Your holiday summary
Special interest holidays
Make your own way
|Price range||From £1207|
Need help with your booking?
0330 333 6737
Luxury jewellery making holiday in Gascony, near Toulouse
- Six jewellery making workshops on days two, three, four, five, six and seven
- Access to the jewellery studio daily to work on your pieces
- Workshops include PMC, art clay, ring design, working with bronze and coppers, making glass cabochons, enamels to name a few
- All materials and equipment for jewellery making Tips on how to start your own jewellery business
- Chateau visit and wine tasting session Vineyard visit and wine tasting session
- Armagnac distillery visit and tasting session
- Visit to the market town of Condom
- Transport to and from all excursions
- Breakfast daily
- Lunch daily between workshops
- Three course gourmet dinners every evening
- All refreshments (including wine etc)
- Seven nights/eight days accommodation in a private twin/double room with ensuite bathroom (no single supplements)
Arrival day. Arrive at Agen train station to be greeted by your hosts before being driven to the farmhouse where your holiday will begin (airport collections can be arranged upon request for a supplement). Settle into your room before getting to know your fellow students over aperitifs. Have a social evening with a three 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.
Naturals jewellery making workshop. This morning you will go to a local village market for coffee and croissants to discuss your first project designs with the rest of the group and your tutor Caroline. You will choose something natural of your choice, such as a leaf, before returning to the studio to begin creating the jewellery of your choice. Caroline will teach you the basic techniques with using precious metal clay (PMC) to give you maximum freedom to develop your own designs. 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. Those needing guidance for ideas will be supported throughout the week. 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. There will be free time to use all the on-site facilities before aperitifs are served by the pool. A three course gourmet meal will then be served in the grounds or the farmhouse kitchen accompanied with local wines.
Ring design and visit to Armagnac distillery. After breakfast you will create a ring design and be taught the techniques for correct sizing and achieving your chosen design. There are several techniques to ring making which will be covered on this day from texturing, carving and stone setting. A delicious lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen. After lunch, you will fire and polish your ring to create the finished product. 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 tasting before returning for dinner back at the farmhouse.
Learning about metal clays and wine tasting. Following breakfast, you will try other types of metal clay in the workshop and learn how they work and are fired. Try your hand using bronzes and coppers, or what is available for your week. Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen depending on the season. Late afternoon you will visit a 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.
Making glass cabochons using glass fusing and visit to Condom. After breakfast, you’ll choose your glass and colours and learn how to prepare the glass for fusing. Once made, these can be used in learning the techniques for setting stones and setting them in one of your own designs. Late morning we will go to the market town of Condom for coffee and a chat with local artists living in the area to gain an insight into their creative vision and help to give you ideas for new designs. Lunch will be taken out in Condom with the group, before returning to the farmhouse to finish your projects or relax. A three course gourmet meal will then be served in the grounds or the farmhouse kitchen this evening.
Working with enamels and colours and wine tasting. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before your workshop class for the day. Today you will learn all the techniques required to add colour to your metal clay pieces using enamels. The enamels will help you to learn which colours work well and the different processes of using enamels which require a kiln and those which do not require a kiln. Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen. After lunch some time will be spent giving advice to those who wish to start a business using metal clay and photos will be taken of the finished work. You will also have time to think of the design for your final project tomorrow, which will be a larger piece. You will learn the technique of making hollow forms today also, which is perfect for creating hollow forms such as silver ball earrings or a textured bead pendant. The technique of using cork clay will also be taught. Before dinner a trip to the local vineyard for wine tasting is a very relaxing way to finish the day and you will enjoy tasting infamous Gascony wines. A three course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse.
Final workshop day. After breakfast you’ll spend the morning finishing your final project. Make the finishing touches to your jewellery by adding jump rings or ear wires. You will then learn how to get the best light and background for photographing your work and ways of presenting them in a gift box to show your designs off to their best potential. A leisurely lunch will be served in the gardens or in the farmhouse kitchen before spending the afternoon finished your projects or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun. For your final night, a special celebratory dinner will be served as you reflect on what you have learnt with your fellow guests and showcase your beautiful finished products to the room, reflecting on how much you have learnt over the week.
Departure day. 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.
There is a gite attached to the farmhouse, which has two twin/double ensuite bedrooms with sweeping views of the countryside. Downstairs there is a spacious living area with satellite TV and music system. There is a fully equipped kitchen, which guests are welcome to use. Outside there is a BBQ terrace and the farmhouse boasts its own private outdoor heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, May-September). The farmhouse is surrounded by 50 acres of meadows and woodlands.
Accommodation is included for seven nights / eight days - Check in any time after 4pm on day one and check out by 10am on day eight.
This holiday is booked by phone. Click 'book now' to make a reservation request to our travel partner who will call you back to confirm your booking details and take payment. To speak to a representative now please call 0330 333 6737.