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Workshops

All of our wonderful workshops are held in the space 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. Should there not be minimum numbers for workshops to run within two weeks full refunds will be given and students notified.

For wedding ring workshops please click here.

April May Jewellery School AM

17th April -
10:30am to 1:00pm

NEW DATES ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

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.

April May Jewellery School PM

17th April -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

NEW DATES ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

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.

Introduction to Silversmithing with Alys Power

27th April -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginner makers

What will I make?

In this class that depends on you!! The class aims to teach you the basics of silversmithing - what you do with them is up to you.

Some students come with a particular item they would like to make, some just want to have a go and try out the different techinques.  Please use the message box to let me know if there is something you would particularly like to make or learn. And, don't worry if you don't know what you want to make - I have plenty of simple project sheets for you to follow too.

What will I learn?

You will learn some of the basic of silversmithing. We focus on how to cut, solder, texture and finish silver. We'll explore saw piercing, hammering, roll printing, stamping, forming, soldering, filing, sanding, polishing and more.

The morning is spent learning about the tools and materials in the workshop and planning and designing your project. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to create you own wearable piece to be proud of.

What is included?

Your class fee includes enough silver to get you started with more available to purchase on the day.

Chain Link Bracelets & Necklaces with Alys Power

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

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginner and more experienced makers

What will I make?

You will make your own length of sterling silver chain and a handmade clasp to be worn as a bracelet or a necklace

What will I learn?

You will learn some of the basics of silversmithing. We focus on how to cut, solder, texture and finish silver wire to create the individual links of  your chain. We will explore design options and ideas and you'll learn how to solder all the elements to create a strong and flexible chain.

What is included?

Your class fee includes enough silver to create a standard bracelet length chain and clasp with more available to purchase on the day.

From Branding to selling artist talk

29th May -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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.

6-8pm at Focus Gallery

£28 per person includes tea and cake

Summer Jewellery School AM

5th June -
10:30am to 1:00pm

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 silversmithing 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. All tools and equipment are provided. Aluminium, brass and copper sheet and wire and base metal jewellery findings are included in your class fee. Please provide your own silver or purchase it at the class.

Summer Jewellery School PM

5th June -
6:00pm 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 silversmithing 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. All tools and equipment are provided. Aluminium, brass and copper sheet and wire and base metal jewellery findings are included in your class fee. Please provide your own silver or purchase it at the class.

Six week pottery course with sarah burton

6th June -
10:30am to 1:00pm

Learn a range of traditional pottery hand-building techniques including slab building, coiling and pinching with local studio potter Sarah Burton on this six consecutive week course. Each session will be a different skill to learn and perfect to get stuck into and try your hand at.

£150pp for the full 6 classes including refreshments held on Thursdays 10.30-13.00 beginning 7th March - 4th April and later in the year beginning 6th June - 11th July.
 

Multi Materials Brooches & Pendants with Alys Power

29th June -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginners and more experienced makers.

What will I make?

You will make a composition of layered plastic, wood, metal and other materials to be worn as a brooch or pendant

What will I learn?

We will explore the properties of different materials and how to cut, shape and finish them. We'll look at design inspiration and composition, layering our different material to create something unique. We'll learn some different cold connection methods such as tack riveting, tube riveting, stitching and jump rings.

What is included?

All tools, equipment and materials are provided.  If you have any materials you would like to use please feel free to bring them along with you.

Stamped Metal Cuffs with Alys Power

13th July -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginners to intermediate makers

What will I make?

You will make a stamped metal cuff, earrings or pendant. You will have the opportunity to carve your own stamp designs as well.

What will I learn?

You will learn to cut and shape metal and prepare the surface for stamping. You'll be shown how to use steel punches and hammers to add texture, text and pattern to the metal and how to mark the metal or stamping to create you own designs. You''ll add stamping ink to the design to enhance the stamped surface and learn to polish and finish your pieces for a professional finish. We'll also look at how to shape and carve steel to create our own metal punches to design your own patterns.

What is included?

All tools, equipment and materials are provided.  

Chinese Brush Painting with Stephanie Morris

20th July -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Have you ever wanted to try Chinese brush painting before? This workshop is suitable for all levels and abilities so come and enjoy a relaxing day using traditional Chinese art materials (provided) to create a painting in beautiful Chinese papers or card.

Following dates:

Sat 3rd November 2018 10.30-4.30
Sat 2nd March 2019 10.30-4.30
Sat 20th July 2019 10.30-4.30
Sat 9th Nov 201910.30-4.30

For more information or to book please use the book now button, email Stephanie.g.morris32@gmail.com or pop into Focus Gallery.

How to Approach galleries artist talk

24th July -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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.

6-8pm at Focus Gallery

£28 per person includes tea and cake.

Three Rings In A Day with Alys Power

27th July -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginners to intermediate makers

What will I make?

You will make at least three solid silver rings.

What will I learn?

You will learn to measure and cut a length of silver wire accurately and to use a hand held torch to solder a neat join. You'll be shown how to shape, texture and polish to create three rings to be worn together or seperately.

What is included?

Your class fee includes enough silver to create three rings with more available to purchase on the day if you want to make more.

Preparing for trade Artist talk

4th September -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

6-8pm at Focus Gallery

£28 per person includes tea and cake

Wax Carving with Loree Bologna Two Day workshop

7th 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 23rd February and Saturday 9th March, or Saturday 7th September and Saturday 21st 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 use the link or email info@loreebologna.com

 

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