I first met Marie last summer when she came with her sister in law for a private jewellery making lesson to celebrate a birthday. A few months later I took the jewellery school on the road to Romsey to Marie’s house to teach our Beginners Silver Art Clay course.
Here Marie shares her jewellery making so far with us! I have also included some photos of the fantastic designs Marie and her friends created on the day.
Had you done any other jewellery or silversmithing work before you came to us?
I had tried silver clay many years ago and have done three one day silversmithing lessons over the years, so I was not completely new to it (though I didn’t remember much!).
What was the occasion the first time you came to Hampshire School of Jewellery?
I wanted to buy my sister in law a special treat for a landmark birthday and as we both share an interest in jewellery making, I thought going to a lesson together and making something in silver she could keep would be lovely. I searched online and found Laura’s website and booked a lesson for just the two of us.
Marie’s Flower Earrings
What did you make in this lesson?
We both made rings at the lesson. We both came away with very different rings which have been much admired by our friends.
Marie’s Wrap Round Ring
Sue’s Domed Ring
What made you get in touch about hosting a party?
I’m part of a small group of friends who all enjoy crafts of some sort or another. I thought it would be nice to host a silver clay workshop at my house so we could all spend some time together and, as it was in the run up to Christmas, we could make personalised gifts or things for ourselves.
We had a lovely day and Laura was so helpful and patient with us.
Tina’s Star Pendant
What did you enjoy about the party?
Laura made learning about how to use the clay fun and she was very good at handling a group of 8 who were all making different things.
Nothing was too much trouble for her. She brought everything we needed including protective covers for my table and kitchen worktop (where we fired the clay).
It was a lovely way to spend time with friends and make things together.
Elizabeth’s Silver Art Clay Charms
What was your favourite part of the silver clay making?
Learning about the product and how to create different effects.
What did you make on the day?
I made a key ring for my son with his initial imprinted into it. I also made my daughter a pair of earrings from the mould of a button. Oh and earrings for myself!
Would you do another silver clay class?
Yes I would definitely do another class. In fact I have a waiting list of other friends who would like to do it!
What would you say to someone else thinking of hosting a party?
I would say go for it!
Thank you so much Marie for hosting such a fabulous workshop, so many lovely pieces were made on the day I have popped some more photos below.
If you fancy arranging a party with your friends please get in touch. We can accommodate up to 6 people in our studio or can potentially come to you. The main things we need available are a big table for everyone to be able to sit around comfortably and somewhere to be able to fire the clay, perhaps a kitchen worktop. We can bring table coverings, heat protection for the firing station and all the equipment needed.
Silver Art Clay is the perfect introduction and a great way to start jewellery making. If you have already learnt some of the more traditional ways of making jewellery this is a good course to expand your skills further and learn new techniques
To discuss any further please just send me a message via the contact page.
If you fancy joining one of our Beginner Silver Clay classes find out more about the next classes here
Thanks for reading. If you would like to share your jewellery making story please get in touch 🙂