Glass & Polymer Clay Jewellery-Making

From £1383 pp

France

8 days

Small Group up to 6 People

Design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery on 7 night creative holiday; you'll be using polymer clays as well as experimenting with glass fusing and cutting, while staying in a lovely rural 19th Century farmhouse in Gascony on this all-inclusive holiday.
Caroline & Adam

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Caroline & Adam

Caroline, is a qualified jewellery making teacher from the UK. She and her husband Adam moved to South West France looking for a change of lifestyle and now run their hugely successful jewellery making and activity holidays from Baron-Figués, where you will be staying.

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Experience Itinerary

Arrival

– Arrive at Agen train station in the afternoon to be greeted by your friendly hosts before being driven to the farmhouse where your holiday will begin
– Settle into your delightful room before getting to know your fellow students over delicious aperitifs
– Enjoy a social evening with a 3 course gourmet dinner served in the farmhouse kitchen along with a short introduction from your hosts about what to expect over the next few days

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse with three beautifully appointed guest en-suite twin/double bedrooms, and one of the main attractions of this farmhouse is its large open plan traditional kitchen. Guests can sit around the homely table, that seats 14 guests, and share delicious meals prepared by Caroline’s husband. There are also no single supplements for solo travellers to have a private room!

Attached to the farmhouse is a recently renovated gite. The gite has been sympathetically restored to a very high standard and also contains two twin/double bedrooms.

Features
– Set in 50 acres of parkland, an area of incredible natural beauty famous for its gastronomy and wines
– Heated outdoor swimming pool (12m x 6m)
– Free activities: shooting, archery, cycling, board games
– Close by there are a range of activities from horse riding, kayaking, karting, theme parks and casinos
– Local markets and a wide range of delightful restaurants from auberge (an intimate Inn) to Michelin star
– Superb luxury renovated farmhouse with 3 double bedrooms
– Luxury renovated gite with 2 twin/double bedrooms
– All twin/double bedrooms have private ensuite bathrooms
– No single supplements for solo travellers
– Open plan farmhouse kitchen and large living area with TV
– In house fully equipped jewellery making studio
– Also available locally are wine and Armagnac tasting
– Optional gourmet food course
– Throughout the year there are numerous fetes, music festivals and exhibitions
– Further afield you can visit some wonderful beaches along the Atlantic or Mediterranean coast
– WiFi available

Glass cutting; using glass frits, powders, and moulds

– This morning after breakfast you will go to a local delightful village market to explore the area to discuss your first project designs with the rest of the group and your tutor Caroline
– You will then return home to begin your first jewellery making class
– Today you will begin with an introduction to glass fusing, including cutting skills and technical information
– Caroline will teach you the basic techniques with using glass to give you maximum freedom to develop your own designs
– Throughout the day you will experiment with glass, glass frits and powders, and using moulds
– The course will encourage you to think creatively about how the jewellery will be worn and you will be shown how to create holes and fittings incorporated as part of the fused piece and will also experiment with attaching fittings and bails
– Late afternoon you will visit a beautiful chateau famous for its aperitifs and wines for an afternoon of wine tasting
– Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool firstly, or to take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as table tennis or cycling

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

Taster of lampworking and layering glass fusing pieces

– After a leisurely breakfast, you will learn to make your first glass bead or glass earrings using the technique of a torch
– Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen with views of the countryside all around to help inspire your creative side
– After lunch,  you will continue to improve your glass skills including assembly, inclusions, kiln firing and slumping techniques. You will gain confidence in choosing colours and designs to make your own unique glass pieces
– Early evening, you will visit a family run Armagnac distillery (which Gascony is famous for) and learn how it is made and the history behind it and, more importantly, tasting the Armagnac and local produce
– A 3 course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse kitchen accompanied with local delicious wines
– Caroline and Adam will also be happy to suggest activities in the area during your stay

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

Free Day

– Today is a free day for you to spend at your leisure
– Choose to spend more time perfecting your glass fusing techniques and working on your jewellery in the studio, or take time to relax by the swimming pool with a good book
– All meals are included today, so enjoy a well-earned rest!

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

Polymer clay; making canes, bead making, textures

– This morning after breakfast you will go to a local delightful village market to explore the area to discuss your first project designs with the rest of the group and your tutor Caroline
– You will then return home to begin your first jewellery making class
– Today you will begin with an introduction to polymer clay, including practical and technical information
– Caroline will teach you the basic techniques with using polymer clay to give you maximum freedom to develop your own designs
– Throughout the day you will experiment with polymer clay, making canes and looking at surface design techniques
– The course will encourage you to think creatively about how the jewellery will be worn and students will be shown how to create holes and fittings incorporated as part of the finished piece and will also experiment with attaching fittings and bails
– Late afternoon you will visit a beautiful chateau famous for its aperitifs and wines for an afternoon of wine tasting
– Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool firstly, or to take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as table tennis or cycling

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

Making Cuffs

– After a leisurely breakfast, you will learn to make your first polymer cuff using skills learnt from the previous day
– Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen with views of the countryside all around to help inspire your creative side
– After lunch, you will finish your cuff ready to be worn
– You will gain confidence in choosing colours and designs to make your own unique polymer pieces
– Early evening, you will visit a family run Armagnac distillery (which Gascony is famous for) and learn how it is made and the history behind it and, more importantly, tasting the Armagnac and local produce
– A 3 course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse kitchen accompanied with local delicious wines

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

kitchen with cooker and old beams in French farmhouse

Day Group Excursion

– Relax with a delicious breakfast this morning before heading out on a fun excursion for the day
– Today you’ll enjoy an excursion to a location of your choice!
– Your hosts will take you to either Dune de Pila, Bordeaux city, the Pyrenees mountains or Biarritz, depending on the groups preferences
– Explore the stunning scenery and relax on your final day, and enjoy lunch whilst you out
– This evening you’ll return home for your final dinner, where you’ll reflect on the week and how much you have learnt

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

Departure Day

– After breakfast, guests are asked to check out by 10am
– You are welcome to relax and enjoy some free time if your flight is not until later in the day, before being taken to the airport or train station for your return journey
– You will return home with fantastic memories, fabulous cookery skills, beautiful unique glass jewellery and memories and new skills to last you a lifetime

Reviews (1)

F Swingland

Tuesday 22nd August, 2017

Caroline is an experienced teacher with a fun, enthusiastic and adaptable approach. Great hospitality and fantastic food!

Location Info

Set in the heart of Gascony surrounded by 50 acres of private unspoilt meadows, the your farmhouse accommodation is tucked away between the pilgrimage route to Saint Jacques de Compostelle and la Chevauchée d’Henri IV. Although the farmhouse is..

  • 7 nights accommodation in a private twin/double room
  • Prices are based on 1 person in their own private room with en-suite bathroom (no single supplement for a private room)
  • If two people travel together and share a room, a discount is offered
  • 2 polymer clay and cuff making workshops
  • 2 glass jewellery workshop
  • 2 culinary excursions to local villages or towns
  • 1 day excursion to either Dune de Pila, Bordeaux city, the Pyrenees mountains or Biarritz, depending on the groups preferences
  • Vineyard visit and wine tasting session
  • Armagnac distillery visit and tasting session
  • Access to the jewellery studio daily to work on your pieces
  • All materials and equipment for polymer clay making
  • Tips on how to start your own jewellery business
  • All cooking materials, ingredients and notes
  • Transport to and from all excursions
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and 3 course gourmet dinners daily
  • All refreshments (including wine etc)
  • Pick up and drop off from Agen train station
  • Check in any time after 4pm on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 8

Glass & Polymer Clay Jewellery-Making

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