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

Controlled heat

Chloe Minihane Slater of Spearworks Jewellery trained in the UK and Cyprus. Inspired by structure and organic forms co-existing balance.

Her signature reticulation techniques, geometric patterns and pyramid shapes highlight this tipping point in a contemporary fashion. Reticulation in jewellery making is a heat based technique that creates ripples and ridges across the surface of the silver. Working with a flame and a natural material means that sometimes the results can be unpredictable its this knowledge and how to articulate the effects that gives the jewellery its flowing but yet controlled edge.

The addition of exquisite pearls, amethyst and jade creates a full stop in the textured silver landscape. Truly beautiful accessible pieces.

Chloe states that ‘The enjoyment of handmade is one that I always cherish’ and a visit to the studio on 23 and 24th November will provide you with an insight into the techniques she uses and how pattern and shape informs her practice.

The studio is listed as having an address on Warstone Lane but the entrance is on Vittoria Street just up from The School of Jewellery. The workshop will be clearly marked, Spearworks shares the space with Charlotte Lowe who we featured earlier in our blogs.

Do you Keum-boo?

Sometimes less is more, a change in texture, a change in metal can give jewellery a considered effect. The process of Keum-boo (an ancient Korean gilding technique) employed by Katherine Campbell-Legg Does just that.

Considered processes create jewellery that doesn’t shout but almost demands a closer look. Texture and different finishes create further interest. It’s interesting to watch Katherine work as the placement of gold seems to be intuitive gaining the best from the metals.

A founding member of Centrepiece Katherine has helped and supported many designer makers over the years, as well as teaching at The School of Jewellery. During the summer Open Studios event Katherine invited Artists in Residence from the School of Jewellery to exhibit in her traditional jewellery workshop, a great opportunity and very generous to those early career makers.

A great way to see a designer maker who has made a career of process and practice whilst supporting others.

Circling Architecture

JAD Jewellery

After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University, Julia returned to the Midlands to set up her business in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.

Julia hand makes delicate contemporary jewellery, finished to a high quality. Taking Inspiration from the surrounding architecture Julia creates elegant forms by layering curved lines perfect for holding precious gemstones. Julia’s new collection shows varying combinations of circle clusters, set with precious gemstones to inject colour and sparkle in to the jewellery.   We really love the glow that stones give to this new collection.

Julia also offers a bespoke service, working closely with customers to create personal one-off pieces. This is often a special gift for a loved one, engagement rings and bridal jewellery.

As well as opening up her studio for Jewellery Quarter Open Studios Julia will also be exhibiting with Centrepiece at their annual winter show, this year the show takes place in The Rep whilst the Symphony Hall undergoes building work in the foyer.

New collection

Natural Flow

The passing of time and the marks that it makes whether on wood, in a flower bud or on our faces is what informs the practice of Dovilė Jewellery. Celebrating the changes that come only with time be it in seconds, days or years means noticing details that we can often miss.

Using the dark ebony appearance of bog oak and combining this with the golden glow of amber gives each piece a natural flowing conversation. Hard versus soft, dark versus light.

In 2019 Dovilė’s work has been exhibited in China, Lithuania and here in the U.K. its fun to think of these pieces adding to their own timelines as they move around the globe.

A visit to their workshop space at the back of Artisan Alchemy will show the process behind the materials which whilst informed by them needs a skilled artisan to bring them back to life. Also on show will be the new Silver Flow collection that echoes the shapes and forms of the bog oak and somehow “holds the pose“.

Open on 23rd and 24th on Caroline Street




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