Tall Trees Studio, jewellery making teacher

Tall Trees Studio

Tall Trees Studio

local_activity classes: SilversmithingBeadingJewellery Making

5.0 (21)


My passion is handcrafted jewellery, not the mass produced items being produced by casting in factories. Traditional slow hand crafted, starting from granule, alloying to carat, making sheet and wire, then making your pieces and incorporating both traditional and contemporary techniques.
I enjoy handmaking jewellery so much that I even have an Apprentice, but still find I want to share this passion with more people.
Why handcrafted? I get asked this a lot. It goes back to basics, we love to adorn ourselves, it's our visible creativity. Only jewellery stands the test of time and is passed down from Parent to Child, from one generation to the next. Our adornment that is also our link to our past heritage and our future. When this link is handmade, then I as the craftsman am also privileged to share in this journey. I love sharing this with those who are curious about handmade jewellery and what better way to do this than create your own pieces that perhaps will be passed onto the next generation.






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Reviews

(21)


Robyn Enriquez May 2024


It was a great course that taught me the basic techniques of ring making. Thank you!

Teacher's response

Hi Monique, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! I'm touched you took the time to write a review. and I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed my 2 ring making workshop and also found value in learning the basic techniques. It's always rewarding to see participants like yourself walk away with newfound skills and beautiful creations. I'm glad I could be a part of the start of your ring making journey!

If you ever find yourself wanting to further explore ring making or any other jewelry making techniques, please don't hesitate to reach out. It would a pleasure to have you back for another workshop.

Thank you once again for your kind words for choosing to learn with us. Keep on creating and I hope to see you again soon!

Best regards, Helene

Mark Bilt May 2024


This was just about the best date idea there is. We went in with little-to-no knowledge and walked out with 2 rings each. Not to mention an extremely memorable experience. Our teacher really was a joy to be taught by. Will recommend this to anyone/everyone

Silver Ring Making Workshop review by Mark Bilt - Melbourne

Teacher's response

Hi Mark, I'm so glad to hear that you both had a fantastic experience in our ring-making workshop. It was a pleasure to guide you through the process and witness the joy on your faces as you created your own unique rings.

I'm honoured that you would recommend our workshop to others, it means a lot to me. Remember, anytime you want to come back for another creative session, I would be more than happy to have you both join me again.

Wishing you all the best and I hope your rings serve as lasting reminders of a memorable and fun experience.

Warm regards, Helene

Evie Jackson Apr 2024


It was an absolutely lovely experience! My partner and I had a wonderful time, Helene was so supportive, informative and considerate.

I honestly cannot sing high enough praises, she absolutely went above and beyond to make sure we both had two beautiful and wearable rings, (I made a mistake with the sizing for one of mine) and Helene remade it and sent it to my home!

My parter and I wear our rings all the time and have recommended Helene’s class to so many of our friends.

Thank you so much for sharing your passion, skill and time with us Helene, you’re a wonderful teacher and person!

Teacher's response

Hi Evie, Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review of your experience in my ring making workshop. I'm thrilled to hear that you and your partner had such a wonderful time creating your rings with me, and that you are both enjoying wearing them so much! (My heart sings when I hear that).

It was a pleasure to guide you through the process and make sure that your rings turned out exactly as you had envisioned, despite the slight sizing mishap. I'm glad and very happy to have remade one ring for you and send it to you, so that you now each have two beautiful and wearable rings to cherish.

I truly appreciate your recommendation of our workshop to your friends, and I hope to see you all soon in another creative adventure. Thank you again for allowing me to share my passion for smithing and hand crafting in fine metals with you both.

Warmest regards, Helene

Barb Moriss Apr 2024


A big Thankyou to Helen, from Tall trees, for a fun, super interesting and creative 3 hours We had a fantastic time learning the craft of ring making together!
Helen has so much knowledge, the class was well organised, with all tools supplied and we couldn't be happier with our two (each) beautiful, Sterling silver rings.

