Handmade Jewellery for Beginners *Special Edition*

Need some you time?

My Wednesday night beginners’ jewellery making classes are the perfect excuse to chill out and get creative. Term three begins this coming Wednesday, the 31st of July, 6-9pm, and is a bit of a special one so don’t miss your chance to enrol.

For this special edition of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners I will be running a seven week wax working class where we will run through all the basics of wax carving. Over seven weeks, you will explore, experiment and discover the wonderful art of wax carving and have your favourite models cast in precious metals. Once the casting process is completed, I will show you how to transform your creations into a beautiful, wearable artworks.

As I mentioned, this is a special edition class and won’t be back for some time, so make sure you book in now to reserve your spot.

From wax to wearables. Learn how to carve, melt and form wax into beautiful jewellery pieces.

From wax to wearables. Learn how to carve, melt and form wax into beautiful jewellery pieces.

I have also just added some new dates for my one day Make Your Own Earrings and Make a Bezel Set Pendant classes which are a great taster for those who are brand new makers. For more information, head on over to the class page of my website.

Learn how to make your own beautiful gemstone pendant using the ancient technique of bezel setting. All materials are provided.

Learn how to make your own beautiful gemstone pendant using the ancient technique of bezel setting. All materials are provided.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Mother's Day Flash Sale!

Have you left your Mother’s Day present shopping to the last minute? Look no further! Handmade jewellery classes are on sale now with 10% off all one day and seven week classes.

Treat your Mum to a class where she will learn the basics of making jewellery by hand within the relaxed and social environment of my studio gallery, here in Glenelg South. Classes available include Make Your Own Earrings and Bezel Set Pendants as well as my seven week course, Handmade Jewellery for Beginners which has been postponed to start this Wednesday night (the 15th) at 6pm. There are still a couple of spots left for Wednesday nights if you missed the last cut off date.

To redeem your 10% discount, copy the code and book in now.

Super-Duper Discount Code: TreatsForMum

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Terms and Conditions:

Promotional code valid for use online or in store from 1pm 10/05/2019 to 1pm 11/05/2019 ACST

Valid for use on one day classes and seven week classes only.

Promotion excludes Gift Certificates and Private Tuition.

Term Two of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners Starts Next Week - Don't Miss Out!

My goodness, Term one has just flown by! We recently finished up with the first round of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners and had a lovely group of ladies come together each week to share their projects and stories. The class got off to a flying start with an introduction to the versatile art of ring making, a great beginners’ project. We then ran through some great techniques which helped students develop their own designs to finish with and everyone left with a very personalised piece of jewellery.

This term has also been jam packed with private classes which are a great opportunity for students to work with me, one on one, to take their jewellery skills to the next level. Two of my private students, Vesna and Lilly, have been working on their very own bezel set rings which introduced them to a wide range of useful skills while also leaving them with their very own custom-made ring at the end of the project.

The lovely Lilly Buttrose setting her first cabochon gemstone during our one on one class together.

The lovely Lilly Buttrose setting her first cabochon gemstone during our one on one class together.

Lilly’s beautiful finished silver ring.

Lilly’s beautiful finished silver ring.

Vesna’s gorgeous chrysoprase and brass ring all ready for setting.

Vesna’s gorgeous chrysoprase and brass ring all ready for setting.

If you are needing some time out for yourself and feel inspired to develop your sense of creativity, you have just over a week to sign up for the next round of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners. Running over seven weeks from 6-9pm on Wednesday evenings, the class is a great place to start your jewellery making journey within the relaxed, social environment of my Studio Gallery in Glenelg South.

I have also just added some new dates for my one day classes, Make Your Own Earrings and Make a Bezel Set Pendant, as well as the term three dates for Handmade Jewellery for Beginners for your to mark in your calendars.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Claire Brooks Studio Gallery and look forward to seeing you next class!

Gift Certificates, New Class Dates, a Mentorship and More…

It has been a busy time down here at Glenelg South with some very exciting moments on the way. November brought with it some great commissions, a lovely launch party and even a little article in the paper.


