Impressions of the Jewellery Quarter- Workshop
Beginning with a taster tour and taking inspiration from the layered history of J W Evans, the workshop will be a unique immersive opportunity to have a go at some of the traditional techniques and processes used in the historic silver factory and wider Jewellery Industry. Led by artists Naomi Clarke and Rebecca Steiner. Come and have a go at making a Christmas gift!
Naomi Clarke is an Artist, Jeweller and Enameler and current Artist in Residence at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery. Rebecca Steiner is an award-winning Fine Jeweller whose work has been exhibited across the UK and Europe and currently works as a lecturer at Birmingham School of Jewellery.
One of the Jewellery Quarter’s hidden treasures has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to encourage more people to visit it – and we want you to be involved.
The workshops of the JW Evans Silver Factory are crammed with intricate tools and presses, preserved as though the workers have just clocked off for the day. It’s a rare survivor from an era when master craftsmen at small specialist family firms produced a vast amount of fine jewellery, silverware and metalwork. At one time, 70,000 people were employed in the trade in Birmingham, and the city was known as ‘the workshop of the world’.
The factory closed in 2008 and English Heritage has cared for the factory since 2010. Now, with help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re exploring how we can open it up to more people than ever before.