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.

Merry Christmas and Thank You for a Great Year

Thank you all for making this such a great end to the year. With my crowd funding campaign done and dusted, I’ve spent the last two weeks madly working to finish everyone’s beautiful rewards as well as a few custom orders. I’m happy to report that everything is packed, posted or waiting to be collected.

A sea of Microscope Pendants, Rings and Earrings all ready to be set just in time for Christmas.

A sea of Microscope Pendants, Rings and Earrings all ready to be set just in time for Christmas.

Hundreds and Thousands of Hundreds and Thousands Earrings waiting to be packed.

Hundreds and Thousands of Hundreds and Thousands Earrings waiting to be packed.

Round one of the biggest week of packaging ever. Many hours and 64 hand written greeting cards later, my campaign duties are done and dusted.

Round one of the biggest week of packaging ever. Many hours and 64 hand written greeting cards later, my campaign duties are done and dusted.

I am going to be taking a well-earned break over Christmas but will be back by mid January refreshed and ready to go. Keep an eye out for all the exciting new things I have planned for 2018 including the opening of my new teaching space, a big online shop revamp and the official launch of my Interlace precious range amongst other things.

Thank you for your support during 2017 and wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

Thank You so Much for Making My Campaign a Success!

And that’s a wrap! After a whole lot of preparation and a huge month, my campaign to start up a community teaching space at Karma & Crow Studio Collective has the highly coveted green tick of success. This project has been years in the making and I want to thank you all so much for generously donating as well as getting the word out there. Without you, I could not have made this happen and I am absolutely thrilled and humbled by your support. By donating, sharing my story or supporting me along the way, you have helped me take steps to sustain myself as a maker and contribute to my community in a meaningful way. Thank you so, so much!

Ok, so the green tick of approval is actually white, but it's still awesome!

Ok, so the green tick of approval is actually white, but it's still awesome!

The campaign has been such a wonderful opportunity to connect with long lost friends, family and students and I have even met some new fans. There are a number of people who helped me behind the scenes who I am so lucky to have in my life (you know who you are) and if I haven’t already thanked you enough, thank you some more!

I can't wait to build on my growing collection of precision tools for my students to learn with. When making jewellery, good tools are absolutely crucial. Whoever said that a poor workman blames his (or her) tools obviously hasn't tried to mitre a perfect corner with a blunt file! 

I can't wait to build on my growing collection of precision tools for my students to learn with. When making jewellery, good tools are absolutely crucial. Whoever said that a poor workman blames his (or her) tools obviously hasn't tried to mitre a perfect corner with a blunt file! 

For the next week or so I will be busily chipping away at finishing, wrapping and posting everyone’s orders, then the project can begin. I am elated at the thought of sharing my passion for the hand made with our community. Stay tuned for progress updates and information about the big launch in February, 2018!

Microscope Earrings just after soldering. These little guys will be ready for postage next week.

Microscope Earrings just after soldering. These little guys will be ready for postage next week.

Only Two Days Left to Donate. Don't Miss Out!

With only two days left to donate to my crowd funding campaign there isn’t much time to get your hands on some wonderful rewards just in time for Christmas. The campaign is still going strong with funding almost at the 75% mark so please keep those donations rolling in and spread the word. The campaign is all or nothing, meaning that I have to raise the full amount in order to receive any of the funds. With your help, I can make it to the 100% mark and set up a fantastic teaching space here at Karma & Crow Studio Collective

Don't miss your chance to pick up a pair of these beautiful Fresh Water Pearl Microscope Studs and help me set up a wonderful new teaching space at Karma & Crow. Photograph Courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

Don't miss your chance to pick up a pair of these beautiful Fresh Water Pearl Microscope Studs and help me set up a wonderful new teaching space at Karma & Crow. Photograph Courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

Trouble Shooting

I have had word from quite a few pledgers that they are having trouble donating through the Pozible.com system, particularly when using Paypal. If you have already donated but have not received word from me personally thanking you for your generous donation (either through Pozible.com or Facebook) please contact me as soon as possible so that I can investigate. I don’t want anyone to miss out.

If you have already tried to donate but continue to get an error message, please don’t give up. Try using your credit card rather than Paypal and if you still having issues, please contact me directly. Your donations are absolutely crucial to getting this wonderful project up and running.

There are also a few pairs of Microscope Earrings left through the  campaign site . Avaialble in Andamooka Opal or Fresh Water Pearls which float freely behind glass lenses, these stunners are quite the eye catchers. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

There are also a few pairs of Microscope Earrings left through the campaign site. Avaialble in Andamooka Opal or Fresh Water Pearls which float freely behind glass lenses, these stunners are quite the eye catchers. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

Thank you all so much for your donations, shares and support. Please continue to share the campaign with your friends, family or anyone who might be interested. Every little bit counts.

Only One Week to Go!

