And What a Year It Has Been….!

Happy First Birthday to Claire Brooks Studio Gallery! To celebrate and thank you for your ongoing support, I am holding a 24 Hour flash sale giving you 10% off all 2020 jewellery classes which are officially available in store and online as of right…. NOW! (terms and conditions below) To redeem your 10% discount, copy the code and book in now.

Happy First Birthday to Claire Brooks Studio Gallery! To celebrate and thank you for your ongoing support, I am holding a 24 Hour flash sale giving you 10% off all 2020 jewellery classes which are officially available in store and online as of right…. NOW! (terms and conditions below)

To redeem your 10% discount, copy the code and book in now.

10% Discount Code: FIRSTBIRTHDAY

My first year of business has been action packed with classes, handcrafting all sorts of bespoke pieces and engagement rings, mentoring other artisans and meeting the lovely members of my local community.

Since opening, I have had a bunch of people asking for before and after shots of the studio being renovated and what better time than now to show you all how it came together?

While it wasn’t available when I was first looking for a venue, there was something about 120 Partridge Street that just felt right. I was originally looking at the cute little place next door but when I saw how much light there was in 120 I knew it was the one. As fate would have it, it suddenly became available just before I was due to sign my lease.

120 Partridge had been very well loved over the years and was in need of some well deserved TLC so my partner, Robby, and I got to work.

Looking out onto the street from 120 Partridge Street. The cute little shop front had so much potential.
Me in the gallery doorway. I fell in love with the space the minute I saw it. Photograph courtesy of Kym Siddons.
The kitchen/tool room prior to renovations. This room was really satisfying to make over.

We started patching all of the walls then had a plasterer box in an exposed beam and fill some holes which were a bit too big for my little pot of spakfiller.

So much filling and sanding!

The floors were a little bit uneven and caked up with carpet glue so I decided to get an expert in to grind the concrete and prepare it for painting. Unfortunately there was a bit of a mishap with the original coat I used on the floor and it didn’t bond for some reason. In the end, the whole slab had to be ground back which took an extra three weeks. It was a terrible process but, in hindsight, was well worth the effort. I’d like to give a shout out to the team over at Kennard’s Concrete Care who went above and beyond with their advice and machine hire. Also thank you to Laurence Coffrant who helped my partner and I seal the concrete.

Three weeks of grinding concrete felt like it would never end. I am sure that my poor neighbours agreed!

We then painted the space with the help of my lovely jewellery friends Anja Jagsch, Leonie Westbrooke and Woori Han, had a tiler in to replace the old tiles, enlisted the help of Robby’s Brother in-law, Ross, to install the heavy cabinets and even had help from Robby’s Mum, Cheryl, to clean the shop façade.

While all of this was going on I was lucky enough to have the help of two very talented designers who worked with me to create custom built fittings and displays. Being the picky jeweller that I am, I was very pleased to have the expert guidance of local public artist, Greg Healey, when designing and making my beautiful display cabinets. Greg welded and worked out the logistics while I cut the steel, ground down the joins and assisted. I also used Greg’s studio to weld up some awesome pendant lights in my signature Interlacing style which now adorn the front window. I was so happy with how all the displays and lights turned out and was so grateful to Greg and the team at George Street Studios, Thebarton, for their help.

Greg Healey welding away at my display cabinets. Greg was so generous and helpful with his time.
The beginnings of my Interlace Pendant Lights which feature in the front window. They create the most amazing shadows in the gallery.

I was also the lucky recipient of a City of Holdfast Bay Small Business Grant which enabled me to commission local Adelaide furniture designer, Steve Soeffky, to custom make table, benches and bench toppers designed specifically for the use of my jewellery students. Steves furniture was created using sustainably sourced second grade timber which would have otherwise been used as woodchips. The beautiful timber is full of character and Steve’s beautiful pieces really tie the space together.

A big thank you to the City of Holdfast Bay for their kind support and efforts to further develop arts and culture in the area.

Steve’s beautiful table in situ after the walls were painted and the floors were sealed.

Once most of the renovations were complete it was time to move in which was pretty exciting. I had the support of my grandparents, David and Geraldine who drove all the way from Melbourne to help with last minute painting and furniture removal. It was a rather overwhelming task to find a spot for all of my tools, materials and furniture so it was great to have thier help.

And finally the space was ready for business!

Claire Brooks Studio Gallery all finished and ready to sell some jewellery.
Beautiful displays sanded and shaped by Robby and I. Poor Robby ended up with a nasty sanding injury in the process.
Claire Brooks Studio Gallery is open for business!
One well stocked teaching table ready to go.
The little kitchen area/tool room out the back. My lovely mother kindly installed some extra shelving and cabinets for me recently which has made the space even better.

Opening up a jewellery gallery has been one of the most terrifying, challenging and rewarding things that I have done to date. I am so appreciative of everyone who has helped during my first year of business and to my local community of customers, residents and businesses who have been so quick to adopt me as one of their own. Also a very big thank you to my Mum, my Stepdad Michael, friends, family, my partner Robby, my awesome landlords Genie & Matt as well as my crowd funding supporters who have helped me to get things up and running. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Don’t forget to take some time for you in 2020 and sign up for a jewellery class now to get 10% off. Classes are the perfect excuse to get creative around a friendly, relaxed group of people while drinking cups of tea and make a great gift.

Thank you again for supporting my little gallery. I look forward to another great year!!

 

Terms and Conditions:

Promotional code valid for use online or in store from 10.30am 24/10/2019 to 10.30am 25/10/2019 ACST

Valid for use on one day classes and seven week classes only.

Promotion excludes Gift Certificates and Private Tuition.

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