We feel so lucky to have such an amazing crew of tutors at Workspace. They have such a diverse range of skills, styles and ideas, but are all warm, friendly and passionate about passing on their knowledge!

Vaune Mason

Creative Director

Vaune has been making and teaching jewellery for many years but she says the learning never stops. She loves teaching complex technique classes such as advanced stone setting and enamels.

A love of animals, landscapes and gardening influence her own work. 

Her recent move to the countryside has helped her reconnect with nature.

Her focus this year is our Outreach Classes in other parts of New Zealand.

Annie Collins

Creative Director

" I've been making jewellery for almost 20 years and teaching for 15 but students continue to surprise and challenge me! I think the best things about teaching are creative problem solving and meeting people from all walks of life who discover their own joy in creating. Our Christchurch workshop is lovely to work from and we're offering new classes all the time. When I'm not teaching and running Workspace, I am making and selling in galleries around New Zealand under my labels Buster Collins and The Wild (with Vaune Mason), as well as being a Creative Director of The Makers and a mum of three."

Gemma Miller

Tutor - Wellington

"I think jewellery is worn for a reason and those reasons usually have interesting stories and histories behind them.  I love conversations around jewellery, metallurgy and gemmology.  There is so much science that seems like magic when working with precious metals and I love sharing that!  

Making jewellery by hand is as unique to an individual as their handwriting and I enjoy meeting new people through teaching at Workspace who bring their own take on what they want their first pieces to look like.

I have been making jewellery for over 10 years and have experience working in many jewellery workshops. I began tutoring for Workspace in 2015 and I am a creative Director of The Makers Jewellery.  My personal jewellery brand is GG Jewellery.  I look forward to meeting you in class, or the gallery soon!"

Debbie Bishop

 Workshop Manager - Christchurch

"My curiosity for jewellery came at a young age, however the fire under my passion was not lit till 2009 when I melted sterling silver for the 1st time, watching sliver gracefully roll around in the crucible is when I fell heart and soul in love with the jewellery making process.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching, the best part for me is when I watch a student admire a finished piece, seeing that look of pride and happiness on their faces, and knowing that feeling, brings me great joy to know I helped them achieve that feeling."

Tom Richards

Workshop Manager - Wellington

"The mystery and alchemy of metal-smithed jewellery has fascinated me since childhood, especially treasures ancient or uncanny. After studying sculpture for a number of years it was Workspace Studios that reignited this interest in jewellery and helped me embark on a treasure crafting journey of my own. To me, jewellery is like sculpture that hugs, clings from, armours and extends our bodies. The creative environment here and the opportunity to help students along their journeys is deeply rewarding. As evident in my work, I love the organic yet alien forms found in crustaceans, thornwoods, insects and bones. "

Natalie Halley

Tutor - Wellington

"Creating jewellery provides me with a deep sense of fulfilment. I prefer working on one-off pieces, giving myself a challenge with each new body of work. What I love about jewellery making is the wealth of techniques and materials, ensuring a lifetime of learning and improving. I enjoy adding an element of playfulness to my works, often with moving parts. With a background in science, I particularly relish the technicality of littleengineered pieces. I feel very lucky to be able to work from my home studio, overlooking the beautiful Wellington harbour and a nature reserve - surrounded by birdsong and my own various pets."

Claire McSweeney

Tutor - Wellington

 

“ Back when I went to Art School I thought I would be a painter or maybe a printmaker but then after trying my hand at Jewellery & Metalsmithing I knew that was the medium for me. I just loved learning all the various techniques and being able to  experiment with different materials to ultimately create jewellery that can tell a story for the person who wears is.  When I moved to Wellington just over 3 years ago I was lucky enough to find Workspace Studios where I work from both tutoring night classes and making jewellery which I sell in galleries throughout New Zealand.  Jewellery making can be quite solitary which is why in contrast to this I just love teaching. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge with a wide variety of people, challenging myself to learn new techniques to teach and seeing the pleasure students get from making something with their own two hands! “

Rani Stigdottir

Tutor - Wellington

Rani is a genius at Lost Wax Casting and teaches this technique in our Wellington workshop. Her own jewellery range, Banshee The Valkyrie, is stocked in galleries around NZ. She loves making pieces that are super stylish and glamorous, while still wearable for everyday.

Amanda Greenfield

Tutor - Christchurch

 

"While working in galleries I became increasingly drawn to objects and particularly to contemporary jewellery.  I’ve never been into bling and was blown away by artists contemporary take on the traditions of silversmithing.  Having an interest in history I’m drawn to stylistic elements of ancient artifacts and their social context and meaning.  Now given the oppportunity to make I am experimenting with interpreting these elements into my own work. I enjoy teaching and love watching students response to the magic of metal."

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