"I had to write to say a huge thank you for a wonderful weekend. I had such a good time, and you have inspired me to think about creating again (I've already trashed the local Homebase for wallpaper samples!). You are a natural teacher and I was so impressed with the standard of your awesome pieces - not joking about wanting to commission a tiny box pendant!! I am amazed at the range of new techniques you have developed, you really do put the "art" into "art clay"!
I really hope to be able to attend some more of your classes in the future, such a wonderful way to spend a weekend.
Lynda - Suffolk - Hidden Spirit Pendant - August 2014
"What a great week. The week is centred around what skills you would like to achieve in order for your silver clay journey to grow and expand. Tracey manages to make the whole experience relaxing, whilst at the same time teaching new skills at a pace that is easy to follow. Although it may be out of your normal comfort zone when working with silver clay, you know that Tracey is there to support you and find easy ways to accomplish the new techniques she is teaching, if and when (as you will) encounter problems. A great week for anyone wishing to continue improving and expanding their own individual experiences with silver clay."
Julie - Summer School - July 2014
"A wonderful week working with two very different but excellent metal clay artists, learning a wide range of techniques, with two different types of silver clay. The week started off with Tracey’s orb and although intricate, Tracey showed some simple shortcuts/techniques to make the orb easier to construct. Then a day spent wandering around Beverley looking at the architecture that (hopefully) would inspire us for Holly’s class on the final two days. Holly encouraged us to design our own piece based on the architecture seen on the previous day. Again Holly gave tips/shortcuts to allow the piece to be constructed accurately and simply. Both classes were designed to allow our skills to grow and for us to feel confident in using those skills once back home.
Throughout the whole week Chef Chris Gage quietly worked in the background to provide fabulous lunches and two wonderful dinners. The flavours, colours and taste of the food was superb and certainly added to a truly wonderful experience.
It also has to be said that all of us on the course “gelled” and became friends during the week, both with each other and with Tracey, Holly, Chris and not forgetting Steve Spurgin who kept all the I.T. and technical “stuff” going not just for us but also supporting Chris. GREAT BIG THANK YOU to you all."
Julie - Midsummer's Dream Metal Clay Retreat - June 2014
"Thank you very much for the fabulous weekend at Higham Hall …. My daughter (the reason I attended your course was to make charms for her bridesmaids next year) was absolutely delighted with my efforts and I haven’t seen the “mother and daughter” pendant since as she immediately tried it on - and then went home with it! I can’t believe the quality of items I produced under your direction - thank you so much. What began as a means to an end for my daughter, has turned into an absolute fascination with something I thought I would never be really interested in …. and all thanks to your brilliant teaching and generous sharing of your knowledge."
Christine - Intro to Silver Clay at Higham Hall - June 2014
"The course tutor is excellent - makes things simple - good explanations & demos. Thank you. I didn't know what to expect as I was 'roped in' by my sister to accompany her - but it has been fantastic. Higham is a great resource - lovely food, beautiful setting, very welcoming staff. Thank you!"
Intro to Silver Clay at Higham Hall - June 2014
"Tracey is a great teacher. We all achieved more than we thought possible! Higham Hall is a fabulous place to stay - comfortable rooms, gorgeous grounds, lovely food and welcoming staff. Thank you for a great weekend."
Lindsey Cooper -
Intro to Silver Clay at Higham Hall - June 2014
"Thanks again for the fab workshop at the weekend. I really enjoyed it and absolutely love the rings"
Rachael - Harrogate, Rings Workshop 14th June 2014
"I had a wonderful time in the classes and it was good to catch up with you. You have one of the nicest studios I have ever been to."
Gerry - Master Class with Lisa Barth, April 2014
"Thanks once again for your brilliant instruction, help & not to mention patience, on Saturday. I thoroughly, 101% enjoyd it! I'll see you again at the end of April."
Gill - East Yorkshire, March 2014
"I just wanted to say thanks for all your help and patience yesterday. I really enjoy the course, I am very excited. Thanks again for all your help and I'm sure I'll be back to do another course in the future."
Kirsty - Middlesbrough, March 2014
"Just completed the Level 1 Art Clay certification course run by Tracey. Truly great course, have thoroughly enjoyed both the course and the company! Have learnt so much and would recommend both the course and Tracey's workshops for anyone interested in learning the art of silver clay either as a beginner or a more experienced crafter. THANK YOU so much Tracey, you are an inspiration and also Debbie and Liz for making the three days such a great time."
