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what we hold & carry with kerry leasure

"Caretaker of the small details

pouring herself out to fill others up

The planner, The keeper of time

The nourisher

The memory nudger

The list maker

The finder of the humor in any situation

The fierce protector

The noticer"


In this workshop, participants will explore the things that women hold and carry through the creation of a necklace. We will utilize a change book frame to hold tiny treasures that are special to you.


Please bring small objects to turn into charms. Nothing larger than a key. And be careful of weight. Objects too large or too heavy aren't going to balance well- and remember this will go around your neck. (So even though you loved Dad's giant watch- is it a practical piece for a charm necklace?) Kerry will also have a selection of small antique objects available for purchase.


This is not a beginner class. You will need to be able to manipulate two pairs of pliers to open and close chain links to secure your objects. Kerry will provide the change purse frame, the chain, odds and ends for creative charm making- and will help with design, engineering, balance and story telling.


This class is for participants ages 18+. This class has a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8. If the class does not meet the minimum, participants will be refunded. All registrations are non-refundable after the registration deadline passes.

Please email Mary Bell, Program Director,  at with any questions. 

Kentuck workshops are non-refundable after the registration closes. If you would like to cancel before the deadline passes, please email or call 205-758-1257. If the class does not meet the minimum by the registration deadline and the workshop is cancelled, all participants will be refunded their registration fees.

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Dates: August 24, 2024

Time: 10 AM-12 PM

Location: Kentuck Art Center's Georgine Clarke Building classroom

Tuition: $80; Some supplies included 

Ages: 18+

Experience: Some jewelry experience; will need to be able to manipulate two pairs of pliers to open and close chain links

Needed Supplies: Small objects to turn into charms (nothing too large or heavy)

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This workshop is made possible in part by grants from Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


meet the instructor

Kerry Leasure

Kerry Leasure has always had a passion for all things old and long forgotten, and a love for the thrill of the hunt. She founded Here a Chick There a Chick in 2012, initially as an antiques dealer, and started offering her vintage jewelry finds to followers on Facebook. She immediately began playing around with the broken, unsaleable, and odd bits to create one of a kind pieces. As her passion for creating jewelry, and her clientele grew, eventually her booths were put aside in favor of working in her studio and selling her work at vintage and art shows. Each next step has been an adventure, and like all the best ones, never in a straight line. It’s been her joy to discover that her best find has been Herself. Her jewelry line is hand made from antique, vintage and found objects. Her desire to surprise and delight her clientele. A snip of humor, a splash of symbolism, a glint of sparkle, a wink of mischief. Each bit begins its life as one story, she writes them a new one, and the story then finds its owner. Each piece is truly one of a kind and cannot be recreated. She finds her materials everywhere and is endlessly hunting.

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