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STUDENT REVIEWS
JAN - DECEMBER 2024

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AMANDA - FULL-DAY POTTERY EXPERIENCE

February 2024

"Fantastic, absorbing pottery day - I loved it.

To go at my own pace, explore techniques and learn from such a truly lovely teacher was a wonderful experience.

Thank you so much Louise for such a brilliant hands on day.

I recommend Blended Monkey completely."

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EDD - HALF-DAY WOODTURNING EXPERIENCE

February 2024

"What an excellent day!

Simon was fantastic, top bloke to chat to, made you feel comfortable and really knows his stuff.

The environment was perfect, nice and warm, lots of teas and that lovely wood shop smell.

The wood turning was so much fun, Simon shows you all the techniques whilst giving you enough space to try it for yourself and get a feel for it.

Amazing day, I will be back for another lesson for sure."

RICHARD - HALF-DAY WOODTURNING EXPERIENCE

February 2024

"Great experience! Loved it! Learnt so much from Simon and managed to make a great little mushroom! Thoroughly recommend this course for anyone looking to bring out that inner creativity! Thanks very much!!!

Hopefully I’ll be back sometime!"

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CAT & HARRIET - HALF-DAY POTTERY THROWING EXPERIENCE

February 2024

"My daughter and I have done a few classes with Blended Monkey now. Louise’s amazing, a great teacher and we make some lovely things every time.

She is also great with my daughter who is very shy. Thanks for all the great classes!"

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PAM - HALF-DAY POTTERY THROWING EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"Thanks Louise for being very patient with me on the wheel.

It was good to have a 'go' and make an attempt at throwing some bowls.

Looking forward to seeing finished items.. (I think!)"

MARK & SUSAN - HALF-DAY POTTERY THROWING EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"Thanks for a great morning Louise. Two novice's on the wheel and we learned a lot in a short time Loved every minute and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Looking forward to picking up the pots in a few weeks." - Mark

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STEVEN - HALF-DAY WOODTURNING EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"My wife booked the half day wood turning course for me as a Christmas present. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and Simon's teaching meant I was able to produce something I was proud of. Would definitely recommend for anyone who has an interest or wants to learn a new skill."

COLIN - FULL-DAY INTERMEDIATE WOODTURNING EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"I felt I was not ready for an Intermediate One Day 1 to 1 Woodturning Course when my wife bought it for me, but I am very glad to have attended the course.

From the outset, Simon put me at ease as we discussed woodturning in general, as well as my own experience and concerns, in particular.

Simon informed me what we could do throughout the day, and we did.

Simon has a good training environment and setup in his workshop which assisted me to draw the maximum from the day. He is an extremely capable trainer, with a great deal of woodturning experience and knowledge, who instructed me in a relaxed professional manner.

He passed on both guidance and tips, including to stand even closer to the lathe and have the rest even closer to the wood, to good effect.

He encouraged me to take away all that I had learned and put it into practice, which I intend to do.

I very highly recommend this course to all woodturners who wish to improve their skills and knowledge, whilst drawing on the experience and guidance of a very capable professional and woodturning instructor.

I look forward to attending another course run by Simon, in due course."

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TRACEY & NEIL - HALF-DAY POTTERY EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"After watching the Great Pottery Throw Down, we thought we’d like to have a go but never go round to it.
However, we found Blended Monkey after my partner 54 suffered a stroke and thought it would be a great way to have some fun alongside rehabilitation with their expertise with working with stroke survivors.

Louise is amazing.

Welcoming, patient and encouraging.

Great tuition as we were complete novices.

We had a wonderful afternoon, full of laughter, plenty of tea and biscuits.

We won’t win any prizes for our efforts but thoroughly enjoyed having a go.

Can’t recommend highly enough and thank Louise for a brilliant time." - Tracey

MIKE - HALF-DAY WOODTURNING EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"What a fun morning. The beginners half day workshop was brilliant. As a complete novice with no tools or equipment I was a little apprehensive but Simon quickly put me at ease and the 3 hours flew by. Tuition was top rate allowing a lot of hands on experience at your own pace. Added bonus of not having to waste time taking notes as they were all sent out by email after the day so you had lots of time to get stuck in. Simon obviously knows his trade and his enthusiasm is infectious. Very friendly and engaging. Now of to get equipped so I can practice and then book up further courses, such as how to sharpen tools. It's incredible how much difference a properly sharpened gouge delivers. Thankyou so much."

