The Shire Workshops reviews

1 Aug 22'

Maureen Brown reviewed: Tree stump planter workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"Hi all I did this course and what a great day the studio was spacious and the class was small. There was plenty of help. The instructions were clear but Bob and Joseph were on hand to help if needed. I am very pleased with my pot and now can't wait to do another course. Thank you Bob and Joseph for a great day."

20 Mar 22'

Natasha reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 8 week course

"I’ve had an amazing eight weeks on my course. Enjoyed learning all the different techniques, and came away with some lovely pots and a nice bird feeder from the slab class. I will certainly be booking more classes here in the future, as it’s a fantastic set up and ran by two amazing people with lots of knowledge & great skills."

15 Mar 22'

Toni reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 8 week course

"This has been a very enjoyable course. So much so that I have booked another one. Bob and Joe are friendly, patient and explain techniques really clearly. The facilities are great and I have been able to improve my skills. Every week I was warmly welcomed and encouraged. I highly recommend giving it a go."

14 Mar 22'

Maria Pancholi reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 8 week course

"I look forward to my pottery class on Friday afternoons all week. Joe and Bob are incredibly knowledgable and very patient. I’ve enjoyed re visiting techniques I’ve not used in years and have one off unique pieces to show at the end . I’ve re booked another course . I can’t recommend pottery classes with Bob and Joe highly enough - just wonderful and a must do"

14 Mar 22'

Simon reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 8 week course

"My second course and so I had freedom to explore the techniques myself and Joe and Bob were always on hand to advise. A great learning environment."

14 Mar 22'

118! reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 8 week course

"Bob & Joe (& Ellie) were amazing! Excellent teaching of wheel, slab & coiling with as much or as little support as you needed. Good to have some ideas in the 1st few weeks of what you may want to make once you have given things a try. Relaxed, fun & supportive course - have booked again"

14 Mar 22'

Jessica Barrs reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 8 week course

"Love this place and the people, if your new to clay crafts or have been doing some bits already this place and the courses are excellent! #worthit"

14 Mar 22'

Jane L. reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 8 week course

"First foray into pottery and I absolutely love it totally thanks to Bob and Joe who have a gentle way of taking ‘would be’ potters on the journey. I have signed up for the next two courses :)"

14 Mar 22'

Josh reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 8 week course

"Great course and it is great to learn new skills and come away with something you have created. Bob and Joe are excellent tutors with lots of patience for those in need of an extra bit of help. I really enjoyed it, thank you."

14 Mar 22'

Andy C reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 8 week course

"Very friendly and enjoyable course. I’ve signed on for the next one and I’m really enjoying learning new skills in brilliant environment."

22 Feb 22'

Bryan Newman reviewed: Tree stump planter workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"Really had a great day with Bob and Joe and the course ran at a nice pace. The craft techniques were simple and it was easy for a novice like me to follow. I ended up with a design like the example on display. I recommend the course to anyone with or without any crafting skills. Great day Thanks!"

25 Oct 21'

Simon reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 7 week course plus Raku day

"Excellent tutors and facilities. Highly recommended. I have rebooked for next year."

21 Oct 21'

Sarah Burrows reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 7 week course plus Raku day

"Really enjoyed the course, learnt lots of different techniques. Nice group of people - very friendly and informative teachers - with a flexible approach as to which area is of most interest to each individual. Learnt loads; have come away with some lovely pots and have already signed up for the next course!"

20 Oct 21'

Julie carter reviewed: Introduction to ceramics - 7 week course plus Raku day

"Me and my daughter absolutely loved the course. We have signed up again. Bob and Joe are so kind and patient and very talented. I am now thinking of doing some pottery at home. I would highly recommend this course."

