Our Tutors

Our amazing team at Workshop 925 are professionally trained jewellers, silversmiths and business advisors who have an extensive knowledge of working within the jewellery and crafts industry. As well as running their own jewellery brands, they also have several years teaching experience behind them, helping students develop their own work and create some beautiful designs.

We have a strong passion to teach our students the skills, tricks and tips within the trade to help you learn a new set of valuable skills to either help you set up your own business, or help you develop your hobby further.

Kirsten Hendrich
Owner of Workshop 925 and Jewellery Tutor

I started my Jewellery and Silversmithing degree course in 2005 in London, but felt my passion for jewellery slowly dying; not through a lack of willing to learn, but through the delivery of the course. Workshops we often quiet or locked, class sizes too large to get any tutor attention and irrelevant subject matter (in my opinion) was taught when I felt there was so much more relevant to learn. I made the difficult decision to leave.

 

Having left university, I went into the world of full time work but I was determined to work my way into the jewellery industry. I spent my remaining student loan on tools and my beloved workbench and worked hard to fund short courses to boost my knowledge. I tried to secure work placements, but the answer was always no.

 

In 2009 I decided to return to university. The cost of short courses in London was difficult to maintain, and although I didn’t and still feel University isn’t necessary for a career in the industry, it bothered me I hadn’t completed something. 

 

After graduating in 2011, I launched Kirsten Hendrich Jewellery and started developing my jewellery collections, doing shows and getting my work into galleries alongside working full time for a jewellers in Guildford. I left to go full time with my business in 2012 and loved every day in my workshop.

In 2013 I qualified as a teacher at adult education level, a way to get out the workshop and meet others; working alone can be quite insular. I didn’t know how much this would develop. I have a very strong passion for helping others develop their skills. I really enjoy meeting others, sharing our knowledge with each other and design ideas, and watching my students develop from total beginners into competent jewellers. I also learn from my students and from my research putting together handouts for my classes.

 

In 2018 I made the decision to set up my own jewellery teaching venue called Workshop 925 to offer students somewhere to go within Surrey where they too can develop their skills and business knowledge. I wanted to offer what I felt was difficult to find locally when I was starting out; a place that was always welcoming, supportive, well equipped and encouraging for those looking to run their very won jewellery business, or for those who see jewellery making as a creative outlet or hobby. 

 

I am now working hard to make Workshop 925 a fantastic jewellery making hub which can offer the opportunity for students to learn a wide range of techniques and specialisms. 

 

 

Stephen Barnett
Senior Jewellery Tutor

I started my journey into jewellery completely by mistake; I was not very academic at school but had a knack for art, this coupled with a love of loud music naturally led me to the conclusion I should be designing record covers for a living.

 

Unfortunately, this plan was scuppered when I arrived at Wimbledon college of art and was told I was a bit rubbish at graphic design. However, I did turn out to be rather good at making little things in metal and after some pushing from my tutors decided that, maybe a career in jewellery may be on the cards.

 

From Wimbledon, I did the sensible thing and stayed in education for as long as is humanly possible. Completing a degree at the University of Brighton (I sold one of my final pieces to the comedian Billy Connelly) and a postgraduate diploma at West Dean College until fate took a turn for the worse and I had to find a job.

 

I spent the next 11 years working for the jewellers, Jeremy Hoye in Brighton as part of a small team of full time goldsmiths. My work here included manufacture, designing new collections mounting and setting precious stones mainly working in gold and platinum. The great thing about working in small Jewellers like this was the range of skills I learnt. We would be responsible for every part of a job from being given a packet of scrap metal and diamonds to the finished piece leaving the workshop. This was my true education and I still use the skills learnt working for Jeremy nearly every day.

 

Whilst working for Jeremy I also started teaching evening classes and found a love for teaching that was even greater than my love for making. There is nothing better than seeing someone find skills they didn’t know have and helping them to develop and reach their true potential. Knowing you have been part of that journey is a true gift.

 

I have now been teaching jewellery manufacture and design full time for eight years and  love to pass on the traditional skills that were passed on to me becoming part of a lineage  stretching back into history.

