Press Release: Create your own unique jewellery on a short course at West Dean College

West Dean College offers short courses in jewellery making and enamelling to suit all levels from beginners to advanced. Learn a new skill or immerse yourself in a favourite activity on one of the many courses on offer. One Day Taster Courses are an ideal way to explore a new skill. For a more in-depth experience choose from a wide range of courses that run for a weekend or a few days. Students on a short course can escape the everyday and enjoy a creative break this summer, and be inspired by the stunning countryside surrounding the college within the heart of the South Downs.

Explore the possibilities of glass bead design. Use a torch flame to create coloured beads, and learn how to apply decorative effects. Making glass beads - an introduction with beadmaker Barbara Mason (6 - 8 May £285 Beginners).

Make a pair of beautiful contemporary Keum Bo (fusing gold foil onto silver) drop earrings, including shaping and texturing. Jewellery - silver and gold earrings with studio jeweller Sarah Macrae (25 June One Day £127 Beginners).

Learn how to transform shapes and forms into a jewellery design using repeated components. The focus will be on composition, rhythm and movement in design. Jewellery - create rhythm and movement with simple elements with jeweller Kayo Saito (16 - 19 June Long Weekend £325 Intermediate/Advanced).

Learn new techniques and gain making skills as fabricating, decorating and joining are demonstrated. You will be encouraged to incorporate other materials in your jewellery, including exotic hardwoods, shells and found objects. Create your own jewellery - an individual approach with Sarah Macrae (23 - 29 July Summer School £682 Suitable for all).

Discover the alchemy of enamelling by first practising on copper, then progress to simple silver jewellery. Learn how to translate colour and texture ideas, and the techniques using fine wires and metal leaf. Enamelling for beginners with artist, jeweller and enameller Sheila R McDonald (19 - 21 August Weekend £248).

Art jeweller, Joanne Haywood, will show you how to build your confidence in combining multiple materials with the focus on working with metal and textile forms together with demonstrations on a range of contemporary techniques. Mixed media jewellery (2 - 4 September Weekend £232 Intermediate/Advanced).


Treat a friend or family member with a gift voucher for £10, £25, £50 or £100, which can be used as full or part payment towards a short course. Email bookings


Wake up to beautiful views over the Sussex Downs. The bedrooms are a mixture of contemporary and traditional styling. From £102 per person for 2 nights (twin occupancy).


For more information about Short Courses at West Dean and to browse the digital brochure visit First time bookings receive a 10% discount (telephone bookings only call +44 (0)1243 818300).

If you are passionate about the creative arts and conservation join the vibrant community and enjoy all West Dean has to offer by becoming a Friend of the college. To find out more visit

Notes to editors

  • West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust, also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.
  • West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.

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Irene Caswell, Senior Media Relations Officer, +44 (0)1243 818301


West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