Permanent Bench Hire

We are currently seeking creatives to rent benches in our Christchurch workshop. .


Our jewellery renters have their own bench set up in the studio all the time and are given a key so they can access the space whenever they need to. We ask renters to bring in their own bench and ideally their own small hand tools such as pliers, files and a saw - although we do have these tools for them to use if necessary. Consumables such as gas, flux and other chemicals are included, but solder and materials are not.

Renters can take a space for a fixed term or on an ongoing basis. 

The rent is $60 per week including GST.


The studio is set up with hand tools, carving tools, soldering station with ventilation, rolling mill, various chemicals and tea and coffee making facilities. 

Please let us know if you have any specific tool questions.


We are also welcoming bench renters who aren't necessarily jewellers, but anyone crafty who needs a small workspace can apply.

Please email us with any questions, or if you would like to meet us and see the space.

Independent Jewellery Bench Hire

Need a space to finish a project? Or maybe start one? 

Our benches are available in Wellington and Christchurch  Wed - Sat 10am - 4pm.

Renters must have completed an 8 week beginners class (or similar) and be confident with the tools and techniques they are using. They must also feel confident working alone as there is no tutoring with bench hire. 

The cost is $35 per session, whether you are in for half an hour or the whole day the charge is the same. This includes the use of all workshop tools, soldering station, solder, sawblades and chemicals. It does not include findings or metals (you can buy these from us or bring your own).

To book a session or ask any questions please email us, or fill in our contact form. If you're planning regular sessions, check out out our regular hires below.

Regular Bench Hires

We understand setting up is expensive, so why not use our shared tools and resources? The more you use the space, the better the price.

Get a 5 session Bench Hire card - with a 20% discount.

(5 sessions for $140) Sessions on this card must be used within 12 months.


 Bulk Bench Hire card - 7 days of access for $65.

Sessions must be used consecutively. Renters are asked to take their tools etc with them & must work around classes.

Cards may be purchased at our studio. Bookings essential for each session. 

Assisted Bench Hire

For those who are moving towards being able to work independently, or if you have just a little tricky bit you need help with. If you are planning on doing a melt of clean silver or gold scrap you must book an assisted bench hire.

These are available by appointment or our regular sessions run on Thursdays and Saturdays from    10am - 1pm, with the ability to stay on for unsupervised bench time after the session ends at no extra cost.

Assisted bench hire is the best of both worlds. Mostly unsupervised, but with a ability to ask the occasional question or have help with things like firing enamels, stone setting or soldering.


Assisted Deluxe Hire $45 for the session.

You may need to discuss with your tutor if you think you need the deluxe session or not. If you need more extended help, we ask you to book into a class or for private tuition.

Bookings are required, please email us to book.

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