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Jewellery Making Holiday

From £1662 pp

France, Gascony

8 days

Small Group up to 6 People

Jewellery Making Holiday

From £1662 pp

What You'll Do

Design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery on this 7-night creative holiday; you can choose to work with glass, clay, and metals to craft beautiful pieces, while staying in a lovely rural 19th-century farmhouse in South-West France on this all-inclusive holiday.

Perfect the art of jewellery making on this 7 night creative holiday with talented artist Caroline using metal clays, glass and polymer clays as well as precious stones and gems, all set in a beautiful 19th century farmhouse sitting in 50 acres of countryside, ensuring your holiday is a relaxing haven.

Unleash your creative side and learn to make your own beautiful pieces of jewellery using silver, copper and bronze metal clays. This holiday is the perfect introduction to working with precious metal clays (PMC, art clays etc.) to craft pieces of silver jewellery, and these luxury items are something you will treasure forever. Watch as the metal clay is fired and turns to pure silver before your very eyes on this unique and innovative course.

Or, you could choose to make your own beautiful pieces of jewellery using glass; loved by jewellery makers and designers.

This course is suitable for complete beginners so don’t worry if you have never tried anything like this before! You will be amazed at the beautiful pieces you make to take home with you at the end of your trip.

Experience
Highlights

Design your own beautiful jewellery pieces to take home with you.

Stay in a picturesque farmhouse with large swimming pool.

Includes all meals, accommodation & return transfers to the local station.

Your Local Host:

Caroline & Adam

Caroline is a qualified teacher from the UK and her husband Adam is a passionate cook. They moved to South West France looking for a change of lifestyle and now run their hugely successful jewellery making and activity holidays from Baron-Figués, where you will be staying. Caroline has been a qualified jewellery teacher for over 20 years and has experience in setting up and running training centres teaching practical skills. She is a senior instructor in both PMC and Art Clay and has experience in using a wide range of clays and other materials. Adam is a serious gastro enthusiast, as much in love with the local seasonal produce as the Gascons, and entirely committed to cooking the most incredible traditional dishes for guests as well as providing wonderful cooking courses. A passionate teacher, he can show you how to make traditional dishes such as Brandade de Morue (salt cod and potato) or Garbure (vegetable soup). For the painting course, the are joined by passionate local artists with huge knowledge and experience of the area as well as art to ensure you are taken to the right places to inspire your paintings.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

– Arrive at Agen train station in the afternoon to be greeted by your friendly hosts before being driven to the farmhouse where your holiday will begin
– Settle into your delightful room before getting to know your fellow students over delicious aperitifs
– Enjoy a social evening with a 3 course gourmet dinner served in the farmhouse kitchen along with a short introduction from your hosts about what to expect over the next few days

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse with three beautifully appointed guest en-suite twin/double bedrooms, and one of the main attractions of this farmhouse is its large open plan traditional kitchen. Guests can sit around the homely table, that seats 14 guests, and share delicious meals prepared by Caroline’s husband.

Attached to the farmhouse is a recently renovated gite. The gite has been sympathetically restored to a very high standard and also contains two twin/double bedrooms.

Features
– Set in 50 acres of parkland, an area of incredible natural beauty famous for its gastronomy and wines
– Outdoor swimming pool (12m x 6m)
– All twin/double bedrooms have private ensuite bathrooms
– Open plan farmhouse kitchen and large living area with TV
– WiFi available

Naturals and Jewellery Making Workshop

– This morning you will go to a local delightful village market for coffee and croissants to discuss your first project designs with the rest of the group and your tutor Caroline

– You will choose something natural of your choice, such as a leaf, before returning to the studio to begin creating the jewellery of your choice

– Caroline will teach you the basic techniques with using precious metal clay (PMC) to give you maximum freedom to develop your own designs

– Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen with views of the countryside all around to help inspire your creative side

– Those needing guidance for ideas will be supported throughout the week

– This afternoon, you will learn about the processes of designing, creating and finishing your pieces, including how to use tools such as kilns and torch burners, sanding and polishing tools

– Once your fine silver piece is finished you will be taught to add findings and beads if chosen so that your jewellery is ready to wear

– There will be free time to use all the on-site facilities before aperitifs are served by the pool

– A 3 course gourmet meal will then be served in the grounds or the farmhouse kitchen accompanied with local delicious wines

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

 

Ring design and visit to Armagnac distillery

– After breakfast you will create a ring design and be taught the techniques for correct sizing and achieving your chosen design

– There are several techniques to ring making which will be covered on this day from texturing, carving and stone setting

– A delicious lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen

– After lunch, you will fire and polish your ring to create the finished product

– Early evening, you will visit a family run Armagnac distillery (which Gascony is famous for) and learn how it is made and the history behind it and, more importantly, tasting before returning for dinner back at the farmhouse. Sample different vintages across generations of production. These are millesime armagnacs, not blended, and bottled for you directly from the cask.

