Alison Flanders has over 30 years’ experience designing and hand-crafting jewellery in gold and silver. She graduated from Middlesex University in 1976 with a BA Hons degree in silversmithing and design. Alison moved to the States and for many years ran a jewellery business in addition to teaching in colleges of art in New York City, including the prestigious Parsons New School for Design and the 92nd St Y. Now back in London she works and teaches in her studio in Cockpit Arts in central London.
"I took part in Alison's Silver jewellery for beginners - 2 day weekend workshop. This was an absolutely fantastic course and I learnt an enormous amount from Alison and her many years of experience in the industry.
Upon arrival Alison welcomed me to the centre and her studio then we discussed my aspirations for the two days. I was introduced to tools and techniques as well as the materials we'd be working with.
I started on a practice ring to begin with where Alison demonstrated the technique and I copied under her guidance. Completing the practice ring we then went on to develop some more complex pieces with gemstone bezels, one of these I'd go on to present to my partner as a promise ring (which she loved).
The whole two days went very quickly as it was busy but extremely enjoyable informative. I think this course would be perfect for anyone who wants a really good through introduction to the world of silversmithing, or alternatively, anyone who is interested in doing some crafting and wants to learn from an experienced tutor in a relaxed and well setup studio."
Alison Flanders Studio responded:
" It was a delight to have you attend the workshop. I'm so happy you enjoyed it.
I hope it inspires you to go on to other projects in the future.