An award-winning jeweller whose work has featured in top museums including the V&A has opened a studio and smithing school at The Lawn in Lincoln, giving aspiring designers the chance to learn the skills of the business.
Martin Drury, 44, is opening the doors to his first class of students on the afternoon of Thursday, October 5 and will be offering a selection of courses from weekdays to evenings and six week workshops.
The school is located behind the Stokes cafe at The Lawn, which is currently undergoing a £2 million refurbishment by the local coffee company.
Martin, who grew up in Lincoln, first picked up a piercing saw in 1991 when he first started attending an evening class. From there he built up a portfolio that took him to Sheffield Hallam University, where he earned a first calls degree in silversmithing and jewellery.
He went on to collect his masters in goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.
Since embarking on his professional career in 1998, Martin has taught at the University of the Creative Arts,Surrey, Loughborough College of Art and Design, The Royal College of Art and the University of Lincoln.
He has won many design awards and has his work can be seen in many of the country’s top museums and galleries, including the permanent Collection at the V&A museum, The Millenium Galleries, Sheffield and in the private collection of the Duke of Devonshire.
He said: “At Lincoln School of Jewellery we are passionate about passing the traditional skills of jewellery making on to our students.
“We believe quality tuition produces quality jewellery. Our classes are small with a maximum of six students, ensuring you will get the level of support and guidance you need to start you off on your jewellery making adventure.
“We also plan to have renowned guest jewellers join us for special one-off classes.”
Courses range from £50 day courses to six week tutorials costing just over £200. Details of each of the events on offer on the Lincoln School of Jewellery website here.
Martin also offers bespoke jewellery making from the uphill studio.