What’s New in Jan’s Jewellery World
To stay in touch with my past and present students during lockdown I have created a Facebook page called Jewellery News. It has been a learning curve and great fun filming tutorials to go on this page. It is a safe place to go to for advice and sharing. It’s super to see what people are making in lockdown, answering questions and getting good tips.
Due to Covid-19 classes and exhibitions have been cancelled. To see all updates on these cancellations look at my classes and exhibitions pages. This is a changing situation and will be amended as guidance is given.
Writing a Book
Thanks to technology things are still moving forwards with our book and it now has the new cover with examples of pieces that we show you how to make in the book. The book leads you through a tried and tested series of structured projects with a finished piece of jewellery at the end of each one. Due to the virus the publication date for the book is now the end of November 2020.
The book is not only for beginners but for those already making jewellery who want to understand more the core skills and techniques used in making jewellery.
The projects are designed to be followed in succession, each one building on and adding to the skills learned previously. Whenever a new skill is introduced there is a Method Box
• Method Boxes go in depth about the new skill being introduced at that time. They are there to come back to once you have completed all the projects and start making your own designs.
• Handy Hints are additional to the Method Boxes and are the tricks and tips we have learned over the years and are keen to share.
• Troubleshooting solutions are included just in case things go wrong.
At the end of each project, there are suggested designs for you to make using the techniques you have mastered so far. We even include some pieces you can make from your silver scrap. (There will be some, however carefully you plan and buy)
A PRACTICAL APPROACH:
Before we introduce the projects, we give advice on buying the tools and materials you will need, as well as information to help you set up your own work station.
Our aim has not been to cover every possible technique in jewellery making. Instead we focus on the core jewellery making skills, going in depth to help you understand them better and enjoy them more. We also show you several ways of doing the same thing such as ring sizing. The right method is the one that works for you.
Finally, the last chapter on moving forward is to inspire you to start designing your own pieces.
MAKING A LASTING IMPACT:
Wherever you are on your journey into silver jewellery making, this book will be a resource you can keep returning to for guidance and advice. We hope the fundamental skills and confidence this book will give you will lead you to enjoy jewellery making as much as we do.
On Show in the USA
My work is now part of the permanent collection of contemporary jewellery at
the Dallas Museum of Art
Electrum Gallery was a trail blazing gallery for
jewellery residing in
South Molton Street in London and run by jeweller Barbara Cartlidge.
The gallery has since closed and there is now a book written about her
and her jewellery world; she made a significant contribution to the
field of contemporary jewellery.
Whilst I exhibited at Electrum Gallery my work started to be collected
by Inge Asenbaum who ran the respected Galerie Am Graben in Vienna. I
recently found out that this collection has been gifted to the
Dallas Museum of Art and is now part of the permanent collection of
jewellery there demonstrating the museum’s commitment to the field of
contemporary jewellery. I am delighted to have two pieces in this
permanent collection .
I was tracked down as the maker of these two pieces because of
the hallmark on them. It was initially Sheffield Assay Office where I
am registered that first got in touch with me to confirm I was the maker
of these two pieces through the maker’s mark that is stamped on them as
part of the hallmark.
I was lucky enough to be included in Berkshire Life’s September edition in an article entitled Rising Stars. This was about a selection of jewellers working in Berkshire. I particularly loved being a ‘rising star’ after over 40 years in the business.
Lots of pieces were made as well as students enjoying the box making project. Here are a few pictures of work students have produced through autumn.
One day Classes
I taught some one day silver jewellery classes and a metal clay day and Di taught a beading day. One of the silver jewellery days was added fun as there were 3 mum and daughter couples taking part. They had all booked on the same one day by chance. Here’s pictures of work made, one example from each day.
Opals seem to be a theme and here’s another pendant I designed and made for a customer. The customer provided the opals, just look at the original packaging they came in.
To round off
It is such a joy to see what my students achieve I am so lucky to be able to teach them and I am looking forward to more of this in 2020. I’m also looking forward to making new pieces and wish you all enjoyment in making and learning in 2020.