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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 with our tutors, or the gallery, in person or by phone on 0115 837 5570.
No refunds within one month of chosen workshop start date. 

For wedding ring workshops please click here.

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.
 

How to Approach galleries workshop

8th October -
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.

Dates as follows:
Monday 12th February 2018
Monday 11th June 2018
Monday 8th October 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 more information.

Ceramic Jewellery With Sarah Burton

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

Design, make and decorate up to 6 pieces of ceramic Jewellery. Suitable for beginner and experienced potters, join Nottingham based studio potter Sarah Burton in a relaxed and creative atmosphere to make your own design of ceramic jewellery. Sarah will show you how to make a variety of different shapes of necklaces and brooches using a series of cutters and templates. You can decorate your creations with different textures and paint them with underglazes on the day. Your necklaces/brooches will then be glazed with a transparent glaze and fired ready for you to collect from the Focus Gallery a few weeks later. Bring with you any design ideas you may have for necklaces and/or brooches?  Think about textures and colours and look around your day to day environment for inspiration. Alternatively get ideas on the day from the ‘Bits and Bobs Box’ that Sarah will bring along to inspire your creativity.

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

 

Buttons and Brooches with Sarah Burton

13th October -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Design, make and decorate up to 6 ceramic buttons/brooches. Suitable for beginner and experienced potters, join local studio potter Sarah Burton in a relaxed and creative atmosphere to make your own design of ceramic buttons and brooches. Sarah will show you how to make a variety of different shapes of buttons and brooches using a series of cutters and templates. You can decorate your creations with different textures and paint them with underglazes on the day. Your buttons/brooches will then be glazed with a transparent glaze and fired for you ready to collect from the Focus gallery a few weeks later. Bring with you any design ideas you may have – do you have a knitted cardigan that needs those special buttons or a jacket that would look great with a unique brooch?  Alternatively get ideas on the day from the ‘Bits and Bobs Box’ that Sarah will bring along to inspire your creativity.

To book a place email sarahburtonpottery@gamil.com or ring Sarah on 07905946125

Fold Formed Jewellery with Helen Domleo

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

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those wanting to learn a new skill. Charles Lewton-Brain invented fold forming and it completely revolutionized the way you could make unique, organic, textured, 3D jewellery with basic tools. On this course you will learn how to fold, hammer, anneal and finally open up your pieces to reveal unique sculptural designs. You will begin by learning some basic fold forming techniques before moving onto more complex processes using not only hammers but also a rolling mill. We will explore single folds first before progressing onto multiple folds. You will go away with a good knowledge of several different fold forming techniques.
All tools and copper will be provided for you to master this technique, silver will be available at cost if you wish to make your designs in silver.

To book please email Helen on hdomleo@yahoo.com or Antonia on info@focusgallerynottingham.com

Electroforming with Hayley Priestley

3rd November -
10:30am to 4:30pm

***New Date Added***

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

To book please email Hayley on hayleypriestleyjeweller@gmail.com

Keum Boo Pendant with Ruth Wiseman

17th November -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Spend a lovely 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 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

Festive Glass Wreath with Niki Walters

1st December -
10:30am to 12:30pm

Join Niki Walters for a 2 hour workshop where you can make a stunning festive glass wreath and hanging star. In your 2 hours you will learn about the safety of cutting along with the materials used. You will then work on an icy glass wreath with added sparkle and shine! £28 per person and this includes a coffee along with all glass and firing costs.
Limited to 8, so booking is essential.

2 classes available 10.30am - 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm. To book email niki_artist@hotmail.com or info@focusgallerynottingham.com

Festive Glass Wreath with Niki Walters

1st December -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Join Niki Walters for a 2 hour workshop where you can make a stunning festive glass wreath and hanging star. In your 2 hours you will learn about the safety of cutting along with the materials used. You will then work on an icy glass wreath with added sparkle and shine! £28 per person and this includes a coffee along with all glass and firing costs.
Limited to 8, so booking is essential.

2 classes available 10.30am - 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm. To book email niki_artist@hotmail.com or info@focusgallerynottingham.com

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