Jewellery Making Holiday

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.
From £1635 pp*
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What you'll do

Overview

Design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery on this 7-nights 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 nights 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 f...Read All

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

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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...Read All

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 ...Read All

Free day

You will have a free day to spend at your leisure.

You may choose to spend more time perfecting your techniques and work on your jewellery in the studio or take time to relax by the swimming pool with a good book.

All meals are included for this day. You can enjoy a well-earned rest

 

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 ...Read All

Working with enamels and colours 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 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...Read All

Final workshop day

Relax with a delicious breakfast this morning before heading out on a fun excursion for the day

Today you’ll enjoy an excursion to a location of your choice! Your hosts will take you to visit further afield depending on the groups preferences

Explore the stunning scenery and relax on your final day, and enjoy lunch whilst you out

This evening you’ll return home for your final dinner, where you’ll reflect on...Read All

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

What's included

Included

  • 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
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 teacher for over 25 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. For Adam, cooking is a journey through all the senses and you won't just spend time sampling the local produce but understand how it is made and the traditions behind it. Adam blends a simple Irish approach to cooking with flavours and skills acquired from travels across the world. From conception to plate, Adam will teach you how to prepare and serve fantastic meals that will seem to magically appear in front of your guests, allowing you to enjoy the party too! For the painting course, they 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.

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 teacher for over 25 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. For Adam, cooking is a journey through all the senses and you won't just spend time sampling the local produce but understand how it is made and the traditions behind it. Adam blends a simple Irish approach to cooking with flavours and skills acquired from travels across the world. From conception to plate, Adam will teach you how to prepare and serve fantastic meals that will seem to magically appear in front of your guests, allowing you to enjoy the party too! For the painting course, they 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.

Location

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.

What our travellers are saying...

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.

Anon

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!!!

Mali Zilberman

FAQs

Who is it suitable for?

This jewellery making holiday is suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced. Minimum age 18. Your hosts and tutors speak English and French, and lessons will be taught in English

I'm travelling solo - can I join?

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.

When can I start?

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

Is there restricted mobility access?

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.

What can I do in my free time?

During your free time, there is plenty to do at your farmhouse accommodation including relaxing by the 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.

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