About Creative Side | Jewelry Academy of Austin

Creative Side Jewelry Academy began in 2006 when Director and jeweler Courtney Gray decided to open the doors of her studio for other jewelry artists to collaborate, share equipment, learn, and expand their knowledge. The intention of Creative Side is to provide a comfortable, fun, professional and creatively inspiring studio space where anyone can come learn and develop their skills 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. Students enjoy coming to Creative Side 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 on their 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,  Founder and 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 metalsmiths and entrepreneurs in the craft. Jewelry Biz for Kidz is perfect for homeschoolers who want to learn about the craft of jewelry making.



As of April 1st, our welding and forging facility has found a new home only minutes from Wimberley, Texas. Located on fifty acres of pristine Texas hill country, our fully equipped workshop and homey accommodations will let you escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to fully immerse yourself in metalsmithing. We are proud to be partnering with Flite Acres Foundry, and they are excited to be hosting these one of a kind retreats on their beautiful land surrounded by hills, giant oak trees, and only a short walk away from the river. Come get away from it all and unplug, unwind, play with fire, and create. Please email info@creativeside.org for inquiries. Class dates coming soon!


Other services and programs offered at Creative Side:

Private classes Catered to meet the specific needs of either individuals or groups, and available to adults and kids alike. Special parties are also available, just ask!

Forged Together Couples can come melt, pour and form their own gold wedding bands in a one day private class with a goldsmith.

Courtney Gray Arts Work with jeweler and director Courtney Gray to create custom fine jewelry, including wedding bands and engagement rings.

Membership Become a member at Creative Side and enjoy 24/7 access to the studio, tools, and special pricing on classes.

Gift Certificates Give the gift of Creative Side to your friends and loved ones. Available in any amount or gift a specific class.

We are excited to have you join us in the studio and always available to help guide you into the correct class. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns.  To schedule a tour of the studio, find out where to 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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