We are getting down to the pointy end of my crowd funding campaign. With only one week to go it’s so close that I can taste it! This week the campaign passed the 60% funded mark and sold out of large and small Microscope pendants which is absolutely amazing. Everyone has been so supportive and I am so grateful.

If you haven’t already donated, don’t miss your chance to treat yourself to some beautiful jewellery or sign up for my brand new jewellery classes. Your donation will go towards setting up a fantastic new teaching space and will help me to sustain myself by doing something that I am truly passionate about.

I still have some beautiful jewellery available through the  campaign . Don't miss your chance to be rewarded for helping me to set up a beautiful new teaching space.

I still have some beautiful jewellery available through the campaign. Don't miss your chance to be rewarded for helping me to set up a beautiful new teaching space.

Learn how to hand make your own jewellery by  signing up  for a class through my campaign page. Photograph courtesy of Perth Product Photography.

Learn how to hand make your own jewellery by signing up for a class through my campaign page. Photograph courtesy of Perth Product Photography.

If you can’t donate but would like to help get the word out about my campaign, please share the page with your friends and family. Just one share could really make the difference.

What a Great First Week of Crowdfunding!

Well that’s one week of my big campaign down and I have to say, I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response I have had from everyone. The campaign is already 30% funded and I am just blown away by all of your support. Thank you so much to all the people who have generously donated so early in the piece and also to all those who have taken the time to share my story with your friends. You’ve really helped me to build momentum and I am so grateful.

I have had some great responses to my new Andamooka Opal Microscope range and even had my very first student sign up to one my classes which is so exciting. I can't wait to get the space up and running so that I can begin to share my passion for the handmade with our community.

I have had a great response to my newly released Andamooka Opal Microscope range and even had my very first student sign up to one of my classes. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

I have had a great response to my newly released Andamooka Opal Microscope range and even had my very first student sign up to one of my classes. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

For those who haven’t had a chance to take a look at the campaign page yet, I have some pretty darn tempting rewards available to say thank you for your generous donation. In addition to exclusive pre-release entry to my brand new jewellery classes, on offer are a range of lovely Silver Bar Studs, handmade by my dear friend and talented designer, Laurence Coffrant, as well as beautiful handmade Porcelain Paper Cups made by none other than my awesome Mum. To get your hands on these and many more great rewards as well as my eternal appreciation, all you have to do is press the big 'Help Claire' button below and donate to the campaign.

My lovely friend Laurence is offering some of her dainty and elegant Silver Bar Studs to reward you for your generous donations. These little guys are great for everyday wear and would make an excellent Christmas present. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

My lovely friend Laurence is offering some of her dainty and elegant Silver Bar Studs to reward you for your generous donations. These little guys are great for everyday wear and would make an excellent Christmas present. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

Treat yourself to a set of these beautiful Porcelain Paper Cups (right) which feel fantastic in your hand and are handmade in Freo, Western Australia, by none other than my super talented mother. Photograph courtesy of Dale Frances, (AKA Mum)

Treat yourself to a set of these beautiful Porcelain Paper Cups (right) which feel fantastic in your hand and are handmade in Freo, Western Australia, by none other than my super talented mother. Photograph courtesy of Dale Frances, (AKA Mum)

Already Donated? Can't afford it right now but still want to help? Please share the campaign with your friends to get the word out there. Cheers everyone!

My Super Exciting News and How You Can Help Make it Happen

As you might have been able to tell, this month I am pretty darn excited! The reason being that, in February next year, I will be starting up jewellery classes from my lovely workshop, Karma & Crow Studio Collective, here in South Australia. The cafe and studio already have such a fantastic community feel which is a great environment to work in and given my teaching background, I really want to give back to our community by sharing my skills and experience. The joy and satisfaction I find in making jewellery just has to be shared with others.

My tool collection for workshops is slowly growing but I need your help to raise funds for more.

My tool collection for workshops is slowly growing but I need your help to raise funds for more.

I have a busy road ahead in order to get the project up and running and would love your help! There are two ways you can help me to set up a wonderful workshop area for my students:

1. Keep an eye out for my Crowd Funding Campaign where I will be offering a whole range of my handmade jewellery as well as exclusive classes as a big thank you for your donation. The campaign will coincide perfectly with your Christmas shopping so you can pick up a beautiful present for  someone special (or yourself) while supporting a local creative (that's me). 

2. If you are a jeweller or hobbyist, you can donate your old (preferably functioning) jewellery tools that you no longer need. I will organise to have them collected, all you need to do is send me a quick email with a photograph of the tools you are willing to donate and your details.

Just add tools and our workshop area will be ready for classes. Photograph courtesy of  Bianca Hoffrichter .

Just add tools and our workshop area will be ready for classes. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

Stay tuned for more information about my crowd funding campaign. With your help we can make this happen!