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Learner sells her Jewellery creations!

Learner sells her Jewellery creations!

Jan 8, 2015

Silversmithing is thriving at Bensham Grove. Tutor Imogen Waitt is delivering courses ranging from complete beginner through to Advanced level.

Learners on the course are currently completing a project using the ancient art of chasing and repoussé to create fingerplates and other items in gilding metal.

Learner designs have been inspired by the Arts and Craft movement. This work will feature permanently in Bensham Grove House.


Claire Chapman’s story

Silversmithing 1Claire Chapman enrolled on her NCFE L1 Silversmithing course in September 2013. Claire had no previous experience but her technical and design ability increased rapidly. With her husband’s help they created a small workshop at home and invested in some tools and equipment.

Selling Jewellery

Claire plucked up her courage and approached The North East Art Collective. Claire’s jewellery is now being sold in their Newcastle shop.

Here is Claire’s experience in her own words:

“The Silversmithing course was something I had been interested in doing for a long time. However work commitments prevented me from being able to follow this up. I was delighted when my situation changed and I was able to access the course. From the beginning I felt that the tutor’s style suited me. We were able to carry out practical exercises right at  the beginning following her tutorials. Within a week or two I was totally hooked and wanted to explore further design and fabrication techniques.

Imogen supported this, encouraging me each week to push myself further. Imogen provided me with extension activities to allow me to develop my skills. After a while I set up the workshop at home and started to buy tools and equipment I was able to practice even more.

Imogen provided advice and guidance throughout, responding to emails in the evening and at weekends. This was very much appreciated.

“Imogen encouraged me each week to push myself. She provided me with extension activities to allow me to develop my skills”

Family and friends began asking me to make pieces for them and this encouraged me to approach the “North East Art Collective”. They agreed to take twelve pieces of jewellery to display and sell in their Gallery in Newcastle.

As my learning continues I would like to progress to levels 2 and 3 and perhaps explore more retail opportunities; especially as tools, equipment and materials can be expensive. I would also like to apply for my sponsors mark at one of the Assay offices.”

In response to learner requests, Bensham Grove will now be launching a NCFE 3 level Silversmithing course.

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