Metal-Clay Jewellery Making Break

From £623 pp

France

4 days

Small Group up to 6 People

What you'll do

Unleash your creative side and learn to make your own beautiful pieces of jewellery using silver, copper and bronze metal clays, staying in a beautiful 19th-century farmhouse sitting in 50 acres of countryside in South-West France on this unique all-inclusive short break.

Ever wanted to make your own jewellery but don’t know where to begin? Well all is not lost, as this jewellery making short break 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.

Metal clays are a new jewellery making product which are easy to mould and shape – just like clay – so you’re not limited to what you can design. Watch as the metal clay is fired and turns to pure silver before your very eyes on this original and exciting course.

With expert tuition from your talented tutor Caroline, you’ll learn the art of jewellery making and will design and make exquisite jewellery to take home with you at the end of your trip.

This metal clay jewellery making course includes 2 days of tuition which will be spent in the well-equipped studio learning all the skills you need to make a variety of different types of jewellery.

But it’s not all ‘work’ and no play – your hosts also make sure that you have time to relax and to sample the delights of Gascony, which is a gourmet’s paradise including local produce from delicious duck to succulent wild boar and charming local wines, not forgetting the allure of Gascony Armagnac, which will tickle your taste buds.

Stay in a stunning renovated farmhouse in the glorious region of Gascony in South West of France with its own swimming pool and 50 acres of land. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind and your hosts Adam and Caroline will be on hand at all times to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. There are no single supplements for solo travellers, making this the perfect break.

Caroline & Adam

Your Local Host:

Caroline & Adam

Caroline, is a qualified jewellery making teacher from the UK. She and her husband Adam 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.. Read More

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. There are also no single supplements for solo travellers to have a private room!

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
– Heated outdoor swimming pool (12m x 6m)
– Free activities: shooting, archery, cycling, board games
– Close by there are a range of activities from horse riding, kayaking, karting, theme parks and casinos
– Local markets and a wide range of delightful restaurants from auberge (an intimate Inn) to Michelin star
– Superb luxury renovated farmhouse with 3 double bedrooms
– Luxury renovated gite with 2 twin/double bedrooms
– All twin/double bedrooms have private ensuite bathrooms
– No single supplements for solo travellers
– Open plan farmhouse kitchen and large living area with TV
– In house fully equipped jewellery making studio
– Also available locally are wine and Armagnac tasting
– Optional gourmet food course
– Throughout the year there are numerous fetes, music festivals and exhibitions
– Further afield you can visit some wonderful beaches along the Atlantic or Mediterranean coast
– WiFi available

Hollow forms and syringe workshop and wine tasting

– This morning after breakfast you will go to a local delightful village market to explore the area to discuss your first project designs with the rest of the group and your tutor Caroline
– You will then return home to begin your first jewellery making class
– Today you will learn the technique of making hollow forms, which is perfect for creating hollow forms such as classical silver ball earrings or a beautiful textured bead pendant for earrings
– Caroline will teach you the basic techniques with using precious metal clay (PMC) to give you maximum freedom to develop your own designs
– You will also learn syringe work with bronzes, and use stones and semi precious beads to create your unique designs
– A delicious lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen
– 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
– 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.

old renovated barn with swimming pool in France

Naturals and fingerprinting jewellery making workshop and Armagnac tasting

– After a leisurely breakfast, you will choose something natural of your choice, such as a leaf, to influence your fine silver jewellery designs today
– 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
– After lunch, you will create a your own personal fingerprint jewellery
– Fingerprint jewellery is when you set the prints of loved ones (or even pets!) into fine silver
– This is a unique process and the perfect gift or memento to keep for yourself
– 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 the Armagnac and local produce
– A 3 course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse kitchen accompanied with local delicious wines

Accommodation

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

double bedroom accommodation on jewellery making holiday

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 (3)

N Parker

Wednesday 26th July, 2017

I had an amazing 4 day break in the south of France learning to make jewellery with Caroline, my tutor. I was made to feel so welcome from the 1st email communication with Caroline all the way to her dropping me back at Agen station. I made 3 beautiful pieces and now feel that I have caught the jewellery making bug!! Carolina's husband Adam made some amazing dishes, it was like eating in a 5 star restaurant every day bit without any of the pretentiousness. The accondation was lovely and I especially liked the outdoor pool, perfect to cool off in the hot weather. I'm already thinking about booking my next holiday with Caroline.

C Hobbs

Tuesday 4th August, 2015

I had a wonderful time, so much more than just a course. It was an opportunity to see something of local life, with everything tailored to the interests of the group. Caroline, Adam and their children welcomed you into their family and immediately put you at your ease. The food was great too. I hadn't given the jewellery making much thought before I went but was pleasantly surprised at what I did manage to create and can't wait to show the pieces off. Caroline is very talented and adapts her course to throw in new techniques she thinks you might be interested in. Thank you Caroline and Adam for a great holiday.

K Howe

Thursday 21st May, 2015

What a wonderful time I had! The hosts are so friendly, and the food was AMAZING. But most importantly, the opportunity to learn a completely new skill (I was a total novice!) was invaluable and such great fun. I would utterly recommend.

Location Info

Set in the heart of Gascony surrounded by 50 acres of private unspoilt meadows, the your farmhouse accommodation is tucked away between the pilgrimage route to Saint Jacques de Compostelle and la Chevauchée d’Henri IV. Although the farmhouse is..

  • 3 nights accommodation in a private twin/double room with ensuite bathroom
  • Prices are based on 1 person in their own private room with ensuite bathroom (no single supplement for a private room)
  • If two people travel together and share a room, a discount is offered
  • 2 jewellery making workshops (on day 2 and 3)
  • Access to the jewellery studio daily to work on your pieces
  • Workshops include PMC, art clay and working with bronze, hollow forms and fingerprinting
  • All materials and equipment for jewellery making
  • Tips on how to start your own jewellery business
  • Vineyard visit and wine tasting session
  • Armagnac distillery visit and tasting session
  • Transport to and from all excursions
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunch daily between workshops
  • 3 course gourmet dinners every evening
  • 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 4

Metal-Clay Jewellery Making Break

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