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London Jewellery School Studio Warming

A few weeks back we had a ‘studio warming’ event to welcome visitors to our new studios in Hatton Garden. Tutor Anna Campbell was there doing a jewellery making demonstration and gives her take on the evening.

I always love the open studio events and the christmas party (keep your eye on the blog and our facebook page for details of the Christmas Party – coming soon – shhhh mark Tuesday 13th in your diaries!). It’s fun to chat to previous students and have the chance to introduce new students to the studios and the classes.

This year we were welcoming students to our new home in Hatton Garden. It’s great to be back in London’s famous jewellery quarter and we know that students are loving our new central location.

At our studio warming this year we had a lot going on including a sample sale run by tutor Annie Mason in aid of MacMillan. Every time we run a class the tutor makes a demonstration piece. This has led to us having quite a lot of class samples over the last seven years so it is great that we can sell these for a good cause – we raised £230 in total!   Thanks to all those who bought some jewellery on the night and supported our charity.

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Tutor Annie Mason doing a sterling job raising money for Macmillan.

We also had a display of samples for our next live TV show on Create and Craft TV. I will be demonstrating stone setting in metal clay torch fired techniques and will have three metal clay kits for sale, including instruction videos. Keep an eye on our facebook page for details of the show times.

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Water Casting samples

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Helen Walls pouring the metal into the water

The main event was our three free jewellery making demonstrations. Tutor Helen Walls demonstrated water casting, which is where silver is melted and poured quickly into water to create interesting shapes. This is always an organic process, you never know quite what you’re going to get! But that’s the joy of it.

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Tutors Anna Campbell and Michelle Leaver

Silver and enamelling tutor Michelle Leaver then demonstrated how to make stacked silver rings, a very popular and fun evening taster class.


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I then did a demonstration of using the new sterling silver Art Clay 950. I talked through the benefits of the new clay and my experiences with it. I then showed how I made the ring pictured above.

Thank you to all who came. We were very pleased at the turn out, the demo room was always full!

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

London Jewellery School Supplier and Networking Evening

Would you like to meet a range of jewellery making suppliers, browse their wares, take advantage of exclusive discounts and network with other jewellers plus enjoy a glass or two of wine?

In that case we have good news for you.

The London Jewellery School Supplier and Networking Evening is back following a successful event last year.

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On the evening of Thursday 20 March come along to meet and shop with suppliers including:

  • Cookson Gold
  • GIA
  • iBeads
  • Metal Clay Ltd
  • Shangrila Gems
  • Tiny Box Company

You’ll be able to chat about equipment, examine products up close and ensure you have exactly what you need for your jewellery making.

Last year’s event was packed out, so reserve your place today by emailing info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

 

Christmas Party Fun at London Jewellery School

December is definitely party season and we had our own Christmas Party at the jewellery school last week with plenty of wine, beer, snacks and music. It was a fun evening and best of all, it was great to catch up with our students to see what they were up to.

Who doesn’t love Pass-the-parcel and it’s a must have at the London Jewellery School’s Christmas party. The parcel was filled with all sorts of goodies, beading kits, ring sizers etc. It’s always an exciting moment when the music stops, especially if there’s a parcel in your hand!

The jewellery competition is also one of our Christmas party traditions, we asked our guests to come to the party wearing jewellery they made. Everyone got 3 gold stars on arrival, which were used to vote for the jewellery they liked the most that was made by other students. It was fantastic to see everyone’s creations. Michelle had the most gold stars and won a £200 jewellery school gift voucher for her perspex necklace and a lovely vintage inspired hat, which perfectly matched her retro style dress. She said she would love to use the vouchers to do a Soldering Masterclass and Wood Carved Jewellery in the new year.

We also had a charity raffle with the money raised going to Kids Company, founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996 that provides support to vulnerable children and young people. The raffle prize included a £100 Cookson Voucher, a one year subscription to Making Jewellery Magazine and some gorgeous jewellery donated by our tutors, Michael Milloy, Sima Vaziry and Chu-mei Ho.

Everyone had an early Christmas present too! Thanks to our generous sponsors for the goodie bags; Metal Clay Ltd, Cookson Gold, Making Jewellery Magazine, Make Jewellery Magazine, London Jewellery Supplies, E-Beads and Silver Sense.

We hope everyone had a good time at the party; we certainly did and congratulations to all the winners! 🙂