Sunday, 4 March 2012

Classes & Workshop Research

Hi All,

As some of you will know from here that I am looking to start running jewellery making workshops I was just wondering if I could get some input from you guys.

These are the points that I am trying to get some information about but please feel free to include anything that you have experienced or would like to see in a workshop.

1.Location - At the moment I am finding it incredibly difficult to secure somewhere permanent to run workshops from, I will keep on looking. Would you be happy attending workshops in various different locations such as community centres, private rooms in pubs and restaurants, out of town locations?

2.Times and Days - I was thinking of weekday evenings 6:30-8:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday days 2:00-4:00pm. Do you think that 2 hour classes are enough and would you attend at these times?

3.Maximum Numbers - I was thinking 8 people maximum?

4.Price - For a two hour workshop, although some will vary depending on what the project is I was looking at £25 which will include tea and coffee.

5.Tools & Equipment - Would you like the opportunity to buy tools and kits so you can get practising at home?

I would like to run a range of workshops in jewellery making for beginners mainly and would like to start children's jewellery parties and hen parties too.

Have you ever been on a jewellery (or any craft) workshop/course? What were your experiences, what would you like to see again and what were you not so keen on?

I look forward to hearing from you.


  1. hi Zazu. I think your plans are great. I don't think a changing location would be too much of a problem, as long as everyone knows exactly where their class is. Could be an advantage cos you could have the same classes in different locations and you would reach different people.
    I think 8 people is enough, think about yourself as the teacher, you have to keep an eye on all 8 of them.
    £25 is a bargain, and 2 hours on workdays is fine, but it might be nicer to have longer at the weekend - depending on the class of course.
    Definitely a good idea to have equipment and supplies available to buy, i have always bought stuff after I've attended classes, and you'll miss out on that impulsive 'I love this' feeling you get after class.
    The bad things I've experienced of jewellery classes were the class being too big (15 people) and having to queue for the big equipment, like blowtorches, and once the teacher was a bit fierce (in my opinion) and didn't really let the students go off on their own creative way.
    Hope that helps!
    Good luck with the funding too

    1. Hi Abigail,
      Thank you ever so much for your comments. I will take them all on board.
      It is frustrating when you attend classes that are so big you dont get a look in. I want them to be small enough so everyone gets attention (& soim not pulling my hair out!)
      Thanks again

  2. So nice. Good job. And always provide powerful things. so nice.

  3. I like all of your plans, having a different location will hopefully allow a wide range of people to attend and sometimes a new location is good as one location can get a bit boring.

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