Grow with the Central Scotland School of Jewellery

by Jo Pudelko in Dunblane, Scotland, United Kingdom

Grow with the Central Scotland School of Jewellery
We did it
On 14th September 2020 we successfully raised £17,181 with 122 supporters in 28 days

We want to grow this little jewellery school to fulfil its potential - and yours!

by Jo Pudelko in Dunblane, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We have a dream...We want to collaborate with mechanical engineers to redesign some of the jewellery 'tools of the trade'. Inspired by vintage treadle machinery we want to remove some of our reliance on electricity energy while re-designing items of equipment that jewellers at the start of their career typically struggle to afford. Much like the Precious Plastic movement, we will make the plans open-source so jewellers around the world can build their own treadle polishers, treadle lathes, treadle anything! Good for the planet, good for your thigh muscles ;) 


Our aim as a jewellery school is to be a transformative force - training designers of the future to make a positive difference to the environmental impact of the jewellery sector. Leading by example we educate future makers by highlighting environmental best practice, material innovation, and low-impact alternatives while respecting and sustaining the traditional skills of jewellery and metalsmithing. Now, with your help, we want to broaden the range of classes we offer, upgrade our processes, and transform the School into a hub for environmental and ethical making.

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Research has proven that participating in craft activities can boost mental and emotional wellbeing, and while we already cater to everyone from the complete beginner to the established maker, we want to broaden the range of classes we offer. Supporting us in the growth and diversification of our workshop programme will allow even more people to grow their creative skills in a welcoming and supportive space. Every pledge, big or small, will enable us to transform our jewellery school as we continue to grow, and work to inspire, educate, and support the local community.

We definitely want to show our appreciation for your support so we've come up with an almighty selection of rewards, big and small, to say 'thank you' for helping us. We've tried to keep it fun and have come up with three different designs that you can get either as a lapel pin or printed on one of our aprons.

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We also have some rewards that are sure to appeal to some of the folk we appreciate the most - our students! There are some great bargains to be had with monster discounts on our gift vouchers. We've even extended the expiry date so you can use them anytime in the next two years! We love our students and they seem to love us back. We've had some fantastic feedback over the past three years:

  • Friendly, educational, creative – lovely!
  • An immensely rewarding day! Would heartily recommend it - the buzz on seeing the “stack of rings” is fantastic!
  • Relaxed and lovely group of people… Enjoyed back to basics and making something for me!
  • Great taster day and I want to book a term now for evening classes.
  • Met new people, exercised my creative muscle and relaxed!
  • Loved the course!! Brilliant!!
  • Brilliant to finally have a course like this in Dunblane!
  • I am so happy with my lovely new jewellery! I enjoyed absolutely all of it!
  • Really enjoyed the course and looking forward to doing more

Why not buy a voucher and join us for a weekend workshop? Or pop in for a socially distanced tour! We would love to show you the School.

Like many small businesses the Coronavirus crisis hit us hard but we're excited to meet the challenge head-on with creativity, innovation, and consideration for the environment. We're ready for the next chapter and with your help, we will grow! 

Our Crowdfunder campaign is running until the 14th of September. Be sure to check back with us as we will be adding frequent updates to our page to let you know a little more about the School and our plans for the future!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Workshop Apron

We are fussy about our aprons! Aprons that hang off the back of your neck are literally a drag! Reward yourself with a denim cross back bib apron in two colour options. The apron front features cute dungaree-style buckles while the back of the apron has a cross straps which come in a matching fabric to the apron. You can choose to have your grey or indigo apron embroidered in one of three designs or choose to keep it plain.

£5 or more

I want to help!

We know that times are tight. We appreciate each and every contribution. For a donation of £5.00, you'll be rewarded with an invite to our next Private View event and our gratitude!

£15 or more

Pin-tastic!

You will get a huge thank you, an invite to our next Private View event and an etched brass pin to wear with pride. Three designs to choose from!

£50 or more

No reward required

A huge part of our ethos is our drive towards becoming a sustainable business. If you are looking for a way to support the School without receiving a physical reward this is the option for you! You will of course receive some fantastic karma and our immense gratitude.

£85 or more

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£100 Voucher

We've added this extra reward just in case our other reward voucher sells out. Don't be sad - it's still an exceptionally good deal! This voucher also has an extended expiry date of 2 years. Nobody wants to be the first to mention the 'C' word but this would make a great festive gift for a creative friend or family member!

£200 or more

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Ultimate Toolkit

Our Ultimate Toolkits normally sell for £250 on our website and they are pretty special! Rather than a generic kit from a tool company, this one has been specifically designed to complement the techniques taught during the beginner classes and workshops. Pandemic-proof your jewellery making and get all the kit you need to work at home! See the full list of tools included at https://cssj.co.uk/product/ultimate-tool-kit/

£1,000 or more

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Corporate Sponsor plus perks!

You believe in us here at the Central Scotland School of Jewellery and what we are trying to do. We are looking to partner with like-minded businesses that are invested in running eco and ethical businesses. We are grateful for your support and will invite 12 of your staff to join us for a team-building jewellery workshop during the 2020-21 year. Your logo will be displayed in our studio and on our website.

£200 or more

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£250 Voucher!

An easy way to get anything from our website at a whopping 20% discount. Grab ‘em quick as quantities are limited and this is sure to sell out. We’ve even extended the expiry date from one year to two years because we’re nice like that. Buy one for yourself and one for a pal!

£350 or more

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Bespoke workshop for you and five pals

A massive saving on booking through our website! You and five friends will have exclusive use of our fantastic studio for the day. Choose from any of our 1-day workshop topics including Stacking Rings, Spinner Rings, Precious Metal Clay, Silver Bangles, and more! We will provide everything you need to create a beautiful silver piece of jewellery to take home. Buying through the website would cost £480 - 570 depending on the course! Flexible dates

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