Julie Edmunds, Dec 2013 Art Clay Diploma Level One
"Just a note to let you know how much I have enjoyed the last two days. I liked the layout of the course and the pieces that I have made. I have learned so much and you are such a good teacher, never too tired to answer all the questions we might have. I just regret that I am not there now and the rest of the week. ( I am green of envy!!!). I shall be making new pieces this weekend while I remember the methods and add to my notes. Thank you so much for all your help and two fantastic days."
Ana, November 2013
"I've had a fabulous day today learning about and playing with Silver. Thank you for all of your help and patience Tracey"
Liz Johnson-Ross, October 2013
"I just wanted to say a big thankyou for the workshop last Thursday. I thought the venue at the farm was amazing, loved your studio and your silver work and very much appreciated how welcome I was made. Enjoyed just chatting with you too in and amongst. I am hoping to come along to one of your silver workshops in the New Year - maybe paid for as a birthday present from the family?! I really enjoyed the techniques we were taught and came away inspired by the whole day. Thank you again"
Anne, September 2013
"Thank you for a lovely relaxing weekend. I can't remember having enjoyed a weekend so much in a long time."
Louise West - Derby, September 2013
"Tracey, it is truly a feather in your cap that such marvellous opportunities have come my way as a result of the learning I have experienced under your watchful eye and guidance. To be working so fresh in my new career with a recognised couture designer is something I hadn't envisaged for a number of years yet if it was ever to come. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Melody, August 2013
"Many thanks for a fantastic day. I have achieved far far more than I ever imagined I possibly could thanks to your expert guidance. Can't wait to try this at home. Many thanks once again"
Bridget, Introduction To Silver Clay, May 2013
"Thanks again for a fantastic course yesterday. I really enjoyed myself and felt it was not only fun, but really well designed and presented. Hope to come to another of your courses one day despite the distance!
Sue, Introduction To Silver Clay, May 2013
"Had a fantastic day. Tracey was amazing. The group was great."
Samiya, Birmingham, April 2013
"Loved it. Thanks for everything. Very inspirational."
Claire, Hull, April 2013
"Fantastic day, great teaching and inspiration. Shall be coming back."
Perri, York, April 2013
"I've had a really grand learning journey up at the Craftworx Studio. I decided it was time I was worthy of investing in myself and booked a series of courses with Tracey Spurgin so that my progression was planned and scheduled. Its been fabulous and I feel so very different about myself and my abilities with metal clay which has spread into other areas of my life. Tracey is a terrific and supportive teacher who is willing to be open to sharing. The studio is comfortable, well equipped and in a great setting at Calf House Studios. I highly recommend Tracey for anyone who's interested in working to an excellent standard in metal clay and more."
Melody Berry, Nottinghamshire, February 2013
"Brilliant day, everything and more than expected. Will be back"
Barbara, Middlesbrough - Introduction to Silver Clay, February 2013
"Fantastic, loved the day, booked to come again, Addicted"
Carol, Middlesbrough - Introduction to Silver Clay, February 2013
"Hi Tracey, I wanted to say thank you for all your time and patience with me this week. I am looking forward to seeing you again in May"
Debbie Bulford, W. Midlands - Level 1 Art Clay Certification - January 2013
"Totally delighted, thank you for three fabulous days!"
Helen, York - Level 1 Art Clay Certification - January 2013
"I just wanted to say a huge big thank you for the Level 2 Certification Course. As ever you were amazing! I had a brilliant time and learnt soooooo much. Thank you again."
Jane - Level 2 Art Clay Certification - November 2012
"I have attended various courses with Tracey including The Introduction to Silver Clay, Summer School and Linked in Chains. Every one has been great. Tracey is a fantastic teacher with loads of patience for all her students and manages to share her vast amount of knowledge simply in a way that does not deter the newcomer from trying new techniques. The studio and surrounding area are a joy to work, visit and ultimately to learn in.
After every course you come away looking forward to trying out the techniques at home and looking forward to the next course you are able to take.
Well done Tracey, long may you continue, and thank you for all the help and advice."
Julie - various courses through 2012
"I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say many many thanks for today. I really enjoyed myself and you gave me lots of ideas and things to think about.
My partner was very impressed."
Sam, Sheffield - Anodised Aluminium, October 2012
"A fabulous experience; almost alchemy"
Charlotte, Cottingham - Introduction to Silver Clay, September 2012
"Thanks for a really wonderful couple of days xx"
Mary in Leeds - Debbie Carlton's Polymer Clay Bangles Master Class. September 2012
"Thank you so much for the course on Thursday, it was fun and really inspirational. I have come away able to make my plans happen! I shall get more experience with metal clay and then book another course"
Lizzie - Baby Fingerprint Workshop, September 2012
"I'm still in a mellow mood after a lovely week at Craftworx with classes
arranged and taught by Tracey Spurgin... Can't wait to do some
more clay work next week at home...!"
