Two local business women and keen silversmiths have joined forces to open a new jewellery making facility at White Cross Industrial Estate in Lancaster.
The Jewellery Maker runs one-day events, courses and workshops in silver jewellery making, silver clay, beading, casting and stone setting. The courses are targeted to an individual’s particular skills from the beginner right up to the accomplished jewellery maker. The facilities are also available on an hourly basis at drop in workshops, for more experienced silversmiths who no longer need tuition.
The premises include professional work stations equipped with all the tools required to produce beautiful hand made jewellery. Silver, beads, silver clay and stones can be purchased at very competitive prices and are usually bought on a project-by-project basis. There is also a facility for students to display and sell items they have made.
The courses will be taught by Janet Fraser, a jeweller with many years experience. “I have been designing and creating jewellery for over 15 years and I’m really excited about this new venture,” Janet says. “Our aim is to teach the traditional methods of jewellery making using original techniques. We want to provide a friendly meeting place for people to come and unleash their creativity. I’m looking forward to being able to pass on some of my enthusiasm to others and providing a happy and friendly atmosphere to work and learn in.”
The person behind the idea for The Jewellery Maker is Delia Hamer who established a successful local ironing business, Ion, in 2005. She now concentrates all her energies and time to The Jewellery Maker.
“I became interested in silver jewellery making three years ago and joined a friend on the jewellery making class at The Adult College. Her passion for jewellery making grew and she decided to look for premises to set up a business in jewellery industry. She heard that the unit next door to Ion was becoming available because a silversmith was moving out so I approached Janet and The Jewellery Maker was born. It must be fate!”