A great way to spend an afternoon. Sarah is very relaxed, helpful and able to pass her enthusiasm onto you whilst still allowing you to undertake every part of the process. Good fun, informal and relaxing we really enjoyed ourselves and came away with something (slightly wonky in my case) to enjoy for a long time.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:James, thank you so much for taking the time to write your review, I'm so glad you both enjoyed your time ...... it was lovely to meet you both. Great results ..... and not thank wonky it the end!!!!
This workshop was a surprise birthday gift for me and what an amazing idea for a present! Despite absolutely no experience or particular aptitude I was delighted / amazed with my achievement of creating a beautiful bangle/ cuff. The whole environment is just lovely. Sara expertly guided the session and made it very relaxing. I actually found the whole process to be extremely therapeutic. I will definitely do it again and will absolutely be treating some of my (lucky!) friends to workshops for their birthdays. Highly recommended!!!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Penny, thank you for your lovely review, it was so nice to see you both and glad you enjoyed your birthday treat & of course your lovely hand crafted silver cuff - great job ..... you didn't deserve the grade you said you got for metal work at school!!! Sara
A wonderful way to spend a creative afternoon, in tranquil surroundings. Sara’s workshops were lovely, very professional with excellent range of tool and equipment.
My daughter made an amazing neck cuff and I, with a great deal of help, thank you Sara, made a pendant.
Sara was endlessly patient and helpful and very generous with both her time and sharing her knowledge, and answering any questions, plus she had the sweetest maddest dog that did a wonderful seal impression!
We have both come home with unique pieces of jewellery and would love to go back again.
We thoroughly recommend this course.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Susie, thank you so much for your thoughtful review ...... I am so pleased that you both enjoyed your time as that is one of the most important things for me. The extra time was well worth it to see your finished results :-). if you come back we can try some other techniques so you can try something else. Sara (and a lick from Misty)!!
Me and my partner attended the jewellery making workshop a couple of days ago. Sara is a fabulous teacher and is very patient and relaxed, the workshop is a lovely environment to be in. Having no experience whatsoever the one to one tuition really helped and we will definitely be coming back to learn more! We had such a great day and both came away with beautiful jewellery, plus is was amazing to meet Misty too!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Hi Alix - thank you so much for your lovely review, both of your pieces were great and I am so glad Rob went for the bigger ring ..... it worked out really well. Loved your cuff too, absolutely perfect - you are a natural and really do hope to see you again. Sara (and Misty)!
I had such a lovely time with Sara and came home with some pieces of jewellery I will treasure for a very long time.
The space was calm and professional and I felt very encouraged to create a piece of jewellery that was unique to me.
I would love to come back with friends or in a group as I can imagine the atmosphere would be just as fun and expressive as it was by myself.
I couldn't recommend Sara or her course enough!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Catherine, thank you so much for your thoughtful review, I loved your rings, you are a natural at soldering!! I shall look forward to seeing you again, maybe with a group of you - that will be fun :-)
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.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Thank you so much for your review, very much appreciated. I loved your piece, especially as you created it organically. Hope to see you again some time to make some more lovely jewellery. Sara
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!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Rowena - thank you so much for your lovely words and I had a lovely afternoon with you all .... looking forward to seeing what you make next! Sara
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.
Response from Silver Designed Personally: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
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Paula
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!
Response from Silver Designed Personally: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
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Liz, thank you so much for taking the time to write me a review. I really enjoyed working with you all .... really nice results and glad we got your piece finished :-) Hoping to see you again! Sara
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!
Response from Silver Designed Personally: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-
Response from Silver Designed Personally: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
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Heather .... thank you so much for such an amazing review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your day and I had fun too ... looking forward to seeing you again to see what we can do next :-) Sara
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!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Katy, thanks for taking time to write me a review, it was lovely to meet you both and I really enjoyed working on your ideas - great results!! Sara
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.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Wendy, thank you so much for choosing me and your review, it was great fun meeting and working with you all ..... Looking forward to seeing you again some time. Sara
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.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Sarah - thanks so much for your great review, it was such fun to work with you both and I'll look forward to seeing you again !! Sara
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.
Response from Silver Designed Personally: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
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Thanks so much for your wonderful review Kathryn, you made a lovely pendant and were a pleasure to work with.... and I leant a new plant too!! Beautiful shape. Thanks 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.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Gail, thank you so much for your review and it was a pleasure to help you make your lovely pendant in memory of your Dad - such a lovely idea.