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What our students say about our Masterclasses

Couldn't ask for more from a masterclass, learnt alot, made loads and had a lot of fun. The best part was the enjoyment of working with clay without pressure and the opportunity to work with yet another inspiring, generous teacher.

Sandra Hopkins
Mixed Metal Clay Masterclass
June 2012

The best thing about this class was learning a new technique that was simple and effective and applicable to a wide range of designs.

Joanna Martins
Potion Bottle with Unique Threaded Lid
June 2012

Lesley is really friendly and knowledgable.

Chu-mei Ho
Potion Bottle with Unique Threaded Lid
June 2012

How often do you get the chance to study with a master? Forging is now quite rare as a technique in contemporary design. I wanted to better understand forging small pieces which is why I chose this class. Michael’s online introduction and the mention of basic techniques and tools attracted me to the class. I was also keen to master techniques before looking at designing too hard.

The best part of the experience was being able to talk to Michael and discuss my own challenges and hearing his expert reply.

In the future I am now looking to include forging more in my silversmithing projects.

Stuart Griffith
Forging Masterclass
November 2011

I chose these classes as I wanted to increase my skill base. I had seen Michael’s work in magazines and he came across as a good instructor with good knowledge.

The best part of the experience was all the little tid bits, meeting Michael and his willingness to share. Being able to explore the various techniques taught was also great.

I intend to combine more techniques to produce intricate pieces using what I’ve learned this week.

Sharon Burton
Piercing Masterclass and Forging Masterclass
November 2011

I chose this class because I’ve always enjoyed forging but had become frustrated at not always achieving what I wanted, and not knowing which were the right hammers for the job so this course was right up my street!

The best part of the experience was working with a fabulous tutor, and an opportunity to dedicate three days to intensive study.

This will definitely add some new dimensions to my work. My only criticism: not long enough, could have spent a week doing this!!

Roberta Hopkins
Forging Masterclass
November 2011

Super class - great for stimulating creativity!

Sherry Powell
Negative Space Caning
September 2010

I had a crisis of confidence on day one but was pleasantly surprised by my results on day two!!

Penny McNeil
Negative Space Caning
September 2010

This was a tremendously rewarding class. So many new techniques were presented and those processes used frequently were reinforced.

Sherry Powell
Repousse Effects in Metal Clay
September 2010

A challenging and rewarding experience - to be highly recommended.

Anon
Repousse Effects in Metal Clay
September 2010

Great teacher - made every step come alive!

Penny McNeil
Amulets and Talismans Masterclass
July 2009

The Masterclass with Linda Darty was excellent value. The amount I learnt in five days would take months with books (if it was even possible). Plus the support tutors Robert and Lisa were generous with their time and knowledge which enthused me with masses of other ideas. Fold forming with enamel highlights, design inspiration and a whole plethora of other inspirational information. Tasty meals too.

Nicola Callow
Contemporary Enamelling Techniques Masterclass
October 2009

Excellent Instructor. Couldn't have asked for better for my first enamelling course. I would attend other advanced courses by Linda if given an opportunity.

Very flexible curriculum which allows you to explore the areas you will be able to use in your work in the future. Oh, and did I forget to mention that we had one of the best enamelists in the world teach us!!

Rashni
Contemporary Enamelling Techniques Masterclass
October 2009

Barbara Becker Simon is fun and fabulous! Tips and hints, lots of time to experiment and a really great teacher. I hope Barbara comes back soon.

Julia Rai
Complex Beads and Textures
February 2010

Very well prepared for class, generous with information, fabulous tutor. This class de-mystifies some amazing techniques which I thought were too difficult to achieve at first.

Emma Gordon
Champleve Enamel on Metal Clay
February 2010

Barbara was always checking to see if help was needed. "We can fix that!"

Tricia Marcotti
Complex Beads and Textures
February 2010

 

Lesley has a great depth of knowledge and is willing to share - will definitely use again.

