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Silver clay jewellery making taster workshop in Edinburgh's historic New Town

In-person course
Karen Giles - - #28112

A very big thankyou to Lynn and Anna for their warm welcome & the fantastic silver clay taster session - the perfect way to spend an afternoon! Really proud of what I created and still amazed by the alchemy of turning a piece of clay into fine silver. Already looking to book a space on the Introduction course!

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Karen

You are most welcome, and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review.

Anna and I are so pleased that you are proud of what you created, and that you find silver clay as magical a material as we we do!

We look forward to welcoming you back for the full day beginners class, and I'm sure you'll love learning how to make a moulded shape, and how to set a stone in your silver clay jewellery.

With best wishes
Lynn

Make a bespoke Macramé bag (Course inactive)

In-person course
Heather Payne - - #27968

Had a fantastic evening in this taster workshop. It was a great opportunity to try out the skills with loads of support.
Lucy was very friendly and approachable allowing you to get the most out of the time. This was a small workshop so plenty of capacity for one on one support.
Definitely something I’d try again and maybe even try out the wall hanging session next!

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Heather

We're so glad you enjoyed your macramé workshop. We always keep our class sizes small so that the artists and makers are able to help you get the most out of your time here, so I'm glad you felt you had all the support you needed.

I'm hoping to try out the wall hanging workshop myself...so maybe see you there!

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review - it means a lot to us :-)

With best wishes
Lynn

Introduction to silver clay jewellery

In-person course
Alison Robertson - - #27861

This entire day was a delight. The working space, in Lynn's home, is gorgeous, and enormous thought and care was taken over every aspect of the experience. Delicious snacks and lunch! The excellent tuition and guidance from Anna helped me make earrings and a rose mould, and I am definitely inspired to do more silver clay. Fantastic value for money, I had a lovely time, thanks so much Lynn and Anna.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Alison

Thanks for this lovely, personal review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your day so much, and were pleased with the fabulous earrings and rose mould you made. Most of all we love that you've been inspired to do more silver clay!

I hope to welcome you back soon, and I will make sure Anna has seen this too. :-)

With best wishes
Lynn

Self-care Sundays - create a personal pamper pack with The Scottish Soapworks at The Arienas Collective in central Edinburgh (Course inactive)

In-person course
Hannah - - #27449

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Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Hannah

Wow back at you for such a kind and thoughtful review, and thank you also to your partner for choosing us for the reasons he did. It means so much to us. :-)

It's great to know that we have another convert to the joys and benefits of making your own products. Jenny will be delighted to hear that you feel confident enough to get going with making your own soap and skincare from now on. It's a fantastic way of ensuring you know exactly what is going into your skincare - and onto your skin - and to reduce your single use plastic, which is clearly as important to you as it is to us :-)

We hope to welcome you back to The Arenas Collective sometime soon.

With best wishes
Lynn :-)

Soldering silver clay jewellery at The Arienas Collective in Edinburgh's historic New Town

In-person course
Kirsty Stevens - - #27356

Attended the silver clay soldering course with Anna on Sunday and had a blast. SO delighted with the pieces that I made- and that they actually look professional and good enough to give away as gifts. Anna was an extremely patient and attentive teacher and I was astonished at how willing she was to share her professional secrets with attendees- extremely generous. Lunch was fabulous- worth booking for that alone. Highly recommend this really chilled but incredibly creative day.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Kirsty. Thank you so much for your lovely review. Your silver clay pieces looked amazing...good enough to sell I'd say ;-) I'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop and your time with us. We do aim for you to leave chilled as well as inspired, and proud of what you made, and it makes Anna and I very happy to hear that you did! We hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, Lynn :-)

Silver clay ring making (Course inactive)

In-person course
Beverley Bryant - - #26596

I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to ring making. I booked it immediately after doing the shorter course! I found it to be a very relaxing day, in a fabulous venue. I wear my rings every day- and I still can’t quite believe I made them! I’d recommend the courses to everyone.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Beverley

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so glad to hear that you are wearing your rings with pride. Rightly so! And, YES you really did make them :-) It's amazing the creativity that lurks within us all just waiting to be released. And it's so lovely that you also felt like your time with us was relaxing. We couldn't wish for more.

With best wishes,
Lynn

Introduction to making soap at home

In-person course
Cheryl - - #26407

What a great day. The venue was lovely, the lunch was delicious and Jenny’s skilled guidance was excellent. 😍

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Cheryl.

