After having to tiptoe through the organised chaos of the other art studios, Jewelz’s comfortable, air-conditioned atelier feels somewhat lavish in comparison. Row upon row of pretty trinkets line the walls, and jars full of beads and spools of wire sit on the shelves. Two women chat in hushed tones while working on their project, while a little girl picks out the beads she wants for a bracelet.
Jewelz, a handmade jewellery boutique and studio, has called Plaza Damas home since 2008. Founder Derek Tan, whose polished demeanour matches his appearance, stumbled on jewellerymaking by blissful coincidence some 14 years ago through a friend’s recommendation.
‘There is more to jewellery-making than stringing beads together,’ insists Derek.
Class-takers pick up colour coordination while designing their own pieces. Working with minute materials also helps breed a child’s patience and sharpens his or her concentration.
Recommended for older kids and teenagers with nimble fingers and an eye for detail, Jewelz’s introductory jewellery-making course comprises eight modules, during which students will master the three-strand necklace, floating necklace, bracelets, head pin looping project, V-neck necklace and fireball earrings in said order.
The retail store opens from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Reservations are necessary for the eight-module courses and standalone workshops.