Elizabeth Bone - Jewellery Tutor
Beginners Silver Jewellery, Intermediate Silver Jewellery, Soldering Masterclass, Gold Masterclass
Previous Qualifications & Training:
BA Crafts Combined Studies - Wood, Metal, Ceramics, Textiles. City and Guilds Teaching Certificate
How did you get involved in making jewellery?:
I don't feel like I made a conscious decision to make jewellery, I kind of graduated towards it. As a child I was always making things, especially clothes, that love of making remains with me today. After my 'A' levels in Art, Fashion and Textiles I took an Art and Design Foundation course which led me to an unsuccessful application for a Textiles degree. Eventually I chose a degree course which offered four material areas, wood, metal, ceramics and textiles. I was drawn by the textile element on offer in this course but, by the time I was in my final year, l was working mainly in wood and metal with some textiles. My work for my degree show explored containers and some of these pieces were wearable as brooches. After graduating from my degree I decided that I wanted to set up my own business making and selling my work.
The degree that I had taken was focused on ideas and not making skills, which was fabulous at the time, but I felt that to continue I needed to learn how to really make. A Crafts Council training grant led me to work for artist-jeweller Wendy Ramshaw and, over the subsequent 10 years, I worked closely with her as her principal workshop assistant. It was here that I really learnt how to work with precious metals as well as a wide range of other materials. I consider this unique experience to be fundamentally important to my own development. I established my own studio in 1991 whilst continuing to work part time.
Things I have done:
I worked as workshop assistant to artist-jeweller Wendy Ramshaw for ten years. I was awarded a Crafts Council Training Grant in 1987/88 and a Setting up Grant in 1991. I set up my own jewellery making business in 1991 working in silver and gold producing one off pieces as well as small batch production work. I have exhibited my work both nationally and internationally through trade shows and gallery exhibitions. I have been selected for the Crafts Council's Index of Selected Makers. My work has been featured in a wide range of publications and been purchased by private collectors. I have worked as a part time lecturer at two universities. I was appointed as an adult education tutor of Silversmithing and Jewellery for 3 years. I have worked as a mentor for a scheme where 20 jewellery graduates, who were in the early stages of setting up their own businesses, were matched with industry professionals for a year of one to one advise, support and guidance. In 2010 - 2011 I was commissioned to write a book - Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers, Techniques, treatments & applications for inspirational designs, published by Search Press in the UK and Interweave in the USA. The book is a comprehensive guide to working with silver, taking the reader through the basic skills, surface treatments and specialist techniques. Each technique or treatment is first explained with a detailed overview, then step-by-step illustrated tutorials show how to use that technique and apply it to your own work. Throughout the book, troubleshooting hints and tips offer extra guidance on improving. The book also includes useful information about materials, tools and equipment, as well as advice on working safely. It is a lusciously illustrated book with photographs of contemporary designs and profiles of international jewellery makers.
Things I do now:
I run my own business designing, making, exhibiting and selling jewellery in silver, gold and palladium. I teach regularly at a number of institutions. I am currently developing a new body of work.
My biggest achievement so far:
Whilst I am proud of my work and all that I have achieved my biggest achievement so far has to be having my children.
Things I hope to achieve in the Future:
I would like to work on a larger scale, perhaps a sculptural piece for a public or private art commission.
Three words that describe me are:
Creative, patient, industrious.
I am inspired by:
All things modernist. Architecture. London, where I am lucky to live and work. I also love collecting inspiring objects - old jelly moulds, shells, packaging, the list is too long!
My Favorite Jeweller is:
Wendy Ramshaw, one of the leading artist jewellers of the late 20th century. As well as being highly collectible, her work has an historical importance within the development of jewellery as an art form. I spent 10 years working for Wendy Ramshaw so I have been lucky enough to gain an insight and understanding of what goes in to making a piece of her jewellery. She makes fantastic creative pieces that are technically brilliant - they are out of this world.
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Please Note: Our classes are suitable for those aged 16 and over & for health and safety reasons, all students need to wear closed toe shoes when coming to the workshop. If you have any access requirements, please contact us before booking a course. And due to our small class sizes we are unable to offer transfers or refunds on our courses once booked. Please make sure you can make the date before booking. Thanks LJS x