 

Krista Thomson
Jewellery and Silversmithing Tutor

 

Krista has been making jewellery since her teens but it was not until attending silversmithing classes in her early forties that the metal bug really bit. A chance meeting at one of these courses sent her in the direction of the BA Degree course in Three Dimensional Design and since then she hasn’t looked back.

Krista takes inspiration for her work as a metalsmith and jeweller from the shapes, textures and colours of the plants, animals and landscape that surround her. Their biological and geological forms all fascinate her and present Krista with a wealth of ideas with which to play.

 

Her aim is to create her own interpretation of nature’s stunning designs out of the magnificently versatile array of metals, both precious and ferrous, that are available. She delights in manipulating the metal to gain the outcome she aspires to. She loves using media such as acrylic, resin and precious stones to enhance her designs.

 

Krista has been a Jewellery and Silversmithing Tutor for the last 3 years and absolutely loves passing on her knowledge and skills to those interested and inspired to learn.

Amy Hubbard
Goldsmith, Silver, and Fashion Jewellery Tutor

I studied at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, graduating in 2007, with a BA Hons in Metalwork, Jewellery and 3D Design. I stumbled upon the course while visiting university to originally sign up to a photography degree.

 

Alongside my degree qualification I also studied Gemmology with Gem-A in London and achieved a Grade A diploma. I also trained to string pearls with Gem-A. I have been working in the jewellery trade and teaching since 2006.

 

I was drawn into the jewellery industry from an early age. I started my rock and gem collection when I was a child and I have also always enjoyed making things. Design and Technology was one of my favourite subjects at school, so wandering into the 3D design studios at university made me realise that I could turn my hobbies and interests into a career. Jewellery was the natural choice.

 

I set up my own business A Little Handmade in 2009. I make and sell a small amount of my own designs, but most of my time is taken up with my full-time job as a goldsmith for an independent jewellers in Hampshire.

 

As part of my job I get to work on special commissions for our customers. It’s a lovely feeling and makes me feel very proud to hand over special commissioned pieces to customers and seeing their reactions, especially with special jewellery commissions such as engagement and wedding rings. I love being part of that process for them, knowing that they will forever (hopefully) cherish something I handmade for them. I really enjoy all aspects of handmaking and repairing all types of jewellery, but I usually get asked specifically to take on stringing jobs and memorial / mourning pieces at work, as I have a keen interest in Victorian jewellery and history in general.

 

The techniques I really like exploring are acid etching, and mixed media jewellery. After all this time in the industry I think it’s important to always try to learn new skills and continually develop your style of making, this is something I always strive to do.

 

Growing up my dad taught me the meaning of the word perseverance. And I think that is applicable to everything in life actually, persevere and if at first you don’t succeed – give it good go, people can’t knock you for trying your best, I think this is something very important to remember when learning something new.  

 

Candy Matterson
Silversmith and Jewellery Tutor

Candy Matterson

BA in Silversmithing and Metalwork at Camberwell School of Art 1979!

 

I graduated during a massive manipulation of the precious metals market when the industry was brought to its knees. Continuing in silversmithing was not an option. I became a research assistant for six months to one of my lecturers, sponsored and then published by The Crafts Council, investigating ‘Pate de Verre’, a kiln glass technique, which she and I hoped to use in our silverwork. Alas I needed to earn a living and so after a spell at Mappin and Webb city branch, on the retail shop floor I took a teaching qualification at Brighton University and became a Design
and Technology teacher. I taught for 35 years in secondary schools, married Peter, paid a mortgage and brought up two children. I also worked for the exam boards in Product Design for ten years. Finally I went back into education for myself.

 

MA UCA Farnham: Jewellery: 2017

 

As my children became more independent I had begun to make some of my own work at a bench in a corner of the kitchen. Jewellery was more accessible than silversmithing. I read books, experimented and began taking short courses in jewellery and metal clay but I wanted more. After look around and a chat with head of MA studies at UCA Farnham, Rebecca Skeels, I was enrolled to do the course! I loved the MA and the year as Artist in Residence which followed, it was a real adventure but teaching was mostly concept based and I wanted to learn skills as well. I have had to work at picking up the skills I wanted over the last 14 years and I will always be learning. I still miss the UCA workshops and being a student! After I finished at UCA I was offered some visiting lecturing and tutoring there which I really enjoyed.

