Jo Downs fused glass in the ensuite bathroom at Gospenheale Barn.

Cornwall is known for being a very creative place – maybe that’s because the countryside and coast are so inspirational. There’s a host of wonderful opportunities to view and make beautiful and functional items that will be perfect reminders of your Cornish holiday.

Cowslips Workshops is just 11 minutes away and located on an organic farm with an excellent cafe on site.  They have just constructed a new workshop so have even more space to run the very popular classes where you will be taught to make patchwork, appliqué, embroidery, quilts, cushions and much more.  There is an amazing shop full of fabrics and inspiration.  The annual Christmas Fair in mid November marks the start of Christmas shopping for me as local crafts people display a tempting range of original and beautiful items – crafters heaven!

Many people that stay at Gospenheale Barn visit Jo Downs Glass to see where our bathroom windows were created.  As well as finding a bargain in their upstairs viewing gallery that overlooks the workshop, you can attend a Fusing For Fun course and make your own fused glass coasters.

Zebediahs is a shop in Launceston town run by an art and craft makers collective.  Here you will be able to browse a range of work that includes fine art, prints, ceramics, jewellery, mosaics, textiles and greeting cards. The artists and crafters are united by an ethos of recycling and reusing and you will be impressed by the high quality hand made items.

I met Jo Hunter of Westcountry Creative at a recent craft event and discovered that she runs classes at nearby Lifton using polymer and silver clay creating stunning beads, jewellery and buttons.  There are many more opportunities to learn new skills in this area so sign up for a few and enjoy a creative holiday.