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PAUL & CHARLOTTE - HALF-DAY PAIRS POTTERY THROWING EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"Wonderful day with Louise. Great experience would highly recoWe thoroughly enjoyed our morning’s throwing lesson. Louise was an outstanding teacher, knowledgeable and talented. This was for my partner’s birthday, and he really loved the experience, and now wants to be a potter! We both managed to produce pieces worth firing, which we weren’t really expecting and my partner was brilliant and made 4 bowls! We are returning to decorate the pieces ourselves so that they are all ours 🥰 Thank you so much Louisemmend, hand building in the morning, lovely lunch then in wheel in the afternoon."

ZOE - FULL-DAY 1-2-1 POTTERY EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"Wonderful day with Louise. Great experience would highly recommend, hand building in the morning, lovely lunch then in wheel in the afternoon."

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WILLIAM - HALF-DAY 1-2-1 WOODTURNING EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"I enjoyed it a lot, it was so much fun making a bowl with Simon and I’m excited for my next woodturning session. William - Aged 10."

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DEBBIE - HALF-DAY 1-2-1 WOODTURNING EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"A most enjoyable experience. I was made to feel welcome and comfortable throughout the whole experience. This is not something I have ever done before, but thoroughly enjoyed the time spent learning what to do and how to use the different tools, and then making my own little gift to take home with me, which has pride of place on my Welsh dresser, along with the test piece used to learn how to work with the tools."

SIMON & HELENA - HALF-DAY PAIRS POTTERY EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our 1/2 day instruction and the actual making of our labours, both our first time at making pottery, Louise made it simple, instructive and fun (as well as coffee, tea and biscuits) we are both very pleased with the results, we would highly recommended for all."

LYNN & PAUL - PAIRS HALF-DAY POTTERY EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"Excellent course, never laughed so much at my pathetic attempts on the wheel ! I’m clearly not destined to be a potter, my husband on the other hand was heading for a full dinner service set! Great host, clear explanations, knowledgeable tutor. Highly recommend this course." - Lynn

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PAUL - 1-2-1 HALF-DAY WOODTURNING EXPERIENCE

January 2024

"A fantastic morning, learning the basics of wood turning. I was bought it as a gift (I had no idea before I arrived). It bought back fond memories of turning at school (that ages me🤣) Simon made the mornings lesson something I will never for get, he is so understanding, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about turning and all things to do with turning! He took me through all the safety of the machines & tools I would be using. He got me turning quite quickly on a pice of wood to practice different techniques needed for each turning tool and after some mistakes I went on to turn a mushroom out of a piece of pine. He also got me to sand it smooth, seal it and polish it. I loved the class so much I have been looking at getting my own wood turning lathe. I would recommend this course to anyone (you don’t need to be big and strong to be able to turn just have comfy foot ware and be able to stand in one place for a while. Over all a fantastic morning (he even provided me with great gluten free biscuits🤗)"

GILLIAN & TONY - PAIRS HALF-DAY WOODTURNING EXPERIENCE

December 2023

"We spent an excellent morning woodturning with Simon who has so much knowledge to share. He's an experienced teacher and we both came away with finished items - impressive! We wholeheartedly recommend his workshop to anyone interested in woodturning - fun and informative." - Gillian

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DAVID - 1-2-1 FULL-DAY POTTERY EXPERIENCE

December 2023

"Readers - do not hesitate! Louise is a wonderful tutor, (complete with a relaxing background audio playlist!) willing and able to share her ceramics skills in a clean and welcoming atmosphere. A few pottery failures (too tall, too wide, too thin... oops!) going into the recycling tub, but with lessons learned, six classy pieces achieved from my own hands with Louise's guidance and encouragement. A fine lunch included, shared with Simon and his trainee allowed for free conversation and shared experiences. The peaceful concentration achieved throughout the day helped make this course one of the best learning/doing days of my life - using a sensual material that transforms from lump to artwork before your very eyes. Slab, coil, and finally to the wheel - where subtle skills are learned to centre, spread, and raise the clay to form stable sides of dish or pot. Thank you Louise for your friendly tutoring, light touch, and plenty of tea! A brilliant day - can't wait to see my pieces fired and glazed, each to my choice of colours."

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