Silver Jewellery workshop: a 2-day 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Penrith and Ullswater
Create your own beautiful jewellery with Sterling Silver, Pearls and Semi-Precious Stones On this popular 2-day workshop you will use a variety of equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. Melinda brings all the tools and equipment essential for any proper silver jewellery course. Once people become familiar with the tools the designs start flowing. Your design will be unique; you will learn cutting, forming, doming, soldering, texturing and polishing.You can work at your own pace and make the most your workshop time. All photos are student pieces from our Greystoke workshop. Melinda trained for 4 years to acquire a BA Hons in Jewellery at Middlesex University plus a 2 year Diamond Mounting course at London Met. She previously exhibited at The Goldsmiths’ fair and won 'Student Designer of the Year' at the British Jewellery Association Awards. She was awarded a 1st place by Goldsmiths Craft Council design award. Her beautiful bespoke contemporary designs use all the traditional jewellery making techniques and her website is testament to the quality and calibre of her work. We spent the time during lock down upgrading a first floor barn and our very spacious ‘Swallow Barn’ is now up and running! The new Quirky Workshop studio allows plenty of distancing for up to 10 people using 8 separate tables, two hand washing stations, a one way system, 2 stairways, sanitising and a large screen on which to project the live stream of tutor’s detailed work, allowing students to stay at their desks for all the previous ‘gather round’ moments. • We have a camera in place that films the tutor demonstrations close up, allowing a projected live feed to a large screen at the front of the room. This means all previous ‘gather round moments’ have been replaced with students remaining safely at their desks watching from afar. • Sanitising procedures for ‘shared use’ tools will be in place. Many tutors will provide sets of tools for each student. About the Swallow Barn: “I’ve been thinking about last week’s workshop session. I am SO impressed with the loveliness of the Swallow barn. In the midst of this COVID world of chaos and uncertainty, it’s such a calm, safe space and I’m sure that everyone who visits will agree. I also appreciate the abundance of extra safety/hygiene measures that you’ve put in place. It works so well. Also, as Gwen mentioned, the extra space and its layout has made for a more social environment - it’s easier to chat and to look at what others are doing. I’m so glad I came, I feel uplifted, somewhat healed and much more positive as a result. Oh... and the salad lunch was just wonderful! “ “Attended an art class with artist Margaret 23 August and was extremely impressed with the tuition and the venue. All possible precautions were taken to maintain social distances and enable personal sanitization. The Swallow barn was a fantastic place to paint, light, airy and very peaceful, all mod cons were set up to show tuition and display our work on a screen. The lunch food was homemade, three types of soup, hunks of bread and two pudding choices. I couldn’t fault any of the day and look forward to going back if any more art courses are run. Well done all’ We look forward to welcoming you here in Cumbria and the Lake District. Since 2005, ‘Quirky Workshops’ in Greystoke has been offering an eclectic and unrivalled range of arts, crafts and heritage skills courses. We now run over 140 ‘Quirky Workshops’ each year from our pretty 17thC farmhouse on the fringes of the beautiful Lake District and Eden Valley in Cumbria. In July 2020 we opened a lovely new, listed & spacious 'Covid-secure' teaching studio - the 'Swallow Barn', which now enjoys consistently excellent feedback; please see below for all details. Our new programme for each year is sent out at the end of October, by email, directly to those on our database. Please contact us directly if you wish to join this list in order to have early sight of next year’s programme.
What's included in the price?
Welcome drinks: fresh coffee & home-made biscuits; a home made lunch taken at your desks or outside on the Tea Lawn if it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam). Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District. We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005, from what was the original C2C Greystoke Cycle Café situated on the northern fringes of the Lake District. It was with great sadness that the Cycle Café was closed to the public in 2018; we since have become ‘Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns’. All our tutors are carefully hand selected professional experts and many are considered as leaders in their field.
2 days (10:00am to 4:30pm)
Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts
with Craft Courses since 2013Message the tutor
Situated in a tranquil location on the edge of the Lake District, we've offered an Quirky range of workshops since 2005, In 2020 we renovated a listed hayloft to create 'Swallow Barn' - now a Covid safe & spacious, first floor studio with screens/ cameras for tutor demos and many well spaced single desks. We have several garden teaching spaces too. Lunch (included) can be taken outside on the Tea Lawn in warmer months and teas/coffees is served at your desk. Our days are considered real treats.
- Suitable for beginners
- Parking provided
- Suitable for all abilities
- UK Holiday
- Accommodation offered
- Daytime (weekdays)
- Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
- Hen dos
- Mother's Day
- Intermediate level