Frequently asked questions

What's included in the price of a course?  - Please see the individual course details for the course you have booked for a full description of what the course includes. In addition to this there is plenty of tea and coffee and usually biscuits too! The majority of courses include written handouts to help with the learning process that you can take away and keep for your records. 

How do I redeem a gift card? 

Once on the booking page, fill out the required information and in the 'add promotional code' box enter the code in one of the following formats;

 

        *If your code is an 8 digit code with dash in the middle (eg 0000-0000) enter the full code including the dash. 

       *If your code is longer (eg 19CSJ62019C4S4OJ) then enter the last 4 digits/characters only so you would enter                     S4OJ. 

If your voucher doesn't cover the full cost you can pay the balance by credit/debit card or paypal. 

What should I wear? - Please wear regular sensible clothes (but not your best fanciest outfit!) keeping in mind courses take place in a workshop environment. No open toe shoes or sandals please for safety reasons, (there are heavy pieces of equipment in the workshop). If you wear reading glasses then please bring them along with you as close up work will be involved. No loose long ties/scarves and long hair should be tied up. Dress warmly in winter (it can get cold in the workshop) and dress appropriately in summer (it can also get very warm in the workshop). 

 

Are there any age restrictions? -  Anyone aged 16 and over can attend independently.  Students aged 14-16 can attend with an adult who is also booked onto the course.  If you wish to attend with anyone under the age of 14 please contact me prior to booking to discuss the suitability of the workshop you wish to book. 

Do I need to bring anything else?- For a longer workshop you may want to bring some lunch with you. Food can also be bought from the onsite cafe Imagination lane although I would advise checking opening hours before attending as they do occasionally close for party's. 

Is there parking on site?- Yes absolutely! There is ample parking in the main carpark. Parking is also available close to the workshop if you have difficulty walking. Please contact me if you require directions to this carpark. It does only have very limited space so only use this carpark if you need to.  When you do park, please don't obstruct roads or access to other businesses on site. 

Where are you located? - The workshop is located on Gate farm Rural Enterprise Park on Wettenhall Road close to The Venetian Marina,  about 5 minutes from Reaseheath College and Snugbury's ice-cream.  I would advise familiarising yourself with the route as it is a rural setting (down a county lane) and some people do struggle to find me. (instant street view is great for having a look at the road and surrounding area). If you are booked onto a workshop or course, I will email a detailed description of how to find me a few days prior to the course. 

What time should I arrive for my workshop? - Please try to arrive about 10 or 15 minutes before the start of your workshop so that you can get settled in, get a tea/coffee etc before the session starts. If you can no longer attend your session please let me know so that the start of the session is not delayed. 

The course I want to do is fully booked, can I go on a waiting list? - At this moment I don't run waitings lists for courses. As all courses are paid for at the time of booking cancellations usually don't happen that often and I find waiting lists difficult and time consuming to manage. You can however sign up to my mailing list where I will share details of new courses when they are added and I will also send out a quick notification email if a place becomes available on a fully booked session. So you will get a heads up before I put a shout out on social media. 

What's the difference between a 1 day workshop and a full 10 week course? - The main difference is that with a 1 day workshop the emphasis is on making a piece of jewellery to take home. So while you will learn some techniques we don't cover them in great depth. On a full 10 week course the emphasis is on learning so we do lots of practice, cover lots of basic skills and you'll learn in greater depth. 

I've done a couple of 1 day sessions, can I go straight to the returners/improvers course? - During the beginners course we cover lots of skills and in much greater depth than we do on 1 day sessions. A 1 day session will provide between 3 - 5 hrs of jewellery making time where as a 10 week course will give you 20 hrs.  I would therefor recommend you still start with the beginners course. If you are competent in texturing metal, saw piecing metal, measuring a ring to size, soldering (including joining 2 components together) and bezel setting a stone then you are probably ok to go straight to the returners course.  The returners course is a lot less structured than the beginners course so you will need to have an idea of the kind of projects you'd like to complete and should be able to do the above skills pretty much independently or with minimal support. If in doubt feel free to send me a message.