Shine bright like a diamond

Thanks to everyone who visited us yesterday. We are up and raring to go this morning from 11am. There’s lots of sparkling highlights so get yourself a cup of tea and plan your day.

Arriving by train or tram? Then your first port of call is Rhiannon Lewis Jewellery at venue number 11. Up the stairs above RJs hairdressers. Move on next to Venue 12 The Little Workshop and Venue 13 B18 Leather for some unique handcrafted wares. Move on to venue 10 Katherine Campbell Legg to see a traditional jewellers workshop.

Our next cluster of venues begins just up from the Clock, Venue 7 sees work from Charlotte Lowe and Spearworks Jewellery, the entrance is on Vittoria Street, over the road is The School of Jewellery having its student Open Day. First left down Vittoria Street will see you arrive at venue 8 Tina Francis Tapestry.

Continuing down Regent Place brings you to Caroline Street where you can see contemporary jewellery and sculpture at venue 2 With Anna Lorenz and venue 1 holds beautiful organic jewellery with Dovile and EAN Jewellery. Dual Works on Kenyon Street is next with their great show room.

A short 4 minute walk takes you to Odox gallery venue number 5 where you can see artists and exhibitions, finally back over the road to learn about ceramics with Pavlov Ceramics at venue 6.

Get your steps in and enjoy your Sunday. There is a downloadable map on this site and paper copies at all venues.

Be great to see you!

Ready and waiting

We’ve tidied our workshops, we’ve got the kettle on, we’ve made all the stock, we’re ready for you!!!

There’s designer makers from many different trades. Qualified gemologists, experts in Keum Boo, a publishing press, a potter, fabricators, textile artists and much more.

Come see what we do, the map is downloadable plus there are some at each venue.
Most venues are open on 23 and 24 with the exception of Crafty Bun Studio Venue 3 – Saturday only and Venue 14 School of Jewellery St Paul’s Square – Sunday only

See you soon

Fired Earth

So we are at the last of our maker introductions for this winter Jewellery Quarter Open Studios. Over the next three days we will be plotting routes for your visit but today let’s turn our minds to the cathartic qualities of clay.

Pavlov Ceramics quietly sits at the entrance to Warstone Lane on Hill Street. After climbing a steep set of stairs you will be welcomed into an oasis of calm where glazes bring clay to life. The work here celebrates the materiality of clay through colour and texture in functional pieces made to be enjoyed daily.

You can buy these pieces or make your own on one of the courses run from this fantastic workshop. Whilst the work has a minimal quality the pieces you make or buy from this studio will have a maximal impact of your day to day life.

The workshop is open on 23 and 24 November.

Lost Texture

Makers of deconstructed jewellery. Martina is a designer maker behind SolvandKopper. After years of exploring various methods in jewellery making Martina is focussing on creating unique edgy silver pieces using the lost wax method. Find out about this technique and the fantastic effects it can make when you visit on 23/24 November.

Silver is the perfect metal for this technique as the textures added give the pieces an organic look against the Shiney surface. The latest earring collection is both wearable and different providing an interesting addition to your Jewellery wardrobe.

Popping up at B18 Leather because we believe that Craft Builds Community.

Collage City

Currently gracing billboards around the City and beyond the collage of work of Gibson Graphics is bringing a stylish campaign to the ever glamorous Mailbox this season. Whilst the images are large if you look closely you will see that each piece of the collage is carefully researched and even more carefully placed to create a stunning visual.

Considered research is key to the creation of the exciting collage work that has been exhibited around the country this year. Balance and humour also play a part.

Its not all about large scale though, the original collages are meticulously cut by hand and then digitally manipulated or left as the original. A member of the exclusive Collage Club you can see regular work from Barabara Gibson-Kochanek confined by the boundaries of the remit but never ever staying within the lines.

Come along to Tina Francis Tapestry (venue 8) on 23/24 November to see some of the latest collage prints and to discuss a commission you may have in mind.

Skirting the edge

Odox provide affordable studio spaces, supporting the development of emerging and more established practitioners.
“Within our welcoming community, we promote diverse, ambitious and cross-disciplinary practice, focused on contemporary art and design.”

Alongside the studios, they offer workshops, connect artists with local businesses, hold events, talks and exhibitions, and contribute to the growing contemporary art scene in Birmingham. 

With so much going on it’s great to see them working with Zoe Robertson from Dual Works on their latest exhibition, Jims is a site specific installation has been created to engage audiences by offering an immersive experience which has been designed to enable participants to physically interact with and “wear” the space.

You need to book ahead for Jims are there is a 4 person maximum timed entry here’s the link but you can visit the rest of gallery without booking.

open 23/24 November the gallery is just 4 minutes away from Dual Works and Pavlov Ceramics

Aiming High

Mountains, skiing and tradition are some of the influences used by The Little Workshop to create affordable silver jewellery.

“In the early morning before the sun has had a chance to rise above the beautiful peaks, the snow has this glistening, shimmering light that is crisp and sparkly.” The textured pendants in the collection perfectly reflect this special light.

Handmade, using traditional jewellery techniques and tools, passed down from generation to generation whilst The Little Workshopp is one of the newest members of the Jewellery Quarter Open Studios family they are certainly already telling the story of their art.

A love of the the mountains is also reflected in the studio location which is on the top floor, be prepared for steep stairs but just like climbing up a snowy peak once you get there the view is fabulous.

Open 23/24 November 11-16

Resident Gems

Its been a busy year for Rhiannon Lewis who has completed a masters in business at BCU alongside running her jewellery practice.

Rhiannon designs and hand makes all of her jewellery from her own studio and workshop. Working predominantly in gold and silver, Rhiannon uses bold recurring forms of arcs, curves and teardrop shapes, creating striking and elegant jewellery. A qualified gemmologist Rhiannon incorporates the highest quality gemstones in her jewellery, using various cuts to reflect the graphic lines featured in her designs. Each piece is made to the highest standard with the precious metals treated to a matte surface finish.

Rhiannon is currently artist in residence at The School of Jewellery based at Birmingham Assay Office bringing her skills and knowledge to the students based there alongside continuing her practice.

Visit Rhiannon on 23/24 November to see her latest collections, talk gems or commission a piece of fine jewellery with considered stones.

One ring to rule them all

Whilst many designer makers work alone in their workshops the way they were trained is quite different. The School of Jewellery has been training jewellers since 1890. Originally set up by the trade itself to create additional training it has remained on the same site in Vittoria Street since then. But if you look closely at the map you will see that this time for Jewellery Quarter Open Studio there are two sites. Yes “the school” as we know it around here is now in two buildings in the Jewellery Quarter.

The School of Jewellery is part of Birmingham City University and they have an open day in 24th November this ties in well with Jewellery Quarter Open Studios (we planned it!). On 24th at the new St Paul’s site you will be able to learn about the postgraduate offer whilst being part of their opening ceremony. Open from 11am there will be speeches at 3pm and an official opening event. It’s really an exciting time to see the school expand and to hear first hand about their ambitions for the future.

The original site in Vittoria Street with its traditional Birmingham red brick facade holds a warren of making spaces. Whether your interests lie in horology, fine jewellery or enamel there is something to view and learn. As well as taking part in the BCU open day on 24th this space will also be open on 23rd with demonstrations, workshops and the chance to see the building from the inside, it’s quite different to what you would expect!!

Many of the designer makers in the Jewellery Quarter started their career at the school so a visit to see the biggest open studio of them all is a must!

Vittoria Street open 23/24 , St Paul’s open 24th only

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