Open Studios

This September I am taking part in Colchester Open studios.

What is Colchester Open studios you may ask?

It’s an opportunity to visit local artists (free of charge) and take a look at what they offer, this might be a show of their paintings, things they make, or demos of what they do…it might be a mixture of all three. No need to book. There might even be a chance for you to have a go at Encaustic art.

In the case of CG Crafts I have handcrafted items on display but I am also taking the opportunity to demonstrate some of the things I teach, in the hope that you, or someone you know, might like to book a class. I will be demonstrating a mixture of Flamework (making glass beads), Encaustic art (painting with molten wax) and Enamelling (making glass jewellery using a kiln). I also teach Felt making and Silver Clay jewellery.

Dates and times:

CG Crafts, 34 Willett Road, Colchester (CO2 9AW)

Sat 14th Sept (11 – 2pm),

Sun 22nd Sept (11 – 2pm),

Sat 28th Sept (2 – 6pm)

Sun 29th Sept (11 – 2pm). 

www.cgcrafts.co.uk

www.colchesteropenstudios.org

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

Book a Craft Class for that last minute winning gift!

It’s still not too late to book a craft experience voucher with me for a Christmas gift – prices range from £50 upwards depending on the course and duration – all are detailed on my website. A craft experience is a fabulous gift for any crafty friend or family member, especially as they will take something home that they’ve made as well as picking up a new skill, all organised at dates to suit them.

These classes are available:

Enamelling (glass jewellery)

Flamework (making glass beads)

Feltmaking (needle and wet felting)

Encaustic art (painting with molten wax)

Silver clay (making pure silver jewellery).

Payment can be made in the following ways. You can pay online at www.curly-girly.co.uk via Paypal. I can send you an izettle invoice to be paid by card.  Or via bank transfer. Once paid I will email over a gift letter detailing exactly what they will learn in a class and how to book a date to suit.  Don’t forget to give me the details of who the gift is for and who is sending it so that this can be included in the personalised letter.  What are you waiting for?

Where does the time go?

I am always amazed at how quickly time flies, especially at this time of year. One minute we are settling the children in after the summer holidays and the next minute, the planning for our families November birthdays and then Christmas events galore…it seems only moments ago I thought I had ages to get my prototypes made for Christmas fairs…to be fair for once I have actually made some Christmas themed jewellery but never in the amount I was planning….ah well there’s always next year!

I thought I’d share a few photos from some recent classes/events with you.

Last week I taught at the beautiful Flatford Mill (Constable country), we did a full day of Encaustic art and these are some of the resulting pictures. For next year’s classes at Flatford Mill see their website.

I also helped run some taster sessions at the Craft event at ExCel London, last Friday, resulting in some lovely enamelled pieces.

Plus there’s the classes in my garden workshop, recently I have done some Encaustic classes as well as a tailoring a class to a request for enamelling on silver clay and embedding stones.   I really love the clock, which was made using a mould and an old piece of costume jewellery.

Don’t forget all of these classes can be booked either on my website or by emailing me so that we can tailor dates and times to suit. Prices per person are reduced the more people that attend, a perfect excuse to bring a friend or two.  Gift vouchers are also available directly from me – I write you a gift letter, detailing the class and how to book.

 

 

February Programme here at CG Crafts

Date Class Time Cost for one Cost per person for 2 attending Cost per person for 3 attending Other info
Saturday 3rd February Silver clay Beginners 10 – 2.30pm £95 £85 £75 10g of silver clay included in the price.
Saturday 10th February Jewellery Club: Enamelling the Basics 10 – 2.30pm N/A based on minimum of 2 £60.00

 

£46.50 A further £5 discount per session if you book 3+ sessions for Jewellery club only
Sat 17th/Sun 18th February Available for Class vouchers and dates to suit
Saturday 24th February Silver clay rings 10 – 4.30pm £125 £95 £85 10g of silver clay included in the price.
Sunday 25th February Flamework – making glass beads beginners 10 – 1pm £75 £45 N/A Beads will be annealed and are then available for collection/to be posted out.
Weds 28th Feb Jewellery Club: Enamelling the basics 10 – 2.30pm N/A based on minimum of 2 £60.00

 

£46.50 A further £5 discount per session if you book 3+ sessions for Jewellery club only

My pricing structure, is based on the more people that come the less you pay per person.  If you want to have a one to one, or are happy to come on your own then you pay a little more – not as much as many venues but a bit more to reflect having total tutor attention.  If you want to save costs, simply bring a friend or 2 and the costs per person go down.  I am also happy to advertise any dates to suit, so that if you don’t have a friend with the same interests I may still be able to get more students to come to share the cost – I can’t guarantee this but I can try, you can also help by sharing the info so that others might join too.