 

I now work from my studio ‘5A The Shed’ in the back garden. I joined the national Association of Contemporary Jewellers and am a Graduate member of Contemporary British Silversmiths. I have exhibited a number of times during the MA and since graduating .The jewellery I make often pushes the limits of what is wearable and becomes sculptural. I also continue silversmithing when I can afford to pay for bullion and have shared a table at exhibitions with other ex-students at Wisley as part of the Festival of Silver 2018 and 19. Contemporary jewellery went to ‘Triple Parade’ in Shanghai in 2018.

 

I joined ACJ Wessex, a local ACJ branch, to make and sell some more commercial pieces just before lockdown one began. I exhibited with them at Portsmouth Museum in June 2021’Summer Jewels’ and ‘Winter Jewels’ for a month at Hillier Arboretum in December 2021 and was finally able to ‘rehome’ pieces. Although learning and making for oneself is joyful I missed teaching and it is a privilege now to be able to do both.

Like the Japanese artist Hokusai making and creating is what I need and love, I aim to be an ‘artist maker’ until my final breath.

Sarah Reece
Jewellery and Stone Cutting Tutor

The only thing that I ever remember wanting to do in life was to make jewellery. From the moment I laid eyes on my Grandmother’s engagement ring I was mesmerised. I uttered those fateful words, ‘When you die can I please have that?’

As my parents sucked in their breath in horror my old nan, without skipping a beat said, ‘Of course you can’. From that day onwards she nurtured and encouraged my love of jewellery showing me everything in here jewellery box every time I asked her.

As soon as I possibly could I started studying jewellery making. I went to Central Saint Martins, City and Islington, Sir John Cass and have most recently graduated from University of Creative Arts with a Master’s in Jewellery.

It’s not just jewellery making that I love, I have a special passion for gemstones. Before we had children my husband and I would pick our holiday destinations where I could purchase gems and he could scuba dive.

 

We lived in the Middle East for 8 years where for the first time in my life I was able to make being a jeweller my full time profession. It was during that time I taught myself how to cut stones. This started a whole new obsession for me in the jewellery making field. There is nothing better than being able to cut a stone to any shape that you want it to be. It changes the whole design process and allows you to be more creative with those designs.

The only thing that beat’s that feeling is being able to pass that knowledge on to others. I’m so happy to have found a place where I can do that at Workshop925.

Lesley Tooby
Children's Jewellery Tutor

I was always fascinated by jewellery as a child and have many happy memories of rummaging through my mum’s jewellery box, delighting in what I found.

 

It was only upon moving countries that my love for jewellery became more of an active hobby. As a way of meeting people, I signed up for a beginner’s course in jewellery making from which I started to make more pieces as my confidence grew.  Friends then admired my work and my business began as I started to sell my designs. Having always had an interest in historical jewellery I also worked with a local business in Ireland reworking and repairing vintage jewellery which I loved. I specialised in making wedding jewellery from vintage pearls and rhinestone jewellery.

 

On returning to the UK I noticed that the local schools had only academic or sport related after school clubs. I firmly believe that artistic activities teach much more than just the subject itself, so I approached my son’s school with an idea of starting jewellery making clubs.  This combined my jewellery design with my teaching experience (having previously been a flute teacher in a music school). From this my jewellery tutoring began and now I teach jewellery making to children age 7 years upwards. In our After-School Club I also manage to include my love of historical jewellery as we have a class each term about the era that the children are learning about in school. During this curriculum based class we look into the jewellery and clothing styles of the time (e.g. Tudors; Victorians) and make an historically accurate piece for them to wear at the dress up day in school.

 

In addition to these clubs I also offer jewellery making classes for teenagers once they leave Primary School. These are longer sessions where we look at more complicated techniques such as Polymer Clay, Efcolor enamelling, chainmail jewellery.

 

Having taught jewellery to children and young adults for more than 7 years it never ceases to amaze me; their imaginations are endless.  I really enjoy my teaching – watching children learn, develop new skills and to see their creativity and confidence develop is so rewarding.