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.



Doing something that scares you! – Part 2

Well a while ago I wrote about doing a short 5 minute speech to prepare me for a workshop session I was doing. I have now faced my fears and talked for 30 minutes in front of a lovely group of artists about ‘photographing your own artwork and websites’. It went better than I could have hoped and feel I have faced a really big fear of mine head on!
Thank you to all those who attended the Marketing and Social Media workshop at New Greenham Arts near Newbury, especially @Isacarand for organising the event. #OpenStudios14_WBNH

Doing something that scares you!

Well that is me para-phrasing ‘Do one thing every day that scares you.’ Eleanor Roosevelt US diplomat & reformer (1884 – 1962).

Tonight I will be giving a 5-10 minute talk on my photography to the Oxford Adobe User Group. Along with other members I will be taking the opportunity of ‘Portfolio Night’ to sharpen my public speaking skills (which are non-existent!). This is all to prepare me for a larger and longer (20 – 30mins), challenge on Feb 8th at New Greenham Arts, talking to members of Open Studios West Berkshire & North Hampshire about ‘Presenting your work: Photographs and websites’ at a Marketing and Social Media workshop.

I just don’t know why I am putting myself through this!! And although Eleanor Roosevelt might have a good point, I will stick with scaring myself once a month for now.