Had a great day with Steve and ended up leaving with a lot of ideas about how to use, and adapt, the techniques I learnt.
Roger Stiles - - #25475
In August, we happened to stay in a holiday cottage in Devon which had some of Steve's work on display. In amongst the leaflets, we found information about the day workshops and booked a day of 'free style'. My 16 year old son, who does have some artistic ability, and myself, who doesn't, had a fantastic experience. Even as complete novices, we came away with a range of pieces art work we could be proud of.
On our course, the 'students' had a range of abilities, knowledge and experiences from none (us) to a craftsperson who was experienced in glass crafting & wanted to try out a new technique. Steve was able to adapt his teaching to effectively provide each of us with the level of teaching and support that we needed.
Lunch was excellent & was at a local restaurant which catered easily for our dietary requirements (gluten & dairy free). Steve even provided gf df biscuits for coffee breaks.
Overall, an excellent experience. If we lived closer, we would love to return to further develop our skills.
Fiona White - - #25460
My second two day course proved as wonderful as the first - probably better.
The reason is the host Steve Robinson who is enthusiastic, humorous, patient and incredibly generous with his knowledge. He wants you to have fun and enjoy the experiences so shares not only his ideas but his enamels and Glass to enable lots of work and all helped by numerous cups of tea or coffee. I want to go again as I had such a good time and came away with a plethora of glass items. On the Sunday, the big reveal is very exciting as he opens the kiln to show the results of the second day’s work. A wonderful experience heartily recommended!
Monika Jones - - #25064
Completed the taster course with my Dad, it was great! Ha a great time with Steve and made some nice glass, highly recommend and would definitely do another course myself
Saran - - #24681
Never done anything like this before but Steve demonstrated the techniques and talked us through the process. I did find it difficult at first as I was nervous of making mistakes but Steve was on hand to advise and assist. Very pleased with my fired panel and already planning to have another go with friends.
Sue Birdsall - - #22096
Steve is wonderfully energetic and inspiring, full of useful suggestions and ideas to help create your own personal masterpiece. The two day course is relaxed with tasty pub lunches and coffee and biscuits always available. Steve spends his time with each student and is very kind, encouraging and helpful. I will definitely consider returning to Devon for another course.
Liz Simmons - - #21041
A lovely day, learning and practicing a fascinating technique. And a fabulous lunch with a refreshing G & T.
Steve has a large and well organised studio - our group all thoroughly enjoyed our day.
Carol Wenham - - #20798
This course was exceptional as it was well organised and as a participant it certainly brought out creativity and it was particularly productive. There were many and varied resources in the studio at our disposal, which is very generous of Steve, therefore we could make many items.
Steve explained everything to do with glass fusing in a clear and communicative way that we could understand. He went over the names of the various resource and emphasised all the safety tips we needed to know .
Steve is very friendly, encouraging and interacted well with his learners and was always around to help, bounce ideas off and get constructive feedback from. I learnt a lot from Steve's enthusiasm, his passion for his art and him being a great tutor.
It was a really amazing course and I would highly recommend it to to anyone who is interested in any form of art and would like a day of creativity. My full day was amazing and very enjoyable, including the pub lunch, and I was surprised at all the items I produced.
I am definitely going to return to do a two day course as I throughly enjoyed the whole day and experience.
S. A. Morton - - #18383
An exciting day in good company, Steve was a superb instructor with endless patience. I was thrilled with my finished glass pieces.
Sue Ritchie - - #18213
I am not a particularly artist person - I just love to try...under Steve's tutelage, I feel I really have created my own masterpieces which will serve as a reminder of the joy and utter peace a day in his workshop provided me with... I cannot recommend Steve's work and his workshop, highly enough... although I'd quite like to keep him a secret too, so I can easily book on another weekend :-)... he's brilliant, the day was like a week's holiday and Devon is just perfect. Rx
Rachel - - #17005
I enjoyed every moment, the facilities are excellent and you are made to feel welcome from the start... The glass work that Steve produces is beautiful and inspiring, he is so generous with his knowledge. Steve is a patient tutor, who makes time for everyone in the group sharing his time as equally as possible. I was encouraged to experiment with my ideas and push my creativity, which allowed me to produce several pieces of glass to take home.
Thanks for a great day and igniting a real passion for this beautiful art !!!
Natalie Thomas - - #16469
I came to this one day course having seen and fallen for Steve's work up in St Davids. I have no artistic flair and am terrified by a piece of blank paper or sheet of glass ... but Steve has a light guiding touch as he teaches the basic techniques and encourages you to explore and just 'have a go'. It was a day of good company, intense concentration, good pub lunch, and it left me with a great feeling of having achieved something way outside my comfort zone. Thank you so much Steve and Hannah.
