Create your own jewellery – an individual approach with Sarah Macrae

Ref: SSS08949

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About this course

Develop a personal vocabulary of ideas for your jewellery making whilst gaining making skills and learning new techniques relevant to your projects. The week begins with a short, structured project and then fabricating, decorating and joining will be demonstrated. You are encouraged to incorporate other materials in your jewellery including exotic hardwoods, shells, and found objects.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to develop your understanding of how to make jewellery and how to develop an individual design vocabulary. Successful contemporary studio jewellers depend on having a unique and personal quality to the designs they produce. This course will help you to understand more about the process of design and will help you develop a personal vocabulary of ideas alongside learning a range of techniques appropriate to your designs.

My approach to teaching skills is mostly on an individual basis where needed. However I will demonstrate some techniques where they are relevant to all of some of the group. I aim to instill confidence and to encourage you to be creative.

As well as basic fabrication techniques and decorative processes you are encouraged to think about incorporating other materials such as exotic hardwood, bone, shell, feathers, paper, acrylic and found materials. We will look at different sorts of cold connections to enable these materials to be combined with silver to make individual and exciting pieces.

By the end of the course you will have gained knowledge of how to design jewellery and the processes to execute these designs. Everyone should complete at least one piece of jewellery.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A swap-over session to another course of your choice

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)

• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music

• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

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.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals or flip flops or high heels)
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
  • Any tools you have marked clearly with your name
  • Please come prepared with a small sketchbook in which you may have collected some images of things that appeal to you (could be of anything) and perhaps a few drawings of things you might like to make. Do not worry if you think you cannot draw; just a few lines to explain your ideas to me will be fine.

Available to buy

  • Silver in a variety of forms, sheet, wire and tube as well as consumables such as saw blades, drills, and abrasives.
  • Basic tool kits are available to borrow.
  • The shop stocks all of the materials required for this course. The tutor also carries a range of alternative materials such as exotic hardwood, bone, shell, feathers, paper, acrylic and found materials.

Please note: if you have any definite ideas of what you would like to make and achieve on the course or any previous experience, please email before the course. This will help the tutor plan the best course possible.


Sarah Macrae

Sarah graduated Brighton Polytechnic in 1981 and has combined her studio practice as a jeweller with teaching part time. A member of The Designer Jewellers Group, she has exhibited at the Barbican Arts Centre (London) for the last twenty eight years. In 2000 Sarah was invited to write an introduction to Jewellery for Crowood Press and she features in several youtube videos. Sarah's work can be seen on Facebook and Instagram.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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