A few weeks ago I actually took a ‘proper’ day off! Those who know me understand that this is quite rare because when you work for yourself it is kind of a 24/7 commitment if you really want it to work….not difficult when you love what you do of course!
So I left Heart Gallery behind and hopped on a train to Manchester to roam around the Northern Quarter on my own. I was supposed to be shopping for a frock or skirt and top combo for my little jaunt to Venice to celebrate a friend’s 60th but I really, really hate clothes shopping!
Anyhow, when I bobbed in to see some of my jewellers in MCDC and book in a new collection for us from the very lovely Amy Wilkinson I heard about MANCHESTER SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY so thought I’d tell you all about it.
Manchester School of Jewellery was founded by North West based jewellers Gemma Scully Charlotte Verity and Kate Wimbush. (all of whom have showcased work with Heart Gallery and are much loved by our customers).
Each jeweller has been formally trained in a variety of jewellery disciplines, and so each brings different specialist knowledge to the School.
The girls now run various courses from their lovely new premises at Sevenoaks Studio, Manchester. The first course they ran here when they opened a few months ago was Make a Sterling Silver Bangle in A Day which covered a multitude of skills; shaping, hammering, texturing and silver soldering.
Students were also taught how to saw, file, shape bangles and finish silver work.
A practice session began by using copper, with demonstrations given for the different skills, followed by time to apply these skills.Once the skills were refined, each person attending made a sterling silver bangle from start to finish, and went home with a new bangle to wear or give as a gift.
For more info on the courses being run this year and to book a place hop over to their website and if you do attend a course with them, have fun and please do mention you read about them here, thank you.
DISCLOSURE: All my blog posts are written from the heart and I do not receive payment or gifts in kind (just thought you ought to know that folks!).