Shelagh Ball - - #16333
Great from start to finish . Really enjoyed being able to try something new and being taken through it step by step. Steve was really encouraging , patient and enthusiastic which meant we came away with a lovely creation of our own. I learnt so much in such a short space of time
Amber Threapleton - - #16328
I was on holiday in Dorset and was hoping to do a glass fusing course with some one else but she was not available so i hit the internet where i came upon Steve’s site ,looked at some of his wonderful creations and thought i would give him a call, i was so lucky because at short notice they had me booked on a course for that weekend , i knew in my mind what i would like to make not even knowing if it would be possible !but Steve was absolutely amazing he guided me through the whole process (think a couple of times it even tested Steve ) and the finished result was just out of this world . I had one of the best days of my life with Steve learning so much about some thing i had not a clue about when i got there in the morning, to producing something that was beyond my expectations, thanks Steve i had ball !!!
Simon phillips - - #16147
It's hard to add anything further to the glowing accounts from previous course attenders. We had a great time, Steve and Hannah made us so welcome and the technical assistance from Steve was first class. He is such a talent and generous in sharing his skill and artistry. Would love to do more!
John Siddall - - #15850
I had been looking forward to this course for months since booking last year. The course not only lived up to my expectations but exceeded them. Steve Robinson apart from being a brilliant glass artist is generous with his knowledge and experience and can make comparative beginners feel as if they have achieved something amazing , which of course we did. Mistakes notwithstanding, I was very pleased with my glass pieces, which certainly would not have been achieved without Steve's help, advice and enthusiasm to keep going when mistakes were made - he has a wonderful vacuum nozzle which can transform an error into something of which to be proud. I would advise anyone to try his courses and when one realises the cost of materials, the course costs can be very acceptable. I loved it enough to consider going again
Monika Jones - - #15778
I'd previously taken two one-day glass fusing courses with Steve at St David's and have just returned from a two-day course at his new studio near Totnes. There's definitely a huge advantage in the two-day course because you get to see the test pieces you made on the first day before you start to make the main piece / pieces on the second day. This enables you to make technical and design changes and gives you a better chance of making something much nearer the surprisingly-good than the mother-in-law-Christmas-present end of the spectrum. The courses cost money - although given Steve's expertise (is there anybody better at fused glass in UK?) and the cost of the materials they're also very good value - so it's a good idea to go with one or two ideas as to what you want to make that you've thought through quite carefully and then to follow Steve's advice. He knows how to strike just the right balance between encouraging you to follow your inclination and guiding you away from anything unrealistic or impractical. He's also endlessly kind and patient and has the knack of creating a really enabling and friendly working atmosphere. There's also a wider choice of pubs and restaurants in Totnes than in St David's and it's a fun place in the evening. And, unlike St David's, there's a railway station, although the train timetables last weekend were largely advisory. Would I go again? A week would be ideal of course, but the one-day course, or even two days if you have the time and can afford the cost, are both great learning experiences. Wonderful, in fact!
Peter Grundy - - #14569
After enjoying a 1 day glass workshop last summer in St Davids my husband bought me a 2 day glass workshop experience for my birthday.
I would thoroughly recommend Steve’s 2 day workshop particularly if you have completed the 1 day one.
It is 2 very full days, including 2 lovely lunches at local pubs in Ashprington (his new location).
The first day we mostly made test pieces to fire overnight. Steve took me through different ways of applying the enamel and demonstrated mould making and glass cutting, I did a lot of glass cutting myself for my final piece.
On the second day I made my final piece along with several other items using techniques that I had been taught. His enthusiasm and energy as well as his skill and patience is limitless.
At the end of the 2 days I was able to take home not only the main piece, but also several other items which I had made including bowls, t-lights, small wall hangings and all the test pieces.
Steve is very generous with his materials as well as his time and is an excellent teacher.
Kay White - - #14542
Excellent one day Glass fusing with enamels. I arrived as a surprise birthday present and knew nothing about it so consequently no preparation done whatsoever. Steve is a great teacher and very helpful. The full day gave us lots of opportunity to experiment in the morning making large tiles and learning how to apply the enamels to produce different finishes. After a lovely lunch at the local pub, we made our large panel in the afternoon. There was also time to make tea light panels.
We were able to make lots of pieces which Steve fired overnight ready for collection next day. I was delighted with my wall panel and selection of tiles which I am going to slump into dishes.
It was lovely to meet Alison and Lizzy and spend the day doing glass with them.
I can thoroughly recommend this one day course and feel inspired to continue with the enamels
using my own kiln. Thank you Steve for a great day.
Catherine Mears - - #14282
Good company (Steve, Lizzie and Kathy), brilliant guidance in converting fanciful ideas into achievable projects with gorgeous glass to take home. My daughter was really pleased with the end result. Planning helped me get the most of the day and it proved helpful to have alternative ideas. Having ideas for stencils cuts down on time although for Kathy the surprise gift led to exploration and wonderful pieces.
A note on the production of stencils would help but Steve saved the day and we managed.
Alison Hill - - #14223