Workshops

Focus Gallery runs the Nottingham Jewellery School downstairs so you to learn new skills and have an enjoyable day creating something totally unique and beautiful. Cake and refreshments are served during the day while you while away the hours on your new projects. Most workshops are for 18 years + but we do have a selection of workshops for 'Little Gems' for younger students. All workshops are held in our ground floor workshop with only stair access.

Little Gems Hammered Pendants

20th August -
12:30pm to 2:30pm

Little Gems Childrens Workshops:

Enjoy spending a few hours together creating up to four beautiful hammered silver pendants each. Use jewellery tools to create shapes in silver wire, soldering to secure, hammering to texture and choosing a coloured cord to finish. These are for children 10 plus but if you feel your child is mature enough to handle tools then we will accept age 7 youngest as adults must be present for the workshop.
Booking required as there are only four spaces (child with adult). Please email antonia@focusgallerynottingham.com for interest. 

Little Gems Silver Cabochon Ring

27th August -
12:30pm to 2:30pm

Little Gems Childrens Workshops:

Enjoy spending a few hours together creating a beautiful silver gem set ring each. Use jewellery tools to create a ring silver wire, soldering to secure, hammering to texture and choosing a real gemstone to set and finish. These are for children 10 plus but if you feel your child is mature enough to handle tools then we will accept age 7 youngest as adults must be present for the workshop.
Booking required as there are only four spaces (child with adult). Please email antonia@focusgallerynottingham.com for interest. 

Jewellery School

6th September -
10:00am to 12:30pm

This is a six week class in all things jewellery. Suitable for beginners up to more experienced makers. We'll cover all the basics of silver smithing and an introduction to jewellers tools and techniques to allow you to create your own pieces of jewellery and metal work. Working in a fully equipped jewellery studio you can try your hand at sawing, drilling, hammering, texturing, enamelling, torch soldering and fusing, finishing, polishing and more. Learn new skills or bring along your own projects to work on. Alys will be on hand to demonstrate techniques, guide and advise you. 

Jewellery School

6th September -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

This is a six week class in all things jewellery. Suitable for beginners up to more experienced makers. We'll cover all the basics of silver smithing and an introduction to jewellers tools and techniques to allow you to create your own pieces of jewellery and metal work. Working in a fully equipped jewellery studio you can try your hand at sawing, drilling, hammering, texturing, enamelling, torch soldering and fusing, finishing, polishing and more. Learn new skills or bring along your own projects to work on. Alys will be on hand to demonstrate techniques, guide and advise you. 

Keum Boo Pendant with Ruth Wiseman

9th September -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Spend a day with Ruth creating something magical using the ancient Korean art of Keum Boo.
Working with a pre-cut shape you will learn the wonderful techniques of applying the Keum Boo method which is the fusing of 24kt gold to Argentum silver. You will then be able to texture your piece with various silversmithing tools and rolling mills. After you are happy with the texture you will finish your piece using tools and polishers for a bright or patinated finish.
Price includes materials to create one full pendant.  If time allows you may create another (materials will cost extra for second piece).
For more information or to book please email Ruth on tambling@ntlworld.com

 

How to Approach galleries workshop

11th September -
10:30am to 12:30pm

Join a group of like minded creatives on this workshop as we look into the do's and don't's of how to approach a gallery professionally and appropriately. What to send out when and how to get noticed in this competitive market.

Future dates as follows:
Monday 11th September 2017
Monday 12th February 2018
Monday 11th June 2018

10.30-12.30 at Focus Gallery

£25 per person includes tea and cake.

Please email your expression of interest to antonia@focusgallerynottingham.com and Antonia will get back back to you with payment links and more information.

Introduction to Chasing & Repousse with Melody Unchained

16th September -
10:30am to 4:30pm

This is a basic introduction to the classical art of Chasing & Repousse, creative stylised form using chasing tools in the Italian method. You will learn how a design can be taken from a 2D drawing to a 3D form, the considerations required for design, how to approach and utilise the tools, then cut out the image to use in wearable jewellery. You will be provided with sufficient copper sheet to make a simple pair of earrings or pendant to take home with you.

This workshop is quite physical and if you have any health concerns, it would be recommended to speak with the tutor first to assess your ability to participate.

