Better together!

We’ve been hard at work on the final details for the map, and reading through everyone who is taking part is making us feel really, really happy!

As you will know from previous blogs we are all about sharing skills here in the Jewellery Quarter but many gallerys go that one stage further and support a whole raft of makers and designers. Today we will look at 3 Jewellery Gallerys and a pub!

Guildsman chandelier

Run by master craftsmen Sarah Leighton and Mark Hampton Guildsman Gallery is a permanent retail venue for makers of the finest quality contemporary fine jewellery and handmade silverware. See the work of 14 jewellers and take part in their “build a bracelet” workshop and then admire your work whilst sipping a cup of tea and a slice of cake. A fantastic space where the work on display outshines even the the largest chandelier.

artisan alchemy

As well as displaying the work of 5 jewellery designers, Artisan Alchemy also has space for jewellers to rent a bench, but it does not stop there the gallery provides support and mentoring for the bench workers who are often fresh from their training at The School of Jewellery. Fine jewellery and fine furniture share this we crafted gallery space.

artfull expression

Artfull Expression exhibits the work of over 60 designers and makers from right here in the Jewellery Quarter and beyond. A treasure trove of a shop come and see a jeweller at work on the bench and view all that this contemporary jewellery trade has to offer. Check out the website and see highlighted designers each month and learn about how and why this gallery really is the home of independent design.

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It’s hard to believe that 1000 Trades has only been open for one year, during that time they have hosted maker markets, exhibited local art, been home to local artisan food pop ups, begun their own brewing club and much much more. This year 1000 Trades again hosts local poetry publisher The Emma Press, exhibits local artists work and even has a walking tour up its sleeve for Sunday. Talking of sleeves Birmingham Independent Record fair are again their guests on Saturday.

So sharing really is caring here in the Jewellery Quarter, we will be back tomorrow with more makers who will be taking part in our 3rd Open Studios on 29th and 30th July.






Brew, Brew Electric Brew

Not only home to some of the best contemporary jewellers in the world (yes I mean it) we are also home to a trade that has also stood the test of time, so much so that it has it’s own festival that links into ours quite nicely!

The art and craft of brewing can be seen at one of our three breweries that we have on the Open Studios trail.

rock and roll

Home to Birmingham Citys only Brewster, Rock and Roll Brewhouse welcomes everyone who loves beer and music. If you visited them last year then you are in for a treat as time and art has treated them kindly. Be sure to view their art ceiling as well as their new extension.

burning soul

A great addition to our brewing and open studio scene is Burning Soul, a tap room in front of their brewing house where you can sample the ales, alongside an interesting history. This unit used to be where Two Towers brewed away and you may have visited this site for the last two open studios for a tour around their brewery but……………….


Two Towers brewery has now moved down the road and taken up residence in The Gunmakers Arms! See the brewery, hear about the trade and see how they have transformed this pub into their very own tap! Its great to see the move and also to welcome The Gun Quarter to our Open Studios map (well there will be an arrow to it!!), thanks to Two Towers for still supporting us.

Now brewing is a very busy business but in the lead up to Jewellery Quarter Open Studios Burning Soul and Two Towers will be taking part in Birmingham Beer Week so you now have two reasons to come along. Curation of your work is really important to showcase what you have so alongside our designers and makers The Wolf  will be carefully curating beers for Beer week, be sure to pop in and see art by local artists too.


The Jewellery Quarter is very proud of its pubs and bars so much so that it has its own ale trail which is being updated for the Jewellery Quarter Festival so do ask the volunteers for a copy when you visit.



5 More for you to discover all in one place!

Tina Francis runs Jewellery Quarter Open Studios, having cut her teeth running  Central Trail in Brighton as part of their Artists Open Houses (the oldest open trail and still the best!) when she returned to Birmingham a few years ago she knew it was something she wanted to do right here. After a trial run at Custard Factory which was well attended she was ready to tackle the Jewellery Quarter!

“Being a maker gives me a head start when running an event like this and as Open Studios had been run here in the past by Centrepiece I also have the legacy to build on and of course the expertise from those that ran it before. JQBid have supported me throughout. Whilst the Jewellery Quarter is famed for metal I wanted the Open Studios to reflect the diverse trades and makers that call the Jewellery Quarter home so you will find fine artists, leather workers, tapestry makers, hair and makeup designers, chocolate makers and many more trades behind closed doors.”

“Skill sharing is something we do well here in the Jewellery Quarter and so this year in my studio I will be inviting different makers and community groups to join me when I open the doors to invite you to “come see what we do “, here they all are (plus me!)!”

Shelanu Black enamel sparrow range

Shelanu is a developing social enterprise of migrant and refugee women working with Craftspace producing high quality craft objects inspired by their new home, the city of Birmingham.

deborette b18 leather

Local leather company B18 Leather uses the finest quality leather and findings to create beautiful small leather goods with a funky painted edge.

ruth green

Image copyright Ruth Green

Ruth Green is a printmaker based in Birmingham, UK. She produces exquisite, colourful silkscreen prints by hand. Her work is inspired by mid-century design and pattern and by the British countryside.

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Where Wool Meets is a collaborative group that has wool at its core. Wool is what joins us but our practices are so very different, machine knit, stitch, wire, sculpture, hand knit and print all play their part. Judith Watson, Suraya Hossian, Tina Francis.

spring hill stitchers

Spring Hill Stitchers is a community stitch group that meets every Saturday at Spring Hill Library, their most recent project funded by Ageing Better in Birmingham is “Flags of Ladywood” and aims to celebrate all who live here. (Contact Tina Francis for more details)

tina francis

Tina Francis will be have small and large tapestry needlepoint squeezed into the rest of the space!!!



All set for launch!

Craft, heritage, design – we have it all here in the Jewellery Quarter! 29 and 30 July we will share what we do with you! Here are just 5 of over 30 participants for 2017!

MJQworkshops20100079Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – free entry into this fascinating museum, visit here and see how we did it and how the craftsmanship continues today.

Frilly Industries

Frilly Industries – award winning artists Kirsty Hillyer and Adrienne Frances bring you laser cut jewellery and much more, snowglobes, medals, unique colourways are all part of the mix.


Dual Works – I Make, We Make, You Make. Shared creative studio Zoe Roberston and Steve Snell invite you to view their individual projects, see their latest commissions, encourage you to undertake you own projects! Launching their new Lampshade collection!


Centrepiece – 20 years in the making! Centrepiece will again be exhibiting a wide range of styles, craft and most of all knowledge about the jewellery trade. Designer makers continuing heritage.

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Alyn Waterman – the craft of make-up and hair on display with a nod to his celebrity connections. This studio is a revelation in glamour and know how. Learn about camera continuity from the expert!



We are back again!

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After two successful years we are back again in 2017 ready to invite you to “come see what we do”.

Famed for its jewellery manufacture and artisan makers the Jewellery Quarter lies in the heart of Birmingham. Every day over 6000 people come to work here making and designing some of the finest jewellery, holloware and fine regalia. We make pens, whistles, enamelware, watches, time pieces, we train people at the School of Jewellery and we are home to the Assay Office. Alongside the metal trades there is a growing number of makers and designers that call the Jewellery Quarter home.

Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th July we will again be opening our studio and workshop doors and welcoming you in. Leather workers, film makers, chocolatiers, jewellery designers and makers, tapestry makers, fine artists, Galleries, make-up artists, fashion designers, architects, brewers and many more will be open for you to visit.

Over the next weeks we will be writing about each participant but until then here is a link to our JQ Micros site which interviewed 13 Makers for Micro Business Matters day earlier in the year.