My name is Courtney Gray, and I'm going to tell you a little bit about how I got started in the jewelry world.
I started making masks out of found objects. I ended up in Germany working with the HandWerksKammer in Koblenz and studied welding technology there. Came back from Europe, [and] a lot of my friends had already come here, so I decided Austin's a great place.
I ended up in a jewelry shop casting gold and silver. Loved it, fell in love with it, and now I actually am here at my own school teaching that to other folks.
I started my school here—Creative Side jewelry Academy—four years ago I'm here in Austin, online at creativeside.org. And we teach workshops and classes. We also rent studio space. You need somewhere to solder, somewhere with ventilation, somewhere with all the tools right at your fingertips, this is the place for you here in Austin in central Texas.
Give me a shout when you come to town. So we have 25 classes a semester, all year round. Create that masterpiece. And I'm gonna tell you about jewelry-making today.|