Joining forces with local designer-makers, Focus Gallery is officially launching Nottingham Jewellery School.
This will be the first fully equipped jewellery workshop in the city centre, a place where everyone is welcome to come and learn new techniques, brush up on existing skills and engage their creativity.
The opening event will offer demonstrations and hour-long sessions with various tutors as well as a chance to win free workshops and vouchers.
When you think of jewellery schools you might think of London or Birmingham, but Nottingham is a vibrant, creative city that is home to many talented jewellers who are ready to share their skills with the public.
This encompasses a variety of courses; from beginner’s silversmithing, to enamelling, to reworking old gold, and making bespoke wedding rings. These can be comprised of half day or one day workshops as well as ongoing morning and evening courses.
Carrington-based jeweller, Alys Power, teaches beginner’s silversmithing at the school. She remarks: “The space at Nottingham Jewellery School is a great place to teach, it has a lovely, friendly atmosphere and a fantastic selection of tools and equipment.”
Val Bradley, a student on Alys’ six-week Jewellery School course, found it perfect for beginners. “I had never done any jewellery making before, and I found Alys to be an inspiring and instructive teacher. It was a great experience.”
Rachel Helen uses the workspace to teach more experienced participants how to recycle their own gold jewellery into new pieces. “While recycling jewellery for ethical or sentimental purposes has always been a key aspect of my work, Nottingham Jewellery School now offers the perfect space for me to teach others how to rework their own jewellery into something both meaningful and wearable,” Helen shares.