Mary, Ireland - The Summer School Mixed Metal Courses, August 2012
"Just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for making me feel so welcome and comfortable today. I have been on a few courses but I can honestly say I learnt so much today. I can't wait to get back to my bench again tomorrow.
I now can't wait to come up and do a course or would love to do the 1st Art Clay course"
Sharon, Liverpool - Introduction to Silver Clay, June 2012
"Had a great day. Learnt loads and made some fab pieces"
Thelma, Keighley - Introduction to Silver Clay Workshop, May 2012
"Fantastic Day. Will recommend to all my friends"
Liz, Bradford - Introduction to Silver Clay Workshop, May 2012
"Thank you for a fantastic day. Stay away from syring Tracey offered.....ha ha!"
Cath, Castleford - Introduction to Silver Clay Workshop, May 2012
“Always a pleasure. Thank you so much”
Emma, Fife - Terry Kovalcik Master Class, May 2012
Jackie, Bath - Terry Kovalcik Master Class, May 2012
“Beautiful workshop setting, gracious hostess and thank you so much for bringing Terry over. A great three days of learning”
Mary, Dublin - Terry Kovalcik Master Class, May 2012
“A great first visit to Craftworx. Terry’s workshop was good fun. Hope to be back”
Amanda, Telford - Terry Kovalcik Master Class, May 2012
“Terry’s workshop was excellent. Thanks Tracey. Can’t wait to return and attend the next one”
Sian, Camberley - Terry Kovalcik Master Class, May 2012
"Great day. Really enjoyed it"
June, Doncaster - Introduction to Silver Clay Workshop, May 2012
"Won the day as a prize via Making Jewellery magazine. Wow, what a prize to win. Great day, would do it again. Shall be saving up for the next course"
Tina, Tiverton - May 2012
"Exceeded expectations. Thank you for a lovely day"
Arlene, Burnley - May 2012
"Just a quick note to say thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge, skills and experience. I really enjoyed the course and it has most definitely given me confidence to realise my goal. I look forward to meeting up again, hopefully to complete the certificated course.Many thanks"
Arshaluse, Cumbria, private 1-2-1 tuition, April 2012
“Regarding the Introduction to Silver Clay Workshop, a thoroughly enjoyable day. I will be back”
Vanessa, Hull, March 2012
“Great natural teacher. Fantastic day.”
Ian, Hull, March 2012
“Brilliant. Thank you. Really enjoyed the course. Want to do more.”
Debbie, Hull, March 2012
"Thanks for great course and your patience. My knowledge is much more bigger than before. I feel very encouraged to work with Art Clay.
I am looking forward to take another course, so see you in November."
Anna, Ashton under Lyne, March 2012, Level One Certification
"Full marks Tracey - extremely professional, highly organised and very helpful. I could not fault you as a tutor. Thank you Tracey"
Emma, Higham Hall Course, February 2012
"Three great courses in three weeks. Had a wonderful learning curve. Learned a lot especially not to get covered in clay"
Vincent, St. Helens, Merseyside, March 2012
"Great course. Tracey covered items above and beyond what was advertised in an easy to understand way. Can't wait to get started. Thanks."
Kerry, Wolverhampton, March 2012
"Great day. I just need to practice now. Cheers."
Kate, Chesterfield, March 2012
"I just wanted to say thank you for the great course last week. Jane and I were really pleased with the things we made and the techniques you so patiently taught us.
I will be booking for another course soon. Kind Regards"
Alison, France, Feb 2012
"Fantastic day. Great to come away with some lovely items, starting as a beginner. Many thanks"
Winnie, Glasgow, Feb 2012 - Intro Workshop
"Excellent day. Really enjoyable and something to show at the end. Thank you"
Marie, Beverley, Feb 2012
"Brilliant day - nice to be creative in warm and friendly company. Many thanks. Look forward to seeing you again"
Gerry, Derbyshire, Feb 2012
"Thanks for the notes on the introductory course. Susie and I thoroughly enjoyed our day with you. I was amazed how much we achieved on the day. As I came as an absolute beginner, I am sure our success was due to your excellent teaching and patience. Your instructions and demonstrations were very clear and easy to follow. Our family were most impressed by the lovely pendants you helped us to create. We will definitely be having another go at home and would love to come on another course in the not too distant future. Once again thank you very much for sharing such an exciting and enjoyable craft"
Lynne & Susie, Harrogate, Jan 2012
"Thanks Tracey, I had a fabulous time. Many thanks for your hints and tips. I hope my work can live up to it!"
