Manchester School Of Jewellery

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!
2015-05-14 19.09.51-2So 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!

I did eventually buy a frock! Here I am wearing it in Venice last week.

I did eventually buy a frock! Here I am wearing it in Venice last week (I’m on the left in case you were wondering!).

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.
BannerManchester 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).

Charlotte-1Each jeweller has been formally trained in a variety of jewellery disciplines, and so each brings different specialist knowledge to the  School.
IMG_20150509_130840709_HDRThe girls now run various courses from their lovely new premises at Sevenoaks Studio, Manchester.Sevenoaks 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.
IMG_20150509_130846867_HDRStudents were also taught how to saw, file, shape bangles and finish silver work.
IMG_20150509_144335649_HDRA practice session began by using copper, with demonstrations given for the different skills, followed by time to apply these skills.IMG_20150509_145445928_HDROnce 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.
IMG_20150509_162327182For 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!).



Say HELLO to our lovely new candle range from our trusted and much loved supplier The Fragrance Lounge whom you have all come to love as much as we do:

Provisions groupSix delicious fragrances fill these creamy matte ceramics. Delight your taste buds with these delectable combinations. The Provisons collection has been thoughtfully designed so you can repurpose your container once candle life is over.

PWAX-Provisions-Lemon-PR0801PWAX-Provisions-Caramel-PR0804PWAX-Provisions_Violet-PR0802Lemon Coconut, Salted Caramel, Violet Macaroon – what’s not to love?

PWAX-Provisions_Strawberry_PR0806PWAX-Provisions_Fig-PR0805PWAX-Provisions_DkChoco-PR0803And then there’s strawberry Balsamic, Fig & Olive and Dark Chocolate – dreamy!


  • 8oz Candle
  • Burns for up to 60 hours
  • Upcycle the ceramic pot once the candle life is over
  • Signature soy blended wax is a natural and renewable resource and gives a longer cleaner burn than paraffin candles
  • Hand-poured wax
  • Lead-free cotton wicks
  • Natural fragrance oil


Today’s Sunday Best: Katie Victoria Davies.

24.05.15Katie is a contemporary textile designer, specialising in knitted textiles. She is excited by the creation of fabrics that grow from just a single thread of yarn into a vibrant textured design.
Katie works on a domestic knitting machine to create unique accessories and furnishings, she combines intricate detail with luxury finishing.


INVITE FRONT WEBTHE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS – A solo show with Brighton based printmaker and painter Teresa Winchester.

Teresa WinchesterAs a child Teresa loved to curl up in a chair with a book and read of magical worlds, brave deeds and princesses. The only pastime she enjoyed more was to draw the pictures these stories suggested … and she still loves doing this.

The Unlikely Journey - Teresa Winchester

The Unlikely Journey – Teresa Winchester

Nowadays Teresa is also a storyteller, and stories continue to inspire her work. Some of the images emerge from the well known tales such as the Red Shoes, but others drift into her mind quite unexpectedly, often just when she is falling asleep!

Fear Of Flying - Teresa Winchester

Fear Of Flying – Teresa Winchester

Some images are not about a traditional wonder tale, and she likes to think that the viewer will seek their their own story asking themselves what it’s all about!

My Good Friends - Teresa Winchester

My Good Friends – Teresa Winchester

Alongside this solo show in our Picture Gallery there will be complimentary work in the main gallery by designers/makers new to Heart Gallery as well as exciting new work from some of our old favourites:
Collage 1Here are two little collages of snippets of amazing new work heading our way for THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS.
Collage 2

The brief for these artists was fairytales, woodland inhabitants, folklore, vintage stories, nostalgia and dreams…and they have all come up trumps with the work they have produced for us.

Paisley Bear - Rachel Elliott

Paisley Bear – Rachel Elliott

If we’ve not already grabbed your attention then just listen to this my friends … our launch night on 16th July which begins at 6pm will also feature our very own Hebden Bridge based Ursula Holden-Gill.

Ursula Holden-Gill

Ursula Holden-Gill

Join us for a wonderful evening of family friendly storytelling with nationally acclaimed, Hebden Bridge based, storyteller Ursula Holden-Gill.
Ursula Holden-Gill is an award winning actress but now she has walked into the limelight as a highly gifted storyteller. As well as being an insightful comedienne and a very impertinent musician she has that rare gift of authenticity in her humour.
Ursula banjoOn Thursday 16th July Ursula will bring us a crafted collection of fairy and folktale to reflect the magical element of Teresa’s work, this is certainly a date for your diary you cannot miss. THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS will be a truly magical exhibition not to be missed.

Heart Gallery is open 7 days a week x

Heart Gallery is open 7 days a week x

This exhibition runs from 16th July 2015 until 13th September 2015 … see you there xXx


Meet The Maker – Andrea Eserin

Andrea Eserin - Jeweller

Andrea Eserin – Jeweller

Andrea’s primary interest lies in the design and creation of pieces, which are individual, tactile and unique but also classic and ultimately very wearable.

India Flick rings - Andrea Eserin

India Flick rings – Andrea Eserin

Since graduating from the celebrated Jewellery Degree course at Middlesex University in 1999, extensive travel throughout Central America and South East Asia, as well as a lifelong passion for the natural world, has given Andrea a love for colour and pattern. Andrea translates these aspects into her designs using a combination of unique shapes, pigmented resin, delicate gemstones and gorgeous fabric remnants.

Leela collection - Andrea Eserin

Leela collection – Andrea Eserin

15 years of past experience, whilst working alongside other designers, has given Andrea invaluable technical skills and confidence, which underlie her beautiful designs.

Leela necklace - Andrea Eserin

Leela necklace – Andrea Eserin

Andrea’s designs are vibrant – the use of precious and semi-precious stones as points of detail amidst pigmented resin and precious metals create pieces that are to be lived with and enjoyed.

Andrea Eserin

India collection – Andrea Eserin

Andrea has designed many collections including her eponymous ‘Twist’ rings and her new ’India’ collection, inspired by motifs on traditional Henna tattoos.

9ct rose gold India necklace - Andrea Eserin

9ct rose gold India necklace – Andrea Eserin

Andrea also offers a bespoke service creating one-off pieces for clients including stunning Engagement rings and wedding jewellery and we are proud to be showcasing Andrea’s work with us for the first time in Hebden Bridge.

Lela earrings with amethyst - Andrea Eserin

Lela earrings with amethyst – Andrea Eserin