Polymer Clay and Cuff Making

From £624 pp

France

4 days

Small Group up to 6 people

What you'll do

Design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery using silver, copper and bronze metal clays as well as experimenting with glass fusing and cutting, while staying in a lovely rural 19th century farmhouse in South-West France on this all inclusive holiday!

During this short break, you will perfect the art of jewellery making with talented artist Caroline using polymer clays 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 this wonderful special modelling clay. This holiday is the perfect introduction to working with polymer clays, to craft pieces of jewellery, which you can take home and enjoy wearing.

Polymer clay has been around from the early 1930’s but really only took off as a crafting and jewellery making medium in the 1970’s. From being known primarily as a kids modelling toy, it’s a medium that is really coming into its own for serious jewellery makers and designers.  The Racine Museum of Art in Wisconsin has just taken on a permanent collection of truly amazing polymer clay work, and you can now find pieces commanding high prices in top galleries.

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

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 also no single supplements for solo travellers, making this a fantastic holiday for singles.

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

Polymer clay; making canes, bead making, textures

– 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 begin with an introduction to polymer clay, including practical and technical information
– Caroline will teach you the basic techniques with using polymer clay to give you maximum freedom to develop your own designs
– Throughout the day you will experiment with polymer clay, making canes and looking at surface design techniques
– The course will encourage you to think creatively about how the jewellery will be worn and students will be shown how to create holes and fittings incorporated as part of the finished piece and will also experiment with attaching fittings and bails
– 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

Making cuffs

– After a leisurely breakfast, you will learn to make your first polymer cuff using skills learnt from the previous day
– 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 finish your cuff ready to be worn
– You will gain confidence in choosing colours and designs to make your own unique polymer pieces
– 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 (1)

C Menakaya

Wednesday 20th July, 2016

This was an exceptionally amazing experience for me. Caroline was very meticulous in the way she delivered the training and introduction to Polymer Clay Jewelry and cuff making....but it wasn't just the Studio Sessions...It was also the great healthy but very yummy food prepared by Adam....the farmhouse which was simply breathtaking and serene.... and the excursions to Nerac, the Frechou night market, the visit to galleriekoustak.......Its all an inclusive must have experience. Highly recommended.

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
  • 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 days 2 and 3)
  • Access to the jewellery studio daily to work on your pieces
  • All materials and equipment for polymer clay and cuff making
  • Tips on how to start your own jewellery business
  • Armagnac distillery visit and tasting session
  • Chateau visit and wine tasting session
  • 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 4

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