What a relaxing and enjoyable day spent with Jo learning how to model silver clay. I must admit I felt slightly nervous to start with but Jo has such a lovely teaching manner, and really empowers and inspires you. I came away feeling so uplifted and enthusiastic, and will certainly be giving this a go at home. I will also be coming back for more workshops in the future as my sister and I had such fun.
Had a brilliant day! The venue and the course was very well managed with Covid guidelines so felt very comfortable. The instructions were all really clear- with both handouts and demonstrations and we all came away with pieces of jewellery that we were pleased with. Jo was really knowledgable and happy to answer questions and give tips.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Thank you Jane - I'm glad you felt at ease and enjoyed the day.
Jo's extensive knowledge and creativity was the icing on the cake for this very enjoyable and rewarding workshop.Lovely light, covid friendly, comfortable studio in peaceful surroundings. A really first class experience, and what a joy to come home with a finished piece of jewellery. If you haven't tried one of Jo's workshops , you should. You won't be disappointed.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Thank you Lynne - it was great to see you again.
Jo's workshop was just what I needed! I booked the course with 2 other friends pre-lockdown and was so excited to be able to finally go ahead with it. Jo had made changes to her impressive studio to allow for social distancing and ensuring we all felt safe. The surroundings to her studio are beautiful and add to what was a truly relaxing day. It was lovely to be able to shut the world away and be engrossed in learning a completely new skill.
Jo was accommodating to all of our requests and very patient as we all worked at varied speeds. She was able to offer her expert advice when needed and guidance and has a wide variety of resources and equipment at hand to use.
I feel she should advertise these courses for mindfulness as I left feeling so refreshed and relaxed. If she ever considers a weekend retreat I'm there!
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Annie, thank you for your comments. I'm thrilled you felt refreshed after your day, and hope you enjoy wearing your necklace. Thank you too for waiting for the course to take place when lockdown eased, your support is very much appreciated.
My sister and I loved every minute of Jo's silver clay workshop. Jo has a lovely teaching manner, and guided us expertly on the composition of our designs to achieve truly unique outcomes. We very much look forward to visiting Jo's workshop again in the future.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Thank you for your feedback. I think you both deserve a medal for firing silver in such hot weather! If you can achieve what you did in those conditions, making pieces in 'normal' temperatures will be a doddle at home!
I booked a last minute weekend workshop with Jo. I'd wanted to learn how to make silver jewellery for a long time and I was not disappointed. I learnt lots of techniques and was taught in stages of the process which helped.
I came away with a ring, earrings and two pendants, one I'm using as a keyring, one as a necklace with other pendants.
I thoroughly enjoyed the two days, especially as Jo is a patient and encouraging teacher. Her studio within the grounds of her garden is ideal with lots of light, space and tools. We enjoyed lunch outside in the garden (masks and social distancing of course during this time).
In addition, I was able to stay in her B&B which made the experience much more relaxing. Jo's breakfasts are fabulous, very tasty. My room was very comfortable and peaceful. I enjoyed evening meals out at nearby locations. Thank you Jo for helping me enjoy being creative once again and inspiring me to continue. Much appreciated, Louise (Ely, UK)
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Thank you for your review Louise - it was a pleasure!
Jo is a brilliant teacher and explains everything succinctly. As I have no aptitude for craft, I was so surprised to produce some very pretty buttons. What a wonderful day, thorough enjoyed the whole experience.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Lesley, thank you for that. It was lovely to finally meet you. Thank you for waiting for the course to finally take place!
A lovely day. both my daughter and I really enjoyed it. a very relaxed atmosphere and beautiful setting. Jo is incredibly kind and helpful. Very well set up studio with everything you need. Jo had done a brilliant job with setting everything up to take into account social distancing with covid-19 and plenty of hand sanitiser/ wipes etc available. we felt very safe. We really enjoyed learning this technique and everyone made some lovely jewellery. My daughter even said that she didn't know it was possible to make such nice jewellery out of polymer clay! this is my 3rd workshop with Jo and i highly recommend her.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Hi Helen, thank you for your feedback - much appreciated. It's always good to know when someone's expectations have been exceeded!
I joined Jo for a course pre-covid and now this one. Jo has spent a lot of time and effort to make us feel comfortable and safe, without losing the personal touch.
She is very patient, kind and a good teacher, and she really pays attention to detail, ensuring that the finish is very professional. I created a lovely necklace and earring set, in fact I can't quite believe how nice it is, so I'm really chuffed. In fact the 3 other participants creations were equally lovely. I love the range of colours and and also the range of things Jo can teach you. (I'm booked on two more workshops, so guess I'm hooked!)
