Meet the team…
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 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.
Helen has been involved in the creative arts most of her working life. After completing her degree in 3D design she worked as a potter, textile designer, seamstress and started doing some teaching for Art Space, a charitable organisation.
This confirmed her earlier desire to go into teaching and after completing her PGCE she gained a teaching post at a secondary school, quickly becoming head of KS3 Art and 9 years later securing a Head of Art post.
After more than 22 years teaching experience she made the decision to concentrate on creating a range of workshops for adults whilst also spending more time on experimenting with developing her own art work using a variety of techniques and media.
Her observational responses to nature are recorded in 2D and 3D using pen, paint, fabric, threads, glass, paper, print making etc. This enthusiastic approach to experimenting and her encouraging and calm manner ensures each student feels inspired and able to realise their own creative potential.