Press Release: Make and create jewellery, Short Courses at West Dean College

Discover your creative expression through the use of practical techniques on a jewellery making short course at West Dean College suitable for complete beginners to advanced practitioners. Courses are taught by expert tutors in professional workshops and teaching ranges from one-day tasters to five-day courses. There are eight totally new courses, in the latest brochure out now. Enjoy a relaxing creative break at West Dean, with delicious homecooked food and mix with like-minded creative people.

Learn simple wire techniques to make jewellery including how to wrap a bead, thread and finish off necklaces and how to mend or remodel bead jewellery. Making jewellery from beads, buttons, wires and threads with Sarah Withers. Sarah has been designing and making jewellery with beads for many years and is author of The Encyclopaedia of Beading Techniques (NEW 6 - 8 November Weekend £239 Beginners).

Penny Davis trained at Sheffield Hallam University and works for the trade and well as producing her own work. Penny teaches Contemporary and traditional bead threading. After familiarisation with tools and threading techniques, make a range of necklaces which may include antiques and semi-precious beads. (23 - 26 November Three Days £337 Suitable for all)

Zoe Arnold's work is exhibited in the V&A and the Crafts Council collections. Zoe teaches Conceptual jewellery - casting charms. This course treats jewellery as art looking particularly at the symbolism of plants with some traditional techniques taught - Delft clay casting, cuttle fish casting and more - to create a necklace (NEW 10 - 15 January Five Days £549 Intermediate/Advanced).

Alison Evans is well-known for her exquisite work based around the techniques of chain mail. Alison trained at Portsmouth University and exhibits in London and internationally. Create an individual piece of jewellery as you master the techniques of chain mail or Ring-linking with stones and beads for jewellery (12 - 14 February Weekend £222 Suitable for all).

Kathy Murphy trained at Middlesex University and is on the Crafts Council's Selected Index. Kathy is author of Resin Jewellery, a definitive guide on the subject, and teaches Coloured resin jewellery using simple materials and methods to make a mould to case your own resin jewellery (18 - 20 March Weekend £257 Suitable for all).

Sarah Drew makes jewellery and accessories from recycled antique beads and beach finds. Sarah is the author of Wild Jewellery and Hair Accessories. Learn how to make jewellery from those little things you love to collect - from the beach, the woods and urban finds using the useful techniques of threading, crocheting, wirework and working with resin. Wild jewellery - re-cycle, re-craft (8 - 10 April Weekend £237 Suitable for all).

Develop designs and experiment with a variety of chains using different materials and proportions in Making chains - jewellery with Daphne Krinos who trained at Middlesex University and exhibits in the UK and abroad. (21 - 24 April Long Weekend £325 Intermediate/Advanced)


Wake up to beautiful views over the Sussex Downs in the stately splendour of a country mansion. The bedrooms are a mixture of contemporary and traditional styling. From £102 per person (twin room for two nights).

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)2143 818300.


Notes to editors

  • West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation which also comprises West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.
  • West Dean College offers over 700 creative short courses and is internationally renowned for teaching in Conservation and Creative Arts.
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  • Journalists interested in visiting the Gardens, attending a course or an event for news or review purposes or filming at West Dean should contact the Media Relations Team.
  • 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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