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

Learning about metal clays and wine tasting

– Following breakfast, you will try other types of metal clay in the workshop and learn how they work and are fired

– Try your hand using bronzes and coppers, or what is available for your week

– You will have fun making your chosen designs using the different clays and new techniques

– Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen depending on the season

– Late afternoon you will visit a beautiful chateau famous for its aperitifs and wines for an afternoon of wine tasting

– Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool firstly, or to take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as table tennis or cycling

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

Making glass cabochons using glass fusing and visit to Condom

– After breakfast, you’ll choose your glass and colours and learn how to prepare the glass for fusing

– Once made, these can be used in learning the techniques for setting stones and setting them in one of your own designs

– Late morning we will go to the pretty market town of Condom for coffee and a chat with local artists living in the area to gain an insight into their creative vision and help to give you ideas for new designs

– Lunch will be taken out with the group, before returning to the farmhouse to finish your projects or relax

– A 3 course gourmet meal will then be served in the grounds or the farmhouse kitchen this evening

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

 

Working with enamels and colours and wine tasting

– Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before your workshop class for the day

– Today you will learn all the techniques required to add colour to your metal clay pieces using enamels

– The enamels will help you to learn which colours work well and the different processes of using enamels which require a kiln and those which do not require a kiln

– Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen

– After lunch some time will be spent giving advice to those who wish to start a business using metal clay and photos will be taken of the finished work

– You will also have time to think of the design for your final project tomorrow, which will be a larger piece

– You will learn the technique of making hollow forms today also, which is perfect for creating hollow forms such as classical silver ball earrings or a beautiful textured bead pendant

– The technique of using cork clay will also be taught

– Before dinner a trip to the local vineyard for wine tasting is a very relaxing way to finish the day and you will enjoy tasting infamous Gascony wines

– A 3 course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

Final workshop day

– After breakfast you’ll spend the morning finishing your final project

– Make the finishing touches to your jewellery by adding beautiful jump rings or ear wires

– You will then learn how to get the best light and background for photographing your work and ways of presenting them in a gift box to show your designs off to their best potential

– Enjoy a leisurely lunch will be served in the gardens or in the farmhouse kitchen before spending the afternoon finished your projects or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun!

– For your final night, a special celebratory dinner will be served as you reflect on what you have learnt with your fellow guests and showcase your beautiful finished products to the room, reflecting on how much you have learnt over the week

Departure

– After breakfast, guests are asked to check out by 10am

– You are welcome to relax and enjoy some free time if your flight is not until later in the day, before being taken to the airport or train station for your return journey

– You will return home with fantastic memories, beautiful unique jewellery, and memories and new skills to last you a lifetime

Reviews (2)

Anon

Sunday 16th June, 2019

Caroline and Adam were the best hosts, welcoming me into their home and providing delicious food, plentiful amounts of wine and lots of laughter. The excellent tuition from Caroline enabled me to make some beautiful pieces of jewellery which I am thr...

Caroline and Adam were the best hosts, welcoming me into their home and providing delicious food, plentiful amounts of wine and lots of laughter. The excellent tuition from Caroline enabled me to make some beautiful pieces of jewellery which I am thrilled with. Will definitely return.

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Mali Zilberman

Thursday 25th August, 2016

From the moment I was picked up to the moment I left I had a fantastic time. Caroline absolutely gave 100% of herself, tutoring and making me feel welcome and confident. Her whole family, as a matter fact. Her husband cooked delightfully. We also tra...

From the moment I was picked up to the moment I left I had a fantastic time. Caroline absolutely gave 100% of herself, tutoring and making me feel welcome and confident. Her whole family, as a matter fact. Her husband cooked delightfully. We also travelled around. Wonderful experience!!!

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Location Information

Set in the heart of Gascony surrounded by 50 acres of private unspoilt meadows, the your farmhouse accommodation is tucked away in the Gascon countryside. Although the farmhouse is a rural retreat, the bustling picturesque towns of Nérac and Condom are within easy reach.

Nearest airports:
Toulouse (1hr 40min), Bordeaux (1hr 40min), Pau (2 hours) or Bergerac (2 hours)

Complimentary pre-booked train transfers:
Return transfers to and from Agen train station (30 minutes) are included in the course price.

Trains run to Agen from across the SNCF network from where you can take advantage of the free transfer. Optional private airport transfers can be booked for an additional cost.

  • 7 nights accommodation in a private twin/double room
  • Prices are based on 1 person in their own private room with en-suite bathroom (no single supplement for a private room)
  • If two people travel together and share a room, a discount is offered
  • 4 jewellery making workshops
  • 2 culinary excursions to local villages or towns
  • 1 day excursion to either Dune de Pila, Bordeaux city, the Pyrenees mountains or Biarritz, depending on the groups preferences
  • Vineyard visit and wine tasting session
  • Armagnac distillery visit and tasting session
  • Access to the jewellery studio daily to work on your pieces
  • All materials and equipment for jewellery making
  • Tips on how to start your own jewellery business
  • All cooking materials, ingredients and notes
  • Transport to and from all excursions
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and 3 course gourmet dinners daily
  • All refreshments (including wine etc)
  • Pick up and drop off from Agen train station
  • Check in any time after 4pm on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 8

FAQs

Suitable for all cooking levels from beginners to advanced with a minimum age 18. Your hosts and tutors speak English and French, and lessons will be taught in English. Dietary requirements will be catered for if these are communicated in advance of booking.

These holidays make great singles holidays as there are no single supplements and you will have your own private room for no additional cost. There is a discount for 2 people travelling together and sharing a room.

This holiday starts on Sundays and runs on set dates from March to November. Holidays run for 7 nights / 8 days.

Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
- We generally do not recommend this location for those with restricted mobility.
- This holiday is based in the countryside, and does include some walking.
- The accommodation has no bedrooms or bathrooms on the ground floor, therefore one must be comfortable with stairs.

During your free time, there is plenty to do at your farmhouse accommodation including relaxing by the heated swimming pool (May-September). The accommodation offers a range of extracurricular activities onsite which are free of charge including table tennis, basketball, shooting, archery, cycling and board games to name a few!

There are numerous fêtes, music festivals and exhibitions in the surrounding areas through the year and your host Caroline will be happy to advise you during your stay. The closest towns are Nérac and Condom, and your host will be happy to suggest activities and transport should you wish to explore these during your stay.