My husband and I went to the one-day course last week (June 2021) as our 2019 Christmas present from our children. It was worth the wait and delays. The location is beautiful and immediately makes you feel welcome and relaxed.
Alison and Peter are a joy to meet and so accommodating. Peter took our course and was knowledgeable, approachable and so friendly. We were excited to be learning a new craft and were not disappointed with the whole process. Our mosaic actually looks like a mosaic (with some issues as beginners) but definitely a mosaic! It was so lovely to bring home our creation and be able to share it with our children.
We cannot thank Peter and Alison enough for the whole day and the welcome. We now have a little knowledge about mosaic making and are hoping to do more at home. I have already bought the tools and cannot wait!
I really enjoyed our day in this creative haven near Wirksworth. The studio is well lit with plenty of natural light and the size of the course was a nice surprise, [small]. We soon became engrossed under Holly's expert tuition and I was very impressed by our output. Holly provided a good range of paper for our covers. The lunch and cake was of a lovely home baked standard. I so enjoyed my day.
I had a wonderful time making a willow obelisk then dragonflies and willow wind spinners. Eddie was brilliant as a tutor - really helpful, patient and clear and also very encouraging! The setting was lovely and we were all made to feel very welcome and the food provided was delicious, especially the homemade brownies! Thank you for such a memorable day - I loved it!
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Thankyou, Lucy, for this happy review. Glad to hear you had fun on the course...and liked my brownies (- I have finally discoverer the best recipe!) We are very lucky to have Eddie Glew teach here for us.
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What a brilliant time I had. The location was beautiful, the house was adorable and homely. Alison was so very welcoming. The course tutor, Von, was very nice and the class of 8 of us were all ladies, who were a great laugh. I learnt a lot on the course and came out with a lovely hare, which I am very proud of!.
The lunch and cake, which Alison so beautifully made for us was absolutely delicious!. I definitely want to go back to zantium studios to learn more crafts. Thankyou to everyone involved in making my day there so special and great fun!
Very enjoyable course - lovely setting, great facilities/food, very friendly and helpful hosts/teachers and for a beginner I achieved far more than I expected with an ambitious mosaic. The display from the resident peacock on the first morning was an unexpected bonus!
A fantastic course with a lovely group of fellow novices! Lori is a really good teacher, calm and patient with the ability to match the pace of the teaching so that no-one was waiting or feeling rushed. Venue is beautiful, and the weather was gorgeous which meant that we got to enjoy the stunning views over to Carsington reservoir in the sun trap of a garden. Lunch was excellent and afternoon cakes were scrummy.
Thoroughly recommend Zantium and this course. I'm already planning what to do next. Thank you for a fun day
An excellent day in the beautiful rural heart of Derbyshire. The workshop was great fun and excellently run by Von Allen. I was really proud of my cute Hare (Harriet) even though I was a complete beginner. The whole day felt like being a welcome house guest, with a homemade lunch of soup, bread rolls, fruits, cheeses etc. Afternoon tea was, again, homemade. This time mouthwatering chocolate and almond cake. I cannot recommend the event and Zantium Studios highly enough.
A great course, with good instruction. Friendly host and instructor. Lovely food and cake! A thoroughly enjoyable day.
Homely welcome coupled with excellent tuition - I recently attended the painted stained glass weekend course. Alison and Pete make you very welcome in their home with tea, coffee, delicious home cooked lunch and cake in the afternoon. The course is held in their home with a purpose built studio for the class. The tuition by Jane Littlefield on this course was excellent. Covered all the basics and provided all the support that was needed for all delegates. Thoroughly recommended.
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Dear Linda,
This is a fantastic introductory course. I had a brilliant day with all the resources and support I needed as a complete beginner. Lunch was also fabulous!! Thanks for fantastic day!
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Hi Mark, So glad you enjoyed the mosaic course. Heartfelt thanks for your kind words and enthusiasm. Come back soon!
The bookbinding course was superb, I couldn't have imagined that I would leave at the end of the day with a book that looked as if I had bought it in a shop!! Holly was an excellent tutor, really knowledgable but perfectly well-paced. And super organised too! The environment is lovely as well, with a very warm welcome from Alison and Peter, superb home-cooked food (the cake itself is worth the trip!) and a gorgeous studio to work in. I would so recommend this course to anyone, whether you do crafts or not.
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Thanks Cathy, Great to hear our course hit the spot! The books you made were really lovely. We are delighted to have Holly on board and looking forward to more dates for next year.
Great course in great location. The course had a good pace and I was amazed at the quality of the finished book I produced. I'm hooked. Plenty of refreshments , great lunch with a bright spacious work room for the course. Would definitely recommend this course and location.
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Thankyou for this positive feedback which I will certainly pass on to Holly Serjeant, your tutor. We, as hosts, were delighted with the course and hope to offer it again next year.
Excellent tutor , lovely surroundings and hospitality . Was very pleased with my basket
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Thankyou for happy feedback, Marie. So glad you enjoyed the course. Your baskets were superb!
A great course and beautiful nourishing environment.
Caroline is a very talented craftswoman and a caring and attentive teacher.
Her step by step guidance and enthusiasm for each of our projects carried us all through the course to produce a menagerie of beautiful animals.
I would highly recommend this course.
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Thankyou so much for your warm and positive comments. You were a buoyant and talented group.
My second stained glass course at Zantium Studios with Lili, this time learning about leaded glass. The course was fabulous; Lili is fantastic, so patient and encouraging. I would highly recommend any of her courses. Zantium Studio's light and airy craft studio is a perfect place to learn a craft. Alison is lovely and welcoming, and really cares about what you've achieved on the course. And of course the food and cake is delicious!
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Delighted to have you back, Sarah. Thankyou for returning to us for the Intermediate Level Glass Course. I will pass on your compliments to Lilian. She is such a dedicated tutor - we feel very lucky to have her here. Enjoy your new-found skills and your glass.
I have just spent 2 wonderful days creating a stargazing hare in willow.
Emma was an excellent tutor.
The studio was lovely to work in and the food was lovely home cooked and delicious.
I would highly recommend this course and Zantium Studios.
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Thankyou so much, Sue, for this lovely review. You were a very hardworking group. Hope your hare sculpture is enjoying his new home and is much admired.
I have just had a fantastic weekend at Zantium making stained glass. This was my second visit to the Studio and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Alison, who runs the course is always friendly and welcoming, she makes great lunches and even greater cakes! Lili, the tutor, is inspiring - she guides you through every step of the process, gives great advice and encourages you to learn through hands on experience. There were only 6 of us on the course and therefore, as numbers are deliberately kept low, Lili is able to give lots of one to one tuition. A great weekend - I'm looking forward to going back for more!
I recently spent a very enjoyable weekend at Zantium Studios learning to create copper foil stained glass light catchers. Lillian was an excellent tutor - very calm, very positive & very knowledgable. Godfrey Hole house and Zantium studios was an excellent base for the course and the food was delicious. The Kingfisher light catcher I produced on the course now has pride of place in our conservatory.
I would thoroughly recommend the venue and 2 day introduction course and hope to go back on the intermediate course as soon as possible.
Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:Tony, thankyou so much for this glowing review. Lilian is, indeed, a very talented artist and patient tutor. I will pass on your positive feedback. So glad you enjoyed your time here - including the cakes! Hope to welcome you back soon.