Now that all the summer and autumn Open Studios events around Birmingham have successfully come to an end, its time for us to begin telling you our story and inviting you to “come see what we do”.
The 23rd and 24th November will see over 15 makers open their studio and workshop doors to show you that here in the Jewellery Quarter we continue to uphold the makers traditions that have led to this special part of Birmingham being at the centre of Jewellery making, manufacturing and education for over 200 years. Whilst the jewellery trade is still strong we also have many skilled craftspeople building the community with textiles, leather, fabrication, ceramics and more.
Alongside established Jewellery Quarter Open Studios members we also have a good selection of new makers for you to visit. It’s really exciting to welcome Charlotte Lowe (pictured) who celebrate their 10th year in the trade this year alongside Spearworks Jewellery who shares the space. Brand new to the Jewellery Quarter is The Little Workshop who will be setting up both their website (to follow) and workshop ready for the event.
Collaboration and support go hand in hand in this part of the city and you will find many makers sharing their spaces to spread the community that little bit further (also it is quite cold at this time of year!). Holly O’Meara from CraftyBun Studios will be setting up to demonstrate all things print at No.Peg.Studio a new workshopping space. Artisan Alchemy supports makers with workbenches and studios and two makers will be exhibiting their work here Dovile Jewellery and Elizabeth Ann Norris they both have fascinating stories to tell about their work and their Craft careers. Katherine Campbell Legge , a founding member of Centrepiece which has helped many jewellers and designer makers over the years, will be exhibiting her own work in her traditional jewellers workshop. Also in a traditional space Rhiannon Lewis will be joining us again.
Using our hands to tell a story is something we do a lot being skilled artisans, see how this translates into products at Pavlov Ceramics and Dual Works and how these skills can be shared in community projects with Tina Francis Tapestry and B18 Leather. B18 leather will also host Solv and Kopper and you will be able to hear about Hockley Made a young people into employment initiative.
New to the Summer Open Studios Odox have continued to host fantastic exhibitions the latest is collaboration between Zoe Robertson and Rebecca Coley called JIMS (jewellery in my space). We have Jewellery in all spaces here in the jewellery due in no small way to The School of Jewellery being at our heart, they will be running their biannual open day on 23rd November so you can visit the biggest open studio of them all!
Phew! Be sure to watch the website and blog over the coming weeks to get to really know our designers, makers and creators.