Workshops in Sydney

3 01 2012

Ooh … just noticed that Square Peg Studio in Sydney has some one-day workshops during January …. check them out here!

These jewellery intensives are in response to many requests from our students and colleagues who want to improve their skills and techniques in a specific area.
One day courses include:

  • Stone Setting – Tension Setting and Tube Setting
  • Intensive Torch- Soldering
  • Intensive Torch- Fusing and Reticulation
  • Chain Making
  • Finding – Or How to Make the Perfect Brooch Back

Personally, the brooch-back one sounds good …

Jewellery workshop

26 12 2011

Some excellent jewellery focussed workshops are being planned for 2012.

This one was on Anna Davern’s blog and information was also sent to me by the coordinator at Fibre Arts Australia.

Now you may not usually consider Fibre Arts to be a jewellery kind of thing – but you’d be wrong on this occasion!!

—- (info from Fibre Arts Australia site) —-

Art Jewellery @ The Winter School

Dates: 30th June – 5th July 2012
Where: Ballarat
Enrolment by: 1st March 2012

Workshop teachers:

BOWMAN Katherine, AUSTRALIA: Wax carving and casting including casting from nature

DAVERN Anna, AUSTRALIA:  Jewellery from sublimation printed metal and plastic

DOREMUS Sarah, USA: Kinetic Jewellery

GUINEY Caz, AUSTRALIA: Location based jewellery making 

HASH Arthur, USA:  Up cycling/ Design challenge

LIMB Ali, AUSTRALIA: Design and make simple contemporary jewellery pieces.  

PFEIFER Hilary, USA:  the playful object | ssǝɔoɹd lnɟʎɐld ǝɥ

SIMON Marjorie, USA: The Essentials of Torch-Fired Enamel

TAVERN Amy, USA: The Whole Jewel


workshop media; from Anna Davern's post; click on image for original source

Sounds a-maz-ing. I just may consider going myself … though you know I’m not so magnificent in workshops … this does sound great though…

RMIT workshop

22 12 2011

Information on an RMIT workshop in February 2012:

“Not knowing, Not wanting, Just playing.”
Transformation from a drawing to a 3-D object with Doris Betz, Germany

workshop media

A 5 day workshop that will give participants the opportunity to work closely with renowned artist Doris Betz.
The outcome of the workshop might be a complete piece of jewellery, or several models as a starting point for further investigations.

3rd – 7th February, 2012
9.30am – 4.30pm
5 sessions by 6 hrs
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

More information here.


5 10 2011

I’ve signed up for the “How to make a Rip-Snorter” (David Bielander) workshop at RMIT at the end of the month.

Strange really – I’m not usually one for workshops. I don’t think, or create, well at all in a ‘group’ environment – my energy is often elsewhere-directed when surrounded by lots of people. Workshops actually usually stifle my creativity.

However I’ve been a bit stuck with my making lately, and I’ve always admired makers who can retain the joy and spontaneity in their making … so the brief for the workshop seemed perfect for me.

Workshop description:
What makes a good jewellery piece?
Why do you want to turn your brainchild into jewellery?
Why do you want people to wear your piece?
When do we think, when do we make?
How authentic is your work?
This is a workshop about mastering the process between the spark of an idea to a convincing piece, without losing the fun, flow, the lightness and spontaneity on the path. The source of the spark will be the departure point of the investigation.

It is also super in that while it’s a five-day workshop I only need to take two days off work, as it’s being run Friday-Tuesday over a weekend and the Melbourne Cup Tuesday public holiday. How great is that!

workshop media; click on image for original source

I wonder what will come of it.
I wonder what my experience will be.
I’m willing to risk it, experiment and see.

Update (24th October): unfortunately I’m no longer going to this workshop … had a bit of an over-scheduling issue and something had to give … you know how it can happen …