We launched the Jewellery Quarter Festival Guide last night and as Jewellery Quarter Open Studios runs alongside the festival this year we are part of the programme, so be sure to pick up a guide real soon.
JQ Open Studios participants turned up to support the launch and one that has links to many of the workshops that will be opening on 29/30th June, namely The School of Jewellery. Founded in 1890 the red brick façade hides a contemporary world renowned school that provides courses in jewellery design, horology, silversmithing, gemmology and lots more in between. Many of the makers you will encounter over the festival weekend will have started their careers and training right here.
Part of the Faculty of Art, Design and Media at Birmingham City University the skills taught here mean that graduates can go on to work for famous names in the trade or set up on their own and begin to create fantastic collections and inspiring designs.
The School will be open on Saturday 29th June exhibiting alumnis work, running regular demonstrations in their on site workshops and as this is also the date of their Student Open Day they will be welcoming potential students. If a visit to the School inspires you to start your making career or sparks an idea to retrain staff will also be providing information about their night school courses which are run on site.
The Schools Design for Industry course provides practical skills alongside new technologies, at Artfull Expression you will be able to see just how many makers have completed this course and are now successfully working as professional jewellers.
Look out for posters around the school showing the Open Studios that have links either as teaching staff, previous students or current working relationships. A visit to the School is not to be missed !