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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
I have recently completed the one day glass fusing workshop with
Steve. It was serious fun! I learnt loads and was able to spend time
exploring different techniques and colour combinations with support
when and if I needed it.
I plan to return again soon to try out some more ideas!
A great way to spend an evening for all ages.
Steve covered all the basics inc the health and safety elements, then let us get going with our imaginations running wild!
There was no question that went unanswered, and plenty of support too.
Simply good fun, good value for money, and at the end your own piece of unique glassware 😊
A great new experience with a fun, informal group of fellow novices. Steve's expert understanding,
and guidance, meant we could all (especially my 15 year old daughter) be proud of our designs.
Steve was even happy to discuss our ideas before the course; I recommend giving him a ring and bringing any stencils with you, so you can make the most of your day!
With endless creative possibilities, the resulting glassware is mesmerizing with both bold composition and intricate detail.
The only negative is that it's SO addictive!
It was such a privilege to spend two days with Steve in his wonderful and spacious workshop. My experience exceeded all my expectations as Steve's encouragement, willingness to share his wealth of experience and ability to coax me beyond my boundaries took me way beyond what I believed I could achieve and even stirred a few tears when the kiln was opened! I have brought home a beautiful glass panel that I am both delighted and proud to have installed as a splashback in my new kitchen! Thank you so much, Steve for all that you shared.
What a fantastic day! I really enjoyed myself and am SO pleased with what I made. Can't wait for them to be hung in place in my kitchen.
Steve is a great teacher - relaxed, easygoing, giving input and suggestions, but letting you do what you want.
I would highly recommend thinking about your design before the day and sending pictures to Steve before the course (which is encouraged and recommend anyway). That way, you know what you are thinking about is possible, and you can get on with making the necessary stencils before the day and therefore not wasting time on the day doing things you can do at home! Giving you more time to work on your piece (and maybe have time to make some little pieces too 😀)
Thanks for a great day, Steve, and good luck with the move to Devon.
Interesting and enjoyable day. Very happy with the work that Steve helped me to complete. Felt that I learned quite a lot. Steve is very talented and produces some amazing pieces.
It would have been useful to have had the opportunity to discuss with Steve what I had planned to do prior to the day as unfortunately what I had planned was not possible so that threw me a bit and I then struggled to think of what to do.
The day was sometimes a little chaotic as there were plenty of demands on Steve’s time but we all had enough one to one support throughout the day.
I've never done glass fusion before and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Steve is a great teacher, very relaxed and very generous with his considerable knowedge, he ensured we all came away with a great piece of art ready for hanging on the wall plus a number of other lovely pieces that we spent the day making, what a treat ! I would highly recommend this course.
This was my second time one Steve's one day course. Thoroughly recommended, Steve is an excellent teacher and very skilled craftsman who is willing to share his expertise (ie you aren't corralled into doing what teacher wants but are given free reign with great input from him). We all had a great time! Very pleased with my own pieces, one already earmarked as a gift for a good friend. Will definitely be going on the two-day course next year.
This course was a wonderful birthday present and the day exceeded my hopes and expectations. I am no artist but with Steve's patience, enthusiasm and expert guidance I am delighted with and rather proud of the results of my day! Lovely friendly and relaxed atmosphere with great tuition and help so that everybody gets the best out of the day. Would certainly recommend Steve's courses and I'd love to go again, just sorry that Steve will be moving from St Davids.
What a great day at Steve's glass fusion workshop. Superb experience. I really don't know how he copes with us novices ,5 of us wanting his attention , he is a complete professional and an extremely patient man. I'm sure we were all delighted with our projects. I know I am ! Can't wait for another try.
Had a fantastic day on this excellant workshop which Steve tutors so well with great patience. Delighted with my 'masterpiece' and hope to return for another day course in the future now my mind is full of ideas. Very rewarding and satisfying experience and I would certainly recommend it highly.