Workshops

All of our wonderful workshops are held in the jewellery school below the gallery with only stair access.
Each one is designed for ages 18+ unless otherwise stated.
Tea and cake will be served on all of our workshops, so let us know of any dietary requirements.
You can book here, in the gallery, or by phone on 0115 837 5570.
No refunds within one month of chosen workshop start date. 

For wedding ring workshops please click here.

Charm Pendants with Alys Power

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

Make a sterling silver charm style necklace made up of multiple small elements on a stering silver chain or leather cord. The number of charms per necklace is only limited by time and your design theme. Spend the day in the professional jewellery workshops at Nottingham Jewellery School and learn to make up to six different types of silver, gemstone, vintage and beaded charms to combine into one beautiful and personal piece. We'll start the day by exploring different tools and techniques and explore design themes and ideas to bring your piece together. Create something absolutely unique. 

Preparing for trade workshop

9th July -
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.

10.30-12.30 at Focus Gallery

£25 per person includes tea and cake

Three Rings in a Day with Alys Power

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

Spend a day in the wonderful workshops at Focus Gallery in Nottingham and go home with three sterling silver hand made rings.

We will explore silver smithing techniques such as piercing, soldering, stamping and texturing to create three different designs.

Great for beginners or more experienced makers.

All tools and materials are included and if you want to make more than three pieces more silver will be available to purchase on the day or bring along your own.

 

Electroforming with Hayley Priestley

28th July -
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.

£80 per person

For more information please email Hayley on hayleypriestleyjeweller@gmail.com

Stone Setting at Nottingham Jewellery School

Traditional Stone Setting with Dave Gelder

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

This workshop runs over six hours and covers settings such as claw, rub over and rivet setting. In addition to the standard settings offered in this workshop Dave will be covering correct practice with hand tools. This vastly improves not only your setting skills but all your jewellery work as a whole.

Mixed Media Sculpture Workshop with Priscilla Edwards

11th August -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Priscilla will share with you the creative techniques developed through her own experimentations.
You will make your very own 3D sculpture inspired by whatever theme you wish… using wire, wax, and found ephemera – then embellish with paper, buttons, beads and trimmings. During the workshop you will create lots of different shapes from light weight wire that can easily be manipulated with your fingers tips. Materials will be provided all you need bring is enthusiasm and some found objects or materials from your own collecting. 

From Branding to selling workshop

13th August -
10:30am to 12:30pm

Make sure your brand is all about you.
In this workshop we'll go over ideas to make your brand stand out. Branding should be consistent and coherent as well as being true to you and your products and Antonia will explain how.

10.30-12.30 at Focus Gallery

£25 per person includes tea and cake

 

Wire Wrapping With Angela Askins

18th August -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Come and spend a day making beautiful wire wrapped jewellery with Angela Askins at the Nottingham Jewellery School.
In this first wire wrapping workshop you will learn how to handle the materials and wire, make simple shapes, attach beads and leave with a completed pair of earings and a bangle. You will be using copper, silver plated and brass wire. All equipment, wire and beads is provided but if sterling silver is required this will be at extra cost. Refreshments are provided during the day, please tell the school or tutor of any dietary requirements. 

Alternative Stone Setting with Dave Gelder

25th August -
10:30am to 4:30pm

This workshop runs over six hours and focuses on not only making an alternative setting but also cutting a soft stone to fit. Basic jewellery making foundations are needed to complete this workshop but again the importance of correct hand techniques will be part of the focus.

Wax Carving with Loree Bologna

8th September -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Join Loree on this wonderful two-part workshop into wax carving. You will need to attend both sessions to finish your piece/s of jewellery so must be available on Saturday 8th September and Saturday 29th September.
In this introductory course you will learn some of the basic wax carving skill, which will allow you to design and make at least one piece of jewellery.
You will learn how to carve, file shape and texture a piece of wax which will then be cast into the metal of your choice. There will be an additional cost for your chosen cast metal, which will be based on the weight of your piece so please take this into consideration (charges for casting will be at trade value).
The waxes will then be sent off to be cast and on the second part of the class you will learn how to finish the raw casting into a beautiful unique creation. Cake and refreshments served but please bring your own lunch.

£150 per person inclusive of both days.

For more information or to book please email info@loreebologna.com or pop into Focus Gallery.

Jewellery School

12th 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

12th September -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

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.

 

Enamelling on Copper with Alys Power

15th September -
10:30am to 4:30pm

A really fun day with plenty of techniques to try your hand at, enamelling is easy and addictive. In this workshop you will learn to produce wonderful layers of colour and pattern using sifted enamel onto copper.
Create unique and decorative pieces that can be made into a pieces of wearable jewellery.

Tea and cake provided but bring your own lunch.

William Morris Inspired Pin with Rosie Deegan

22nd September -
10:30am to 4:30pm

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” –William Morris. 

In this workshop you will hand-pierce one of William Morris’s famous repeating pattern designs into a piece of sheet copper. Choose one pattern from some of his most popular designs; ‘Strawberry Thief’, ‘Golden Lily’ and ‘Sunflower’ and watch it turn into a beautiful piece of art as you cut the pattern out with a jewellers saw. You will then use needle files, wet & dry sandpaper and traditional metalwork finishing processes until your piece is ready for you to solder a silver pin on the back, so then you can go home with a beautiful (and useful!) stick pin to wear however you want. *Options are available for you to have your finished pin silver plated or 24ct gold plated at an additional cost of £20-£50 (payable to the artist on the day). Plating takes 3-4 weeks and will be posted back to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery which will be covered in your cost.

To book please either contact Rosie on info@rosiedeegan.co.uk or Focus Gallery on info@focusgallerynottingham.com or 0115 8375570

Improvers Silver Smithing with Alys Power

6th October -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Aimed at anyone wanting to improve and expand on their silver smithing skills.

Set in the well equipped professional jewellery studio at Focus Gallery facilities are availble for you to pierce, drill, file, polish, solder, texture, stamp and design and create your own bespoke jewellery piece. Bring a project or two to work on or try something new with some support and guidence.

This class is aimed at those who have already done a class or two at Nottingham Jewellery School or who already have some jewellery making experience so we won't be covering the basic techniques leaving us lots of time to have a go at some more advanced processes.

The day is tailored around you and your needs so let me know what you would like to spend the day doing and I will make sure we have the right tools and materials available on the day.
 

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