Teacher's response

Hi Barb, Thank you for your kind words about my silver ring workshop. I'm so glad to hear that you and Kelly had a fantastic time learning the craft of basic ring making with me in my studio workshop here at Tall Trees Studio. It was a pleasure to guide you through the ring making process.

I'm thrilled that you both walked away with two beautiful Sterling silver rings that you are happy with. Your creativity and enthusiasm made the workshop even more enjoyable for me, and I'm glad you found it super interesting and fun.

I sincerely appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again soon for another creative workshop. Keep enjoying your handmade rings!

Warmest regards, Helene

Ben Beck Apr 2024


My partner and I did this course together as it had always been an interest of mine, Helene was an amazing teacher and was more than happy to share all her knowledge and experience, which leaving creative direction to us.
I can’t wait to look at more courses and make more gorgeous jewellery.

Jewellery Making class review by Ben Beck - Melbourne

Teacher's response

Hi Ben, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of my workshop! It was truly a pleasure having you Ben and your partner Lizzi, join us and share in the creative process. I'm very pleased to hear that you both enjoyed the experience and found it both fun and informative.

Bringing your creative direction is very much a part of the workshop process and it's always a joy for me to see participants explore their interests and create beautiful jewellery pieces.

I look forward to having you back for more courses in the future. The world of jewellery-making is vast and full of possibilities, which makes it so hard to choose what to teach next. Though I can't wait to see you both soon at another workshop and see what other gorgeous pieces you'll create! Thank you for choosing me for the start of your jewellery-making journey.

Warmest regards, Helene

Michelle McMahon Mar 2024


My daughter and I did the making 2 silver rings workshop with Helene from Tall Trees in Olinda. Helene was so knowledgeable about her craft and patiently taught us how to make them step by step. We had so much fun and the completed rings were beautiful. The studio was very well set up and had everything we needed and we learnt so much about the science and process. I would highly recommend this workshop as we got to do most of it ourselves and Helene also made it very enjoyable.

Teacher's response

Hi Michelle, Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience at our silver ring workshop with me. I had such a great time teaching you and your daughter, and I'm thrilled to hear that you both enjoyed the process and were happy with the beautiful rings you created. It was a pleasure to see your creativity shine through as you crafted your own unique pieces.

I'm delighted that you found the studio well-equipped and enjoyable to work in. Creating a welcoming and inspiring environment for my students is very important to me, so I'm glad that came through during the workshop.

Thank you for recommending our workshop, it means a lot to me. If you ever feel like exploring more creative endeavors, I would love to have you back for another workshop. Keep enjoying your beautiful rings!

Warmest regards, Helene

Gina Arthur Mar 2024


A lovely place to learn how to create jewellery! Had a great time learning together with my daughter and would highly recommend for other mother-daughters looking to have fun together.

Teacher's response

Hi Gina, Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience learning jewellery making with your daughter. It was a joy to have you both in our workshop and see the fun you had together. I am glad to hear that you would highly recommend our workshop to other mother-daughter duos looking for a creative and enjoyable activity.

The bond you share with your daughter while creating something beautiful together is truly special, and I'm thrilled that you both had a great time learning the art of jewellery making. The earrings you both made look fantastic!

Thank you again for your recommendation, and I hope to see you and your daughter back for more creative fun in the future!

Warmest regards to you both, Helene

Tamara Vekich Mar 2024


Had a great time making earrings at Helene's well equipped, tidy and airy studio. It was great fun, looking forward to the next class!

Silver Jewellery Making Workshop review by Tamara Vekich - Melbourne

Teacher's response

Hi Tamara, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I'm thrilled to hear that you had a great time making earrings in my studio. It was a pleasure having you in class, and I had as much fun as you guiding you through the process of creating your earrings, I'm so glad you enjoyed the experience. I can't wait to see what you create in your next class!

Looking forward to seeing you again soon, Helene

Ollie Patterson Feb 2024


Absolutely wonderful! The best workshop I've attended through ClassBento, for sure. I feel like it's the most I've taken away from a workshop in terms of learning -- I learnt so much while going at a very comfortable pace. I loved this workshop and plan to attend any more classes I can find with Tall Tree Studios.

