A fabulous course with good clear and patient teaching skills. Suzanne was very warm and welcoming and her work space is lovely. There was a lot of freedom of choice with colours, design and I was made to feel very relaxed. Time disappeared far too quickly- I hadn't realised how much I'd been concentrating. A very mindful afternoon of being totally absorbed making lovely jewellery.
I attended this workshop with my daughter and can honestly say if was fantastic. I have taken lots of craft courses and my daughter is an artist so we thought we would be easy. Lampworking requires a great deal of skill, however Suzanne was very patient and calm offering all the support we needed. Our beads then arrived in the post like little jewels. No faults at all and will definitely try and do this again.
Firstly, any apprehension about using the equipment soon disappeared. Suzanne's studio and equipment are specifically adapted for safety and having 2 to 3 pupils per session ensures individuals receive guidance and reassurance when necessary.
Secondly, Suzanne is skilled in her craft and she is a patient and encouraging teacher. She demonstrates and guides you through the various techniques. My beads were not bad for a first attempt.
Would I do the course again ? - Yes, cannot wait, practice makes perfect.
Thirdly, the location Barnard Castle, a unique market town that has not lost its identity, or community spirit. An ideal location for a spot of lunch and a browse around the interesting local shops.
Quality course - well worth it and an enjoyable afternoon spent in the historic town of Barnard Castle.
I bought a half day beginners workshop as a gift for myself and a family member, having vowed to buy more locally produced gifts or experiences from now on.
Communication before the course was fantastic, very informative so we knew where we were going and what we would be doing.
On arrival we were treated to a very warm welcome in Suzanne’s lovely workshop, which was very well appointed with a wide range of beautiful coloured glass rods.
Suzanne’s teaching style was great, explaining all the health and safety bits and a bit about what she does, before getting straight into demonstrating what we were going to do. As the session went on, we got more confident with the glass and produced some lovely beads.
I found the process very hypnotic, definitely good for practicing a bit of mindfulness starting into the bright flame and watching the glass change shape.
Bit apprehensive at first.
Then thoroughly enjoyed it.
Great support and encouragement.
My beads were not perfect but I did enjoy the learning process and I feel I grasped the basics by the end of the session.
Will need practice and patience.
Suzanne was extremely helpful and patient.
The course was challenging and fun. Suzanne was an excellent teacher; calm, patient and encouraging. The beads arrived very quickly, as promised. I would definitely recommend this course with Suzanne to anyone who wants to do something a bit different.
If you have considered having a go at lampworking then i strongly recommend this course. Suzanne is friendly and extremely patient, her workshop is very well equiped and there are always cups of tea on the go! I only did the half day workshop but was amazed at how much was achieved in that time, and also at how fast the time went, a sure sign of enjoying it! I cant wait to have another go as soon as i get chance and if you are considering it then get on and book it. Thankyou Suzanne for a great day 😊
My daughter booked this course as a birthday present which I attended yesterday. I had a fantastic session which was very well organised to make it enjoyable and informative. Suzanne was friendly and professional making me feel at ease to enjoy the session. It was good to have all the safety aspects discussed at the beginning ensuring I understood the process of lampworking and relaxed when I made my own beads. I made a variety of beads under Suzanne,s guidance and would recommend this course to anyone wanting to try something different but truly enjoyable. Thank you very much Suzanne.
This was a superb day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself across the whole day. Suzanne calmly and patiently took me through the basics which included health and safety. I very quickly began to work with the actual glass, heating it, stretching it and soon produced my first bead. Across the day I was introduced to a number of techniques that helped me to decorate and shape the glass. I had a head full of questions and Suzanne was very willing and able to answer them all.
After the day I feel ready to have a go at setting up my own flame working area.
This is a great course and I can thoroughly recommend it.
