Helen Stay - Jewellery Tutor
Beginners, intermediate and advanced beading, beginners and intermediate wire wrapping, recycled jewellery, fashion necklace and chandelier earring taster classes.
Previous Qualifications & Training:
I studied Textiles and Printmaking at Bath Spa University which led me on a number of paths including theatre, graphic design and, of course, jewellery. My work began with textiles jewellery using embroidery on recycled fabrics and has lead in to beaded jewellery and metal work all with a strong emphasis on using found ephemera and recycling. I have also taken a variety of courses to improve my work including silver jewellery, casting and stone setting.
How I got involved in making jewellery:
Following my degree I continued making textiles jewellery, mainly corsages, and began to sell them in shops and galleries across North Yorkshire and Somerset. I moved to London in 2008 and later found work with The London Jewellery School.
Things I have done:
Over the years since my degree I have zigzagged in many directions but keep on returning to the arts and in particular, jewellery. Working within theatres, arts centres and spaces including Polka in Wimbledon, Battersea Arts Centres and with pop up arts and restaurant space, Gingerline has inspired my own craft and I am always pleased to have the opportunity to work with a new group.
Things I do now:
I currently teach at least a few days a week at the jewellery school but you’ll also find me still working within theatres assisting workshops and also cooking in various kitchens in response to my other passion; food! I am currently preparing a new range of jewellery and textiles in anticipation of selling via one of the glorious markets in London.
My biggest achievement so far:
Although it sometimes hasn’t felt like it, taking the decision to leave one of the jobs I loathed in order to concentrate on creative professional work rather than sitting at a computer in an office has felt like one of my biggest achievements. I couldn’t recommend doing it enough to those of you who are umming and ahing over the idea. Money can get tight and sometimes it seems that worrying about it is all you do but the reward is never dreading the daily grind again!
Things I hope to achieve in the Future:
I hope to open an arts café in the future fuelling bot my passion for the arts and for food. I’d like to be able to offer a space for jewellers and fabulously creative types to sell their work and perhaps even offer jewellery or arts classes to customers.
Three words that describe me are:
Creative, individual, haywire.
I am inspired by:
Good, old fashioned craft in its original sense (no corn dollies please!). I love finding hand sewn clothes, carefully darned and patched holes, hand made combs, rope, rings; anything made with skill and obsessive hard work!
My Favourite Jeweller is:
Too many to choose from! It's most likely to be a Viking or a Roman in all honesty! I love ancient jewellery....
Check out my work at:
I don't have a website at the moment but you can see some of my work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/44781010@N08/
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