Well, I’m working away on pieces for A Taste of Summer, measuring up driftwood to turn it into spoon handles and planning jewellery. That all sounds incredibly technical until you come to realise just how I size up my spoons:
Yes, that is a cut up post-it. But it’s also an insight into the creative practice of the working Jeweller. Honest. Anyway, the method works for me. I’ll be silver shopping soon to get production properly under way … in other news. There’s some more Flotsam jewellery being made:
and I’ve had some time to work on some new ideas. I set out to make a brooch today – which ended up as a pendant, thus showing the serendipitous and random nature of the average design process.
Well, the first Centrepiece Open Studios went rather well I thought. There were quite a few sales over the course of the two days and all the designers had a good time getting involved. The Quarter was lovely and busy on what proved to be a gorgeous May Saturday, in part thanks to the 24 Carrots farmers market that really drew in the crowds.
The work of Katherine Campbell -Legg and Alice Gow
We had some super helpful volunteers, giving out maps and pointing the way to our maker’s studios. The Jewellery Quarter is notorious for being something of a warren but our fears about people missing our studios and wandering for hours seemed to be unfounded!
Customers at Anna De Ville and Michele White's Studio
I was surprised by just how many people were interested in watching jewellery being made. I forget that something which is my career is so alien to other people who might never have seen small scale manufacturing in action before. It was nice to talk people through the processed we used and give them an insight into what inspired the work they were looking at – and buying.
The Jewellers of Centrepiece are hosting a very exciting event in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter next weekend. Come along, check out our workshops and purchase something truly unique from the hands of the designer who made it!
Friday 14th May 3pm – 5pm
Saturday 15th 10am – 4.30 pm
(Maps are available from the Tourist Infomation Centre on Vyse Street, from our Street Team on the day or to download, here: http://beccawilliams.co.uk/exhibitonsandevents.aspx )