I started learning to make jewellery with Martin around 7 or 8 years ago now and got totally hooked straight away. When the studio moved, I followed. I drive quite a long way to get there, but I’d happily drive even further. Tracy and Martin aren’t just professional jewellers, but also fantastic teachers and craftsmen, and they’ve managed to create a studio where everyone feels welcome and inspired. It’s become my treat to myself, a really special time each week.
I signed up for classes with Martin and Tracy at their studio/workshop in St Albans three years ago and have been attending one morning a week most of the time since then. It’s been great to learn a completely new skill and to make one-off pieces of jewellery for myself and the family – including a simple gold wedding ring for my son when he got married last year. It’s fun and addictive – and my Wednesdays wouldn’t be the same without it.
Having embarked on numerous jewellery courses over the years, I have enormous respect for the skill, expertise and experience that Martin Hopton and Tracy Furlong have. They offer superb teaching in the best-equipped workshop any student could dream of. I would recommend courses at The St Albans Jewellery School above all others.
The tuition at The St Albans School Of Jewellery is second to none; as well as benefiting from decades of their teaching skills and experience in the jewellery industry, I enter each week into a calm, friendly and extremely creative environment with stunning countryside surroundings. Escapism of the very loveliest kind!
Martin and Tracy are very inspiring professional jewellery designer makers and teachers. They are incredibly patient and always willing to help make creative ideas into reality.
I love the classes at The St Albans School Of Jewellery. I am so glad I came across this school of jewellery; I enjoy every single lesson and am always longing for the next one as soon as one is over. Martin and Tracy are both highly skilled designers and makers, who leave no problem unsolved and are always very committed to helping each student to finish their projects in as close to perfect as possible. Their special gift on top of this is their ability to explain very well and with patience if necessary. The setting is perfect and can sometimes feel too cosy to get working hard : ) …
I’ve been studying with Martin and Tracy for a few months. Jewellery is a hobby, for me. It brings together a perfect mix of creativity and technical manual skills. The St Albans School of Jewellery is a wonderful environment to learn and practice this art form in their fully equipped jewellery studio and using the wide range of available tools under the expert guidance of Martin and Tracy.
I attended the St Albans School of Jewellery as a complete beginner, and found Martin and Tracy to be inspiring, supportive and knowledgeable. There was a fantastic mix of technical tuition as well as design inspiration, always in a relaxed, friendly environment. The class can be tailored to suit individual needs, so is perfect for any skill level ~ I highly recommend it!
About a year ago I met a jewellery designer at a show who had been taught by Martin Hopton and she recommended I went along to meet designer goldsmiths Martin Hopton and Tracy Furlong at their studio to try a taster jewellery making class. Being a complete novice I was very nervous. To say it has changed my life is an understatement. I am taught by two amazing jewellers who are so inspirational, nothing is too much trouble and the patience they have with a beginner is second to none. The passion they have for this art shows through in their own creations, their studio and the wealth of knowledge they have to share. It is the highlight of my week to go to class.
I highly recommend their beginners course – I was delighted with the ring I made and enjoyed learning the techniques and handling the tools and precious metals. The courses are designed to appeal to all and I thoroughly recommend anyone to have a go.