Welcome! I'm Meropi Toumbas and I'm a Metal Clay addicted gal.
I'm also the founder of Meropis Art - School of Jewellery, and if you ask yourself:
" How can I learn new Jewellery Making skills and create Jewellery in no time? "
" How can I create Masterpieces like a pro without spending a fortune on equipment and expensive trainings? "
" How can I start my online business selling my jewellery? "
" How can I price my work profitably? "
" How can I set up my studio with a low budget? "
"How can I start teaching Jewellery making classes?"
Well, I have great news for you! You are in the RIGHT place.
Meropis Art - School Of Jewellery
Helps You Get The Skills You Need
To Create A Business And A life You Love.
I believe that everyone on this planet must pursuit their dreams and follow their path to find real happiness. I know that learning new skills is many times time consuming and overwelming especially when you have a 9:00 t0 5:00 job, a family and home to look after, as well as kids on a 24/7 basis.
Our courses are designed having in mind people just like you, are comprehensive and packed with lots of information. In one day, WITH NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE, you can create up to three silver pieces, or two silver rings, or you can learn how to set up your online store to sell your work.
And, if you attend our intensive course ( 5 days ), you will be ready to start your own jewellery making business.
We have a set schedule for our classes but we are also ready to teach you whenever is more convenient to you with just a small extra fee; you only have to send us your special request.
But we don't stop here. We are committed to add value to the life of every creative person through our biweekly updates.
All greatful and proud as I can be, because I was trained to the highest level with some of the world’s leading metal clay artists and instructors. This also inspired me to achieve recognition and be honoured with a number of prizes as part of international competitions:
Second Prize, ACWUK Guild Annual Conference, Jersey Island, 2009
First Prize, ACWUK Guild Annual Conference, York, 2010
Third Prize, 1st European Artclay Festival Competition, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011
Second prize, 2nd European Artclay Competition, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012.
Also, I am a contributing artist to the MetalClay Today magazine.
One of my New Mokume Gane pieces was featured in the Japan Silver Accessories Booklet 2013 and was exhibited in Tokyo.
Furthermore, I am a certified Art Clay Senior Instructor since 2008 and a New Mokume Gane Certified Instructor since 2012, one of few currently in Europe.
As instructor, I teach various classes from beginners to masterclass level. My latest masterclass was held last October (2014) in Amsterdam. Two groups of very talented metal clay artists participated in my box ring masterclass and I have to say, the results were amazing!
I am teaching basic to certification metal clay classes, and mixed media courses in my workshop in Nicosia - Cyprus since 2009. People from my Island as well people from other countries traveled to attended my courses.
Here's what some of my students who attended my courses say:
My journey started back in 1963. I was born in Cyprus, a small island in the Mediterranean, where I live with my husband, my two sons and my two furry babies.
It took me some time but eventually, I realized that I was no different from many other artists. I was struggling in my daily routine in a job that I didn’t really like, a work environment I didn’t want to be part of but I had to tolerate, in order to survive and be able to put some bread on my family’s table. The truth is that I had all the support and love from my husband but this was not enough. Something seemed to be missing from my life.
In 2005, the Universe heard my prayers. I was looking as usual, for something creative when a good friend of mine recommended to me a hobby store that was organizing jewellery making courses.
I took a course for beaded jewelry and all of a sudden, a whole new world appeared right in front of my eyes. Being a person that was always searching for creative activities and a person that never gives up, I kept searching my new world for new techniques and new materials. Completely by accident, I ‘discovered’ metal clay, the most fantastic material I ever came across. From that very moment, I became addicted to it knowing that, at last, I found what I was looking for all my life.
Without a second thought, I gave up my full time job in 2008 and I started my small creative business: Meropi’s Art. Since then, I have been working hard to pass on my passion and knowledge to new artists and thus, help them start their own creative business. Like me, they could quit their boring jobs when their individual time is right and find their own path to true happiness through creation.
Meropi Toumbas with the Japanese Master Instructor Ryota Mitsuhashi - Prague 2011
Photo credit : Oscar Rose
Photo credit : Oscar Rose
My commitment is to continue working and developing myself and my skills; to spread the message to more and more people about the most wonderful environmental material one can work with; and, to expand this small business outside the boundaries of my Island. At the same time, it is my objective to help new entrepreneurs to achieve their artistic goals. This is my why and why I am doing what I am doing !!!!