The Urban Crafts Foundation is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company based at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Education in Essex. Our fully equipped blacksmiths forge is designed so that we can efficiently teach and carry out commissioned work.
We offer classes to members of the public in blacksmithing, coppersmithing and other crafts that we try to keep affordable. These in turn allow us to run subsidised workshops with young people facing challenges that stop them from thriving in mainstream education.
Courses, kits & gifts
Blacksmithing taster session at Urban Crafts Foundation
"I went with my friend from work to the copper bowl workshop. Myself and my friend were delighted with our end result.
Lizzie was patient and helpful throughout the morning which whizzed past too quickly
I would highly recommend Lizzie and plan to come again , to try blacksmith class
Thanks so much for a wonderful day .my husband has the bowl now "
"My husband and I really enjoyed making our copper bowls under Lizzie's expert guidance. Everyone is talking about these heritage crafts at the moment, in light of the popularity of tv's The Repair Shop and King Charles' support for all the heritage crafts with his apprenticeship schemes. Lizzie too has a real passion for working with copper and shared with us some of the other projects she has worked on. She is a very talented lady and we'd highly recommend this experience"
Urban Crafts Foundation responded:
" Hi Jacqui,
Thanks so much for your kind words, I'm really glad you enjoyed it!
"I bought a 'make a copper bowl experience', as a present for my daughter and me. I am so pleased I did.
Lizzie was an excellent teacher with lots of patience.
All the equipment was laid out ready for us. Every step of making the bowl was demonstrated and clear instructions given before we had a go ourselves.
Lizzie was always on hand to answer questions or help, but didn’t take over.
At the end of an extremely enjoyable morning, we were proud to be taking home two very beautiful, copper bowls!"