Travelling Editor

Sian Hamilton

Sian Hamilton

18 March 2013

For the past week I've been in Maine, in the USA spending some quality time with friends. I've been travelling with a familiar face (to all the magazine readers) Tansy Wilson. Tansy and I went to university together a fair few years ago and decided to venture across the pond for a week to spend time with another jeweller who we met on our degree course.

Sian And Tansy

We've been having a great deal of fun and last week Tansy took advantage of the good facilities to get a head start on her next project for the mag. Here she is cutting copper pieces with a rather flashy guillotine. Our jeweller friend just happens to teach jewellery making at the Portland school of Art! 


One of my favourite things about Maine is the gorgeous coastline and we've been staying in a beautiful spot with a great rocky coast, so I've been taking lots of inspirational texture photos for my album. Here's a good shot of rock with lime green seaweed and cool barnacles; a great mix of texture and colour!


Inspirational shots are always good to have for those times when the ideas are hard to come by. 

Well it's back to packing bags for me and getting the plane back to the UK, as I've a magazine to get ready for the printer!

Jewellery Tutors Wanted in Kent

Katie Holloway

Katie Holloway

13 March 2013

Kent County Council's Adult Education department is currently seeking tutors to run classes in various locations in Kent. You will need to have experience in all aspects of jewellery design and manufacture including melting, milling, soldering, finishing, polishing and stone setting.

You will have a teaching qualification and some experience of teaching in the subject.

Working as a tutor in Kent Adult Education gives you the flexibility to work at a variety of times, venues and gain experience of working with adult learners. They have a supportive induction and training process in place to help you settle in and be successful.

There are opportunities to expand your CPD by studying towards a full post-compulsory teaching qualification, update your Numeracy & Literacy qualifications, and receive discounts on a wide range of the 3000+ courses currently on offer across Kent.

The post is subject to to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

To apply visit, email or telephone 01622 605666

Please quote reference CC/013/0074

Closing date: Midday 30 April 2013.


Sian Hamilton

Sian Hamilton

6 March 2013

In issue 52 April we misprinted Betts Metals website address the correct address is

Betts Metals, found in Birmingham's jewellery quarter, offer a range of PMC courses that are running throughout 2013, and are suitable for different abilities. On 22 March they are running a PMC Finger printing class, which will teach you how to produce a piece of jewellery using your own finger print! The class costs £99 + VAT, which includes all materials and refreshments. The class is suitable for beginners.,, 01212 332413.

Betts 1 Web

Students enjoying a class

Betts 2 Web

A piece of finger print jewellery!


London Fashion Week

Sian Hamilton

Sian Hamilton

4 March 2013

Well it's been London fashion week recently and though I didn't have time to go this year, I've been avidly watching blogs and websites for pics of the Autumn/Winter 2013 runways! I love to see what crazy things have been brought to life by some truly inspiring designers and this year (as usual) I am not disappointed! You'll find a ton of interesting stuff on fashion online but one of the best ways to see what's happening is to get yourself into a couple of blogs. I have two favourites at the moment -

The first one is my 'old' deputy Jen Burgess' blog, she has gone on to be a great freelance journalist and thought we miss her at the mag, I'm always itching to read her blog! Here's her take on LFW at Rock and Runway

The other blog I'm having fun with at the moment is Memoirmode 

written by Kylie Martin. It's a fun fashion and lifestyle blog. I really like her review of LFW and she takes beautiful photos to boot!

Here's her shot of a model on the runway in the KTZ AW13 show. Loving the crazy gold boots!

KTZ-aw 13-collection

Photo credit - Kylie Martin,

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