November price freeze and new pricing structure

I have been stressing about prices for courses for some time now.  As a small business I really want to run classes whether there are one or three people booked but I do have to make these classes cost effective.  I have now come up with a pricing structure, which I hope suits everyone.  If you want to have a one to one, or are happy to come on your own then you pay a little more – not as much as many venues but a bit more to reflect having total tutor attention.  If you want to save costs, simply bring a friend or 2 and the costs per person go down.  I am also happy to advertise any dates to suit, so that if you don’t have a friend who wants to join you I may still be able to get more students to come to share the cost – I can’t guarantee this but I can try, you can also help by sharing the info so that others might join too.  Hope this makes sense. I am happy to take your feedback and will be freezing prices in November so if you want to book a Christmas present or voucher, I will honour that fee (as long as it is paid now in full) for 2018.  I will also be posting more details about the new jewellery club soon.  Very excited about this.

CURLY GIRLY CRAFTS COURSE PRICE GUIDE
Course Duration Price for One to one Price (per person) for 2 students Price (per person) for 3 students Other info
Silver Clay Beginners 4 hours £95 £85 £75 10g of silver clay included in price
Silver Clay Rings 6 hours £125 £95 £85 10g of silver clay included in price
More Silver Clay – including embedding and enamelling on silver clay 5 hours £125 £95 £85 10g of silver clay included in price
Enamelling 5 hours £95 £80 £65 Make up to 3 pieces
Flamework (making glass beads)

·         Beginners

·         Further

·         Sculptural

3 hours

Price includes annealing and removal of beads

£75 £45 If there are 3 of you ask me for a price – I only have one torch though! Make approx. 6 – 8 beads
Encaustic Art 5 hours £85 £65 £50 All Encaustic materials included. Equipment available to purchase on the day.
Feltmaking – Needle and Wet felting 5 hours £85 £65 £50 Both wet and needlefelting included.  All Feltmaking materials included
Encaustic Art 2.5 hours £55 £40 £35 All Encaustic materials included. Equipment available to purchase on the day
Feltmaking – choose either needle or wet felting 2.5 hours £55 £40 £35 Either needle felting or wet felting

 

 

 

Toni’s Enamelling and Jewellery Club
Session info Duration Price for One to one Price (per person) for 2 students Price (per person) for 3 students Other info
Enamelling/Jewellery Club Various but approx. 4 hours 2 person minimum £60 £46.50 A further £5 discount per session if you book 3 or more sessions.  N.B the 2 person minimum still applies.

 

Lots more classes added to the website

Now is a great time to book a class at Curly Girly Crafts (Colchester), as I shall have to soon revise costs for 2018!  All classes are great value as the are based on between 1 – 3 students with resources and a cuppa included. There’s plenty of tutor attention and possibly even one to one!  Book online or email me for more details.

D A T E S at CG Crafts, Colchester

Tues 19th Sept  10 – 2.30pm    Silver Clay Beginners                                                       £85

Sat 23rd Sept    10 – 3.30pm     Enamelling Beginners/Improvers                                £75 – SOLD OUT

Sun 1st Oct        10 – 4.30pm     Silver Clay Rings                                                              £95

Tues 3rd Oct      10 – 3pm          Encaustic Art Beginners                                                 £69

Tues 10th Oct    10 – 1pm           Flamework (making glass beads)                                £55

Sat14th Oct       10 – 3.30pm     Feltmaking                                                                       £69

Sat 21st Oct      2 – 5pm              Flamework (making glass beads)                               £55

Tues 31st Oct    10 – 2.45pm     Enamelling                                                                      £69

Sat 4th Nov       10 – 2.30pm     Silver Clay beginners (incl 10g PMC3)                      £85 – 1 space left

Sat 25th Nov     10 – 3.30pm     Encaustic Art Beginners                                               £69

Sun 26th Nov    10 – 2.30pm     Silver Clay Beginners ((incl 10g PMC3)                    £85

Other dates at CG Crafts

  • Weekdays – Tues and Weds. Courses and dates to suit – contact me.

Limited weekend dates available to book courses to suit – contact me with your preferred dates.

  • Keep a lookout on the website for more dates being added soon!
  • CLASSES MAKE GREAT PRESENTS FOR YOU OR A FRIEND! YOU’LL GET A TAILORED GIFT LETTER EXPLAINING ABOUT THE CLASS.
  • GENERAL GIFT VOUCHERS ALSO AVAILABLE.

*Discount if 2 or more people book together, or if you book 2 classes for yourself (5%) except for silver clay due to the cost of the silver.

Lots of lovely Fish beads

The last couple of weeks have been consumed with tennis in my household and a few little bits in between including two sports days at school (at least I’ll only have to do the Mum’s race once next year!)

I’m now tackling the garden before my silver clay students arrive next week and have to fight through the Forbidden Forest to get to the workshop!

Thought I’d share my glass fish beads that I made recently – any thoughts on what to make with them?

Busy days and flamework fun.

I’ve had a busy few weeks of classes (including my first at FSC Flatford Mill), planning and getting organised at home…oh and now the Easter holidays! Today I’ve finally had a chance to have play in my workshop. I have been experimenting with various Flamework tools (lampwork) such as a cabochon mandrel, ribbon mandrel and still my favourite blowpipes! These are some pictures of what I’ve been up to. As these are glass they are now annealing in the kiln to strenghthen them…although I am not sure the flower will survive, I am sure there are a few weak points but it was fun making it.

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