Keep on learning

“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”

Over the summer I attended a one day workshop at the fabulously creative City Arts Newbury. “A ring in a day” with Berkshire based jeweller Cathy Newell Price, what an opportunity! Not wanting to miss out I booked as soon as I could.

It was billed as “A fantastic introduction to jewellery in silver, with artist Cathy Newell-Price.” During this workshop, myself and the other seven attendees planned, designed and created a wide-band silver ring. We learnt basic jewellery making skills, including texturing and making marks in metals, cutting out using a piercing saw, hammering, bending & shaping silver, joining by silver soldering, finishing and polishing.


We started by trying out all of the different tools, experimenting with mark making on our trial copper band. Nervousness and excitement were a heady mix along with the rhythmic sound of hammer on metal.  Hands on guidance was needed when it came to the soldering part of the process. Only with Cathy’s level of experience were we ever going to ensure that the flat strip of metal would turn forever into a circle.


I am really pleased with the results I managed to achieve, being a complete beginner, albeit with lots of enthusiasm. In the back of my mind I would like to explore this further, perhaps with more lessons with Cathy, via YouTube videos or from good old fashioned book learning!

With the kids all going back to school, I feel it is time to embrace learning something new. Why should they have all the fun? Let’s see what we can achieve.



The camera’s eye, a workshop

Do you want to shake up your photography, maybe see things from a different angle?

Come along for a 2 day workshop at City Arts, Newbury and join me in discovering a new perspective. Monday 21st September 10am to 3pm and Tuesday 22nd September 10am to 1pm. There are 10 places available for the small cost of £30 for 2 days of workshops.
City Arts is a community-orientated art hub in Newbury, contact them via email: for details of how to register, and take a look at their Facebook page too.


I look forward to exploring fresh possibilities alongside like minded people. Hopefully see you there!