Workshop with Dartmouth Academy 13/12/2016

Year 11 Art and Textile Students

A pleasure for us too Sheron, we were all talking about it today and I do have some quotes for you….
It was really good learning new techniques.

It was really good fun.

I think this will boost my coursework grade.

Sheron was so helpful and calm. (Ha ha, what does that say about me?!)

It was amazing to see Sheron’s work and it gave me lots of ideas for what to do.

Thanks a million Sheron, it was a great day for the students and for me too.


Here is a selection of comments from visitors to Mad Hatters Studio…

Pat Chappell from North Devon wrote about the food…Excellent. Delicious and plenty of it. A real treat. Thank you…


Mandy Read from Portsmouth wrote… I had an amazing weekend, inspirational and a real treat in beautiful surroundings. The workshops were held at Old Newnham Farm in Sheron’s beautiful home in an old manorial barn. As you approach the buildings in this tucked away ethereal location you just know you’re in for a treat.

My friend and I spent an inspirational weekend in this eclectic haven. The welcome was warm and friendly and as we stepped through the door we were transported into a world of visual delights. Sheron has filled her home with colour and texture. Wooden shelves heave with artfully arranged jars, ceramics, books and textiles.

The workshop had just begun as we arrived but with fresh coffee in hand (cake was offered but we were too full of the wonderful breakfast we’d had at our B&B 5 minutes away) we were introduced to Cas Holmes our tutor.

Cas guided us through her amazing world of textile art. She introduced us to a range of techniques using a variety of media to produce truly unique textile pieces. Cas was brilliant at making sure that each person in our friendly group (there were eight at this particular workshop) received attention and as well as working on our own pieces it was great to have an insight to the way in which Cas produces her own work. I found it worthwhile looking at her website and blog before attending the workshop to get a feel for her work and some of the concepts behind it.

At lunch time  Sheron provided a delicious hearty soup and home baked bread followed by baked potatoes with a cheesy spinach filling and tasty salads, the next day we were presented with another homemade soup, bread and deep cheese pie encrusted by wholemeal pastry with yet more unusual salads. If you felt able, you could always round off lunch with yet more cake, which was still available at tea time in the afternoon.

I’d definitely score my experience at Mad Hatters a 5 out of 5 and can’t wait to book into my next workshop. I’d recommend booking in early as one of the earlier workshops I tried to get on to filled up very quickly.

Eight was a good group size to get to know and work with, there was a work space for each of us and this was probably the largest group Sheron could comfortably accommodate.
Thank you Sheron and Cas for a lovely weekend.

Sheila Mackenzie from Plymouth wrote on her blog…

Every so often, it is important to get out of the workroom, to go and have fun and to learn something new. Well, I did exactly this during bank holiday weekend. I had spotted a really attractive class in my “Making” magazine and to my delight it was to be held in Plymouth. How cool was that!

The lovely Sheron King, director of Mad Hatter’s Studio, had organised a masterclass workshop at her barn conversion on the edge of Plympton. The house itself was worth a visit as it was full of colourful and inspiring pieces

There were about eight of us in the class and it’s interesting to see how personal and different the finished pieces were.

I had a wonderful time. I loved doing something so creative and new. I know that I will bring some of the skills I learnt to my future work.of art and craft.

Ann Carvell from Horrabridge wrote…`Food and refreshments as always first class also the venue always a lovely experience`

Hilary wrote... Venue, welcome, food and refreshments  — excellent 5 – a lovely atmosphere.You create a relaxed and inspiring venue.