived Sara made us feel at ease and very welcome. She was supportive and encouraging of our efforts and encouraged us to work independently whilst being on hand to guide and step in if needed.
A wonderful,fun day designing and making leaf earrings.
Sara is really friendly and instantly made me feel at ease. All the different steps and processes were clearly explained which meant that I felt confident in my design (am not arty!!) and in using the various pieces of equipment.
I came away having learnt a lot, having had a great experience and with a pair of earrings that I am really proud of.
I would definitely recommend Sara's workshop days.
Julie, thank you so much, you were a model student too! and as I said on the day .... the best piecing saw skills I have seen in a beginner :-). I had a great time working with you and seeing the results of your work. Sara
Sara adapted the day especially for me and I was able to produce a beautiful torque bracelet, a bracelet made from my silver sugar tongs, a ring made from my silver spoon and two tiny rings for my granddaughters. Sara guided me through the course with skill & encouragement and I
learnt so much. I really enjoyed my day which included a lovely lunch & playtime with Sara’s lovely assistant Misty. Thank you so much 😊
My friend and I had a brilliant time at the silver leaf jewellery making day with Sara. Sara took us through the techniques to make a beautiful leaf pendant each, which we are wearing with pride. Sara made it very interesting, fun and safe.