Do I need to pay extra for materials?
Materials are included in the price of all taster sessions. On 8-week courses material will be paid for upon ordering at the commencement of the course – the price of silver fluctuates of course, but it will usually be around £30 or so. All of the silver we use is of hallmark quality (925).
Can I take my handmade jewellery home on the day all finished?
Yes, what you make in the workshop is, of course, yours to keep and enjoy, or gift to a loved one.
What’s the difference between taster sessions and classes/courses?
The taster sessions are outcome based so you come to make one item of finished jewellery to take home. The tutor provides demonstrations step by step to take you through the various processes and supports wherever necessary to ensure a successful outcome is achieved.
The classes/ courses are about acquisition of skills rather than outcomes of finished pieces. We work through set projects to practice these new skills and build week-on-week to extend your knowledge and understanding of tools, materials and processes. We do not make a finished piece of jewellery each week but by the end of the course you will have some finished pieces. We start with foundation skills in the beginner’s course and through the subsequent improver’s courses, build on this to include as many different processes as possible to widen design possibilities and the range of skills gained.
We encourage you to work at home and provide tool information and suppliers so that you can work independently, taking the skills learnt on your own creative journey.
Do you have parking?
We have 2 allocated parking spaces per studio but because most of our courses are outside office hours there is usually space for parking inside the business centre gates. There is a large lay-by in the turnoff to the business centre where you may park if the car park is full.
Where is the studio?
We are based within the Church Road Business Centre, Church Road, Brightlingsea. Our postcode is CO7 0GG.
Church Road is at the top of the hill on Brightlingsea Road (just past All Saints Church). As you go left round the hill past the church, you will see a sign that reads “Cinque Ports”: To the left of this sign is a lay-by to the business centre. Turn into the lay-by and the business centre is on the left through some black metal gates. BENCHspace is in Studio 1 on the left at the far end of the block.
Is there somewhere nearby we can go for lunch?
There is a Fiveways Supermarket just five minutes’ drive from the studio with a Subway sandwich cafe located inside. We have an hour for lunch on the bangle / spinner/ stacking ring workshop and you are welcome to go out for lunch or bring a packed lunch to eat in the studio. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but if you have special dietary requirements please bring your own suitable snack.
Do you teach children?
As the skills of silversmithing require a level of manual dexterity and concentration our classes are only available to those who are 16 years old and up.
What happens if I book a class but now can’t make that date?
Please take the time to read through our Terms & Conditions before booking to avoid problems.
Do you do gift vouchers?
We certainly do! Our taster sessions and courses make thoughtful and unique gifts. Please contact us for more details of the options available.
For any other queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch.