Sneak Peek! Makers pages in the guide.

Hi there, here’s our makers in all their picturesque glory! The printed guide will be out and about later this week. It will also be available to print from the site tomorrow!!!! (We are just making sure it is A-Okay!


Its all starting to happen!

Map for 2018 with numbers

Our map is now live with all of the makers and artists taking part in the winter open studios. There may well be more people joining and popping up in various venues.

25th November is also Museum Store Sunday so a visit to our fantastic musems to see what they are stocking is a must! Take a look at them:-

Royal Birmingham Society of Artist – the only place to see a full range of contemporary craft in the heart of Birmingham. Curated display of fantastic work.

Pen Museum – did you know that Birmingham taught the world to write? Well we supplied to pens and nibs that aided it! A great shop is attached to this one of a kind museum.

Coffin Works – learn about the fantastic trade of coffin furniture, brilliant gifts for those that love their history!



Let it Snow!

Wow! What a fantastic day yesterday, so great to see faces old and new! Most pleasing was that many of you returned after visiting the summer event this year – thank you.

The weather seems to have wanted to take part in Open Studios as much as we did so snow is all part of the mix today which means that some studios will not open today.

Come back at 11 for a snow/show update!


Winter Open Studios

Buy it where we make it

decorations dual works

Image courtesy The Dual Works

We are getting ready to welcome you all at the weekend so that you can “come see what we do” alongside our open studios trail there are also some fantastic on street retailers that support us throughout the year you can see a list of them here .

The Jewellery Quarter has many different trails but one of our favourites is the Ale Trail, yes we have independent brewers here too! 1000 Trades has supported makers this year by providing the venue for Quartermasters, a quarterly makers market run by Frilly Industries and B18 Leather has used the venue to introduce “Crafty Sip” where you craft whilst having a beverage in the bar, its a great idea especially if you want to come along with a crowd. Rock n Roll Brewhouse are round the corner from The Dual Works so if you like music and beer why not stop by their brewery tap on Regents Street after viewing and buying (!) fantastic design led homewares. The Red Lion will be hosting Digbeth Arts Market on Sunday 10th in their back “yarden” which gives you a chance to visit Digbeth without having to leave the Jewellery Quarter! If you are arriving into the Jewellery Quarter from Snow Hill then Indian Brewery is your first call on the Ale Trail, fantastic food and beer from Great Barr and yes it is a great bar!

We hope that you enjoy your visit to the Jewellery Quarter and of course the Open Studios, whist you are walking around do look out for the JQBid Ambassadors who will have lots of information about trails, shopping guides and much more (we’ve got three museums by the way!).

See you at the weekend!



Winter Open Studios

Winter Drawers on!


We are all working hard behind the closed doors of our studios and workshops getting ready to invite you to “come see what we do” on 9th and 10th December. Its cold so many of our makers and artists are sharing spaces so do take a look at our Meet the Makers page to see exactly where your favourite designers, makers and craftspeople will be.

Most of us will have been exhibiting at various shows around the country this year and so Open Studios is a great way to see us and our products right where we make them in the city that we love.

The map and brochure will be on line by the end of this week and printed copies will be around the Jewellery Quarter and in the studios next week.

We are really looking forward to opening our doors, eating mince pies and most importantly showing you that here in the Jewellery Quarter we remain a community of makers.