Teacher's response

Oh Ollie, bless your heart! I had a wonderful time with you, taking your through the process of making you own individual rings.

I am absolutely delighted to hear that you took away so much from the workshop and enjoyed the learning experience. It's my goal to create a space where creativity can flourish, and I'm so glad that you felt that during our time together.

I truly appreciate your kind words and your plan to attend more classes with Tall Tree Studios. I look forward to having you in future workshops and sharing more creative adventures together.

Thank you once again for your feedback and I hope to see you again soon!

Warm regards, Helene

Dean Wan Feb 2024


My wife and I booked a private ring making class with Helene. It was a really fantastic experience. Helene was patient, thorough as a teacher and great fun to learn from and work with. The workshop was clean and organised and the tools were in good shape as well. We loved the end result and I'd thoroughly recommend this class to anyone interested in jewellery making or just making something with your hands.

Teacher's response

Hi Dean, Thank you for sharing your experience in your private ring making class with me, it's so fulfilling to hear that you found the workshop enjoyable, and that you both loved the end result - the rings you created - one for each other (wedding rings no less) and one each for yourselves.

I really enjoy teaching and working with my students, so for me, it's wonderful to hear that I helped to create a experience memorable for you both. It's always a special feeling to create something with your own hands, especially when it turns out beautifully, as yours did.

I appreciate your recommendation and hope that this class inspired you to explore more creative endeavour's in the future. If you ever want to delve into another jewellery making project or workshop, I would be thrilled to have you both back.

Thank you once again for choosing to create with me, and I hope your rings serve as cherished reminders of your time spent in the workshop.

Best regards, Helene

Lauren Garland Feb 2024


The class was super hands on and Helene was an incredible teacher!

Tools were easy to use and Helene made sure to explain each step as we were going along.

Teacher's response

Hi Lauren, thank you for your wonderful review! I'm thrilled to hear that you found our class to be super hands-on and that you enjoyed my teaching style. Making sure that each step is explained clearly is something that's very important to me, so I'm glad that it was helpful for you.

It's always rewarding to see my students actively engage with the tools and materials, and I'm glad that you found them easy to use. Hands-on learning is such a valuable way to really understand and appreciate the process.

Thank you again for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience. I hope that what you learned in our class will continue to inspire and bring you joy. If you ever want to explore more hands-on workshops or classes, I would be delighted to have you join us again. Take care!

Warmest regards, Helene

Ashley Reynolds Feb 2024


Amazing Experience

Helene’s Silver Ring Making workshop is a great choice for a fun crafternoon date with your partner or a group of friends! We learnt how to make 2 beautiful silver rings from start to finish. Helene is so knowledgeable and helpful as you make your way through the steps. We got to use both traditional and modern methods to design and shape our rings and learn about the history of jewellery making in the process!

I highly recommend this class to everyone, no matter your ability or skill level.

Teacher's response

Hi Ashley, Thank you for sharing your amazing experience in our silver ring making workshop. I'm so glad you had a fun time creating beautiful rings with your partner or friends. It's always a pleasure to guide participants through the steps and see their personal creativity come to life.

I'm thrilled to hear that you found the workshop suitable for everyone, regardless of their ability or skill level. Creating jewelry is such a rewarding yet personal process, and I believe that everyone has the potential to create something beautiful. I'm glad you found the combination of traditional and modern methods, as well as learning about the history of jewelry making, interesting, I can’t help myself, it’s my vocation and passion.

Thank you for recommending our workshop to others. It means a lot to me and I hope to see you or your friends again in the future. Keep exploring your creativity and enjoy wearing your handmade silver rings!

Warmest regards, Helene

Sarah Hezel Jan 2024


I booked this class for my boyfriend’s birthday. We both had so much fun and learnt so much about this beautiful craft. Helene was an incredible teacher, she was able to guide us both to make some beautiful rings that we will cherish for a very long time. The space was beautiful and very well thought out. I couldn’t recommend this class more highly, great value for money!

