Love Basingstoke recently spoke to Laura at the Hampshire School of Jewellery.
Tell us about yourself and the Hampshire School of Jewellery
We are a jewellery school based in Basingstoke which teaches a variety of classes from one-off introductory sessions to 10-week courses for complete beginners to more advanced learners.
The jewellery school is run by myself, Laura, and as a small business owner I do everything from running the website, social media and admin to actually teaching the classes although my sister does help me with my accounts!
My background is in jewellery and I graduated with my degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery design in 2006. I have worked in the industry since then in a variety of roles, including at the bench, shop manager and designer.
Outside of work I love to dance both ballroom and Latin and have competed at Blackpool several times in national competitions.
What was your inspiration behind starting the business?
I started teaching around 13 years ago at a local college, eventually taking over all of the jewellery making classes on the adult education programme. I worked there for 6 years teaching in the evenings alongside my full time job working as a designer in a jewellery store. In 2016 the college withdrew all of the leisure courses and this started me thinking about whether I could set up on my own and offer classes at my own jewellery school.
Almost 7 years ago I held my first class with one lady at my dining room table and the lovely Jane still regularly attends my classes now. From small beginnings I now teach between 50 and 60 people a week.
I love the process of teaching and seeing people learn new skills. Its surprising how many people don’t believe they will be able to produce anything, and they always leave wearing their new creation.