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2014 jewellery masterclasses in the UK

As usual we are fortunate in the UK to welcome some visiting jewellery tutors this year. Here are some of the exciting classes that are running

At the Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery

Barbara Becker Simon is visiting in April to teach The Maltese cross in metal clay
In August Terry Kovalcik with be teaching Carving unique elements and the hidden locket masterclass
In October Michael David Sturlin will be teaching two classes - beyond the bezel and torch and metal

At Craftworx in Yorkshire

Lisa Barth is returning this year to teach three workshops - wirework pendant and earrings. photograph your jewellery and the marble pendant
Holly Gage and Tracey Spurgin are running the Midsummer's dream metal clay retreat in June
In September Michael Marx is visiting with his kinetic sea creatures workshop

Joy Funnell is travelling the country! She is teaching her juxtasposing ring class at Craftworx in September. She is also teaching ring making with ring cores and enamel for metalclay.c…

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

Cocktail rings against cancer campaign

Throughout 2014 the London Jewellery School is running a charity campaign in aid of cancer research. Some of the tutors have been personally affected, having been diagnosed and successfully treated for cancer so it is a cause close to us all.
The goal of the campaign is to raise £10,000 for the charity and make 1000 cocktail rings.

There are a number of ways to get involved.

1. Make a cocktail ring
You can pay a £5 donation for a tutorial to learn how to make your own cocktail ring. If you do so you are asked to email a photo of it to and this will be uploaded to the flickr page The aim is to have 1000 photos of rings made by the end of the year (you can see two that I have made for the campaign in the photo below!)

2. Come along to an event
For a £10 donation you can come along to one of our events and make a cocktail ring. The dates for this are
16th March 10-5
6th July 10-5
23rd November 10-5

3. Attend an evening drop in session (between 6.30pm and…

Motivation Monday

Half price offer on the distance learning jewellery business course from the London Jewellery School

Would you like to set up a jewellery business? Or do you have a business and want to take it to the next level? 
The London Jewellery School is currently offering 50% off their jewellery business distance learning course. That's a price of £49.50 instead of £99.

The course includes
1. A DVD containing videos on each aspect of running a jewellery business. 13 videos totalling 80mins of expert advice in all areas from marketing and promoting your business to pricing and selling your jewellery.   2. A comprehensive 75 page, glossy, full-colour workbook, full of information on how to set up and run your own jewellery business including; a full list of useful contacts and suppliers for jewellers based in the UK, tips on each aspect of setting up your own jewellery business and Information on the common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid.   3. A supplementary case study booklet detailing 7 current businesses, what they have done and tips and advice for running your business.  4. 1 Months email su…

Motivation Monday - how do you do great things? You do them!

What's your word for the year?

At the beginning of the year many people like to write resolutions. I have to admit I love the new year (and the new school year in September) for looking at life and setting some goals.
A few years ago I heard about another, more gentle way of setting an intention. It is to decide on a word for the year. The word summarises what you want to focus on. I first heard of this idea from Christine Kane but have seen a number of people writing about it including Gretchen Rubin.
By choosing one word for the year to be your focus, it stops the tyranny of the all or nothing resolution or goal.
This year I have chosen the word 'evolve'. In 2013 I made big changes to my life. I left full time employment for the first time in my adult life in order to teach part time and work on my jewellery. I've learnt a lot in the year, both about myself and running a business. I often have grandiose plans about what I am going to do and achieve and then when I don't measure up I feel bad, eve…

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