Hammer and Hand’s concrete reality is as a jewellery workshop and gallery at both locations, both open seven days a week and staffed by members of the collective.
The collective offers, for its members, a business address, workshop with basic jewellery making tools and a retail showroom with low rent. Members trade and operate as individual businesses under the umbrella of the collective.
Hammer and Hand also serves as an incubator for micro business, playing a mentoring role to those members starting out as newly self employed artists & craftspersons . There are currently nine members at each location.
Of the 28 past member, some have become graduates in gold and silversmithing at RMIT, with others achieving distinction as designer-makers in the high street jewellery trade, others hold Diplomas in Jewellery Design.
At both its locations Hammer and Hand is known and loved by locals and visitors alike. Admired for its eclectic jewellery and metal work, ranging through forged iron pieces and stainless steel utensils, to handcrafted leather and metal accessories, polymer and silver clay designs, fine art, sculpture, and art cards, but with the emphasis always on jewellery and metal.