“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
Creative Side Jewelry Academy was born in 2006, in a small yellow house in the heart of East Austin, when founder and jeweler Courtney Gray decided to open the doors of her studio for other jewelry artists. It was a space to collaborate, share equipment, learn, and expand on their knowledge of metalsmithing.
Our current space came to us just at the right time, in 2013, and it has served as the perfect space to grow into and allow our Creative Side community to flourish. Over the years we have hosted courses with local artists and educators, but also invite Master Instructors from all over the world to offer a wide range of techniques for our students. The intention of Creative Side has always been to provide an inspiring, professional and fun studio space where anyone can come learn and develop their skills in the craft of jewelry making. We are grateful for all that have come though our door and worked at our benches. Our business revolves around the artistic community and we are constantly growing and evolving as we need.
Over the years, as Creative Side has developed, the community of makers have increased and a certain culture has been born. The studio is a safe place, where makers of all skill levels can enter and feel nurtured, cared for, and supported along their journey in jewelry making. The team and instructors at Creative Side focus on guiding the students’ desire to gain knowledge and confidence in the craft, so they can succeed and leave their mark.