A jewellery designer from Walsall has spent the last six weeks helping learners at a college in Leamore to design and fabricate their own pieces of jewellery.
Artist Jolene Smith (above, right), who has been designing and making contemporary jewellery since 1984, has been supporting adult learners attending the Enterprise Jewellery Workshop at Walsall Adult & Community College (WACC).
The class is part of the college’s Learn for Living and Work Reablement Programme that helps learners to develop new skills and regain those they may have lost as a result of an illness, injury or trauma, such as a stroke.
Jolene, who has designed handmade jewellery for department store Harrods, as well as various gift shops in the Midlands, has supported the learners to use recycled materials to come up with a range of 12 unique designs.
Once each prototype was developed, the design was formed into a cast which can then be reproduced and sold as necklaces, brooches and earrings.
Jolene, who runs a number of workshops at Walsall Leather Museum and schools in the borough said she has been very impressed with the number of designs that the class has come up with.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with these wonderful people,” she said. “The workshop has given each learner the opportunity to discover their hidden talents and I’ve been impressed with the range of different designs they’ve come up with.”
Mary Evans, 85 from Bentley who attends the class, added: “It’s been very good and thoroughly enjoyable. Jolene’s a wonderful person and she has inspired me to come up with my own set of designs.
“I’d recommend the course to others to try.”
To find out more about the college’s Reablement Programme contact the college on 01922 663000, check out their website via this link or search for Walsall Adult & Community College on Facebook.
To find out more about Jolene Smith and her jewellery visit www.jolenesmith.co.uk