Jane Crawford

Apr 052017

POTTERY & CERAMICS: St. Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook

Janette – Participant:

After retiring from work last July, I moved to this area to be nearer my daughter and her family. I had worked in the same job for over 30 years, lived in the same house with my husband and had a wonderful network of friends and colleagues. I found the move to be a huge upheaval, coming to a new house, a new environment. It was a total life change… starting again and it scared me.

My daughter, knowing the area, and some of the organisations that run activities, she bought me this course as a Christmas gift. Even though I’d worked all my life I felt that I needed something to boost my confidence again and this course has been the ticket!

The tutor used a gentle approach and the course felt informal even though we all learnt so much… what a wonderful way to teach. It’s been lovely getting to know other participants, and I really feel that that has been the most worthwhile part of this course, making new friends, having a fun couple of hours each week.

The creative process has almost been secondary to all of that. I have, however, been very productive, making coasters, a wall plaque, tea light holders, dishes for crisps and nuts and a candleholder for the garden… all in 10 weeks ! THANK YOU

Other Participant Comments:

“I’ve leant a lot. I’ve had a go at something that I’ve wanted to do for years and I’ve had a canny time. Awesome teacher, big tick… GOLD STAR!”

“Amazing tutor, supportive, with an excellent knowledge of the subject. Fab venue too!”

“The whole group has been very friendly and provided support to each other.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course, never having done anything like this before and the tutor was very encouraging and friendly.”

“Lindsey, the tutor, is an inspiration, always kind and encouraging, taking a positive view of everyone’s work, while offering constructive advice on better ways to approach your work to achieve safe firing and effective glazing.”