MAKE By Nathan Thomas
MAKE is jewellery classes redefined. A complete resource for beginners through to mid-career makers of jewellery. Brought to you by Berin-based goldsmith, Nathan Thomas.
"With MAKE, I wanted to give people a platform for centralised jewellery learning.
When I was learning how to make jewellery, everything was decentralised - all over the city. There wasn't a place I could go to where i could learn tricks and tips, learn extra skills, where I could come and take short clases that addressed specific goals.
The old way of jewellery learning is from master to apprentice, and this is dying out. If you're not going to commit to 4 years of uni, then there's an apprenticeship or a short course. Short courses don't have the same feel of being in a private, professional place. And you don't see how this master is working day-to-day as a professional goldsmith.
That's where I think MAKE can be different and valuable. It's a bit like - you get to be an apprentice for a short time. Create in a real, working studio. And you have access to a much more experienced person.
I want MAKE to be a place where we can put tips - my tips, and tips from other jewellers - out there into the public. I want young people in the city to think 'that's where I would go to if I want to find out about...' and I want to be really transparent with it all.
The jewellery industry holds these secrets, and I want to share them. Because that doesn't affect me - making these other people better at what I do.
If this can be a place where I can share all that I've learnt over 20 years, and where younger jewellers can come and have access to that, then I've succeed with MAKE."
About Nathan Thomas
Nathan is an Australian-born contemporary Goldsmith, with almost 20 years’ experience in the design and crafting of contemporary and traditional fine-jewellery.
Nathan has a Bachelor degree in Jewellery and Object Design, and has worked for top Australian fashion labels and an internationally-renown diamond- and gem-jewellery house.
Since 2004, Nathan has been custom-designing and producing his own lines of fine silver and gold jewellery. Since 2016, he has called Berlin 'home', and his studio workshop is based in Kreuzberg in Berlin, just 100 meters from U-Bahn station Schlesisches Tor.
He loves teaching, mentoring and sharing his passion for quality jewellery through group workshops and individual mentoring. He has been teaching and up-skilling students, jewellery makers, and career jewellers for 10+ years.