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Pottery Wheel beginners taster session
A 2 hour introductory class for those who are absolute beginners - you will learn the very basics of throwing on the potters wheel. This will include weighing and preparing balls of clay before you start, then the basics of the wheel - from centering your clay, pulling, shaping and working with your tools, beginning to learn the techniques of throwing bowls and cylinders. This is a fun and quick way to introduce yourself to throwing on the wheel and is suitable for complete beginners. This is a fantastic way to enjoy and learn the age old art of the potters wheel At the end of the session you will be able to choose 1 of your pieces which will be bisque fired for you then glazed in a colour of your choice and fired again. Your pieces will be ready for pickup usually within 2 months of your class, but sometimes longer. Pick up will be arranged via an email or can be posted at a small charge There will be a maximum of 6 people attending this class. Each person has their own dedicated potters wheel
Foraging walk for beginners
- Short introduction into the foraging code and what to look out for - Exploring the local area by foot where I will show you around 50 (!) different edible wild plants plus a few poisonous ones - Finding and identifying wild plants - Information and recipe ideas how these wild plants could be used - Every guest gets a booklet with valuable information on wild plants, selected health benefits and further study ideas - The walk also includes the sampling of foraged food/drinks and homemade natural skin salves/creams LET US GO ON A LITTLE FORAGING MISSION TOGETHER! Please note: You can also request availability if you cannot find a suitable time slot for your group…
Learn the craft of stained-glass
This one-day course will introduce you to the medieval craft of stained glass. You will choose from a selection of designs that are all achievable in a day. Your day will include tuition and materials for a panel with a simple design approx 20cm square or a rectangle 20cm x 25cm. Classes are small - one or two people - so you get a lot of individual tuition and extra help if needed. By the end of the day you will have a beautiful leaded glass panel to take home. We start at 9:30am with an introduction to the day. You will then learn the basics of glass cutting before choosing a design and selecting your glass from a range of colours and textures to make your panel unique. After you have cut the glass pieces to fit the design I teach you how to use lead and solder to join the glass pieces together. To finish your piece you will learn to cement and polish to make your panel strong and water-tight. I aim to finish the day at 5 or 6pm. There will be refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon and a light lunch around 1pm. I am an Airbnb Superhost and can accommodate up to three guests so you can include the course in a short break. Other things to note The course is not suitable for pregnant women and nursing mothers because it involves working with lead. We try to cater for dietary requirements where possible so please let us know in advance.
Candle Making with Tea & Cake
Larkswold is a Cotswold Crafting destination for those who wish to experience a workshop in a relaxing and restorative environment, run by friendly, well-informed locals. During our Candle Making Workshop you will learn how to make poured candles, adding essential oils, colours & your choice of decorations to ensure your candles are totally unique to you. Ideal for gifts or to keep! CandleMaking is ideal for individuals, couples, families with children over 10 years and a brilliant activity for larger groups! Long wooden tables in our new garden studio allow plenty of space, and the coffee is always on to enjoy with our delicious homemade cakes, all included. Our aim is to send you away feeling rejuvenated, refreshed & happy with your creations, and with a wealth of local knowledge! Other things to note You do not need any experience to successfully make your own candles. We will lead you through the process.
Stone carving workshop with a Master craftsman
Our popular stone carving workshops run throughout the year. The training in the Neo Gothic Mansion is hosted by the Stonemasons Guild of St. Stephen. The classes are overseen by the Guilds talented Master who is a past Master at Windsor Castle, The Vatican and The Doges Palace, Venice. You will receive expert advice on handling the tools and working stone and will return home with a small masterpiece of your own making.
Potter's wheel experience
Potter's wheel experience Please allow 1.5hrs for your visit. On arrival you'll be offered a warm welcome from either Jon or his wife and fellow maker Sarah. Following a step by step demonstration, you will share a wheel between two, each having two goes to make a pot. You’ll then be offered one of three choices: 1) The ‘green’ option. We’ll recycle your attempts so your clay can be enjoyed again and again by our lovely customers. 2) Select your favourite pot to take away, air-dry and paint at home. 3) For an additional £20 per pot we’ll fire and glaze your creation. Your masterpiece will need to dry thoroughly before it goes in the kiln. It will be fired twice. This whole process takes about a month, after which we’ll contact you to let you know it’s ready for collection from the Pottery. P+P can be arranged at £5 per item.
Oxford University Tour With Alumni
We will start with a whirlwind overview of Oxford as the central player in 1,000 years of British history, and giving guests an understanding of how the sprawling institution operates before embarking on the tour. Navigating down the windy alleyways we will get an insiders take on the little known viewing angles that bring across the drama of the world famous architecture in this city. With striking spires and imposing buildings, we will cover how these influenced Tolkien, C S Lewis, along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We will enter one of the oldest Colleges at Oxford, renowned for its beautiful gardens, before heading into one of the most famous Library's in the world - responsible for over 13 million books. Capping this off we will cover a Harry Potter film site, along with why the most powerful religious figure England has ever seen, was burnt alive in the centre of Oxford, on what is now such a nondescript part of road you could easily miss it. Please note: Colleges and the Library can shut without notice and currently they are available as of August 2021. If this changes on the day we will of course incorporate them - if we are not able to offer any access, we will offer up the option of a full refund.
Explore the Hidden Gems of Cotswolds
*** Book for 2 gets a 25% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 35% discount. *** %20 OFF for early-bird bookings (two or more weeks in advance). Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see towns and villages. See the historical homes of Stow-on-the-Wold and marvel at the honey-stoned Broadway and other precious villages like Chipping Campden, Bibury and Snowshill. Highlights: - Spend at least 6 hours exploring the best of the Cotswolds! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £200 fee. ** If you would like to participate on a date that is not available, please send a request. I will do my best to accommodate.