Jewellery Making class review by Sarah Hezel - Melbourne

Lily Pavlovic Jan 2024


My fiance and I recently attended Helene's silver ring making workshop for two class to create wedding rings for one another.

Even before the session began, Helene's communication with us was excellent. She kindly provided us with detailed directions on alternate ways to get to the studio considering a road closure on the main route at the time.

When we arrived at Tall Trees Studio, we were welcomed to the workshop, which was a bright and cosy space.

Helene walked us through the entire ring making process, from shaping the band, to connecting it together, sanding, polishing and final design. Helene was brilliant in helping us to create and execute a design we particularly had in mind, taking special care to add personal touches for our wedding bands, such as offering us to stamp our initials on the inside of our rings. Throughout the session, Helene shared interesting tidbits about the history and strength of different materials used in making rings and jewellery.

We had so much fun that the hours flew by! We were so happy to finish the day taking home the gorgeous rings we made. Thank you Helene for such a wonderful day, we look forward to wearing our rings soon!

Jewellery Making class review by Lily Pavlovic - Melbourne

Teacher's response

Dear Lily,
Thank you for your beautiful and kind review. (I'm blushing here.)
It was such a honour and a true pleasure to assist you both with making your special rings for each other. I had as much fun as you both did taking you through the process of creating your own wedding rings.
I really do look forward to seeing you before your wedding to give your rings a pre wedding polish to ensure both your rings are photographer ready.

Helene - Tall Trees Studi0

Mark Renshaw Jan 2024


This workshop was a surprise by my husband. I was extremely nervous to start with as I don’t have a crafty bone in my body but Helene was absolutely amazing! Her knowledge and advice was invaluable and I got right into it and with guidance along the way I was super proud of the two rings I made. My husband and I made one for each other and one for ourselves and had a really fun afternoon. Also, the workshop is a fabulous setup and everything you need on hand. Thanks a million Helene, I could easily fill my fingers making goodies at your classes. Highly recommend

Teacher's response

Hi Leanne,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such such lovely review.

I am thrilled to hear that you had a great experience in the workshop, despite feeling nervous at first. It's always rewarding to see our attendees overcome their initial doubts and discover their hidden talent for creating their pieces.

I'm delighted that you ended up being super proud of the two rings you made - and even more so because they were for each other and yourselves. What a special, personal touch!

Your kind words and recommendation mean the world to me. If you ever feel the urge to get metal creative again, I would be absolutely thrilled to welcome you both back to another workshop. In the meantime, enjoy showing off your beautiful rings and cherish the memories you made during your fun afternoon.

Once again, thank you for choosing my workshop and for sharing your positive experience. Take care!

Warmest regards,
Helene

Kate Elliott Jan 2024


I loved this class! Helen is an amazing artist. She was very talented. I learned a lot about different techniques- all hand made and I came home with a lovely necklace.

Highly recommend any of Helen’s classes. Thank you Helen

Teacher's response

Hi Kate,

Thank you so much for your your review! I'm thrilled to hear that you loved the workshop and had a great time creating your own statement necklace. It was a pleasure having you in my studio and guiding you through the various techniques we touched on.
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I am passionate about what I do, it's always rewarding for me to see my students learn and create beautiful pieces. Your kind words mean a lot to me.

I appreciate your recommendation and am so glad that you had a positive experience with me, it's makes me very happy to know that you learned a lot and left with with lovely necklace that you can cherish.

Again, thank you for your kind words and for choosing to take one of my workshops. I hope to see you again in the future!

Kindest regards,

Helene

Anita Ovenden Sep 2023


Helen our teacher was so passionate and dedicated to her craft and that was conveyed in the way that she spoke, taught and guided us. She was patient with us and was not quick to fix our mistakes which we enjoyed. She happily guided us on fixing our own mistakes and when needed she jumped in and fixed them for us. Our experience was so special and having Helen their to guide us was truly something. We made our beaten rings into our wedding rings and the embossed rings into something fun for everyday living. We honestly cannot recommend this enough.

