Been travelling 4,500km (that’s 2,500 miles for you others)
driving round New Zealand in the last 2 weeks. w Ruth and I went
to Queenstown, where she went on a 3-day tramp up the Caples and
Greenstone river valleys, and where I taught the tourists how to
Have a look at http://www.adam.co.nz/workshop/index.html
Shot of the workshop on Sat 17 Jan '98
That’s me on the left in the green teeshirt.
Photo by Chris Vile from Vudu Cafe in Queenstown
Have you ever wanted a go at making jewellery? Try a jewellery
lesson. They were the latest happening in Queenstown’s famous
Beach Street mall at Celia Kennedy Gallery. Working impromptu
with an experienced jewellery artist holiday-makers and locals
alike had a chance to make a useful piece of jewellery for
themselves or for a gift. No experience was necessary - in fact
children were welcome.
I taught lessons over 5 days in January '98, and it was a
rewarding fun experience for all. (Remember it’s high summer
here now.) Most booked in for an hour’s lesson, and in that time
were able (with my help at certain critical times) to make a
silver ring with designs around it as a lot did, or a pair of
earrings of mixed media like titanium and silver.
Who came on the workshops?
Many types of people signed up. Ages from 14 to 75-ish. MOST had
never done any jewelry or anything like it before in their life.
I was teaching jewelry to a banker from Manhattan, two
secretaries from the local airport, a dental surgeon from
Britain, and a roofing contracter from Queenstown - often
What other things did people make?
Some punters stayed for two hours and managed to set a cabochon
stone on the ring (one person brought along her own piece of 22k
gold for the bezel), and some booked in for a whole day, or
half-day, and were able to do several things. What did the
roofing contracter make? A pair of earrings forged from pure
silver in the shape of telephone handpieces, complete with coily
People were able to go home with a skill they never thought
I loved it. It was work, but it was fun.
Luckily I unsubbed from Orchid whole I was away, and don’t have
too many emails. Just 485 or so assorted.
B r i a n ? A d a m J e w e l l e r y E y e w e a r ?
@Brian_Adam1 ph/fx +64 9 817 6816 NEW ZEALAND
http://www.adam.co.nz/eyewear/ artworks - spectacles
http://www.adam.co.nz/jewellery/ earrings rings NZ jade
http://www.adam.co.nz/ruthbaird/ Ruth makes her jewellery alongside me