LEARN <> MAKE <> CREATE
Learn to make jewellery with The JQ Set, from Beginners through to Intermediate/Improvers level and right up to Advanced jewellery courses. We offer set projects which are designed to teach you particular skills or develop skills you already have. We also offer open project courses where you can get help making pieces that you have designed yourself, and we can arrange studio sessions where you can access to workshop equipment with supervision.
Make your jewellery at The JQ Set in our shared Designer/Maker studio by renting one of our beautiful benchspaces. You will have access to the workshop equipment in the teaching space as well as using the display cases in the meeting area to share your work with clients.
Create a unique event at The JQ Set, whether that is a bespoke training course, a demonstration day or an exhibition. Get in touch if you’d like to arrange a jewellery class as part of a hen do or team-building day.
Jewellery (in the) Quarter
At The JQ Set we are huge advocates for the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. This vibrant area houses residents, offers some of the best food and drink establishments in Birmingham, provides a base for some amazingly creative businesses, alongside manufacturing 40% of British-made jewellery, and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the shops. So why would we be situated anywhere else!
Being located right in the midst of the JQ is central to our values – being surrounded by skilled craftspeople hidden away at the back of the shops and up steep stairs of the beautiful brick buildings – we want to peel back the layers of secrecy and teach people what is made in this creative area of Birmingham.
We want to offer easy-access, skills-based jewellery making courses for students who want to do more in their spare time, and it’s incredibly important to us to be running these courses in an area which has such a deep-rooted history of jewellery making.
Pippa Leaver, Founder
“I started learning to make jewellery on part-time courses whilst working as a Structural Engineer in London, fitting them into my spare time as and when I could. As I built more skills, my enjoyment grew and after 3 years of part-time classes I made the decision to move to Birmingham and enroll on a 2 year full-time course with a focus on technical handskills.
After graduating, I stayed on at BCU’s School of Jewellery as an Artist in Residence for 1 year, where I gained tutoring experience. This lead to a position as a Visiting Lecturer for BCU, as well as running the Jewellery Making for All evening classes at the School of Jewellery for 5 years.
As well as working for the university, I was also employed by an independent Designer/Maker based in the Jewellery Quarter, at first as a bench assistant, mostly making jewellery to their designs, and then as more of a workshop manager role, organising the work of another bench assistant as well as making more of the bespoke commissions.
I wanted to start teaching part-time jewellery making classes in the format I had been able to access at the beginning of my career change – short blocks of classes, with tools available to borrow, and no big investment or commitment of time and money needed to get started. It was clear that I would need to set up my own space for this, as the university building was not able to be open at weekends, and so I searched for a premises. I found one, renovated the space to make it warm and welcoming, and The JQ Set was formed. I have been running part-time jewellery courses there since September 2018, and we are building a fantastic community of jewellers and students. I’m looking forward to bringing in more tutors to teach a wider range of techniques over the next few years, so that students can really build their skillsets.
I can’t wait to see what our students will create!”