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so glad that you enjoyed the space, lunch and your soap-making workshop with Jenny from The Scottish Soapworks!

We hope to welcome you back to The Arienas Collective soon.

With best wishes
Lynn :-)

Self-care Sundays - create a personal pamper pack with The Scottish Soapworks at The Arienas Collective in central Edinburgh (Course inactive)

In-person course
Patricia Harrison - - #26395

I recommend the venue and this workshop for a relaxing, congenial and productive day out. The presentation was relaxed and instructive and it was good to have finished items to take home, together with information regarding how to create the products at home and where to source the ingredients. The recipes and processes are set out in handouts provided for each attendee. The workshop is rewarding day out and a great gift for someone else as a present.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Patricia

Thanks for taking the time to leave us this lovely review, and for your thoughtful words.

We do try to get the right balance of relaxation and productivity so you can take home something you've created, completed and feel proud of while still feeling you've had some 'time out' from day-to-day life. And it sounds like we managed to achieve that for you which makes us very happy.

We hope to welcome you back to The Arienas Collective soon - perhaps you can add it to your own gift wish-list! ;-)

With best wishes
Lynn :-)

Creative workshop hub in Edinburgh's beautiful and historic New Town

In-person course
Anna Campbell - - #26394

I love teaching jewellery workshops with the Arienas Collective. The venue is homely and welcoming and in such a great location, close to travel links. Lynn and John work hard to create a lovely atmosphere and provide excellent locally-sourced refreshments. On one day workshops, a delicious lunch is included for us all. There are a great range of creative workshops available and as well as teaching I've attended some myself! Highly recommended

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Thanks Anna :-)

We so enjoy hosting your silver clay workshops, and never tire from watching the magic of clay turning into hallmark quality silver! It's great that we've had so many people attend your beginner workshops that we've been able to introduce 3 intermediate classes this year - and next year our first silver clay Masterclasses!

Congratulations on all your lovely 5 Star reviews on Craft Courses, and for choosing The Arienas Collective as your workshop space. We look forward to hosting your silver clay jewellery workshops in 2020.

With best wishes
Lynn

Introduction to making soap at home

In-person course
Fiona Palmar - - #26386

Inspiring surroundings (thanks for opening your home), people and detailed step by step guide for making both cold process and melt and pour soaps.. The soaps I made on Saturday, I had intended to give away, but they are all mine! I will just have to make everyone soaps for Christmas next year! I do intend to come back again soon, and I am thinking about at least 1 voucher for gifting. Many thanks for all the inspiration Lynn and Jenny.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Thanks for this lovely review Fiona. And we're happy that those lovely soaps you made are making their way into your personal soap stash!

We're glad you found the guides helpful, and hope it will inspire you to give soap-making a go at home...or of course to come back here to make more :-)

We look forward to welcoming you back soon, and thanks for supporting local artists and makers.

With best wishes
Lynn :-)

PS If you are thinking of buying (or asking for) a gift voucher for Christmas, we've a special offer on at this Saturday's Open Day where you get a free gift box with every voucher worth £45 or more. Just saying ;-)

Introduction to silver clay jewellery

In-person course
Gail Gray - - #26226

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Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Gail

Thank you so much for taking time to leave us this lovely review. You have summed up what we hope to achieve here: to provide a relaxing and welcoming space; to make you feel like you have taken 'time out' from every day life through fully engaging in a creative activity; and to inspire you to continue being creative at home. It sounds like we managed that for you which makes us very, very happy :-)

Anna and I are so glad you enjoyed your day, and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Arienas Collective soon. And thank you for supporting local artists and makers.

With best wishes, Lynn :-)

Introduction to making soap at home

In-person course
Annette Thompson - - #25986

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Response from The Arienas Collective:

Thanks for your lovely review Annette, and it's wonderful to hear that you've carried on making soap at home. We feel we've done well if we've inspired, and enabled, people to continue being creative.

We love the sound of your recipes - and great that you've found a good use for your recycled coffee grounds! Do share photos of your soaps with us if you get the chance, and keep us in touch with your amazing soap-making endeavours.

We hope to welcome you back to The Arienas Collective soon.

