Caroline Brogden

Caroline Brogden is a jeweller who takes an experimental approach to her work using both precious metals and waste resin leftover from custom Surfboard manufacture. This waste material is known as Surfite and comes as slabs of bright colours which she then carves by hand. Her Surfite work is now her main body of work as she seeks to explore further ways to carve and use the material to create unique one-off pieces.

Caroline started her journey as jeweller creating simple hollow-formed pieces using different fold-forming techniques. It is a technique that she is still very passionate about today and loves passing these skills on. Using basic tools; wonderfully intricate pieces of work can be created which often mimic forms found in nature.

Charlotte Tollyfield

Charlotte is a Sheffield based silversmith, recently commissioned to produce the 12th edition of the William Hill St. Leger Stakes Trophy for Doncaster Racecourse in 2018. Her work includes silver and copperwork.

Her fascination with geometric shapes and symmetry has been evident throughout her creative career. Drawn by silver’s ability to be manipulated to create soft curves and acute angles; Charlotte’s focus lies with the composition and structure of shape and form, whilst preserving a strong sense of function and purpose. Employing a wide range of techniques in the creation of her work, Charlotte prefers to adapt to the design instead of designing around a specific technique.

Charlotte’s own Christmas decorations play with the perfect symmetry of snowflakes whilst depicting the Twelve Days of Christmas, putting a unique twist on this classic fairy tale. Each decoration depicts one of the twelve gifts, becoming a little work of art in its own right, but only when the whole set is brought together is the full story told.

You do such a grand job – perfect location and set up, always welcoming, inspiring tutors and great food such a great day out thank you Gaynor, Sue and Vanessa

Ella McIntosh

Ella is a traditionally trained Silversmith, studying at Buckinghamshire University, and describes being introduced to Pewter during her second year, as love at first hammer. The love affair has continued for the past 5 years as she now enjoys hammering, soldering and bashing in her studio at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Using techniques which have been passed down through generations of makers, Ella loves the sense of history, of connection with previous makers of years ago. This mix of ‘old’ combined with stripped back, embellishment-free contemporary design is what excites her.

Helen Drye

Helen Drye works in Sterling Silver, Silver Art Clay and glass to make unique jewellery. She loves to explore the range of opportunities for working with silver clay and embedding glass – giving it an unusual depth and perspective. Helen Drye’s works from her studio is in North Yorkshire and she launched her jewellery business after a career in the public sector.

The tutor was fantastic and loved the finished results and the alchemy of making beautiful jewellery!

Jane is an inspirational tutor and I loved my finished articles!

Michelle the tutor was welcoming, friendly and open to further explanation.  I loved the conviviality and my lunch was prepared and I didn’t have to bring a pack up!

Loved the chance to do something completely different, be creative and relax.

Loved learning new jewellery making techniques and sharing ideas with other people, lovely food too!