Silver Ring Making Workshop for Two review by Anita Ovenden - Melbourne

Teacher's response

I am so pleased that your rings will be ongoing reminders of the special experience you had in our workshop. It was a pleasure guiding you both through the process and allowing you the freedom to fix your own mistakes. I believe that by doing so, you not only gained new skills and your pieces have become a part of your special story.

I'm thrilled to hear that you were turning your beaten rings into your wedding rings (no pressure on me at all to ensure you made the perfect rings) and the embossed rings into something fun for everyday living. It's always exciting to see how each workshop participant personalise their pieces to make each ring them truly individual.

Thank you once again for your recommendation. It means a lot to me and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your special experience. If you ever feel the creative itch again, I would be more than happy to guide you through another workshop. Take care and enjoy your newly crafted pieces!

Warmest regards,
Helene

P.S. Don't forget that I will clean your engagement rings for free before your wedding.

Deb Sep 2023


Great workshop. I've never done anything like this before, but always wondered if I would enjoy beading and I did! Helene was really helpful, generous and kind with her guidance. It must be really hard to watch amateur's when you are a talented designer yourself. She gently coached us into the right balance of aesthetics and being imaginative. The quality and quantity of beads was amazing. The ones I used were all hand made beads and when Helene added the clasps, it felt like a really expensive beaded necklace and bracelet. If you are looking for something different to do, to check if it is a hobby you wish to start, or to make something special I highly recommend this workshop. The Tall Trees Studio is amazing too!

Teacher's response

Hi Deb,

Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review! I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our beading workshop and had a great experience. It's always wonderful to introduce someone to a new hobby and see them fall in love with it!

I truly believe that everyone has a creative side, and it was my pleasure to guide you and help you find the right balance of aesthetics and imagination in your beading projects. I'm constantly inspired by the unique designs that participants create in our workshops, and your beaded necklace and bracelet was absolutely stunning with the handmade beads and clasps.

I'm also glad to hear that you enjoyed the Tall Trees Studio, it's a beautiful space that we take great pride in.

Thank you again for recommending our workshop and for giving beading a try. If you ever want to explore more creative endeavors or join another workshop, I would be more than happy to have you back. Keep exploring your creativity!

Warmest regards,

Helene

Rebekah Adams Aug 2023


The location is beautiful and easy to find. Our instructor Helene is very knowledgeable and explained every step to us so we could gain a deeper understanding of the process of making the rings. The rings themselves turned out beautifully and it was so much fun! I would definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone.

Silver Ring Making Workshop review by Rebekah Adams - Melbourne

Teacher's response

Thank you for your lovely review, Rebekah. I have to admit I had fun too, taking you both along your journey of making your own rings, both sets of rings came out so wonderfully original. I hope each time you wear your rings, they bring a smile to your faces

Nathan Bowden Aug 2023


Great teacher and great learning experience with well equipped professional workshop definitely recommend to anyone

Teacher's response

Hi Nathan, thank you for your kind words about me as a teacher and your learning experience. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience in a professional workshop, for me its my happy place where I create and teach. I appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Jaclyn Alburey Aug 2023


Absolutely loved the silver ring workshop. Helen was so lovely and knowledgeable and explained every step perfectly. It was the perfect balance of Helen demonstrating what to do and then being able to try and put it into practice, while adding your own creative flair. I made two silver rings, one beaten ring and one embossed ring. The whole process was really interesting and I was so happy with the way they turned out, especially having never made a ring before!

Jewellery Making class review by Jaclyn Alburey - Melbourne

Teacher's response

Hi Jaclyn,
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience in our silver ring workshop. I enjoyed the process as much as you did learning.
You walked out at the end of the workshop with a huge grin on your face, being pleased with what you achieved in such a short time, making two gorgeous rings, and that grin as you admired them, was a huge bonus for me.
Hopefully I will see you again soon, Helene


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