With best wishes, Lynn :-)

Silver clay jewellery making taster workshop in Edinburgh's historic New Town

In-person course
Ann Sutherland - - #25779

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Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Ann! We were delighted to welcome you and your lovely family to The Arienas Collective: it's always special to see different generations getting creative together. What a fabulous range of silver clay jewellery designs you all designed! Anna and I are so glad you all enjoyed the workshop and were happy with the unique jewellery you made. Well done to everyone, and we hope to welcome you back here very soon. Best wishes, Lynn :-)

Silver clay boxes and beads workshop at The Arienas Collective in Edinburgh

In-person course
Sian Clifton - - #25748

A fantastic day, so full of information. Anna is an inspiring teacher who encourages creativity in others. I am looking forward to my next class with her.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Sian. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm so glad you loved your class. We always hope that people attending our classes will be inspired to continue being creative at home, and it's even more special when they book to come back to learn more :-) Anna will be delighted, and we both look forward to welcoming you back to The Arienas Collective to get creative with us again!

Introduction to making soap at home

In-person course
Lorraine Baillie - - #25649

I highly recommend this course. A wonderful, informative day in a beautiful location. I thoroughly enjoyed learning two processes for making soap, both Jenny and Lynn were very helpful. We all went home with some lovely soap, decorated and packaged by ourselves and also received all the information required to continue at home. I will also add that lunch was delicious and as I require gluten free, that's not something I can say very often.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Lorraine. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review and for the lovely, detailed feedback. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your soap-making workshop, and the lunch! We try to cater for all dietary needs. We hope to welcome you back to The Arienas Collective one day. With best wishes, Lynn :-)

Introduction to making soap at home

In-person course
Jane Gibson - - #25634

A very well prepared course in lovely surroundings. We were very well looked after and had a chance to try out two soap-making techniques - including the complicated one! After Jenny's excellent tuition I now feel confident to have a go myself at both processes. Oh, and we went home with a selection of lovely soaps which I am now sharing with my friends!

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Jane. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your lovely review. The traditional, cold process method is a little more complicated isn't it! But it's lovely that you get to go on to make the simpler 'melt and pour' glycerine soap in the afternoon, which you get take home with you on the day. I hope you - and your friends - are enjoying their lovely soaps. And I hope you will enjoy your cold process soap as much when it arrives with you from Jenny. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Arienas Collective sometime soon. With best wishes, Lynn.

Two-day soap-making and skincare business course with The Scottish Soapworks at The Arienas Collective in Edinburgh

In-person course
Hazel Adair - - #25485

Lynn and Jenny could not have been more accommodating. They tailored the course to suit my business needs and more than fulfilled the brief.
In addition the accommodation and breakfast were both excellent ( high praise from a well seasoned traveller) and the welcome warm.
Thank you to all - I will be back - and have no hesitation in recommending you!

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Hazel. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, and for your very kind feedback. I'm glad the course met your business needs, and we were both super impressed with your soap-making ideas, plans and creative ideas! We look forward to hearing how your business progresses.

It was also a pleasure having you stay with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back.

With very best wishes, Lynn, John & Jenny

Lino-printing onto fabric

In-person course
Wendy Clarke - - #25480

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Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Wendy. Thank you so much for taking the time to send us a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your workshop and were pleased with your final printed design. I thought your bag looked fabulous! It's tricky learning to create and cut a design for the first time, and hopefully you can use the lino design you took home with you to print onto many more products. We love it when beginners surprise themselves with their own creativity. Hope to welcome you back to The Arienas Collective one day. With best wishes, Lynn :-)

Introduction to silver clay jewellery

In-person course
Liz Williamson - - #25172

A well run enthusiastic workshop that taught me new skills that I hope to develop further. The welcome and hospitality was generous, a convivial lunch was well presented and the break fitted well into the day. I went on a Sunday when we were told the time was more limited, but we did get everything done within the time allocated so perhaps we needn't have been told this! I will certainly look at other courses at The Arenas Collective.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Liz. Thanks for your lovely feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed the course and working with the amazing material that is silver clay. You're right about the timing: I had actually got the finish time mixed up with another Sunday workshop which you might have noticed when Anna corrected me! We look forward to welcoming you back to The Arienas Collective soon. With best wishes, Lynn

Soldering silver clay jewellery at The Arienas Collective in Edinburgh's historic New Town

In-person course
Aileen Paterson - - #24663

Very enjoyable and informative day. Great teaching in an informal and relaxed setting which has given me the confidence to experiment with techniques at home .

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Aileen. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm glad Anna has given you the confidence to continue experimenting with silver clay jewellery at home, and that you found the space relaxing - something we always try to achieve to encourage those creative juices to flow! Congratulations on the wonderful pieces you made. Hope to welcome you back sometime soon. Best wishes, Lynn