Sharon Burton
Mixed Metal Clay Masterclass
June 2012

This was my first masterclass and I loved every minute of it. Lesley was a very generous teacher with her knowledge and made it a fun and enjoyable learning experience.

Sandra Hopkins
Potion Bottle with Unique Threaded Lid
June 2012

Lesley's class was clear and easy to follow and had a great atmosphere. Could be addictive!!

Sue Bricknell
Potion Bottle with Unique Threaded Lid
June 2012

I chose this class as I wanted to learn more about the finesse which you can use in forging.

I value the wealth of knowledge brought by Michael. He was able to use this to demonstrate in a completely accessible way, so that, as a novice, I felt empowered to try new things. I really enjoyed creating a vocabulary of techniques.

I hope to use the varying techniques in creating pieces for family and friends.

Celia Jones
Forging Masterclass
November 2011

I chose these classes as they sounded interesting and I wanted to develop my skills, especially forging.

The best part of the experience was developing a relationship with my hammer and the metal I am working with, enabling me to accurately predict the movement of the metal.

I now feel I am no longer limited to the stock of silver I have. I can now turn round wire to square and vice versa. I now have the confidence to change the shape of any silver I have into the basic material I need to start a project with.

Karen Muldoon
Piercing Masterclass and Forging Masterclass
November 2011

I chose this class because I wanted a specialised course in forging. This is a subject that there only appears to be limited information on in the form of books etc.

It was all fantastic so it’s hard to say what the best part was. We had time on the first day to make samples of different techniques to use as a reference point. Then on the second day we made rings along with learning new techniques.

Probably the best part was having sufficient copper and silver available to use as well as having a tutor who was very knowledgeable and friendly who gave lots of demonstrations which we then could make practical samples of. Good hand outs given out throughout the course.

I’ll use what I learned to further develop my skills in producing unique jewellery.

Elizabeth Dwyer
Forging Masterclass
November 2011

 

A class with Holly Gage is a must!

Tricia Marcotti
Negative Space Caning
September 2010

A challenging and rewarding course.

Chris Tate
Repousse Effects in Metal Clay
September 2010

Time seemed to fly by, but the end result was worth the effort.

Tricia Marcotti
Repousse Effects in Metal Clay
September 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed Holly's class. It was very educational and I learned many techniques that I will use and develop in the future. Although at the time I didn't realise I could develop my piece further, when pushed the effect was worth it, so the knowledge from Holly was very beneficial.

Susan Brazendale
Repousse Effects in Metal Clay
August 2010

Isn't Robert wonderful? Vey patient, approachable and really enthusiastic about pieces and people. Food fabbie!

Ciel
Amulets and Talismans Masterclass
July 2009

Endlessly good humoured.

Catherine
Amulets and Talismans Masterclass
July 2009

I'm so excited and energised after Linda's wonderful masterclass and really loved the format. It was especially good to try out so many different techniques under her watchful and experienced eye and I've come away with a large shopping list of things to buy so I can explore further. My knowledge and, more importantly, my confidence has increased dramatically. And when I refer to Linda's book now I'll hear her voice and feel her presence at my shoulder!

Julia Rai
Contemporary Enamelling Techniques Masterclass
October 2009

A great opportunity to learn new techniques from an excellent teacher in a professional and friendly small group setting.

Amanda Ellis
Complex Beads and Textures
February 2010

Fantastic, wonderful clear teaching, thanks I've learned a huge amount.

Debbie Carlton
Complex Beads and Textures
February 2010

Very patient, I felt my questions/problems were dealt with and listened to. Fantastic course with fantastic results.

Emma Gordon
Complex Beads and Textures
February 2010

Barbara has a penchant for learning new swear words! She laughs alot!

Tricia Marcotti
Champleve Enamel on Metal Clay
February 2010

 

The jewellery school is based near St Austell in Cornwall, UK and all jewellery making classes run in our well equipped workshop.

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