13 Oct 21'

Amanda & Chris reviewed: Everlasting pumpkins- 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"We had been looking forward to working with pal tiya for a long time, and at last we managed with a pumpkin workshop. Bob & Joe were really helpful, explaining how to prepare, sculpture and what to do when we took our creatures away. Both were very approachable, and happy to explain even if the same question was asked by all of us, and throughout the day we were guided with tips, hints, and Bob's jokes (only people of a certain age understood them, but they were funny). The only disappointment is that the workshop courses are not nearer, as we would be there on a regular basis, as it was a fun day's activity and pal tiya is a wonderful medium to work with. Thank you Bob & Joe"

29 Aug 21'

Jane reviewed: Introduction to ceramics- 7 week Tuesday course plus Raku day

"Bob and Joe are masters of their trade. I have learnt so much and achieved things I never thought I would. I can’t wait for the next set of classes."

15 Aug 21'

Maxine Simmons reviewed: Mushroom House Workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"The Mushroom House Workshop teaches you how to use Pal Tiya Premium which is a new material which in my view revolutionises the way to do sculpture. This is because it does not need a kiln. Joe and Bob are excellent teachers, they give step by step instructions in how to produce beautiful art, which is so strong it can go outside. It sets like concrete. Joe gives great tips throughout the process as to how to improve your artwork, and the pace of the workshop is really well timed. Bob is also really encouraging and patient and helps the participants and the premises are a stress free oasis where different birds visit which is really interesting. The end result is a beautiful mushroom house that can have a light inside it. I never knew it would turn out so well. I am hooked on Pal Tiya and my mind is awash with multiple projects with this medium now. I thoroughly recommend Joe and Bob's courses to ignite your creativity!"

3 Aug 21'

Steve Gammon reviewed: Tree stump planter workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"Excellent Birthday present - really enjoyed my day with the guys, in a chilled out atmosphere . Will book another course in the near future! Thanks Steve"

2 Aug 21'

Emma Rowsell reviewed: Tree stump planter workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"An amazing workshop introducing the sculpting medium, Pal Tiya. Bob and Joe are wonderful teachers, very knowledgeable and easy-going. I highly recommend :)"

2 Aug 21'

Helen Chambers reviewed: Tree stump planter workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"We had a great day with Bob and Joe. It was great to discover a new medium to sculpt with, I'm dedinitely a pal tiya convert and have been plotting new projects to try out. Lovely workshop with lovely people playing with mud, what more does one need!"

10 Mar 20'

Anthony Levarelli reviewed: Introduction to ceramics- 7 week Tuesday course plus Raku day

"Nice diverse group of people on course. Joe and Bob are very helpful and great at encouraging people. I have already booked my next planter workshop. I will definitely recommend this course to others."

9 Mar 20'

Roger and Sheila Strong reviewed: Tree stump planter workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"Excellent in every respect. We came away very satisfied with the items we had made."

9 Mar 20'

Jacquie Primrose reviewed: Tree stump planter workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"A group of friends have just enjoyed a wonderful workshop with Joe and Bob at The Shire Workshops, learning how to use pal tiya. I had been wanting to take this course for a while now and was not disappointed. The hosts were friendly, informative and really helpful. We had great fun sculpting our plant pot creations and were thrilled with the results. I'd have no hesitation in recommending the workshop to others."

8 Mar 20'

Kate reviewed: Tree stump planter workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"A fabulous course in all respects! Joe and Bob are knowledgeable, kind, enthusiastic and patient. They made us feel we could have a go, and achieve a quality creation to take home. They demonstrated and stepped in to help when we needed it. We felt they really cared that we were happy with our day and with our creations. Thank you chaps! We loved it (and we all love what we made. Excited to cure and finish our pieces!)"

8 Mar 20'

Jan John reviewed: Tree stump planter workshop! 1 day sculpture workshop using Pal Tiya Premium

"We had a brilliant day with Bob and Joe, they made us feel very welcome and made our tree planter creations so much better with all their knowledge and advice. The workshop was great to work in with a constant window of activity outside with the bird feeders. A must if you would like to have a go with Pal Tiya a clay like medium with clever hardening properties. I will be booking to have another go. Thank you"

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