Potter's Wheel Taster Workshop
In this fun introductory class you will get familiar with the potters wheel and learn what it is like to have a go at throwing. On arrival at our Studio, you’ll be warmly welcomed as you join the rest of your small group. The workshop begins with a full demonstration of the pot throwing process, given by one of our expert potters. You will then be individually assigned a potter’s wheel for the duration of the workshop and its your turn to get hands-on and have fun practising your pottery skills! An experienced tutor will be on hand throughout offering practical tips and guidance. You will learn the 5 basic steps in making a pot, from centering, opening out and pulling up the walls of your pots, using specialist tools. You may create as many pots as you wish on the session, using an unlimited supply of clay. As a beginner, your pots tend to be super wobbly and often collapse but it’s all part of the fun and the normal learning curve of a potter! At the end of the class you can chose your best pot(s) to take away on the day, which can be left to airdry at home and painted if you wish!
Exclusive Private Cotswold Tour
We will pick you up in our Chrysler Grand Voyagers, which carry masks and sanatiser. Pick up points are Moreton-in-Marsh train station, (perfect if you come up from London for the day on the direct train and you could always call in at Oxford on your return), The Lygons Arms in Broadway, The Plaisterers Arms in Winchcombe or The Queens Hotel in Cheltenham - with our guide and driver and take you on guided tour of the Cotswold villages and towns. The tour will last approx 4.5 hours. During the tour informative talks and information on each village/town we visit. Other things to note We can pick up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds
A fun watercolour painting workshop suitable for beginners
A warm welcome awaits you at Backbury House which is just a short drive from Hereford. On arrival, you will have opportunity to soak up the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, whilst enjoying a welcome drink. During this experience, you will learn how to work with increasing confidence and proficiently in the medium of watercolour. This experience is suitable for all ability levels as care will be taken to tailor the experience to your specific needs, regardless of creative ability. An overview of the experience: - Initially, you will be given a short introduction to the tasks with lots of visual examples to inspire you. - You will receive step-by-step demonstrations on watercolour technique with full guidance at every stage. This will include how to fully experiment with the medium in order to achieve amazing creative effects as well as achieving experiments with fine detail and increasing control. - By the end of the experience, you will aim to achieve a more accomplished watercolour painting which you can proudly take home. - All materials and refreshments will be included.
Gin making in the Wye Valley
Immerse yourself in our world of flavour and discovery at our tasting room in the lovely market town of Chepstow in the captivating Welsh Wye Valley Get inspired whilst sampling several varieties of Silver Circle gin. Our distillers will tell you everything about the distillery and our ethos, explaining how we create our different blends and demonstrating how each ingredient delicately influences fragrance and taste. Touch, taste and smell locally foraged botanicals, and mull over your own favourite gin flavours. We'll talk you through a variety of natural flavourings and guide you in your selection of ingredients to create your personal recipe. Our 4 wooden distillery stations fit two people, each with its own miniature copper still. As your gin drips gently through the still, there's time to relax and share a cup of something with your fellow alchemists before blending, measuring and bottling your individually crafted gin. The resulting bottle of gin will be yours to name, take home and generally show off about. Sharing is, of course, up to you. Other things to note A discount is applicable when 2 or more people are sharing a still, bringing home one bottle of gin between them. This applies automatically to all bookings of more than one person. If you do not wish to share a still, please make separate bookings!
Printmaking and drawing workshops
Whether you choose to spend a few hours drawing, crafting or printmaking, you can enjoy your time in a creative environment doing something for yourself, either in my art room or printmaking workshop. In the workshop you will be able to explore the techniques of lino cutting, mono printing and collagraph printing and produce original and unique artwork to take home with you. In the art room (situated in my Regency house) you can revisit and hone your drawing techniques, or if you are a complete beginner, enjoy learning how to draw in an informal and relaxed setting. Whichever creative experience you choose will be accompanied by plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits and, on those autumnal and wintry days, the log burner in the parlour will keep us warm whilst we create our masterpieces.
Relaxing Block Printing Workshop
Let’s get printing together! Block Printing is the perfect combination of colour, pattern and design. Keep it simple or go for more intricate designs and create your own unique tea towels, napkins, drawstring cotton bags and greetings cards. This is an easy, fun & achievable activity, suitable for everyone young or old.
Potter's wheel one day course
The workshop starts at 10am. After introductions we'll show you how it's done by demonstrating the 5 steps to making a pot on the potter's wheel. Then it's time to 'saddle up'! (everybody has a wheel to themselves) As a group, step by step, we'll all progress together through the pot throwing process. After two or three goes together, you'll have got the hang of things. You'll then be encouraged to develop at your own pace with individual tutoring as and when required. We break for lunch around 1pm. (Please bring a packed lunch) Although we rest for an hour, you are more than welcome to take a shorter break and get back to the wheels for some untutored practice. In the afternoon there are further demonstrations after which you will work larger lumps of clay, make bigger pots and explore different shapes and forms. At the end of the workshop and once your wheel has been cleaned, you'll select your favourite two or three pieces, depending on size, to be fired and glazed. (Extra pots can be fired at cost – £6 per 250g payable on the day) The session ends at 4pm. Your creations will be shipped right to your door, arriving approx. one month later (to one address in the UK) ready to take pride of place in your home. Other things to note Although you are required to bring an apron, it's worth considering your clothing and foot-ware. There is a certain degree of splashing and splattering so dark colours are easier to wash.