Thank you Jo, so very much.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Hi Diane, thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your day - it was good to see you again. It's great to be back up and running!
A lovely way to spend the day with two friends. Beautiful calm surroundings and light and airy workshop with all social distancing and health and safety in place. I prefer smaller jewellery and Jo was happy for me to make pendants and earrings instead of a larger necklace. The experience was so relaxing and Jo has a wealth of knowledge and a calm and encouraging nature. Thank you so much we will be back when we can all agree on which workshop to do next!
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day. Thanks again for coming.
Thank you Jo, a very enjoyable day. It was my first Foray after the Covid 19 lockdown and I was a little concerned about meeting others in a room but I have to say you had that room organised perfectly with plenty of sanitiser and other precautions. I felt very safe.
You were an excellent teacher explaining each stage of the process so clearly. There was a vast selection of materials and colours to choose from and supported help when needed. I came away with a lovely necklace, more confidence to mix with others and eager to come again to the studio.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Hi Maggie, thank you for your feedback - I'm glad you felt safe and enjoyed your day. Thank you for coming, it was a pleasure to meet you. Jo
Great day. Achieved more than I expected with Jo giving us ideas and not just basic designs. I now feel confident enough to have a go by myself.
Had a really great day with Jo yesterday. Lovely peaceful surroundings and a great, bright and pleasant workshop to work in. Watched lots of squirrels and rabbits playing in the woods.
Not my first time working with Jo but I always learn something different. Came away with some lovely pieces (more than expected). Jo is very helpful and patient and offers great guidance - would recommend her workshops if you haven't already attended any. Left feeling very happy and relaxed.
I loved every minute of this course. The venue is wonderfully peaceful and well set up. Jo is a great teacher and I learnt loads. Looking forward to going back soon!
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Many thanks Anna. It was lovely to meet you.
I enjoyed every minute of my silver clay workshop, Jo is such a lovely and patient teacher who spends lots of time showing you how to achieve the best results possible. I can’t wait to go back and learn more skills with Jo. Thanks so much.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Thank you Amy - it would be lovely to see you again sometime.
Jo is an excellent teacher; she is patient and encouraging allowing me to experiment and in the end produce a fabulous piece of jewellery that I will be able to impress my family and friends with. I will wear my bracelet every day, I just love it. I will be back again to have another chance to learn more and try and use different techniques to make more pieces of jewellery.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Thank you Rachel. Your bracelet is gorgeous - I hope you enjoy wearing it!
Such an enjoyable day - I thought I'd make one necklace but ended up with a brooch, a pendant and three pairs of earrings as well! Jo is an excellent instructor with the right balance of teaching new skills while allowing each participant to make their own choices. The course numbers allow plenty of time to help each person and each of us came away with something special and unique.
Had a fabulous day with Jo learning a totally new skill. The workshop held in lovely surroundings was exciting, absorbing, interesting and informative and Jo was a great instructor. I was so pleased to leave with a necklace, pendant and earrings and full of new ideas to take forward! I loved every minute and now can’t wait to attend the button making course with Jo shortly.
I had a fantastic day at Westcountry Creative with Jo. I came away with a pair of earrings, a pendant and a brooch. Having only worked with Sterling Silver in sheet and wire form, I wanted to learn more about how these materials work and how I could use and adapt them into possible creations in the future. Her workshop is set in lovely surroundings and was very easy to find. Jo was very patient and explained things clearly and was very happy to give hints and tips which we could use at home. There are a lot of Silver Clay courses on offer, some of which are closer to where I live, but this was the only one I found that gave you the opportunity to try both Polymer Clay and Silver Clay in the same day. Another factor as to why I booked this course was that I felt it was important to like the work shown on her website. I've come across other courses which showed the work to be chunky and heavy looking and I wanted to create something more delicate, which is what Jo produces. My journey with these materials has only just begun and I'm sure this won't be the only course I book with Jo. Hope to see you again soon.
Jo and I discussed how much experience I had of working with Polymer Clay.
Taking this into account she tailored my session to meet the skills I already had and to extend them further.
Jo's calm, easy going manner made learning a relaxing experience even though we got through several processes.
I learned new skills in working with colour, texture and we used clay I hadn't used before that enhanced my results.
I came away with my head buzzing with what I had learned and I have already put some of that learning in to practice with very satisfactory results.
I have another course booked with Jo already.
I would encourage anyone thinking of having a go at this course to give it a try, whether you have previous experience using Polymer Clay or not.
Response from West Country Creative Ltd:Thank you so much for your kind words Clare - it was a fun day for both of us! Looking forward to seeing you next month, Jo