Kay studied for a BA Hons Degree in Jewellery Design at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, finishing in 1987. Since then she successfully ran her own business, for a number of years, selling her designs to the public and to retail businesses. Her work has branched off in different directions over the years, becoming more sculptural and most recently using photographic imagery. Alongside this, Kay has enjoyed sharing her knowledge of different crafts through tutoring Community Education groups of both adults and children.
I have spent many holidays in different parts of Andalucia over the years and have always felt creatively inspired by all that the area has to offer. I would go home ready to start new projects and designs and be full of confidence and drive. I feel that the setting I now live in offers the tranquility, and views of the campo (countryside) but is only 20 minutes from the heart of the fascinating city of Cordoba. Cordoba offers a melting pot of history with all it's amazing heritage and architecture. You will find, Roman next to Art Deco and Jewish heritage next to Moorish. All combined with the effervescent culture of the Spanish people.
At Getaway and Create we offer a Short and Sweet, one day, jewellery making course which runs throughout the year. Alternatively, to aquire and practice fuller skills, you can attend a 3 day group of workshops which run on specific dates. At Getaway and Create we offer exactly what the name says, getaway from the city when it is at its hottest point of the day to a tranquil, cooler setting in the lush hills just outside Cordoba. Here you can take a little time out from the wonderful but busy sightseeing and immerse yourself in creativity. At a Short and Sweet course you can book either recycled plastic jewellery making, recycled aluminium jewellery making or working with polymer clay (Fimo). Dates and details for both are on the Short and Sweet page. The venue for your workshop is a country house within a small hamlet. Relax on your visit and enjoy the surroundings while you create your jewellery and enjoy a snack lunch. There is no need for previous art and craft experience as activities are tailored for the complete novice as well as those who want space and time to develop skills.
Not only is Cordoba a notable city to visit in itself , the second largest Old town in Europe with the largest urban area in the world declared World Heritage by UNESCO, but it has the advantage of being almost equidistant to some of the most exciting cities in Andalucia. Malaga is a 1 hour journey on the train or a two hour drive. Seville is under an hour by train or 1 hour 40 mins to drive. Granada is 2 hours 45 minutes by train or 2 an a half hours to drive. Jaen is 1 hour 45 minutes by train or 1 and a half hours to drive. There is also a fantastic value bus service to many cities but the trip may be longer, no problem if you are not short on time. The connecting roads (autovias) in Andalucia are some of the best I have personally driven. Of course you also have the options of a beach stay nearby Malaga, both to the East and to the West there is a great choice of Pueblos, Nerja and Frigiliana just East and Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Mijas and Fuengirola etc just a stones throw to the West.
However you choose to spend your holiday in Andalucia, we here at Getaway and Create will endeavour to make it a memorable and enjoyable one. Please feel free to ask any questions regarding how to get here and I will do my best to advise.
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As Malaga Airport is the nearest to us, if you are arriving from overseas, you will likely be travelling to Cordoba from there. Check out www.skyscanner.com to see what is available. There are many bargains to be had if you wish to stay for a bit longer and travel when flights are low.
From the airport you can select a mode of transport depending on your needs. Here are a few pointers to help you on your way.
Car - There are many car rental businesses to choose from at Malaga Airport, however, do check that all insurance is included in the quote you recieve to avoid surprises when you pick up the car. The motorway to Cordoba is quite straightforward and an easy drive. When exiting the carparks, follow signs for Malaga first then soon after follow signs for Cordoba. Just make sure you note any lane changes which are clearly signposted. Contact us directly for directions to the house if nessessary.
Bus - The bus service in Spain is great value and comfortable. To get to the main bus station in Malaga, take the bus directly in front of the exit to the airport. Ask for Estacion de Autobuses, usually only a couple of euros. From here you can find the stance for Cordoba and it is that simple. It is possible to book the Malaga to Cordoba bus on line, I have used both www.goeuro.com and www.alsa.es with success.
Train - Right next to the bus station in Malaga is the train station, so from the airport its possible to take the bus to there. Or, just to the left of the airport exit and across the road is a train station. From here you can purchase a ticket to Marie Zambrano train station from the ticket machine. Make sure you don't stay on the train to the centre, normally a sign will come up in the carriage to say which station is next. Once at Marie Zambrano it is a short walk through the shopping centre to the main station. All very easy. I have used www.goeuro.com and www.renfe.com to book in advance.
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