What participants have said about our courses recently

Stone carving MIddleton Hall August 2021

john leahy-

Thank you for a most informative and enjoyable couple of days, I am delighted with the carving  ( small dragon from the book of Kells) as are all my friends who have seen it!

Clay sculpture course Chillington Hall May 2021

Amy Summers - 

Hi Miranda and Geraint,

Thanks so much for a great day! So pleased with my hare and learned a lot more - thank you.


Hope to see you again before not too long,

Stone carving course Chillington Hall April 2021

Susanne Mooney - 


Absolutely brilliant!!! Loved it all. Learning traditional skills and techniques, lovely tutor, and fabulous surroundings to work in. Support when you needed it but also freedom to experience the materials and work with the tools. Brilliant two day course ..!!

Wood carving course Chillington Hall April 2021


Bernard Wheeler - 


This was an excellent course held in a lovely setting with a superb teacher, Geraint. He described all the factors you need to know, checked on progress at the right times, gave help and advice when asked, and all with a warm and friendly manner. If you fancy giving this a go, no matter what your experience or expectations, I can highly recommend it. This was a gift to me by my lovely wife, and it ranks right up there!

Bev - 


Learnt new skills and conducted at a pace which gives you time and confidence to tackle the carving .
Tutor was excellent , location beautiful - very enjoyable weekend

 Justin Taylor - 


Not being the most arty or crafty person, I approached this course with some trepidation. I am so pleased with what I created.
The tutors were knowledgeable, kind and patient.
The venue was in keeping with the course and both peaceful and relaxing.
An excellent course, well worth the money.

Portrait course Chillington Hall 2021

James Stead -

An excellent workshop for any level of student. There are numerous tips to pick up, not just the tools and processes involved in sculpting. Having a tutor like Miranda helped to point out lots of insightful observations of the structure of the face and the small differences in form, which describe an individual face. I have come away knowing a lot more about the contours of the face and also the facial areas I have to work on in the future.
Miranda was very supportive and flexible in her approach to everyone. Her comments were always instructive and never critical, welcoming different working styles.
The sculpting room was comfortable and produced a lovely working and relaxed atmosphere between everyone.

Margaret P -

This course appealed to me as I wanted to learn how to sculpt a face so I can apply the techniques to cake making. I have learnt how to use clay (which I was a complete novice to), use of tools, how to look for lines to help build the model, the importance of muscles in getting the correct shapes and many more techniques. Miranda Wakeman is a brilliant tutor who instructs you through every stage and pointing out areas that need 'tweeking' so you come away with a life size facial sculpture. I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 days at this site.

Joan -

Miranda who teaches the class is a fantastic tutor with lots of patience!
The class is mixed ability and attended by regulars and new faces each time; the atmosphere is friendly and everyone is supportive and encouraging.


Miranda took an effective step by step approach for those of us with little or no experience. Likewise, those with far greater experience were given minimal but timely intervention if it was required and additional little tips to take things to a higher level.  I really enjoyed all three days and ended up with a special piece of artwork.