We're massively excited to be back offering a few workshops before Christmas.
As you'll know, in lockdown it just wasn't possible to offer any of our creative workshops as they all involve face-to-face, person-to-person interaction. So, rather than sitting back and missing everyone, we decided to put the time to good use and we remodelled the building! You may have seen pics in our last blog - here's a quick reminder of what our building looks like now:
We've opened up the back of the workshops to create a dedicated clay room (although can be used for other workshops too) - it's such a lovely bright space as we've got a new window looking out over the lane by the side of our building, and a separate entrance too! That gives us 3 teaching rooms as well as kitchen and toilet facilities, a kiln, potter's wheel and sinks to wash up materials in too. It also gives us another entrance to the building so, if needs be, we can have a one-way system going on. We'll be able to accommodate much larger groups; split groups and have separate workshops being held at the same time for a couple of tutors at a time.
Now that we've got the building work finished, we've been following the news and Government guidelines and we're delighted to be able to offer 4 new workshops:
2 opportunities to make fused glass Christmas decorations with Danielle Hopkinson
A lampshade-making workshop with Annie from Rockafella Industries and
A silver stacking rings workshop with Andrea Wright
Take a look at our workshops page for details.
All of our workshops will feature desks set 2m apart and will be for a maximum of 6 people at a time. You'll be given either a mask or a visor to wear and we'll have hand-sanitiser available. We'll have a barcode for you to check in with the NHS app. We're following all guidelines to ensure that our workshops are COVID safe.
In other news, we're also supporting Kev Colbear, a fantastic maker of all things creatively metal. He's hosting a Christmas makers' market outdoors behind his workshop in East Bergholt over the six weekends leading up to Christmas. All very socially-distanced and with everything in place to make the event as safe as possible, local makers will be there for you to do your Christmas shopping and support independent businesses this year - they all need your support more than ever. We'll be there with the Stained Glass Studio, bringing you Christmas decorations and sculptures - please pass it on if you can, we'd love this to be a massive success as so many events have been cancelled this year.
Finally, our sister company, the Stained Glass Studios are pleased to have launched their new website this week. Featuring an online shop, we can now offer our decorations and sculptures for sale in time for the festive season.
As always, we look forward to seeing you soon. If you've got any suggestions for workshops that you'd like to see us host, please do let us know
Danielle and Ian