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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 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.

Ceramic Buttons and Brooches with Sarah Burton

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

Design, make and decorate up to 6 ceramic buttons/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 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.

 

Glass Fusing Taster with Stevie Davies

20th October -
10:30am to 1:30pm

An introduction to Glass Fusing techniques used to make Jewellery and unique cabochons.

After being taking through the process of cutting glass, you will enjoy layering small pieces of coloured glass with copper elements and Dichroic sparkle. You can create at least 2-4 items depending on your chosen designs and finishes. Materials included. Pendants will hang on ribbon and earrings/studs will be finished with Sterling Silver Findings. Your work will be taken by Stevie to her studio to be fired, cleaned, finished and posted/delivered to you approximately 2 weeks after the workshop.

Glass Fusing Taster with Stevie Davies

20th October -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

An introduction to Glass Fusing techniques used to make Jewellery and unique cabochons.

After being taking through the process of cutting glass, you will enjoy layering small pieces of coloured glass with copper elements and Dichroic sparkle. You can create at least 2-4 items depending on your chosen designs and finishes. Materials included. Pendants will hang on ribbon and earrings/studs will be finished with Sterling Silver Findings. Your work will be taken by Stevie to her studio to be fired, cleaned, finished and posted/delivered to you approximately 2 weeks after the workshop.
 

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.

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).

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

Seasonal Glass Gifts with Stevie Davies

8th December -
10:30am to 1:30pm

Suitable for complete beginners as well as those who have already attended a glass fusing workshop with Stevie. Come and explore various techniques to make your very own glass decorations to hang on your tree and colourful jewellery pieces such as pendants and earrings to give as a gift…. if you don’t want to keep them all to yourself!

After being taking through the process of cutting sheet glass safely, we will enjoy layering small pieces of coloured glass with copper elements and Dichroic sparkle. The aim for this workshop will be to create at least 3 items depending on your chosen designs and finishes and the materials for this are included in the course fee. Your work will be taken by Stevie to her studio to be fired, cleaned, finished and delivered back to the Focus Gallery as soon as possible.

Seasonal Glass Gifts with Stevie Davies

8th December -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Suitable for complete beginners as well as those who have already attended a glass fusing workshop with Stevie. Come and explore various techniques to make your very own glass decorations to hang on your tree and colourful jewellery pieces such as pendants and earrings to give as a gift…. if you don’t want to keep them all to yourself!

After being taking through the process of cutting sheet glass safely, we will enjoy layering small pieces of coloured glass with copper elements and Dichroic sparkle. The aim for this workshop will be to create at least 3 items depending on your chosen designs and finishes and the materials for this are included in the course fee. Your work will be taken by Stevie to her studio to be fired, cleaned, finished and delivered back to the Focus Gallery as soon as possible.

Spring Jewellery School AM

27th February -
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 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.

Spring Jewellery School PM

27th February -
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 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. 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 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.

Autumn Jewellery School AM

11th September -
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.

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