Welcome to CG Crafts

Want to learn how to make jewellery? Or perhaps you enjoy other crafts? If you are using a mobile click on menu and it should give you options to book, or find out more.

Tailored Crafts – what do you want to make?

My home-based classes are are for small numbers which means you get lots of individual attention and can then make something you want to make, rather than having what you make dictated to you. It also means there is less sharing of resources and less waiting around for tutor help if you get stuck, or have an idea that you want to try. This week I have run an Artclass clay class at the request of a student who wanted to try this unusual type of clay and I also catered for a newbie to Flamework, who wanted the chance to try making animals off mandrel. I am always happy to guide you in your learning. It’s great for me too as it means I am constantly updating skills and keeping my interest fresh. Email me to find out more.

Parrots in the workshop

I’ve just had some lovely feedback regarding a recent class, which you can read here.  I always try to tailor a class to what my students make – this is one of the main benefits of teaching small classes here in my garden workshop. It is great to know that this is valued, it gets my brain working and it also means if you have a design in mind – in this case a felted Hahn’s Macaw – I can try to help you achieve it. Occasionally we’ll have to simplify but usually (as in this case) things work out brilliantly.

CG Crafts Summer School 2019 – Colchester

This summer back by popular request! Summer School – 20th to 23rd June

Thursday 20th June from 10 – 1.30pm

Silver Clay Jewellery for Beginners

Friday 21st June from 10 – 2.30pm.

  • 10 – 12.30 – Encaustic Art.
  • 1 – 2.30pm Flamework taster

Saturday 22nd June from 10 – 3.30pm

  • Enamelling including cloisonné techniques

Sunday 23rd June from 10 – 1pm

  • Needle-felting: animals, flowers, pictures

Fees including all materials – just bring your lunch

Silver Clay – £85 (including £25 worth of materials)

Enamelling – £85

Encaustic Art – £55

Needle Felting – £55

Flamework – £30

Book as many or as little as you want. 10% discount when booking 2 or more classes, contact me about this: 07847 098849. Spaces limited.  Book online or email me.

 

 

The Creative Craft Show & Cake International – ExCel London

Today I have been getting ready for the Creative Craft and International Cake Show at ExCel London which will run from 4th – 6th April 2019 – S08. I will be running taster Enamelled Jewellery sessions with the Guild of Enamellers – we’re on stand (Z)D28. I just love this event, for a minimal fee you can come along and apply glass decoration to a pre-enamelled blank which we will fire in the tabletop kiln for you – it really enables you to get a feel for how enamelling works. We’ll then make it into a piece of wearable art – either a necklace or a keyring. Pop along and say hello and book on to one of our sessions – I’ll be there on Thursday but the Guild will be there for all three days. You can also find out more about classes run by myself and other enamellers around the South East.

Website revamp

My website has been running on a go slow for a while. Well who knew? I didn’t clearly. I can only apologise if you have tried to find out info and have given up hope – honestly a cave drawing would have been quicker! I have now moved over to a (hopefully) much quicker server and streamlined the website, as well as creating a new logo and generally having a good clear up – in contrast my housework has been sadly neglected. Sorry house! Do let me know what you think.

Classes at other venues

I’ve become a bit more choosy about where I teach over the last few years. It’s got to be beneficial to my students in some way, or there is little point in me loading all my boxes into the car and driving somewhere else I may as well teach my small tailored classes in my garden workshop – those that have seen me pack up at the end of the day know exactly how many boxes I need to load up! One such worthy venue is Simply Handmade based at the Woodhall Business Park in Sudbury. It’s run by Debbi and Colin and Simply the dog who have a lovely premises which is full of colour, lovely handcrafted items for sale and garments awaiting adjustments. Included with your course is a freshly made lunch and a genuinely friendly environment. Oh and there’s lots of parking too. coming up soon is Enamelling (16th March), Silver Clay (20th July) and Encaustic art classes (11th May). All are now available to book on the Simply Handmade website – click on the links above to go directly to those classes. There is plenty on offer, I might have even booked on some of their classes myself.

Silver Jewellery classes using metal clay

Enamelling Classes

A student painting a landscape with the encaustic iron

Crafts beginning with E!

This year I am trying something new at FSC Flatford Mill. A crafting weekend involving two unrelated crafts (rather than my usual jewellery weekend). So if you’ve set yourself the task of learning something new in 2019 this could be just the thing. Spend the weekend in lovely Constable country and benefit from good food, good company and learning not one but two new crafts! I will be covering Enamelling – fusing glass to metal to make several items of jewellery and Encaustic art – painting with molten wax to produce small paintings, it is also ideal for card makers. So what are waiting for? Book here.

1st – 3rd March 2019.  Residents and non residents prices are shown on the FSC website (click on the book here link above to take you there). Wish me luck getting all my equipment in the car!!

Any questions please email me.

 

More magical silver clay dates added

It’s always the same – where did January go? Although this year I can admit to having decorated my bedroom, which is something I can attribute to that ghastly month. Now almost back on track I’ve started by adding more silver clay dates, which can be booked here. Silver clay is a wonderful way to create a unique piece of treasured jewellery in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional silversmithing, the silver is hallmarkable so no need to compromise on quality. It’s great fun to come with a friend and I offer a discount on the price per person if you do so. Classes in Colchester, dates to suit if those on here do not! Email me for more details.

True love earrings – £21.50

Book a Craft gift experience (voucher/class) here

Encaustic art

Enamelling

This year I have noticed an increase in the number of students who have had a class as a gift, the pictures included in this blog are just some of the wonderful items made in one of my classes. Vouchers have become popular mainly to the fact that there are so many people out there who love crafts, but also because lots of people simply don’t want more stuff! A class is the best of both worlds, you get to have a craft experience and go home wearing the items you’ve made. Some people even choose to make something for someone else….a very efficient use of a gift voucher!

Silver Clay

Flamework

I have a variety of craft classes available which I offer at dates to suit – the recipient just needs to get in touch with me, using details on the tailored letter provided and let me know when they’d like to come. Classes are available in Enamelling, Feltmaking, Encaustic art, Silver Clay and Flamework/lampwork (making glass beads). Everything (apart from lunch – please bring that with you) is included in the price and I have reduced rates per person for more than one booking.

More than your budget? I am happy to discuss arranging shorter, taster session

Needlefelting

vouchers for a reduced fee. Want to book a class? Or perhaps you want to purchase a gift voucher for a Christmas gift?  It has come to my attention that my website doesn’t work brilliantly on mobile phones. I will do my upmost to rectify this but in the meantime if you’d like to book a class, or get a gift voucher you can email me or click on this link to my shop.

You can also take a look at my Facebook shop, if you are looking for last minute handcrafted items (fine silver and enamelled jewellery).

Finally take a look at my webpage for dates I teach at other venues.

Have a fabulous Christmas – best intentions and all but I doubt very much I’ll blog again before the new year!

Toni

 

 

A fabulous gift

Today Iain and Sunita came for a silver clay beginner’s class. It was a treat for Sunita’s 40th birthday. Not only did she get to make some fabulous pieces but Iain also created some beautiful earrings for her in the class, which she got to wear home. As Craig on ‘strictly’ would say FAB-U-LOUS! Message me to find out more about buying a tailored gift voucher for Christmas.

Special offer on Silver clay class – Sat 20th October

Due to a last minute cancellation I have a special offer on my Silver Clay beginner’s class on 20th October. Price per person is usually £89 including £25 worth of silver clay but for this date only it will be £75 per person. Get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested. Classes run from 10 – 2.30pm – tea, coffee and biscuits included but bring your own lunch. Takes place in my Colchester based workshop.