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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
Once again time has flown by and what was supposed to be a regular blog post is now a couple of months behind. In my defense we have been having a fabulous summer visiting umpteen castles, fighting dinosaurs, crafting, camping and having adventures. Then year 6 kicked in (first trip away from home, 11+, secondary school visits). Finally this week I feel like I am getting back to my to do’s to do list!
Photos from recent classes
So I thought I would start by sharing the news that I am now a calendar girl – in case you’ve missed the announcement and red carpet affair! I am really delighted to announce that my work was successfully submitted and I am now Miss December in the new PMC Studio Calendar 2019! Here’s a sneaky peak but don’t worry all work is appropriately dressed! 🙂 Copies can be obtained from The PMC Studio …or I think it might be available with an order if you buy your silver clay from them.
Speaking of calendars
Sssshhhh – Christmas is coming….
As it is getting to that time in the year when people start thinking about presents…oh yes! I just wanted to remind you that I offer craft courses vouchers, so if you are stuck for a Christmas present idea… you can either book on my website, or contact me directly. Either way I will send you a personalised gift letter with details of the chosen class and how to book a date to suit. Or perhaps you’d like to suggest to someone what class you’d like to take…
Classes are available in the following crafts – prices vary depending on whether you are booking a class for 1 or 2 but range from around £55 for a half day (Felt or Encaustic art) to £125 for a silver clay rings class. Do email me regarding prices.
Silver clay: Beginners. Rings. Using Syringe and silver sheet clay
Enamelling: Beginners and Further techniques, including cloisonne
Flamework beads: Making glass beads. Beginners and follow ups including sculptural animals.
Encaustic art: Beginners
Feltmaking: Wet felting. Needlefelting or both.
I can also do a general gift letter detailing what is available if you aren’t sure what a person would pick – I can do shorter taster classes if necessary.
What’s coming up at Curly Girly Crafts
I have a busy few months coming up with weekends virtually all booked here at CG Crafts until Christmas. Below are details of venues/classes with some availability.
- If you live in the Sudbury Area I am teaching Enamelling on Sunday 21st October at Simply Handmade –
- I will be helping the Guild of Enamellers again at ExCel during the Hobbycraft show in November – I think it runs from 15th to 17th November and I will be there on Friday 16th, come and say hello – the 30 minute taster session is only about £5!
- Saturday 24th November and Saturday 15th December are currently free for students to book a class – get in touch if you fancy a Saturday class in any of the crafts I offer.
- I am teaching at FSC Flatford Mill on 1st (Enamelling) and 2nd December (Christmas Feltmaking) – Booking page
- I also offer weekdays for classes so get in touch if you’d like to book a date to suit – usually Tuesday, Thursdays or Fridays are best. Price per person is reduced if more than one person comes.
And finally…I am doing a little bit of learning myself this term. I have just enrolled in pottery. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Happy crafting and if you have any questions please do get in touch.
I admit it, having not had a chance to play around with syringe clay I was a little wary of it but now I just can’t get enough. I have a little amount left in my syringe and every time I run a class – there have been quite a few lately – I find myself thinking…oooh I could add some syringe clay to this! If you are interested I run a combined class for syringe and sheet clay so get in touch to find out more. Prices vary depending if you want me to cover both or just one aspect and of course on whether you bring a friend.
Apologies for not posting my blog for a while, this year has been a really busy one for Curly Girly Crafts, I’ve run more classes in the last few months than I had envisaged for the year but it is all good fun. I’ve just come back from teaching a weekend Jewellery class at FSC Flatford Mill – pictured here or rather Willy Lott’s cottage is – alongside some of the pieces my students made on the silver clay part of the class. It always seems to be a sunny weekend when I teach there so let me know if you’d like to know when the weather is going to be good next year – I do have the dates booked. 🙂
In other news, I am now looking at expanding my silver clay repertoire with some syringe and silver sheet clay sessions – the first is tomorrow! I’ll let you know how we get on.
Summer is coming so whilst I don’t anticipate getting any extra time for blogposts I will try to continue posting student work on Facebook and Twitter – do get in touch if you fancy learning something new!
Caroline joined me again today to take advantage of my £10 off one-to-one silver clay classes. As Caroline tends to prefer one to one classes we have a chat before the class and really tailor lessons to suit her. Today we fixed some earrings using silver oil paste, made moulds using silicon putty and enamelled some silver pieces she’d made in a previous class…all before her taxi arrived promptly at 2.30pm…just! If you’d like to tailor a class, email me to find out more.
I have been teaching students how to make pure silver jewellery using silver clay for several years now and yet the magic of it never fails to astonish me. I don’t know if it is the versatility of the clay – I love it when students challenge me by saying “Oh I thought I might try to make a….” Generally I am able to find a way to help them achieve this, or perhaps it is just the fact that as you work with the clay it can be difficult to comprehend that it will be PURE silver once fired. I love it when my students do a final polish after firing and say ” Wow it really is silver!” If you’d like to take part in a class, I have added a lot more dates to the website – as it is proving to be very popular this year. My £10 off until June is still running and don’t forget if 2 or more book (my workhshop can only take 3) I will reduce the cost per person. I can come out to larger groups too. My garden workshop os based in Colchester, Essex. These pictures show just a few things my beginner students have made…what would you make?
As I catchup on some things on my to do list I am left to wonder just where February went? Yes I was busy painting the school library but I am still not convinced someone didn’t just press the fast forward button. Anyway just doing a little work on my website today – I have now created individual booking options for the Spotlight on Enamelling sessions, so it should make things easier to book. Any queries with it, or indeed suggestions on other spotlight sessions you’d like to see, please let me know. As usual you can book online or email me for more details.
Silver clay seems to be really popular at the moment, maybe it’s because no matter how many times you make a piece of jewellery with it, you never quite believe it is pure silver until the final polishing occurs…pure magic!
To celebrate the wonder that is silver clay I am offering £10 off all full price silver clay classes until the end of June – and if more people book there are further reductions to be made! A winner all around.
Don’t forget I also offer Enamelling (including the budget saving monthly spotlight on various techniques), Flamework, Feltmaking and Encaustic art. Small classes (3 maximum) so plenty of one to one attention. Book here or email me if you prefer to pay by bank transfer or cheque. A deposit of £25 secures booking and the balance can be paid on the day of the class.
January is cold in my workshop, so I tend to spend my time planning for the classes ahead, decorating and sometimes even having an early spring clean. This year has been slightly different. I seem to now have several jobs!
As a natural extension to my craft business I am now running an arts and crafts session once a week for adults with learning difficulties, which is a steep learning curve but great fun – very different to the specialist craft sessions I run here in my garden workshop, it’s much more about getting our hands dirty and being creative just for fun.
I am also continuing my writing work – today I have been battling with the German Resistance – I didn’t even realise there was one until today! I have also returned to my allotment job at y.e.s, this time around we are working with all age groups so I think it will work out much better. I also continue to work on the craft business, planning dates and doing all the admin involved – fortunately I have found time to do the dreaded tax return.
Oh and then there’s the voluntary stuff…I’ve been painting the old school library as it was looking a bit bare!
All this and I’ve been trying out some sessions for the new jewellery and enamelling club which can be booked here – you don’t need to come each time but it is worked out to give you the opportunity to add to your skills but on a slightly lower budget – based on 2 people attending and a slightly shorter session. Take a look to see which sessions are coming up soon.