Helen, Yorkshire, Jan 2012
“Excellent day. Completely what I had hoped. Looking forward to the next one I book”
"Tracey ran jewellery making courses at the bead shop I owned. She is very professional, personable and a great trainer.
All of my customers who went on Tracey's courses were very impressed with the level of skills they learnt on the day.
I would definitely recommend Tracey as a jewellery making specialist/trainer"
Justine Pickergill, Cheshire, Jan 2012
"Thank you for an amazing time this week, I enjoyed it so much and as always learnt sooooo much!! Thank you again"
Jane, Huddersfield, January 2012
Regarding the new 'Introduction to Sterling Silver Traditional Metal Smithing', "Excellent workshop and a really enjoyable day, thanks"
Gill, Huddersfield, Jan 2012
Regarding Barbara Becker Simon’s Master Class. “Fantastic course. Really enjoyable. I didn’t want to leave. Will be back for more”
Jane Jones, Basingstoke
“Tracey, you have restored my faith in professionalism and polish. Thank you for everything. I can’t wait to be back in January”
Dawn Berry, Notts
“Absolutely fabulous time. Challenging but really enjoyable”
Mrs. A. Gould, Worksop
“Smashing, fabulous, awesome, inspiring, unbelievable”
Regarding Donna Penoyer’s Master Class:-
“Donna whistled up the most amazing workshop. Fantastic”
“Amazing 3 days. Still can’t believe it. Everything whistles. Donna seems to be able to make even her world whistle. And it was the best venue for metal clay workshops in the country”
"Tracey is a talented metal clay artist and her work is of extremely high quality. She has been a fellow teacher at Art Clay conferences in the UK and is a lovely person to work with. I know her students enjoy her teaching very much and she is highly skilled. Her work for the Art Clay UK Guild has been admirable as well as generous. I can highly recommend her"
"Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for such a fantastic week at Summer School. I didnt want to leave! We made some truly amazing pieces and I have fallen in love with metal clay even more! I had only done a fingerprint workshop last year and that got me thinking there was more to this metal clay so I searched the web and found yourself and I am very pleased I had. You have a lovely studio there, and in an amazing setting. All the other artists are very welcoming and friendly and it felt like being in a little community. I have had fantastic responses from friends and family over the pieces we made and everyone knows this is where my heart is and what I want to do. I am looking forward to joining you all again on future events and thank you again for all your help"
"Thank you for a fantastic day yesterday. I definitely know now what direction I want my jewellery to go. My Head is buzzing with lots of ideas. Can't wait to visit you again on the ring course. Many thanks again"
"Thanks Tracey, I had the best time and you have revitalised my dream. If I can be half the tutor you are I will be extremely happy"
"I just wanted to say thank you so much for the introduction to silver clay workshop. You are a great teacher, very calm and very encouraging and for an absolute beginner like me you had a lot of patience and gave really clear instruction. You are clearly very talented at what you do and I would recommend that anyone wanting to do this for fun or to develop a business should come on one of your workshops to learn more and get the skills necessary to make beautiful jewellery"
"I thoroughly enjoyed your course and felt I really learned a lot of skills and tips to help me progress in my jewellery making. Hope to see you again in the future"
"I attended the two tiara workshops at Stitch'n'Craft last week and had a thoroughly enjoyable time! Thanks once again for all your help, inspiration and for making both days such fun. My husband was so impressed with the tiaras I made on the course that he's keen for me to make more, with a view to earning some money! Many, many thanks"
"Thought I would email you back regarding the earrings. I received them on Friday and they are beautiful. Thank you ever so much"
"Thank you so much for yesterday. I really enjoyed it........you are a great teacher"
"Just to say thank you for the two workshops I managed to get to. I really enjoyed what you showed us and just thought you would like to know. Thanks again for a great taster course"
"Just a line to say thank you again for a lovely day. I have already started trying out my new found skills. Please will you let me know if you are going to do the beadweaving on any other day than a Friday and also any other workshops you think I might enjoy. Thanks again"
"I cannot believe it. From the first tiara I made which wasn't great, I'm now making and supplying a local shop for special occasion wear"
"I've had another bridal shop asking me to design and make an exclusive collection of tiaras and jewellery to match their designer wedding dresses. I was thrilled. I just love it so much"