Exciting new workshop series and exhibitions now on!

27 Aug 2020

artisan, the home of craft and design in Queensland : Discover brand new workshops and latest exhibitions, all here on King St!

King St is very proud to be the home of artisan, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary craft and design practice for both makers and their audiences. artisan began its legacy in 1970 and is the home of craft and design in Queensland. AND in June, amid these crazy times, artisan turned 50! HAPPY BIRTHDAY artisan and we look forward to celebrating properly when we can!

Now back open and welcoming customers, artisan has launched their amazing workshop series, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn or hone a new skill then one of these workshops could be just for you! They’re loads of fun, you get to meet like-minded people and you’ll take away more than just a great time! As you'll notice, there's a jewellery theme, so if you've always wanted to create something that you can wear, then these are for you! All workshops can be booked here

Saturday 29 August, 10am – 12noon
Make a little ceramic house or planter with Carys Martin
Cost: $85 per person, including firing and bisc glasing

Make a slab built little ceramic house or planter under the expert tutelage of a master ceramicist.

Saturday 5 September, 10am – 12noon
Crochet a unique pair of earrings with Knitclub
Cost: $55 per person

Join master crochet jeweller and owner of Knitclub, Taina Flataz, as she walks you through the creation of a unique pair of hand-crafted earrings.

Saturday 12 September, 10am – 1pm
Silversmithing basics (earrings) workshop with Renata Fojtikova
Cost: $135 per person

In this workshop you’ll learn the techniques to create your own gorgeous sterling silver earrings with renowned Brisbane-based silversmith, Renata Fojtikova. Renata will teach you key jewellery design concepts and the basic techniques for hand working in silver.

Saturday 19 September, 10am – 1pm
Electro etched jewellery with Claire Poppi
$175 per person
Suitable for ages 18+, no experience necessary

Learn how to electro-etch sterling silver using silver nitrate and a laboratory power supply using an environmentally sustainable technique. Each participant will make either a pair of earrings or a pendant during the three-hour workshop. Silver blanks will be provided and participants will draw their own unique designs onto the surface of the metal in preparation for etching. This course is suitable for beginners with no experience or jewellers who wish to add a new skill to their repertoire.

Saturday 26 September, 10am – 1pm
Wax sculpted ring or pendant with Olesya Petkov
Cost: $160 per person
Suitable for ages 16+, no experience necessary

Create a pendant or ring using the ancient art of lost wax casting. Cast into brass, bronze or copper, you will use your hands and a variety of tools to manipulate wax into textured shapes and forms while you explore this fun, versatile medium in preparation for creating your final piece. At the conclusion of the workshop, your piece will be sent away to be cast in the material of your choice and finished and polished by Olesya in her studio. Your ring or pendant will then be ready for collection from artisan within 3 weeks.

Three images showing some of the jewellery you can create yourself at one of the artisan workshops
For more information, how to book and everything else you need to know, including artisan’s COVID-safe policy for workshops, visit artisan’s website


Machinery Street Gallery, 28 August - 10 October 2020

artisan launches its new Machinery Street gallery with a selection of otherworldly headdresses from the collection of Her Divine Holiness Pope Alice in recognition of her 40th year on planet Earth. Her Divine Holiness Pope Alice was first channelled by artist Luke Roberts in the 1970s. A ‘forerunner’ to Pope Joan* and Lewis Carroll’s heroine, Pope Alice is an enigmatic alien figure embodied by Roberts in a substantial catalogue of artwork and events throughout Australia and internationally. Alice has led pilgrimages and parades, presided over queer kiss-in protests, and distributed free condoms emblazoned with the slogan POPE ALICE LOVES YOU TO LIFE!* the legendary medieval pope who was revealed to be a woman masquerading as a man when she entered childbirth during a church procession.

MADE/ WORN: Australian Contemporary Jewellery
Main Gallery and Small Object Space, 28 August - 10 October 2020

Celebrating diversity and inclusivity, Made/ Worn includes the work of 20+ contemporary jewellery artists working in Australia now. Jewellery is an act of art, craft and design, and also lives and breathes on the bodies of those who wear it. From intimate pieces to large scale works, the contemporary jewellery in this exhibition explores the act of making and how jewellery is worn on the body, telling stories that start with the artist and continue through the life of the object as a worn and viewed item, creating new resonances with owners into the future.

Spanning a wide range of materials, techniques and meanings, the works on display are playful, intricate, conceptual, personal and political. The artists also engage with themes of place, sustainability in materials and identity. Made/ Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery is an Australian Design Centre (ADC On Tour) national touring exhibition, presented with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

   Pope Alice A Head of her Time - image of some of the beautiful creations available to view in the Machinery Street window galleryImage of man with jewellery on his head - just an example of the exhibition showing at artisan in King Street until 10 October


Looking for something beautifully crafted for your Dad or Grandpa, then look no further! artisan has put together a selection of gifts to give you some inspiration. Check out their online store or call in at 45 King Street to browse and get expert guidance from the team. Open Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm and Sat 10am – 4pm.
Beautiful handcrafted gifts available from artisan like platter, spoon, cake tongs, pen, soap, cufflinks, puzzle, dipping bowl, neckwear tie and more!


artisan has received some great coverage recently, so in case you missed it, you can catch-up here!

A Rich Life

Arts Hub

The Australian

Congratulations on making it to 50 years AND fantastic to see you back in action on King St with so many wonderful activities and exhibitions!

Published 28 August 2020