About us

Meet the team…

The Stratford School of Jewellery opened in 2020 and the Stirchley School of jewellery in 2023 to teach both educational and recreational jewellery and silversmithing. The school is proud of it’s teaching staff and is made up of a number of specialist tutors and coaches to deliver a wide curriculum of creative classes that spans across a contemporary understanding of what jewellery can be.

Each tutor is award winning and experienced in all aspects of the jewellery making industry with a long history of teaching experience and professional credentials.

Sara Preisler

Sara Preisler, 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. Sara is an international multi award winning jewellery designer.

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.

To add to this, Sara has been an established university lecturer for over 20 years where up until recently she had 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.

Louise Collins

Louise has always enjoyed creating and started her creative journey with a pottery studio where she ran pottery workshops, also ,going into schools and other venues. It was here where Louise came across the magical silver clay and began learning all about this wonderful medium; culminating in gaining the Higher Diploma in Art Clay and becoming an accredited senior instructor. Louise has been teaching silver clay since 2016

 Silver Clay is a recycled product . Silver particles are combined with water and a binder to create a clay like substance . Once fired the piece becomes solid Silver and is Hallmark quality. Louise works with pure and sterling clay as well as copper and bronze. Louise loves the way the clay captures intricate details and is able to be sculpted to create wonderful imaginative pieces.

Christine Davies

Christine Davis is an award-winning jewellery designer. She completed her degree at acclaimed Birmingham School of jewellery in 2010  gaining rapid recognition from The Goldsmiths Association and has since worked for over 15 years at the heart of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter rising rapidly to managing production for the Betts Team’s manufacturing workshops.  

Alongside this professional workshop  experience, Chris has continued with her own collections and has exhibited her intricate geometric work in galleries both in the UK and Ireland.  Her time in business sees her also teaching traditional hand making skills at many levels, from university, within  public schools and doing summer retreats. She is passionate about passing on her love and knowledge of making beautiful jewellery.

Ellie Ingram

Ellie is a jewellery designer-maker living in Stirchley. She has worked in the jewellery industry since graduating from The School of Jewellery in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in 2010. Her true passion is silver model making, using traditional silver smithing techniques to replicate ordinary objects in miniature form. Most recently her craft has transitioned to a larger scale – Ellie hand carves three dimensional flowers in wax, the flowers are cast into brass and silver using the lost wax casting process. She is currently experimenting with glass enamel and other traditional techniques such as Keum-Boo, to further explore and expand her practice.

Helen Cooper

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.

Amie Goetz

Amie started her jewellery-making journey in 2014 whilst living in Hangzhou, China. She learned the basics in soldering and bezel setting then advanced her skillset at Creative Side Jewellery Academy in Austin, Texas where she took a 6-week intensive course in Argentium Silver with Ronda Coryell.

From there Amie got a job as a bench jeweller and went on to manage the production team for a company named Limbo Jewellery based in Texas. At Limbo, they focus on mixed metals and Amie learned how to work in gold fill, soldering it to sterling silver to make a seamless married-metal look.

Since moving back to England, She has been working on her own jewellery business which includes gemstone-based one-of-a-kind pieces, and teaching classes in Argentium Silver. Argentium Silver is a truly magical metal and She loves teaching people how to work with it.