About Thinking Hand Studios

Offers classes in jewellery making, sculpture, woodwork, mould making & casting - Gold Coast.

'Using your hands to create your own designs, utilizing hard earned skills is an immensely satisfying and rewarding experience. The things you create represent a life well lived.'


Cal and Damian are the Directors, designers, makers and teachers. They have professional backgrounds in everything they teach. Their studio workshop is equipped with a very large variety of tools & equipment they have accumulated over the years catering for all different kinds of activities. Teaching skills utilised by Jewellers, artists, designers & cabinet makers. Beginner to advanced options in a variety of different areas.

Cal Regan has a lifetime of experience as a Designer-Maker in wood and metal. He was educated and trained in the UK specialising in Fine Furniture Making following the Cotswold tradition and in addition as a Conservator of Furniture and Decorative Objects. ....... He emigrated  with his family to Australia in 1989, continuing in his own business as a Designer-Maker, Gilder, Jeweller and Conservator of Antique Furniture and decorative objects. Cal’s interests lie in the properties of materials, texture, colour and the traditional processes by which ideas are formed into reality.   He believes developing creative potential is essential and the act of creating is what defines us as humans.  He is now dedicated to passing on these skills which he has developed through a lifetime of creative endeavours.

Damian Regan has extensive professional experience in a variety of creative mediums. He has a background in sculpture, architecture, furniture designing/making and jewellery making. His main interests lie in hyper-realistic sculpture, monster making and sculpted jewellery designs. More recently he has been focusing on polystyrene carving & texturing for set design as well as mould making & casting methods for prop making.•In addition to creating his own projects he also teaches these techniques to hobbyists as well as aspiring jewellers and sculptors endeavouring to start their own creative businesses.  He hopes to contribute to the local creative community by providing people with the skills required to make their own products & designs.

As well as providing teaching services, Thinking Hand Studios is also the site of a Professional Studio Workshop with a long- standing background in creating products using the skills they now teach.  For this reason they are fully equipped with the tools, machinery and experience to make virtually anything you could think of. They created their courses to give people the means to take their skills as far as they want so they can move forward in their own directions. 

They also have a:

Silversmithing room

Wax jewellery making room

Sculpture room

Digital design & 3D printing room

They offer two types of classes for jewellery;     Courses & Casual Sessions. Casual sessions can be ongoing allowing the potential for more individual tailoring & more time to be spent on the students projects as they can return regularly to hone their skills.

Antique furniture restoration workshop reference eBooks and videos written and presented by Calvert Regan are also available. Please visit their website for further information.

Sculpture sessions can be tailored to individual interests, just tell them what you are interested in and they will provide a plan to help you work towards achieving your goals.  

There are two options for kids classes, .... Sessions will be run if a minimum of three people attend. Close parental supervision is required for children 9 years and under and they encourage parents to stay and join in if there is space.