Company goes from workshop and gallery to training school.
Bristol-based jewellery studio and gallery Workshop 22 is celebrating its first year of trading with an open workshop afternoon and late-night shopping, following growth into the realm of training.
The space, set up by Bristolian jewellery designers Sarah McCallum, Jacqueline Beavington and Lucy Lyon, is a gallery showcasing their own work as well as ceramics and glassware, with a focus on design from the South West.
McCullum said: "We were on the lookout for a great space where we could design, teach and exhibit our own jewellery [and] we found it here in the very creative Christmas Steps Arts Quarter.”
A year on the three founders are celebrating the successful growth of the business during the recession and say that, apart from their determination and creativity, the combination of a studio, retail gallery and teaching has been key to their success.
Workshop 22 has branched into silver jewellery taster sessions and courses for beginners and improvers, and has also begun to offer bespoke jewellery-making sessions tailored to hen parties and other special occasions.
Lyon said: "Our course provision has grown from strength to strength and now includes the opportunity to make your own wedding rings.
“These came about from a lucky encounter with a couple who were unable to find what they were looking for. Making their weddings rings here with us gave a whole new meaning to their rings and has become a treasured part of their wedding story.”
The space will host a special party on June 22 with cake, champagne and teaching demonstrations.