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




Forward Together

Dual Works

Dual Works are highly skilled designer makers who have over 50 years of combined expertise across a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They enjoy the making process from the initial idea through to the production and installation of a wide variety of design projects. Their workshop bursts with colour and energy and makes every idea seem possible.

Over the last year they have continued to deliver their “Girls with Power Tools” workshops which provide skills, knowledge and yes power to the participants. It’s this skill sharing that makes working with Dual Works so exciting.

Collaborating with Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and Touch Base Pears this year Dual Works created a fantastic array of articulated pieces that enabled people to make sense of the space around them and communicate. A commission at The Memorial Arboretum sees their work as a back drop to a heartfelt exhibition. They have even found time to create a mobile hair salon! We are just scratching the surface of their output this year so do ask them about commissions whilst you are there.

With lots more on display than we can list in this short introduction, over the Jewellery Quarter Open Studios weekend you will also be able to see Quarter.haus a collection of beautifully handcrafted products for the home, made on site in their workshop. Quality materials, bright colours and attention to detail mean that these pieces fit in any home.

True supporters of the Jewellery Quarter and its many artisans be sure to visit this workshop on Kenyon Street.

Printing the Night Away

Crafty Bun Studio

Whilst studying contemporary fine art at university Holly O’Meara fell in love with print “I love how much texture you can get from different printing techniques and the unpredictable nature of the process that you can never fully control.”

Lino, collographs and wood cuts are where Hollys heart now lies as her practice develops. Nature and animals are a constant inspiration as is the world around her. She has the ability to notice the small details that make up a place, take a look at her prints of Birmingham and Coventry to see if you can recognise them all. Being a photographer and film maker she uses these images as the starting point for her designs.

Popping up at No Peg Studio on Caroline Street Holly will be demonstrating her trade as well as having details about her upcoming courses that take place in and around the Jewellery Quarter. You can also discuss commissions with her pet portraits being a firm favourite.

23rd November only

From the earth

Run by Michele White, Artisan Alchemy Gallery seeks to combine the best in fine furniture and fine jewellery. An antidote to mass production both the furniture and jewellery use elements of the natural world to both enhance and direct.

But why would a jeweller with over thirty years experience in the trade think that furniture would be a good fit for Caroline Street? You need look no further than the Artisan Alchemy logo which is a ginko leaf, chosen by Michele because of her love of trees. There is a synergy between the natural landscape of picture agates and the wood grains in the bespoke furniture on display. An early career as a ceramics teacher also shows its influences in her work. There’s something quite interesting about using materials from the earth on display here.

Michele has played an active part in the Jewellery Quarter community over the years, being part of Centrepiece a jewellery collective formed in 1997 to create opportunities for designer makers in the Jewellery Quarter to showcase their work. A member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists she was also president of the Society for a number of years. The collective side of her nature continues today at Artisan Alchemy in the workshop spaces and shared benches at the back of the gallery which has enabled designer makers to run their own businesses from the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. Current residents Dovile Jewellery and Elizabeth Anne Norris will be opening their workspaces during Jewellery Quarter Open Studios weekend.

Artisan Alchemy will be open on Saturday and Sunday.

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