The main aims of this course are to make old jewellery wearable and attractive again; learn new jewellery-making skills, such as stone setting and chain-making, which not only embellish and improve old jewellery but can be used in the future to make pieces from scratch; to complete several re-make projects so pieces can be worn home straight away.
I encourage everyone to be quite brave and creative, using your old jewellery as a resource material to combine with other metals (silver, copper, brass), found materials (such as driftwood, twig slices, sea-glass and semi-precious stones) and recycled beads to create contemporary statement pieces. People are welcome to do a bit of simple mending if they like, but the main objective of the course is to make new interesting jewellery using old pieces. As well as this being a frugal, sustainable way of making jewellery, it’s also nice to have a personal, historical link to new pieces you’re making: ie you know where the silver or gold came from, who gave you it and so on. It still has meaning for you but you can wear it in a more modern way.
By the end of the course you should be confident with soldering silver or gold, making handmade chains, simple rub-over stone-setting, finishing, texturing and polishing as well as seeing the potential in using what you have. You could have finished at least three projects to be able to wear home, and probably more. I will be happy to advise about setting up a simple workroom so you can continue re-making silver and gold jewellery when you get home.
Some soldering and general jewellery-making skills would be useful but not essential.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)