2019 CLASS DATES ANNOUNCED

Term 1 classes for 2019 are officially online and ready to go. In addition to day classes where you can make your own earrings or bezel set pendant, I am also pleased to announce that my seven week beginner’s classes are now available. Handmade Jewellery for Beginners will run from 6-9PM on Wednesdays and is a great introduction to the world of jewellery making in a relaxed and social environment.

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Handmade Jewellery for Beginners

Are you interested in making your own jewellery but aren’t sure where to start? Sign up for this seven week night course and learn the basics in a relaxed, social environment. Suitable for absolute beginners to those with more experience, this class is a great introduction or refresher to jewellery making.


AN EXPERIENCE FOR CHRISTMAS?

Do you have a friend or relative who already has everything? Gift certificates for jewellery workshops are now available in store or through the class page of my website and are sure to please. The lucky recipient can choose a date which suits them and vouchers are valid for up to three years, so there is plenty of time to book in.

Material gifts are out, experiences are in! Treat that special someone with one of my beginners jewellery making classes and let them lose themselves in the joy of the handmade.

Material gifts are out, experiences are in! Treat that special someone with one of my beginners jewellery making classes and let them lose themselves in the joy of the handmade.

MENTORSHIP IN THE NEW YEAR

I am super excited to welcome Lilly Buttrose to be mentored at the studio gallery in 2019. Lilly is a textiles and jewellery artist working from JamFactory, Adelaide, and is the proud recipient of a Carclew Fellowship. This fantastic professional development grant will allow Lilly to travel to Japan to learn specialised weaving at the Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, and upon her return work with me to develop new ways to combine her beautiful textiles with metal. You can read all about Lilly’s grant in the recent article published by Adelaide Now.

Lilly’s stunning woven earrings from her product range. During her mentorship, Lilly will further develop her jewellery making skills to explore new methods of transforming her textiles into wearable forms. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Lilly’s stunning woven earrings from her product range. During her mentorship, Lilly will further develop her jewellery making skills to explore new methods of transforming her textiles into wearable forms. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Lilly also exhibits beautiful hand embroidered wall hangings such as this linen piece, ‘Skyland Mountains.’ Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Lilly also exhibits beautiful hand embroidered wall hangings such as this linen piece, ‘Skyland Mountains.’ Photograph courtesy of the artist.

LAUNCH NIGHT

Thank you to everyone who made it along to my official launch soiree. It was such a wonderful event and great to have the support of my local council, community, friends and family. Thank you also to Emma Fey from Guild House who gave the most amazing opening speech and to everyone who helped to make the night go smoothly.

The launch party is underway at Claire Brooks Studio Gallery. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

The launch party is underway at Claire Brooks Studio Gallery. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

A colourful and delicious spread kindly prepared by Sylvia Nevistic, Courtney Jackson and Vesna Cavic. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

A colourful and delicious spread kindly prepared by Sylvia Nevistic, Courtney Jackson and Vesna Cavic. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

The lovely Emma Fey from Guildhouse giving her opening speech. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

The lovely Emma Fey from Guildhouse giving her opening speech. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

 CHRISTMAS TRADING HOURS

I am extending my trading hours in the lead up to Christmas so that you don’t miss out on getting that last minute Christmas treat. The gallery will be closed then will be having a short break to work on some extra special commissions.

Thursday 13th December:               10am – 5pm Wednesday 19th December:          10am – 5pm

Friday 14th December:                    10am – 5pm Thursday 20th December:               10am – 8pm

Saturday 15th December:               10am – 5pm Friday 21st December:                    10am – 5pm

Sunday 16th December:                  10am – 4pm Saturday 22nd December:               10am – 5pm

Monday 17th December: Closed Sunday 23rd December:                  10am – 4pm

Tuesday 18th December: 10am – 2.30pm Monday 24th December: 10am – 3pm

Tuesday 25th December to Monday 7th January: Closed

… then business as usual

Have a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year and thank you for your continued support!

