Cheesie headline, I think my joie de vivre is getting the better of me; finally friends, my studio reno’s are complete. The space has changed completely, it feels like a lovely refuge from the outside world. I just want to hole up in here and contemplate my beautiful, new, relatively unblemished concrete floor… is that weird?

We had a lovely time on the second Saturday in March at the first beginners workshop on premises at Linton Studio. My three students for the day, Liz, Susan and Delia made some excellent pieces using the simple techniques we were dealing with – they all left wearing their creations. It was great! And it’s inspired me to keep offering workshops throughout the year. See below for the three I’ve planned over the next three months, if they go well (and you lot out there seem interested) I’ll schedule in some more!

Workshop schedule April – June 2015

D.I.Y silver earrings 2 hour Beginner’s Workshop, $85 pp, materials provided
Make a simple pair of textured and embellished silver earrings assembled using components provided. Techniques you will learn include roll-printing metal, riveting and bending sterling silver shepherd (earring) hooks.8 places available, no experience necessary
Saturday April 11
11am – 1pm

Jewellery Making 101
6 hour Beginner’s Workshop, $335 pp, materials provided
If you’re serious about learning tool skills you can continue to use to make your own jewellery designs at home this is the workshop for you. Participants will learn to pierce and saw silver sheet to produce a fretwork pendant or pair of earrings. Tools and materials provided.
4 places available, no experience necessary
Saturday May 9
10am – 4pm

Pattern Making
2 day Advanced Skills Workshop, $425 pp, materials provided
Learn how to carve low-relief designs directly into silver to produce master patterns for repetition by casting. This technique produces cleaner masters with a greater level of detail and a better finish than wax carving and avoids the double handling associated with wax carved patterns. 4 places available, a working knowledge of basic tool skills is essential
Saturday June 13 & Sunday June 14
10am – 4pm