If you are looking for a special day out with friends, want to learn a new skill or just looking for something different to do then you won't get a better day out than at Forgotten Arts. Forgotten Arts provides hands-on workshops by gifted artisans on a stunning lifestyle property in Clevedon. They currently teach candle, soap, knife and cheese making, patch working, felting, sewing, leather work, pyrography, gourd art, hedgerow weaving and making beef jerky, with more courses on the way!
This week I went on a soap making course at Forgotten Arts, it was my much wanted Christmas present from Martin. My friend and I had a ball! We were warmly greeted by owners Maureen and James and offered a cuppa and delicious homemade baking. The courses are run in the stable which is fully set up with a kitchen, workshop and separate rooms for different classes. It has a warm, friendly and comfortable ambience and every detail has been thought of, right down to the freshly picked flowers! The lunch, made by Maureen who is a chef, was superb. The ploughman's main and chilled tomato soup was delicious and the slice for dessert was delectable. Being gluten free it was so nice to go somewhere that I can eat a lovely meal and not have to worry about it. I'm looking forward to trying a winter workshop where our food will be cooked on the fireplace!!
Liz, the soap making artisan teaching us, was very passionate and informative about her craft. She made us feel relaxed and it seemed like we had known her for years within a short period of time. Everything was well organised and explained and it was loads of fun making the soaps and discussing different ways we could make them. We then looked at the different ways of decorating the soaps for gifts.
We came away with two batches of soaps to cure, a folder full of information, tips and recipes, a mould and one of Liz's pre-made soaps. It felt like Christmas!
Thanks so much James, Maureen and Liz for a wonderful day out and exciting new skills to hone. I'm looking forward to my next course and seeing you all again!