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Jewellery Making Weekend Workshop

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Key Information:
Class Size: 3 - 10 people
Destination: Ireland  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Decorative arts, Glass, Precious stones  
Season: June - August
Courses Per Year: 2
Course Level: Beginner
Min Price: 130 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 150 Euro (EUR) per person

The jewellery-making weekend workshop, with established West Cork fashion-designer and jeweller Flicky Howe, covers all the basic skills of designing, threading, knotting, fitting crimps and finishing and allows participants to develop and make their own style of work, to take home.

Day 1: Brooch Project (using various materials including ribbon, beads and feathers we create a pretty corsage/brooch suitable for decorating an outfit or fashion accessory such as a bag or hat). The brooch project is a simple exercise in which useful techniques are learned which can be later adapted to millinery projects.

Beading Project (using beautiful glass beads). The beading project applies a simple beading technique which can be used for a multiple of jewellery pieces. For this project we make a glimmering hair slide with a selection of glass beads and findings.

Beaded Ring & Earrings Project. Using the techniques learned in the beading project, participants create a stunning beaded ring and matching earrings.

Tigertail Techniques: Tigertail is a very useful and versatile jewellery making wire which is nylon coated. It can be used for simple bead stringing or with various findings to create "floating" beaded pieces. Using tigertail wire and crimps (small metal beads which can be flattened) participants make a simple necklace, bracelet & earrings set.

Day 2: Day 2 begins with a demonstration on creating simple hair accessories suitable for weddings or other special occasions. Materials are discussed and useful sources for jewellery making supplies are disclosed! And then the real fun begins!

Day 2 of the jewellery making course is all about exploring various materials, ideas and techniques to come up with an individual piece of jewellery. Participants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, to create something to their own specific taste, employing some or all of the techniques learnt on day 1. Participants may make a crazy feather and bead tiara or perhaps a necklace dripping in glass beads. Help is on hand to make sure their individual creation is secure and well finished.

Lunch is provided on both days.

Faculty Information:
This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts.

Other Activities:
The school is located close to Kinsale town, about 15 minutes walk from the harbor. Accommodation is available in the town at various levels of quality and price, and there are several bed and breakfasts mid-way between the town and the pottery.

Facility Information:
The school provides arts and crafts courses for adults and children, specializing in pottery, art, glass fusing and stained glass, and mosaic-making. We run weekly morning and evening classes, weekend breaks, summer schools and tailor-made workshops for corporate groups and private parties. There are two teaching rooms, each of which can accommodate up to 20 people, so a group of 40 can be booked.

We can accommodate up to 20 people in one class and up to 40 in a group, or as few as two or three at a time. All our courses suit beginners, enthusiasts and professionals, using a wide range of facilities and techniques. The pottery includes electric and raku kilns, stoneware and earthenware clays, and we teach throwing, hand-building and all varieties of glazing.

The school is situated just 20 minutes from Cork Airport, close to the center of the beautiful historic harbor of Kinsale, famed for its restaurants and shops. The pottery is in the converted stables of the home farm for Ballinacurra House, and the gallery is in the eaves of its coach house, which dates back to 1795.

Since 2001, we have provided classes and courses to suit all levels of skill and experience ranging from the complete beginner through to exhibitor standard and the school has become the largest and most established center of its kind in Ireland. We stock a wide selection of clays and glazes, our pottery courses cover the full range of ceramics and sculpting techniques.

Kinsale is internationally renowned for its cuisine, its cosmopolitan style and the beauty of its harbor. There are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the town, as well as a wide range of art and craft shops. What better place to learn a craft, or take a break.

Price notes:
- EURO 150 per person
- Bring a friend for €130
- Deposit of €50 secures your place - remaining payment on arrival.