Hi Kate, Ann and I just wanted to thank you for one of the best and most enjoyable craft experiences we ever had. Your welcome into your home, patience as we learnt so many skills and the end results of our garden displays, will mean we shall continue with the memories into the future.
Jim Saxton United Kingdom 2020
Thank you so much for the photos - they are a great reminder of a wonderful day. I was able to completely lose myself in what I was creating. You are the perfect tutor - experienced, knowledgeable, encouraging, watchful, very easy to get along with. I learned lots, had fun, and want to come back for more
Paula Wright Sheffield 2019
Fabulous day with the very talented (and patient) Kate. So proud of my lovely piece of glasswork. I would recommend this to anyone.
Kate Rogers Rotherham 2019
I’d just like to say thank you so much for the workshop yesterday, we all really enjoyed it.Everything was just spot on: your warm welcome into your lovely home, your teaching style which is relaxed but motivating and of course the company of Buster. I felt safe in your hands, you gave us room to learn and explore but I knew that you wouldn’t let us fail and your patience with three mad old ladies was much appreciated.What’s not to like?At the risk of sounding like an Ofsted report I’ll sign off with one more big thank you!We will be back.
Penny P. Billigoat Designs studio 2018
A fantastically therapeutic day. A wonderfully tutored session and I enjoyed every minute. Can't wait to go back and i'm so proud of my outcome. Highly recommend!
Helen Mills Billigoat Designs studio 2017
Thanks for a great day yesterday and lovely lunch too!
I learned a great deal from you on the Copper foiling technique and on the wide variety of tools available ...
You're a really great teacher and you created a lovely relaxed environment in which to learn. The pieces I made have already been greatly admired - and I'm really pleased with them too! All the best and many thanks again.
Angela S Holmfith 2016
Just to say a really big thank you for a great day yesterday,it was lovely to meet you and spend the day learning so much. Good luck with your business and I hope to return in the future to learn more
Paul Gunner Glossop 2015
Thanks so much, Kate. We had a wonderful day. I can't believe how many skills I learnt. You are an excellent teacher - allowing us time to figure things out and knowing when to help before frustration set in. I have just finished polishing my panel and I shall hang it very proudly tomorrow. Best wishes from Eileen xx
Eileen Poore Sheffield 2015
“It was important to me that the design, work and installation was carried out discretely, as the final product was a present for a significant birthday for my wife. After I’d made the initial enquiry, Kate contacted me to discuss aspects of our family life, and especially my wife’s specific likes. I have to say that I was stunned by the initial designs that she produced, in a very short period. I was given 4 main options of varying designs, but for me one stood out. Having made that decision, Kate came back to me with a host of specific questions regarding elements of the design, and then fine tuned them to the piece. On Kate’s request, I supplied photos and other artwork to supplement the design, down to the shape of the label on the Champagne bottle (which I hope you will see). The general theme of a cricket ground was refined to include specific objects, such as the (now demised) clock tower at Edgbaston, and the inclusion of a special glass to represent the audience was a masterpiece.
Kate frequently kept me in touch with proposed changes to the design, and I was free to agree or otherwise with each. We had some interesting conversations about the fine detail of the content, the practicality of transferring design to glass, and I felt absolutely confident in Kate’s ability to deliver the brief.
Having diverted my wife for her birthday weekend, the installation, using a local company, went without a hitch. On her return, she was amazed at the artwork, and the different feel the window lends to the whole landing & stairs. Coincidentally, we had the door in our bedroom reversed, and we now get the full effect of the light from the window into our bedroom in the mornings.
I’m sure that when you have viewed the shots you will agree that Kate doesn’t just produce replacement stained glass windows, but an artistic product that is individual, of the highest quality, and something that will be treasured for years”
(Oh, did I say that I’ve kept the original glass, so if we move then I’ll have to find a way of getting it fitted into the DG so we can take your windows with us)
Chris D Solihull 2011
G. Arcari Sheffield 2014
I've just unpacked the window and it looks absolutely beautiful! Again, thank you for all your hard work, panel is beautiful and the colours rich and vibrant.
Grace Walsh Bristol 2015
I commissioned a piece from Kate at Billigoat Designs as a special birthday present for myself from my husband! (He was delighted as it meant he didn't have to do anything other than pay for it!) My brief was to produce 3 panels around 250mm in height to stand in my bedroom window. I sketched out a (very) rough version on the back of an envelope and left the rest to Kate. I live a long way from Sheffield, but Kate kept in touch every step of the way, sending me photographs of glass she was considering and even, on one occasion, putting a sample of glass in the post for my approval!
The finished product is beautiful, and exactly what I wanted.
Dr. S. McDonald Aberdeen 2014
Thank you very much for yesterday. Excellent teaching, great lunch, lovely company and a feeling of achievement - a most enjoyable day.
Gina Hodges Sheffield 2015
I just said to Kate "could you do a representation of my kids playing, with a traditional sunburst background and really vibrant colours?"
When she came back to me a few days later I was bowled over! She had met my kids and seen my home and produced designs that were just what I was looking for. We discussed a few changes here and there and the finished fanlight was above my front door 3 weeks later! What I hadn't banked on was the wonderful colourful light that now streams into my hallway. It changes as the sun moves throughout the day and has added such warmth to my home! Thank you!
Katy M Sheffield 2011
Really enjoyed the Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop with Kate. Fabulous teacher - well structured day and great for students with little or no glass crafting skills. Acquired lots of new technical skills in one day and feel motivated to try out other stained glass techniques. Would highly recommend.
Sylvia Causer Derbyshire Eco Centre 2014
They are gorgeous- thank you so much! I can't stop wearing my Billigoat jewellery, I love it!...... I want some more of your lovely jewellery, do you do any in black? It's my birthday in a couple of weeks so I might treat myself!
Ali M Wootton Bassett 2012