Thanks to Handmade by Emily, I found out about Made in Clerkenwell, an event being run at Craft Central. As it is located so close to my work I decided to go along on Friday after work. I'm very glad I did. Craft Central 'provides secure and professional workspace in a unique central London location from which makers can base their business.' They had two buildings open to the public and I really enjoyed climbing the stairs and wandering into the studio spaces. You didn't know quite what you'd find - jewellery, photography, scarves, toys, ceramics - all sorts of beautiful handmade things. I really enjoyed speaking to the designers and asking them about their experiences. It was inspiring for me, just starting out in my jewellery designing career, and everyone was very warm and positive.
In the 'Made in Clerkenwell' corner shop I found Made in the Highlands showcasing the work of six makers who live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This was fantastic for me and I enjoyed talking to the dedicated staff. Every now and then I look seriously at moving to the Highlands. It is fantastic to know that there are people dedicated to to helping crafters market and sell their work. It is a long term goal of mine to be one of their jewellers.
Note - I had to make a change to this post 18/6/11 as one of the images disappeared so I changed it for another image
I am pretty addicted to pinterest and love that we have so much access to inspiration as jewellers there. I have recently been drawn to unusual stone settings and I find it useful to consider how the jeweller has done it as it gives me a jumping off point for ideas. Here are a few innovative designs that I love.
I have decided to announce the theme for the coming month a week before the start of the month. This is to give people time to think about their designs, particularly those that are busy and have a lot to fit in.
The theme for February 2019 is .... music and lyrics
Here are some ideas to get you thinking about how to interpret the theme
Be inspired by
A song/piece of music you loveA specific lyric from a song A style of music e.g. classical, metal, rap, funk etcA musicalAn instrument/sMusic artwork (CD/LP sleeve or music video)A concert you went to (or wish you went to!)A music festivalChoose a musician, singer or composer you admire…
It's Black Friday again and even before the day arrived there were lots of deals around (and surely more to come). Black Friday is fairly new to the UK but it's always good to look out for a deal! Here are some of the best I've seen for metal clay artists. Do share any I've missed in the comments and I'll add them in
Clay, materials and tools Cookson Gold has discounts on clay and tools
I haven't seen any other discounts on metal clay but there are a lot of discounts on gemstones and beads out there including Beads Direct and Kernowcraft. Elsilver also have discounts, it's worth checking out their 25% off offer on dies.
Jewellers Academy has 50% off their courses including 3 metal clay courses. Tip: buy the bundle with Julia Rai's metal clay charms course and my stone setting torch fired course as it's the same cost as my course on its own! There's also the new Fancy bezels, prongs and bails course by Julia Rai which is great. Use c…