Jewellery making workshops with designer and maker Michelle Johnson.

Its almost a year since I returned to Newcastle and I have thoroughly enjoyed designing, creating, selling and teaching jewellery making from my wonderful studio in The Biscuit Factory in the very arty heart of Newcastle's Ousburn.

The Biscuit Factory has a wonderful cafe, serving really excellent food for lunch, there are also other good cafe's in the area to refuel before or after creating your own beautiful piece of silver jewellery. I serve tea (some fancy!) coffee, tea and biscuits throughout your workshop.

My workshops are small and accomodate four people, so lots of individual attention!

Fun and and inspirational workshops for individuals, groups of friends, family, couples, hen and birthday parties.

Give a jewellery making experience as a gift, gift certificates available, just contact me. If you have received a gift certificate please contact me.

A very special workshop for couples, make your own or each others wedding rings, contact me to arrange a date to suit. This one day workshop costs £200 per couple, materials are extra, a silver wedding ring workshops is £170, materials included, visit me for a free consultation.

If two or more people would like to make a piece of jewellery I will hold a half day, full day, or evening workshop just for them on a day/evening that suits, just contact me to discuss what you would like to make.
Cost is £30.00 - £60.00 per person, materials are extra

One to one workshops, contact me to discuss what you would like to make, we can arrange a day to suit you.
Cost £50.00 for half a day, 10am - 1pm.  £100.00 for a full day, 10am - 4pm. Or to suit you, evenings are possible.


Winter/Spring 2017


Half Day Taster Class, Sunday February 12th 11am - 1.30pm FULL, 2 New dates, Sunday March 12th 11am - 1.30pm and Saturday March 25th 10am - 12.30pm. Not sure if jewellery making is for you?? Come along to a silver taster class! In a half day class we will make beautiful simple silver rings, a number of skills will be experienced in this wee class - piercing (sawing), filing, sanding, texturing, soldering and polishing. This class will give you a good idea of what is involved and what you can accomplish in a longer class, and you will have your own beautiful handmade ring to take home with you.
Cost is £30.00, materials included.

Silver Earrings Workshop.One day workshop. Sunday February 19th, 10am - 4pm, make beautiful silver earrings, these can be big and dramatic or small and delicate, dangles or studs, add gold, brass and/or copper, hang sparking stones from them if you so desire!
Cost is £60.00, materials are extra.

Make what you want in 5 consecutive evenings. Thursday February 23rd 6.30pm - 9pm Last class Thursday March 23rd
We will spend the first evening experimenting with copper, learning how to pierce (saw), texture and from, this will give you confidence in working with metal and inspire designs for the next class when we will begin to work in silver. Previous students have created beautiful pendants, earrings, charms, bangles, rings, set stones and wire wrapped silver and gemstone bracelets
Cost is £100.00, materials are extra

Meditation/Spinner Rings.Pictured on the right. Sunday March 5th, 10am - 4pm. These rings are a big favourite of mine, and a very popular class, come along and make a chunky statement ring flared to hold one or more satellite rings which move freely around, they can be made from another metal for contrast. These rings have so many variations, they can be textured with hammers and punches, they do not have to be so wide if you prefer something more delicate. We will cover a number of skills, piercing (sawing) soldering, texturing, forming, polishing.
Cost is £70.00, materials are included in this price.

 Beautiful Bangles  CANCELLED ! Sunday March 19th, 10am - 4pm.  A one day workshop. A big favourite, make silver bangles, can mix them with copper and brass for a multi coloured look, texture them, make charms to jangle around them, personalise your bangles with names, dates or special words, the choice is yours!
Cost is £60.00, materials are extra.

Mothers Day Jewellery Making Treat!  A New Workshop just for Mothers Day! A Half Day Workshop, Sunday March 26th 10.30am - 1.30pm. What a nice way to spend Mothers Day! We will make simple textured bangles or rings. Skills covered will be piercing, texturing, sizing, forming and polishing, you can then finish it off very nicely with a superb lunch in The Biscuit Factory.
Cost is £30.00, materials are extra.

 Silver Stacking Rings Sunday April 23rd, 10am - 2.00pm Boosted by the every popular taster class this is an extended version to allow you to make more rings to stack together, all different, texture, personalise, add embellishments, you will learn how to size a ring to fit perfectly, solder, texture and polish.... See photos for inspiration, on the right of this page at the bottom.
Cost is £45.00, materials are included.

 Wrap Around Rings  One day workshop. Sunday May 14th 10am - 4pm.No solder rings! These rings can be as chunky or as fine and delicate as you want. We will texture these rings using a jewellers rolling mill, stamps and traditional hammering techniques. Gold, brass and copper can be soldered on if you want to go for the fire experience!
Cost is £60.00, materials are extra.

To give you an idea of material cost the silver needed to make the wrap around ring will cost approx £9.00.

I will have my new Spring/Summer 2017 schedule online for the beginning of May, please check back.

Places are always limited and in demand, please contact me to check availability and book a place.

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