About us

Meet the team…

Sara Preisler

Sara Preisler, owner and main tutor at the school, has been creating since 1989. A post graduate from Birmingham’s famous Jewellery School, Sara also comes from a long family history of jewellers, clock makers and iron workers dating back to the 16th century France, her own father was a renowned diamond cutter and precious stone expert in the Brighton Lanes, England.

Since establishing her jewellery business, Sara has designed and made jewellery which has been sold all over the world creating notable collections for clients such as The Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, The RSC, The V&A and Selfridges London to name but few alongside making and selling her own collections in various shops and galleries internationally.

She is the owner of The Sara Preisler Gallery and has two locations, one in The Custard Factory Birmingham and the other on the famous Henley Street, in Stratford upon Avon forming the entrance to the Stratford School of Jewellery.

To add to this, Sara is also a University lecturer and has been teaching undergraduates and post graduates since 1999. She currently has tenure at Liverpool Hope University, on its Bachelor of Design Course and specialises in the teaching of Professional Practice in their School of Creative Arts.

Sara opened the Stratford School of Jewellery in 2020 to teach both educational and recreational jewellery and silversmithing, she firmly believes everyone can learn to make jewellery.

Judith Brown

Judith Brown has been making jewellery since 2004. Originally from an Embroidery background she has developed her own methods of stitching, wrapping and twisting wire to create her intricate, feminine jewellery.

Judith has exhibited nationally and has made collections for many shops and galleries including The British Museum.

Based in the Staffordshire Moorlands Judith is one of our specialist tutors where her workshops are a chance to explore the fine techniques of working with wire, precious and semi precious beads, vintage elements and mixed materials.

Judith has plenty of teaching experience with both recreational groups and more formal class groups and which offers her students the opportunity to learn innovative and contemporary wire working methods at various levels under her expert eye.

Amy Smith

Amy began her creative career in Jewellery design in 2007, gaining a first class honours degree from the Birmingham School of Jewellery. This led to her working as a designer maker for a number of years, showing her work in prestigious galleries and winning awards for her innovation.

Wishing to share her own love of the creative process with others, Amy began running her own silver jewellery workshops. Here she found a passion for inspiring and engaging others in the creative process, in a supportive environment.

Amy has since dedicated time to learning new craft skills such as elements of floral design, lino printing and precious metal clay and offers these as workshops and for events. Her love of the outdoors, wild swimming and appreciation of the rawness of nature runs through her designs and processes.

Having created and led workshops with both adults and children for several years, Amy’s skills and creativity continue to evolve, providing new experiences and learning opportunities for her students and encouraging that creative spark to be shared and enjoyed.