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Hamilton Jewellery collective openings!

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The Hammer Jewellery Studio Collective

270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, Ontario


The Vision:


“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” —Ryunosuke Satoro


  • A studio environment that supports and nurtures the unique world of the independant jeweller/metalsmith/small object maker.

  • Space and time for you to work without distraction.

  • Each member benefits from our collective sharing and receiving of knowledge and experience with each other.

  • We embrace this new initiative!


The Studio:


  • Lots of natural and artificial light.

  • Hardwood floors. High ceilings.

  • Warm in the winter, cool in the summer.

  • Washrooms and kitchenette with bar fridge/toaster/kettle directly adjacent to the studio.

  • Secure building. Easy access from Sherman Avenue.24 - 7 access.

  • Awesome opportunities for networking with other creatives at the Cotton Factory.


The Gear:

Swiss Oxy-propane torch: micro tips,

hoke style, and melting head.

Acetylene torch

Cavallin rolling mill - wire and flat rollers

Draw bench for wire

Various drawplates

2 hardwood stumps

Wide selection of stakes and hammers

Full set of daps and cutters


Digital Kiln

Large vibratory tumbler and media

Grinder and various wheels


Magnetic pin finisher

Shot tumbler

Hood and torch for patina work

Wax injector

Sherline metal lathe and mill

Deep draw hydraulic press

Select hand tools

Ring stretcher

Ring bender

Jump ring cutter

Electronic scale

Sharpening stones

Crucibles & ingot molds

Two bowl sink

Basic replenishable supplies

In the works: copper electroforming tank, lapidary gear

Your Individual Commitment:


A desire to work in a shared studio.


$250.00/month: You provide your own hand tools, bench, flexshaft, lamp, and chair.

$300.00/month: You provide your own hand tools.

6 month commitment required.


Professional/non-professional jewelers/metalsmiths/small object makers welcome. One-on-one and group instruction also available.


About Donna:,
Since completing a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1985, I exhibit in public and private galleries, sell my jewellery collections around the world, and fulfill design and supply proposals for institutions. Custom design and supply of Alumni rings for colleges and universities is a growing part of my work – I designed and supply the “Barley Ring” for the Dalhousie faculty of Agriculture, and designed the Nova Scotia Community College Alum/Grad ring as well as the Shambhala School ring in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My work is known for its strong, sculptural feeling, references to sacred geometry and nature, impeccable quality, and regard for detail that delights.
I relocated to Hamilton, Ontario in 2016 and established a studio at The Cotton Factory.


For questions and to arrange a tour of the studio:

Contact: Donna Hiebert Call/Text: (902) 483-8861

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