Julie-Ann Weiss (Jules)

MA Metalwork & Jewellery

BDes (Hons) Jewellery & Metalwork

PGCE Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Jules is born and bred in Yorkshire, leaving for a while to study in Scotland and travel abroad; this Yorkshire lass is now based in lovely Sheffield. Jules is a fully qualified designer maker and lecturer with over 15 years of teaching experience and has exhibited work widely in galleries across the UK. Jules makes fun wearable pieces of jewellery and objects of curiosity inspired by museum collections and found objects. Current work explores ways to celebrate, commemorate and share objects through sensory, imaginative and storytelling engagement.

"I make jewellery and objects that explore ideas surrounding connection, place, narrative and conversation - collector, maker, lecturer, workshop facilitator and object interpreter".

Jules is also associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University on the BA and MA Metalwork & Jewellery courses. Jules firmly believes that everyone can learn how to make objects and jewellery and loves to teach and facilitate this. Come and visit the studio, meet Jules and find out more about how to get creative.


Melissa Montague

MA Metalwork & Jewellery

BA (Hons) Designed Metalwork and Jewellery 


I am an artist, silversmith and maker running my own practice alongside delivering specialised workshops. I completed an MA design: Jewellery and metalwork at Sheffield Hallam University in 2014 and have been growing my business since then. Within my practice I engage with the whole process of creating handmade one-off pieces to exhibit and sell thorough various craft fairs and galleries.

My current work is a collection of decorative vessels and spoons of varying scale which are created using traditional silversmithing techniques such as hammer raising and forging. I work with a variety of precious and non- precious metals, often incorporating wood as a contrasting material. I thrive on learning new skills to apply to my work and a fundamental element to my practice is sharing my knowledge and skills with others.

Ben Friend - Tutor at Studio Budgie Galore Ltd

Ben Friend

Degree in Three Dimensional Design

Cert-Ed in Teaching

National Diploma in Applied Arts

Foundation in Applied Arts


I started out at Chesterfield College where I specialised in jewellery and silversmithing for three years and I found an interest in hand raising and silverware. I explored many techniques over several years which I adapted and developed at university in Loughborough. While at university I developed a technique that I invented at college which was to do with the colouration and patination of copper. My work was heavily influenced by Wabi Sabi and The Japanese Tea Ceremony. My work was based on imperfection, simplicity, distortion and transience but always mindful that whatever I made had to be made well. While at college I was shadowing a jeweller in Sheffield who helped me progress my skill set and knowledge in precious metals and stones. I stayed alongside him throughout my academic career and until I had finished my teaching certificate where I now currently work as a self employed jeweller and silversmith to the trade.


Samantha Bryan

Samantha is a visiting tutor at Studio Budgie Galore.

Inspired by Victorian Gadgetry and Invention Samantha Bryan creates suspended, wall mounted and free standing sculptures out of a combination of wire, leather, found objects & collected materials. These unusual sculptures depict everyday life in ‘fairyland’. Samantha has gained both National and International recognition for her work with numerous public commissions and a number of works held in gallery permanent collections and many with private collectors.

Samantha runs workshops that encourage creativity working in a range of materials including air drying clay, paper maché, wire working, textile construction and assemblage to explore expression and form. Enjoy discovering what you can achieve with your own skills and a touch of my Samantha’s imagination to inspire. www.samanthabryan.co.uk