I attended Kay Lancashire's ring workshop and, as always, it was a perfect weekend! Your studio is right up there on my list of “Happy Places.” It’s not just the excellent classes and instructors, it’s the whole vibe. I always enjoy the connection with classmates and the general bliss that comes from being with like-minded people. I also appreciate the effort you put into organising everything, down to the smallest detail. Thanks Dani. You are a star!
- Jayne Traegar-Bliss, VIC
Every aspect of The Whimsical Bead is friendly, professional, easy to navigate, and reasonably priced.
Dani is not only a lovely person and easy to get along with, she is an amazing artist, facilitator/trainer/teacher.
In class you feel at ease immediately, and always take home a new gambit of technical skills.
The guest teachers are amazing and also generous with their knowledge and experience.
I have learned so much, and gained so much confidence after attending a few classes. It took me a couple of years to make it to a class - don't wait, just get in there! Before that I purchased from the online shop - excellent quality products at very reasonable prices, and of course wonderful customer service.
The Whimsical Bead has opened my eyes to a whole new world of creativity. Yay! Thanks Dani!
- Peta Fowler, Gembrook VIC
Walking into the Whimsical Bead studio for the first time is a treat to the senses.
A mingling of art gallery, shop and classroom, its hard to know where to look first. With a lineup of possibilities displayed on every available surface, inspiration is immediately at hand in the varicoloured and gorgeously patterned beads and pieces of jewellery, made with a wide enough variety of techniques to have any level of crafter fizzing with excitement to create. There’s so much to see that one might be excused for repeatedly getting distracted and picking up things to look at (ahem).
The rainbow colours of the clay made me feel like a kid in a candy store, distracted by the desire to sample everything from the bold brights to the sheen of the metallics, the muted elegance of the granites and the party pop of the glitters. Thankfully the colour savvy Dani was on hand to guide in complimentary colour choices.
From the all important basic steps of conditioning the clay to the more intricate steps to creating masterpieces of colour and pattern, Dani knows just how to give enough instruction to make even the complete beginner at ease with the technique, then to inspire and to encourage each student to experiment and stretch their own creativity.
Dani is a wealth of knowledge and full of the little tips and tricks that can only be learned from an experienced artist. I left with a delightful array of beads and a treasure trove of expert advice on tools, techniques and product knowledge.
My desire to return for further classes is not promoted by any form of self-promotion on Dani’s part; it’s sparked by the best class I’ve ever attended (and I’m quite the veteran on various crafting classes, as teacher and student both).
The ‘Highly Addictive’ warning contained in the information pack is fully warranted. I’m hooked – hook, line and sinker.
- Sophie Tornatore, Victoria
Today I spent happily attending a polymer clay workshop at The Whimsical Bead in Healsville. Dani was so generous with her time and knowledge. The experience has whet my appetite to learn much more....there are so many directions to take the craft. I'll be back to learn more. Thanks Dani.
- Narrena Lindrea, Victoria
I find the atmosphere there to be friendly and helpful. I love the things I have made and the tutors very knowledgeable about their craft. Dani is very caring and understands when people have money problems and by talking to Dani a solution can be found. Dani also does a variety of projects so that you can enlarge on your knowledge of this craft.
- Valda Miller, Victoria