Beginners Jewellery Classes have Landed at Claire Brooks Studio Gallery

After only a month of trade at my brand spanking new Studio Gallery, Glenelg South, the response from my local community has been overwhelmingly positive and I am so thrilled. Thank you so much to everyone who has managed to make their way down for a visit, it has been wonderful to see a few familiar faces and meet so many lovely people who have dropped by.

As many of you know, I have spent much of the past few years preparing to establish a teaching space which would bring community members together by sharing the joy of creating their own handmade jewellery. My plans were small to begin with but, after a generously supported crowd funding campaign and the decision to open a Studio Gallery, my plans got bigger and better than I ever could have imagined. Now finally, I am so pleased to announce that we’ve done it - jewellery classes are now available at Claire Brooks Studio Gallery!

The new teaching space is bright and inviting. Students will create their masterpieces on this beautiful table, handcrafted by local furniture designer, Steve Soeffky.

The new teaching space is bright and inviting. Students will create their masterpieces on this beautiful table, handcrafted by local furniture designer, Steve Soeffky.

As a bit of a taster, I will be running two one day classes before Christmas and I have a whole lot more planned for 2019. The first two classes are for beginners and will introduce students to the art of handmade jewellery through earring making and the ancient technique of bezel setting. Class sizes are limited to only six people, meaning that you will have plenty of one on one attention and the teaching space is beautifully light filled, leafy and inspiring. In order to run each class I need at least four students, so sign up now and bring a friend or family member.

Classes Available

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Make Your Own Bezel Set Pendant

Calling all gemstone lovers! Join me in my beautiful new studio gallery in Glenelg South for this full day workshop and let me teach you how to set your own cabochon stone into a handmade pendant. This course is perfect for beginners or a great excuse for those who have jewellery making experience to get back into basic stone setting.

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Make Your Own Earrings

Are you an earring lover who wants to take your collection to the next level? During this class you will work within the intimate, six person workshop space at my new Studio Gallery in Glenelg South, to design and make your own earrings. Each student should leave with at least one of earrings, learning some great skills.

Give the gift of creativity this festive season. If you would like to gift a class to a friend or someone you love, please contact me for more details.

The Next Big Thing...

For much of the year I have been keeping a pretty huge secret and I am both ecstatic and relieved to finally share it with you!

The lease is signed, the keys are collected and I am thrilled to announce that in August this year, I will be opening up my very own studio, gallery and teaching space in Glenelg South.

Positioned perfectly amongst a cute little group of shops and just a short walk from the beach, the gallery will be a space for purchasing exquisite handmade jewellery and rediscovering your creative side. I am currently working with local artisans to help me with custom built displays and furniture and have been busily welding up some new goodies to make it my own.

My little shop. There is lots to do but it will look great when its all done.

My little shop. There is lots to do but it will look great when its all done.

There is a large room at the front of the shop where I will host classes, set up my studio and display my work for customers to see. Out the back is a smaller room, which will be used for heavier machinery and hammering, as well as a little veranda where students can enjoy a cup of tea in the sunlight. 

There is a large room at the front of the shop where I will host classes, set up my studio and display my work for customers to see. Out the back is a smaller room, which will be used for heavier machinery and hammering, as well as a little veranda where students can enjoy a cup of tea in the sunlight. 

This new space is a great opportunity for a fresh start, bringing you all of the awesomeness promised in my crowd funding campaign, only better. As originally planned, I still want the space to be inviting, nurturing and community orientated, however, I am also nutting out some potential extra features such as day bench/tool hire and an area where I can consult with clients. Having my own venue will also allow more flexibility to offer extra classes and specialty workshops with guest tutors in future.

I've been welding up some new goodies for the gallery. Can you guess what these will be?

I've been welding up some new goodies for the gallery. Can you guess what these will be?

Class dates and the big launch party will be announced in the not too distant future, so stay tuned and make sure you subscribe to my mailing list so that you don’t miss out!