I brought my daughter for her 14th birthday and we both had a really inspiring, enjoyable time. It was nice to find someone who was prepared to have someone of my daughter's age as many places stipulate 16. I've always had a fascination with glass work and my daughter had been keen to try some for a while too. She was particularly keen to work with hot glass so Suzanne's workshop was perfect for her. It's also nice that beads can be easily used afterwards to create a memento of the occasion. It was a nice environment to work in, Suzanne was very friendly and helpful and the biscuits were also very nice 😊
I had a fantastic time, Suzanne was lovely, very skilled and very patient with me. I would not hesitate to recommend the course and I urge you to do the course particuarly if you have been thinking about it for a while. Waiting to see the beads I made which just adds to the excitement!
Lampworking is something I've been wanting to try for a while. So when I came across Suzanne offering a beginners workshop, I jumped at the chance!
Suzanne was super friendly with a lot of patience, which was brilliant for someone like me who hadn't worked with glass before. The half day session went by in a flash... but it was so informative. Suzanne briefly explained her process and even the type of glass she used which I found so interesting.
The session was brilliantly put together. I was able to watch Suzanne make a bead, each step explained clearly and then basically have a go myself! As a complete novice I was surprised I was able to create what I did! It was thoroughly enjoyable and if this is something you've even remotely thought about doing - give it a go!
The half day session is brilliant for people with busy lives/work - I can only imagine what fun can be had in a full day.
Suzanne is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to explain the finer details of the craft, in a way that was easily understood. She was extremely patient and guided us through the course with the upmost care, which was illustrated by the fabulous beads we produced. I couldn’t believe just how many we managed to make. I would thoroughly recommend this course.
What a fantastic experience!!
Booked this as a gift for a friend and when we got there we weren’t disappointed!
We had a total hands-on experience and made three fabulous glass beads in 90 minutes, thanks to Suzanne’s brilliant tuition. I would highly recommend this course and am hoping to book another session soon!
Thank you so much Suzanne for a fab morning!
I thoroughly enjoyed my full day lampworking workshop with Suzanne. I had some limited experience of lampworking before and it was great to be able to build upon my previous knowledge and try lots of new techniques.
Suzanne is a brilliant teacher, extremely knowledgable and very calm and patient. She was able to demonstrate whilst allowing me lots of time at the torch also. Suzanne was encouraging and reassuring during the day as well as giving praise and helpful suggestions too.
Suzanne's workshop is lovely, bright and calm, allowing for a relaxed atmosphere. Also, I enjoyed looking at some of Suzanne's fabulous creations that are on display in the workshop.
All in all I have a wonderful day and am very pleased with the beads I created.
Thank you Suzanne!
We had a great time on this course. Three of us attended this course, from three generations, ranging in age ( 17 to 70.) We had an amazing morning, Suzanne explained and demonstrated everything so clearly and went at our varying paces. The process is mesmerising and relaxing, we are all hooked. We received our beads 2 working days later and we are very proud of what we have produced. I would recommend it to all.
I have done a little beadmaking before and wanted to extend my range of techniques. Suzanne was really welcoming and knowledgeable, she demonstrated clearly what I wanted to know, answered all my questions and helped me to learn the techniques. A very satisfying day.
I loved every minute of my day with suzanne. Learning different tecniques and producing glass beads with different designs, something I had never experienced before.
I got a very warm welcome on arrival and Suzannes style of teaching is relaxed and encouraging which made me feel extremely comfortable to learn the art of lampworking without any pressure at all.
I’m looking forward to experiencing the next level course 😊
Had an amazing day and loved every minute of my full day lampwork course. Suzanne was very welcoming and broke each process down, I started with a simple bead and progressed to a heart shape one with lots of other techniques and processes inbetween. Suzanne was an excellent teacher, consistsntly patient and encouraging. I enjoyed watching her demonstrate each process and her enthusiasm for her craft, she ensured I got the most out of my day with constant, well spaced time at the tourch and by the end of the day I had produced a range of beautiful beads which had progressively improved.
Suzannes workshop is a lovely space with a range of rods and frit to use in colours of choice. I was facinated with the work she herself produces which is truly unique.
I can highly recommend this lampworking workshop and intend to return for another. A fabulous experience and a fabulous teacher. Thank you for an amazing day.