Materials are included in cost.  Refreshments provided.  Please bring your own lunch.

Hayley Priestley

Introduction to Electroforming with Hayley Priestley

23rd September -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Electroforming is the process of creating a metal layer of a desired thickness onto the surface of otherwise organic items.  On this introductory day, we will discuss the chemical process and safety of electroforming, set up the electroplating system, before preparing various items to proceed with electroforming (with copper) to a suitable standard. 

Various interesting items will be provided for the purpose of electroforming, however, you are invited to bring along small items of memorabilia with you, such as a child’s dummy or first shoe, a tooth, a favourite flower (which should be pre-dried).  We will aim to create jewellery with suitable items so that you have something wearable at the end of the day.  

Materials included in cost.  Refreshments provided.  Please bring your own lunch.

To book please email Hayley on hayleypreiestleyjeweller@gmail.com

three rings in a day

Three Rings in a day with Alys Power

30th September -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Spend a day creating three wonderful rings in the equipped workshop at Focus Gallery. Use silversmithing techniques shown to you by Alys Powers to create your jewellery.

All tools provided and materials provided for up to three rings.

Tea and cake provided but please bring your own lunch.

Preparing for trade workshop

2nd October -
10:30am to 12:30pm

Whether it's your first trade show or tips on making direct selling events more profitable Antonia is here to help. Learn what you need to do to prepare for an event, even down to getting your stand show ready.

Future dates as follows:
Monday 2nd October 2017
Monday 12th March 2018
Monday 9th July 2018

10.30-12.30 at Focus Gallery

£25 per person includes tea and cake

Please email your expression of interest to antonia@focusgallerynottingham.com and Antonia will get back to you with payment link and more information.

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Slab Built Vase with Sarah Burton

7th October -
10:30am to 1:30pm

Join Sarah Burton and make a ceramic slab built vase in a relaxed and creative atmosphere.  Using the traditional hand building technique of slab building you will roll out a slab of clay and use a ‘former’ as a guide to make your vase.  You will then decorate your vase with textures and underglazes.  Sarah will apply a transparent glaze and fire your vase ready for you to collect from the Focus Gallery.

No previous experience is required. To book a place contact Sarah by email sarahburtonpottery@gmail.com

 

Ceramic Jewellery With Sarah Burton

7th October -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

Join ceramicist Sarah Burton in this new exciting workshop making your own ceramic jewellery.

Using earthenware clay you will learn how to roll out a slab of clay, cut out your jewellery pieces and decorate them with under glazes and textures.

Sarah will take your creations away, apply a transparent glaze and fire them ready for you to collect a few weeks later.  Cost includes materials and firings for up to 6 pieces of jewellery.  Bring some design ideas or be inspired on the day by Sarah's 'bits 'n bobs' box.  No previous experience necessary.

To book a place contact Sarah by email sarahburtonpottery@gmail.com or call on 07905946125

#silversaturdays

Silver Saturday with Alys Power

14th October -
10:30am to 4:30pm

This will be our second #SilverSaturday of 2017. This one day jewellery making class is perfect to try new ideas and use the fully equipped workshop at Focus Gallery.
Alys Power will be on hand for tutoring and any direction when creating your pieces.

Tea and cake provided but do bring your own lunch.

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Fold Formed silver Pendant & Earrings with Helen Domleo

21st October -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Come and spend a fun filled day with Helen exploring the world of fold forming metal. This is an exciting technique developed by Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980’s where you fold and hammer sheet -metal, resulting in organic natural shapes. Helen uses this technique to obtain her signature seedpod and leaf jewellery.
All tools and materials for up to 1 pendant and 1 pair of earrings will be provided as well as some copper to learn the basics with. Silver will be available to purchase on the day.
For more information or to book please email Helen on hdomleo@yahoo.com

Silver Clay with Vivien Bowling

28th October -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Join Vivien in this one day workshop into the art of silver clay.

Throughout the day you will create various pieces using different techniques associated with silver clay, including kiln and torch firing practices.
You will be able to experiment with different projects that will highlight areas such as texturing, setting, riveting, carving and much more.

Perfect for beginners or intermediates, no experience necessary. Refreshments provided throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch.

Please click the book now button and the friends/family option.
 

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