Thank you so much for such a wonderful day yesterday. I think you are a very patient teacher, who is clearly extremely talented.
Both Amanda and I both kept saying just how amazing that we achieved something that is so lovely.
I hope your time away in Dorset with the many other Silver Clay Specialists is lots of fun.
Working with precious metal clay was entirely new to me. I can testify to Frann's patience! Whenever she saw that I was having difficulties, she talked things through with me and encouraged me to persevere. Her style is to teach by example and to support students as they learn for themselves during the making process. By the end of the session I was the proud owner of a pendant and two pairs of earrings. Having experienced a workshop for beginners and used readymade textured plates, I've been inspired to create some textured plates of my own that I can use at a future workshop.
What a fantastic day! The silver clay workshop was wonderful from start to finish; I feel as though I have learnt new skills but also found complete success in working my way step by step (with expert tuition!) through a process to create my own beautiful silver jewellery. Frann took so much care to make sure we felt welcome and comfortable before even starting. The table was laid with every tool and accessory I could possibly wish to use; I felt just like a real professional! We first learned about the origins and composition of the clay before choosing from the huge array of different stencils, cutters and texture molds. Frann modelled how to work with the clay at each stage; this inspired confidence to try new techniques and provided just the right amount of support. It really did feel magical to be involved in creating something so exquisite - I keep looking at my finished pendant, marvelling at how a simple piece of clay could be so dramatically changed - and what's more, I have made it all myself! The final time spent polishing and refining the silver was the most rewarding. Nothing is too much trouble for Frann; her delight in using the clay is evident in her passion (and great patience) as she guides you through every step - reassuring and encouraging you so that pleasure is the key! Thank you so much for a very special gift!