Independent Jewellery Bench Hire
Need a space to finish a project? Or maybe start one?
Our benches are available in Wellington and Christchurch Wed - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 2pm.
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 $30 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 and chemicals. It does not include solder, sawblades 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.
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. 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.
With 2 levels of support, choose from:
Assisted Hire $35 for the session. This is very basic assistance only.
Includes, solder, sawblades, sandpaper, gas and tool use and the occasional question.
Assisted Deluxe Hire $45 for the session.
All the above, but the ability to have a little more help.
You will 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.
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 $120) 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.
Permanent Bench Hire
We currently do not have any available space for permanent renters in our Wellington studio.
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 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. We have an area set up for ceramics with a foot powered pottery wheel and shelving.
Please email us with any questions about future rental.