About Creative Side | Jewelry Academy of Austin

Creative Side Jewelry Academy began in 2006 when Director and custom jewelry maker, Courtney Gray, decided to open the doors of her studio for other jewelry artists to collaborate, share equipment, learn, and teach new skills. The intention of Creative Side is to provide a comfortable, fun, professional and creatively inspiring studio space where anyone can come learn, begin and build a skill set and career in the ever expanding craft of jewelry making. The Creative Side community has flourished over the years and now hosts master instructors from all over the world, year round, right here in Austin. With over 75 courses a semester, students from all over the world come to immerse themselves in the studio and get hands-on with instructors. Offering weekend, week long, evening, and daytime courses that cover a wide array of techniques, students can develop their own approach and style in the craft on their own schedule.  

"My goal is to provide accessible courses that teach real skills at the bench. Whether you are a serious hobbyist, looking for employment with a jeweler or planning to start your own business, our curriculum will get you proficient in the craft. I hand pick our instructors who will provide true expertise, tricks and amazing tips to create ease at the bench for students." 

Courtney Gray, Creative Director  


Young Metalsmiths

With courses developed by professional jeweler and Youth Program Director, Lindsay Sanchez, Creative Side now offers youth programs and summer camp apprenticeships for ages 10-15. These courses are designed to help nourish the next generation of metal smiths and entrepreneurs in the craft. Jewelry Biz for Kidz is perfect for home schoolers who want to learn about the craft of jewelry making.



Our newest addition to the CSJA is our METAL WORKS studio on Thornton Road. We are currently adding amazing, new instructors to our family who will be teaching a variety of classes, including some art welding techniques. Students will have the opportunity to create fun, household items in a short 4 hour class, or take a duration class to learn sculptural welding. 


Other services and programs

Private classes for adults and kids, businesses and special parties are easy to book and are catered to meet the specifc needs of either individuals or groups. CSJA is also home of Forged Together, where couples can come melt, pour and form their own gold wedding rings in a one day private class with a goldsmith. Or have your own custom fine jewelry created, including wedding bands and engagement rings through Courtney Gray Arts. It is a collaborative space as well, offering jewelers with experience the opportunity to become a memberWe also offer gift certificates in any amount- call or email to purchase this amazing gift. We are excited to see you in the studio and always available to help guide you into the correct class so do not hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns.  To schedule a tour of the studio, find out where you should begin, or schedule a consultation with Courtney, email info@creativeside.org or call 512-799-0731. 

"There is nothing more gratifying than seeing our students leave with high quality jewelry, the satisfaction this provides the students is irreplaceable. Come see what you can make! " 

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For more info: info@creativeside.org

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