Material happiness with Margarita sampson

Brooches by Margarita Sampson

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few” Shunryu Suzuki

Are you a jeweller or maker who feels like your practice needs some fresh air? New to jewellery and wanting to expand on your ideas? Feeling tight, uninspired or blocked or just longing for a day of fun and creativity with like-minded souls? Materials Happiness is for you!

On Saturday 15th or Sunday 16th of October as a part of Sydney Craft Week, join award-winning sculptor & jeweller Margarita Sampson as she presents Material Happiness – a gentle, non-competitive one day workshop remembering how to play collectively. 

Artists and makers of any discipline can blow away the cobwebs and explore some fresh and fun perspectives in this one day workshop.

At A Glance

  • $150 inc GST
  • Pay in Instalments Available
  • October 15th or 16th ~ 9am to 3pm
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Squarepeg allowed me to be creative and tap into my inner jewellery queen. They provide all the essential tools and materials needed, along with patience, guided tutelage. It's a blast to work lovingly on a project from inception to completion and it's such a buzz seeing the final product, knowing that it was done by my own hand! Also, it's great to meet others who are passionate and interested in creating jewellery too. Do yourself a favour and release your inner sparkle!

Karin, 2021


Viscous, rubbery, taut, brittle, resonant, tinny, woolly, furry, silky, splintery:  this workshop will be a playdate with a range of non-traditional jewellery materials from around the house, your craft stash/shed or recycling bin. We’ll investigate properties and possibilities of different materials, collaboratively work up some ideas via a series of exercises, look at various joining & construction methods, and make a variety of test pieces to expand upon.

Join award-winning sculptor & jeweller Margarita Sampson for a gentle, non-competitive exploration of materials & concepts, creative exercises, mindful working, skill-sharing, remembering how to collectively play. You may also end up with a finished work, a series of experiments, new friends, new perspectives & ideas.

There will be chocolate! There will be cake! There will be no judgement! It’s time to forget about the goalposts and just have a kick-around in the park with some mates.

What To Expect

What you Learn

  • Creative exercises to encourage exploration of materials & concepts
  • Mindful working, skill-sharing, remembering how to collectively play
  • You may also end up with finished work, a series of experiments, new friends, new perspectives & ideas

What you Make

 Expanding one or more ideas into a more developed piece.

Class Size

This course is designed to provide you with a relaxed and intimate setting for learning your new craft. To ensure our students have the best learning experience, our class sizes are capped at 10 students.


What is Included

  • Working with like-minded creatives in an inspiring and well equipped creative space
  • Introduction to relevant machinery, tools & safety procedures
  • Introduction (with worksheet) to properties of various materials & cold joining techniques
  • Tea or coffee and yummy biscuits

What to Bring

  • A notebook and pen/pencil and your ideas and creativity and enthusiasm
  • A shopping bag of any recycled or new materials you fancy, these might include wool, textiles, plastics (2 lt milk bottles (washed!) are good), aluminium cans, wire, cord, craft materials, polymer clay, shim, natural & found materials, scalpel/scissors, cutting mat if you have one, journal, pens/textas, some old glossy magazines
  • your lunch
  • an apron
  • closed in shoes
  • We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.


  • We take safety very seriously at SquarePeg.
  • All students must wear proper enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs), long pants or skirts and have long hair tied back.
  • We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.

Payment Options

  • Enrol below – you can secure your place on the spot!
  • Enrol early and take advantage of our payment by instalments option to spread the payments out over three payments. This option is offered at check out.
  • 40% deposit followed by a 30%  payment six weeks out from your course, and the final 30% payment three weeks ahead of the course start date.

Is the date you would like to join sold out?

If you have missed out on a place, please send us an email to register your interest and to go on a waitlist.

A great hands-on learning experience with lots of freedom to learn and explore. The classroom and resources are great and the staff are lovely!

Ophelia, 2021

Our Tutors

Why choose a jewellery making course at SquarePeg Studios?

Our courses are taught by highly experienced and passionate teachers who are practising contemporary jewellers. This is the closest to an accredited course – without the assignments, stress and cost – that Sydney has to offer. Students not only gain the satisfaction of designing and hand-making their own piece of jewellery they also have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at a contemporary professional jewellery studio while learning great new skills in jewellery techniques and design.

Margarita Sampson

Margarita Sampson

Margarita Sampson has an art practice spanning sculpture, installation and jewellery, deeply embedded in a love of the systems & structures of the natural world. After graduating with an M.A in painting from UNSW, Margarita turned to object and sculpture, winning awards like Hillview Sculpture Award (Indoor works) 2018 and The Waterhouse Art Prize (Object) 2012 and being selected for the Wynne Prize 2013, the Blake Prize for Religious Art 2016, as well as 12 Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions.  She was awarded a Churchill scholarship for Contemporary Jewellery in 2010 and has a jewellery practice specialising in lost wax casting, enamelling &  most recently dye sublimation on metals. Margarita's practice includes materials as diverse as wood, steel, silver, fibreglass, resin, textiles, electronics, plastics & found objects, and loves investigating their properties and secret superpowers!
Little Lovelies by Margarita Sampson
Little Lovelies by Margarita Sampson

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