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jewellery making masterclasses at the British Library

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Wow. It was a great honour to have the opportunity to combine my interest in Anglo Saxon artwork with teaching jewellery making. Taking inspiration from the British Library’s landmark Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition and teaching two masterclasses for the British Library in 2018/2019 followed by further Masterclasses in February 2020 linked to their Anglo-Saxon illustrated manuscripts.

Read my series of blog posts about how I began teaching Anglo-Saxon jewellery making workshops 

bespoke jewellery making classes and workshops

2hr taster workshops or 1-day classes
Small groups (friends, families, work colleagues etc) or 1-1 can book a midweek morning, afternoon or early evening 2hr taster or 1-day jewellery making workshop at my studio March/April and September/October, limited weekend dates available.

NEWSFLASH workshops currently unavailable due to my studio flooding February 2020 and Covid19!

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jewellery making

Creating your own jewellery is a great hobby; enriching, absorbing and de-stressing, plus you get to wear your own customised and individual jewellery!

It’s also:

  • great for personalised presents
  • an ideal hobby to do together with friends or family
  • easy to do anywhere, at home whilst watching television, sitting in the garden or even whilst on holiday
  • cheap, you only need a few basic tools and materials
  • a great way to up-cycle and reuse your unloved or broken jewellery items

I’m passionate about jewellery making and love teaching students how to make their own jewellery, accessories and tiaras.

workshop info

Jewellery making topics include bead stringing, beginners wire skills and masterclasses, also creative wirework hair accessories and tiaras. Each of my bespoke day courses and taster workshops is themed to cover particular skills, designs and materials. They start with easier skills/designs and progress onto further skills/design variations.

beadstringing class examples
some bead stringing class designs

I tailor and adapt my workshops depending on the skill level and progress of each student in the group, everyone benefits from some individual attention and guidance with their jewellery making. My bespoke workshops are suitable for both students with no previous jewellery making experience, as well as intermediate learners, with students able to choose easier or more difficult design variations. 1-1 students are able to book bespoke masterclasses tailored for them and enabling them to develop their skills further.

teaching background

students making jewellery
students at my first bebeady class in 2007

I’m a qualified teacher – initially, I taught design – and have enjoyed sharing my love of beads with my many students over the past 15 years and helping them learn and develop their own jewellery making skills. I taught jewellery making classes in colleges, adult education, galleries, museums, community groups and family workshops.

Some of my teaching highlights have been linking my skills in design and jewellery making with my interest in ancient history and teaching Anglo-Saxon jewellery making workshops for the British Library linked to their Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition, the Royal Armouries Museum Leeds as part of their ‘Warrior Treasure’ exhibition of the Staffordshire Hoard, for the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition at Durham Cathedral, as well as The Forest of Bowland Landscapes workshops and The Harris Museum for the opening of their new gallery.

In 2006 I began organising/teaching my own bebeady jewellery making classes at venues across Lancashire; running my classes at Cedar Farm in Mawdesley, alongside other venues. Since moving into my first studio-workshop in 2014, I’ve gradually cut down my teaching work to enable me to concentrate more on my own jewellery making and glasswork. Different methods of learning are evolving and it became harder to organise the classes and after 10 years, I decided that my Spring 2017 classes were going to be my last organised bebeady classes.

I still continue to teach a few bespoke 1-1 and group workshops/tasters each year.

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