Jolene gave us a warm welcome to her lovely studio from the very start. Going in as a complete beginner I found learning the skills fascinating. Jolene demonstrated everything very clearly and supported us through the process of making 2 copper and 1 silver bangle, giving guidance as needed.
Jolene is so positive, encouraging and fun so we laughed our way through the day as well. And yes her chocolate brownies are every bit as good as people say!!
I would highly recommend Jolene’s courses and am certainly considering returning for another. Thank you Jolene for a lovely day 😄
Response from Jolene Smith:I really enjoyed the day and thank you for a lovely day x
Amazing day, 🤩
Definitely worth doing, Jolene has a wealth of knowledge, but makes it so easy to understand what you are achieving, in an extremely friendly atmosphere, we had two copper and one silver wire to work with, and she is there to guide you every step of the way, yet letting your own creativity produce the final product.
This is a must do course for anyone!!!!
Not least because of the yummy homemade brownies 😋😋
Superb ! My sisters and I had a fabulous day together creating special memories and sentimental pieces of jewellery. Jolene has an inspiring work space which is buzzing with creativity. She demonstrated and explained each step clearly and then guided us through the process when we made our pieces. My children love the very personal pendants I made them which when re-assembled create the three pieces of a heart.
Thanks for a great day Jolene, we loved every moment - it was food for the soul!
I will be recommending to friends to enjoy this experience.
Response from Jolene Smith:So lovely to meet you I had a great day too love how you all worked together x
Three sisters had the most fabulous day which flew by too fast. Jolene was so accommodating and welcoming. The workshop is an Aladdin's cave of treasures with plenty of inspiration and Jolene was a fabulous teacher, host and guide. Wholeheartedly recommend this course and know that any course with Jo would be very fulfilling. I'll certainly be buying friends gift vouchers for this in the future. Thank you for an awesome introduction to silver jewellery making! xx
A fantastic day of learning and fun with a wonderful teacher.
Never thought I could do this but Jolene makes it so easy with her step by step directions. She made us all feel at ease during these uncertain times of Covid.
Response from Jolene Smith:Thank you x
I was bought a voucher for my birthday by two friends to attend this course which we did yesterday. What an enjoyable time we had with Jolene. She was very informative extremely patient and helpful in a very relaxed informal atmosphere. We all managed to produce a pendant and earrings which amazingly look great. For a complete novice I would recommend this course it gives you a great sense of satisfaction and achievement whilst having fun at the same time. Thank you again Jolene. Best wishes Clare Julie and Sharon.
What a great day! Jolene is a great teacher of huge experience. My partner bought me a voucher, and Jolene was very helpful when booking. I was with a couple of others and made a fibula-type brooch and complex ring and she was there to help, advising, never taking over. Couldn't recommend her cosy studio more! X
Had a fantastic day with Jolene. I bought this course for my mum and me as a Christmas present and we made a bangle each and a shawl pin. It was a lovely day with only 3 people in the group. Lots of flexibility as to what you could do and a range of techniques covered at the level needed to make your preferred piece. Many thanks for a great experience.
My husband Phil and I wanted a weekend workshop to build on skills we had earlier acquired on a course closer to home. I searched the country for a silversmith with the skills, sympathetic aesthetic and flexibility to work with our requirements. Jolene was so helpful and accommodating. It was simply a joy to work with her for the weekend. Her studio is a warm and welcoming cornucopia of curiosities, filled with found objects, art and her own fabulous pieces. It's a very inspiring space. With her considerable knowledge and experience, Jolene was able to guide us to successful completion of our projects. Her restraint meant that we can fully own the finished pieces - the mark of a very good teacher. So glad we made the journey all the way from Suffolk to work with her.
Whilst on maternity I feel that I have fallen out of touch creatively, so what an absolutely fantastic gift this was to receive! I'm a complete beginner at jewellery making, yet after this 1:1 workshop with the inspiring Jolene, I am now searching through the internet looking for second hand equipment so that I can set up a bench at home!
Jolene's workshop itself is charmingly quaint, dusted with treasures from all over; you find that you're inspired before you even sit down with your first cuppa and biscuit. Throughout the day Jolene filled me with confidence, teaching me different processes and techniques. I especially enjoyed hammering to create texture, and having a go at soldering. You initially work with copper and then move on to using silver once you feel content with using the varied tools. The workshop moves at a pace that you are comfortable with. I created a gorgeous baby bangle for my daughter, and then a bangle for myself. With any other the left over materials we made stacking rings, for myself, which I am yet to take off!
Thank you very much Jolene. It was great to spend the day with a like-minded lady, who's passion and talent has inspired me. Take care, Charlie & Bonnie.
What a fantastic experience and great fun to share with my daughter.
The quirky, homely and relaxing studio set the scene and Jolene was so knowledgeable and calm it made the whole experience quite therapeutic and very enjoyable for us both.
Jolene inspires you with confidence from the start and at the end of the day we both had three lovely pieces to be proud of and take home and show to family and friends.
It’s a wonderful gift to give someone of all ages and an ideal excuse for family and friends to get together and do something different. Without doubt we will be going back (we haven’t stopped talking about it since) And as a bonus Jolene makes lovely coffee the best banana bread ever tasted!
Thank you so much for a wonderful and memorable day. See you again soon!
An all girls family day activity.
We had a lovely day at Jolene's, for my part for the first time and as a « non manual » person it was a real hands on experience and I made a fabulous copper and silver bangle! Jolene made us feel at home and relaxed, no pressure so we learnt a lot and enjoyed every minute ! Can thoroughly recommend 100 %
I have been to a few of Jolene’s workshops and love them all.
This time I took my family who were visiting from France.
They were not initially keen as they are not practical but were hooked immediately!
Jolene makes it so easy to do.
We had a fabulous day and all ended up with some beautiful jewellery!
Handmade by ourselves !!
I would recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to have a great day with family or friends.
We spent a fabulous day yesterday at Jolene's workshop. Neither myself, my daughter or my mother had any experience of jewellery making and each came home with a beautiful piece of jewellery to wear.
Jolene is a patient and enthusiastic tutor. Her workshop is cosy and welcoming and full of interesting pieces to give you inspiration to be creative.
I would thoroughly recommend it. I'm ready to book in for my next workshop......earrings next time, I think.
Came for my 21st birthday present. With my mum. Had a really lovely day. Jolene was so welcoming and accommodating, she even made us brownies which were so lovely and really made it special. The place is so cute and quirky. I made a necklace with my name on it and Jolene explained how to do it very well, as well as giving us a practice which was so useful and confidence building. She then suggested my mum wrote the name stencil so it was more sentimental and this was a lovely thought. I’m so pleased with the outcome and Jolene is a lovely lady. Great idea for a special occasion. Thank you x
Great day bangle making. Smiled all the way home. Amazing, relaxing studio, a cabinet of curiosities in which to eat cake, be inspired by lots of examples and give it a go. Jolene was great tutor, a lot to take in but all made sense as you start your own project. Really pleased with my 3 bangles. Relaxed, chatty and great balance of help but also letting you develop your own skills. 15 mins easy walk from Walsall station. Thanks for a great day, already told 3 friends about it and sent photos before I got back!