Tall Trees Studio, jewellery making teacher

Tall Trees Studio

Tall Trees Studio

local_activity classes: SilversmithingBeadingJewellery Making

5.0 (12)

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

(12)


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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