Some of the jewellery created by my students on my last jewellery making classes of 2016. There’s always such a great creative vibe at the classes with everyone choosing their own beads and later on in the class, choosing designs to work on. Everyone on the class makes something different, unique and personalised. See more photos on the bebeady website / facebook page.
Louisa’s beginners wirework earrings and pendants
Jess’s creative wirework earrings
Susan’s creative wirework bead pendant
Jenny’s creative wirework pendants
Barbara’s beginner wirework earrings
Everyone managed really well and created some super jewellery. Samantha, jewellery artist x
the studios 3-day November 2015 pop-up exhibition at Barton Grange Garden Centre
Its been a long held dream of mine to work from my own studio and move off my kitchen table. I finally did it and moved into a studio-workshop. It’s rural, an old converted farm outbuilding and in some of my neighbouring studios there’s a lovely diverse mix of artists and crafters; a potter, a porcelain ceramicist, a textile artist who runs workshops and has a textile group ‘ Diversity’ and a part-time crafter who does sewing, knitting and card making and runs a weekly craft group. Next door to the studios we have a nice cafe, ‘Roots cafe’ and there’s also car parking.
Before deciding whether to move into the studio, I made a list of things that I could do there that I couldn’t do at home, alongside teaching were also doing ‘open studios’, as I didn’t intend to normally be open to the public and sell my work from the studio.
Last year we got together and organised 2 studio open weekends, learning and trying out new ideas along the way. It developed; we had meetings to choose our group name, sort our pictures and text for our website and leaflets / posters and then I designed them. But, as our studios are quite off the beaten track, we ended up with more nosy hens from the neighbouring farm coming to visit us than visitors (not counting friends and family that came to visit).
As doing ‘open studios’ clearly wasn’t working, rather than trying to get people to come to us, we needed to ‘go to the people’.
That was how our ‘creative roots studios’ event idea began and I felt the nearby exhibitions room at Barton Grange Garden Centre would be ideal for us, as there would be ample room to fit the 5 of us, plus 2 or 3 guest artists. I’ve hired the exhibitions room, otherwise know as the ‘green room’ (its painted green) a number of times over the years for jewellery making classes. I’ve also taken part in the jewellery and craft fairs they used to run and the Art and Craft Guild of Lancashire exhibitions there.
A lot of work went into it and it’s been a great learning experience for me (being the driving force and main event organiser) and given us as studios the opportunity to get together (and get to know each other more) and take our work and info about our studios to a wider audience.
creative roots studios
creative roots studios and guests display
diversity textile group
From the studio group:
myself, jewelart – beaded sculptural wirework and glass jewellery
Josh, Joshua Coupe Ceramics
Brenda, Brenda Fee Porcelain
Pauline, Creative Stitch Studio, as she was ill her textile group ‘Diversity’ had her space and she had some of her work in their group display
plus guest artists:
Diversity textile group, William Poole wood-turner and artist Siobhan on Friday and Lorraine rag rugs over the weekend.
Luckily the table plan, which gave us 2 tables each, more or less worked out and I managed to fit all the tables and our displays in the room, with enough room for visitors to access each of our displays.
It was lovely that our studio group exhibition got some lovely comments and feedback from both the venue, visitors and customers and overall it was a successful event for us selling and promoting our work. I was also chuffed to bits that a number of friends and customers came along to support me and visit the studio group exhibition.
some photos from my recent pop-up jewellery display at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, Lancashire
The education gallery, situated at the back of the Platform Gallery, is a lovely space for solo and group exhibitions, workshops and meetings.
I enjoyed spending a few days there, meeting and chatting about my work to gallery visitors whilst making some new work; wired pieces and hooks for my new light-catcher glass pendant display on Thursday, brooches on Friday and Celtic wire-work designs on Saturday.
jewelart pop-up exhibition 2015 postcard
Am glad that my display and work got some great compliments and also that some of my jewellery went off to new homes across the British Isles; to Scotland, Brighton and Essex, as well as to places closer to home in Lancashire.
There was a great creative vibe at the weekend on my Autumn jewellery making classes and students enjoyed their day spent making bead-strung necklaces and bracelets using leather and cord. Most students brought along some of their own beads to use in their designs, alongside beads and cord available at the class.
The jewellery making bead stringing with leather and cord has been a popular topic and was chosen by my students as the topic for my Autumn classes (some of the students had been interested in it when I taught it earlier in the year, but couldn’t make it to the April class date).
All my classes include a number of variation design options, which helps my students to personalise the jewellery they make.
“Had great day today Samantha… My sister loved, loved, loved the red and silver necklace I made in class for her. She thinks it really looks professional. Well it’s all in the tuition . Thanks and best wishes,” Norma
“Thanks, Samantha, for another fantastic day at the leather/cord jewellery class yesterday. I agree with Norma, the tuition and relaxed way in which the classes are run make them enjoyable and easy to follow. Thanks again and I look forward to attending more classes in the Spring.” Andrea
Kathleen’s moss agate pendant and beads leather necklace
Barbara’s paua shell pendant and beads cord necklace
Delia’s porcelain hand made pendant and suede necklace (from the April class)
Lara’s beads and cord bracelet with button fastener (from the April class)
Beadstringing is quite therapeutic and its a bit easier than my other wirework classes, so ideal for both beginners or students wanting to add to their existing skills and learn how to work with a variety of cords, leather and suede. My first foray into knotting and beadstringing began when I taught myself how to make friendship bracelets in the early 1980s and my skills and range of designs have developed further over the past 10 years (or so) of teaching classes.
In order to be able to teach at my studio-workshop I first have to spend a few hours tidying up my studio and putting all my work away, then turn it into a class room; setting up the tables, chairs, work-lights, mats. Check what refreshments I need to buy and bring on the day. There’s also all the class topic items to bring, such as materials, examples and handouts. After the class is over I have to tidy all my teaching stuff away and turn it from a classroom back to a studio-workshop… by which time I’m shattered! Anyone that teaches knows the amount of preparation that goes into teaching. Last year, was my first year in my studio and I was doing monthly classes, but I’ve cut it back now to just one weekend in the Spring, Summer and Autumn.