31 Oct 2023

Overdue update: exhibits next year and book news

 It's been a while since I updated, mostly due to finishing up at the Royal College of Art and graduating in September. It's been an eventful few months! The highlights are: 

Book News: 

You can listen to me chat about my and Janet's book "Silver Jewellery Making" with host Sharon on the Jewelry Journey podcast: find me here in two part episode number 207: https://thejewelryjourney.com/podcasts/ 

Our book is included in the Cooksongold Christmas catalogue: https://www.cooksongold.com/Books/Silver-Jewellery-Making-By-Machi-De-Waard-And-Janet-Richardson-prcode-999-A204 

And Kernowcraft now also stock it: https://www.kernowcraft.com/products/just-arrived/silver-jewellery-making-a-complete-step-by-step-course-for-beginners-machi-de-waard-janet-richardson

Jewellery News:

My work is available at the lovely New Ashgate Gallery, always worth a visit if you're into high quality craft! https://www.newashgate.org.uk/shop_artists/7702/c/101/machi-de-waard/jewellery 

I'm also delighted to have my work at Platform Gallery, Clitheroe: Winter Showcase of British Craft October 2023 – January 2024 

I will be participating in Henley Arts Trail 4-6 May 2024 - details to be confirmed, but I will be at a vineyard near Hembleden. 

I will also be taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks at Peach Croft Farm near Abingdon - well worth a visit to see amazing work in a beautiful barn. And there's a lovely farm shop & cafe right next door! Plus plenty of parking. 18-26 May 2024

Teaching News: 

My regular evening classes at Maiden Erlegh in Reading are in full swing again. The next term starts January 29th. Please contact me if you have questions. 

I'm doing private lessons again as well, here are some examples of recent work by private lesson students: 

solid silver armband

silver oval hoop earrings

And lastly, rather randomly, I was on the radio talking to Andrew Peach on BBC Berkshire due to my connection with Reading PA and Reading UK, as I've lived the bulk of my life in one or the other! I'm on at around 7:25am - it was an early morning!- which you can find here (scroll to about 1 hour 25 minutes in): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0ghx2qh

24 Jun 2023

Royal College of Art Public Exhibition 30 June - 3 July 2023


RCA2023: Royal College of Art Battersea

I will be exhibiting my work made at the RCA in the Woo Building on the first floor. 

Woo Building
Royal College of Art
Howie Street
London SW11 3AN

30 June – 3 July 2023

From 30 June to 3 July, MA students who started in September 2022 will be offering visitors an insight into the RCA’s work and creativity, through exhibitions, events, interactive activities and discussions with artists, designers and creative practitioners.

Opening hours

Open to the public from 12–6pm daily, with a late opening on Friday 30 June until 7.30pm.

Getting to the RCA

For information on getting to the RCA, and the accessibility of our campuses, see Visiting the RCA.

RCA2023 online

Physical exhibitions and events will be accompanied by a digital platform allowing visitors from across the world to discover content by theme and collections.

10 Sept 2022

Royal College of Art: MA in Jewellery and Metal


I'm thrilled that I have just started an MA at the Royal College of Art in Jewellery & Metal. It's all very exciting and I am already working on my first project. This does mean that there might not be much blog updating for a while, as the course is full time. I'm also still teaching my evening jewellery making classes at Maiden Erlegh in Reading. As ever, if you have questions about jewellery or jewellery making classes, please feel free to contact me!

28 Aug 2022

Jewellery Making Classes in Reading


Community Arts at Maiden Erlegh in Reading

Jewellery Making Classes in Reading

The next 10 week term starts the week commencing 19 September 2022. If you have any questions about these classes, please email me at machidewaard@gmail.com

18:45 – 21:15 Monday evenings – all abilities welcome

18:45 – 21:15 Tuesday evenings – all abilities welcome

18:45 – 21:15 Wednesday evenings – all abilities welcome

Learn or continue learning silver jewellery making. Students will be guided through a series of projects or a single more complex project. Full instruction in the use of tools and equipment will be given. Students can work in silver or copper. Silver can be purchased in class.

To book, please go to this link: https://www.maidenerleghschool.co.uk/page/?title=Workshops+%26amp%3B+Courses&pid=130

31 May 2022

Craft Festival Bovey Tracey 16-19 June 2022: stand A11


I'm delighted to be participating in the Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey for the first time this year. You can find out more about how to get to the festival and how to buy tickets here: www.craftfestival.co.uk/Visitor-info-BoveyTracey

The festival is open Friday - Sunday from 10 - 5 each day. 


SAT NAV co-ordinates TQ13 9AL

Bovey Tracey is only 2 miles off the A38 Exeter to Plymouth Expressway.

Exit the A38 at Drumbridges Roundabout and follow signs to Bovey Tracey town centre. 

Follow the AA signs to The Craft Festival. 

Nearest train station Newton Abbot. Regular buses from Exeter, Torquay and Newton Abbot stop at Bovey Tracey. The nearest train station is Newton Abbot. Bus 39 takes you to Bovey Tracey from Newton Station. Exeter International Airport is 18.5 miles away. 

Tickets available here: www.craftfestival.co.uk/Ticket-info-BoveyTracey


30 May 2022

Whiteknights Studio Trail 2022

Whiteknights Studio Trail 11 & 12 June 

11 – 12 June 2022 Whiteknights Arts Trail at the Museum of English Rural Life. 11 – 6 each day.I'll be there, next to the cafe with all the cakes, ha! I'll be alongside Ursula Waechter, a ceramicist. 

9 May 2022

Oxfordshire Artweeks 14 - 22 May 2022

I am taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks once again this year! It is 14 - 22 May 2022. The opening hours are 10 - 5. 

I will be there: 

10 - 12 on Saturday 14 May 

all day Sunday 15 May with a special Meet the Authors events with my co-author Janet Richardson. 

10 - 1pm  Friday 20 May

all day Saturday 21 May 

I am exhibiting with 4 other jewellers in a fabulous barn filled with other art such as paintings and ceramics. There's also a lovely farm shop in which you can get a snack or hot or cold drink. And there's plenty of easy parking! 


Peach Croft Farm Barn
Twelve Acre Drive
OX14 2HP

Facilities available: 
Accessible for Wheelchairs, Demonstrations, Refreshments, Parking