Having completed my Higher diploma in Art Clay Silver, I am pleased to launch a list of silver jewellery workshops and courses I can now offer so you can have a go at making your own beautiful pieces of silver.
All courses are taught in my fully equipped studio in the Staffordshire countryside, and include enough materials to make the prescribed pieces, the teaching, use of all equipment and tea and cake. For the full day silver jewellery workshops, you will need to bring some lunch with you, or there are a few local shops where you will be able to purchase some supplies on the day.
Working on silver clay
Hammering a bangle
Hammering a ring
Enjoying a workshop
Polishing and firing area in the Granary Workshop
The trusty Dremel, a vital piece of equipment
Silver smithing jewellery bench
The hot area and hammering bench
The workshop table set up for a class
Some of the pieces made by students in the workshops
We have a list of planned silver jewellery workshops for a maximum of 5 people, but if you would like to have a special day tailored exactly to what you would like to make, please contact me
Planned silver jewellery workshops for 2018/2019.
2019: Thurs 25th April; Fri 31st May; Fri 19th July; Thurs 29th Aug; Thurs 12th Sept; Sun 13th Oct
Half day course to make stunning silver jewellery from a real leaf. No experience necessary. Techniques taught – painting silver clay paste onto leaf, sanding piece and preparing for firing. Firing the piece, burnishing piece, adding antiquing colour to piece, polishing piece, adding chain.
2019: Thurs 10th Jan; Sat 23rd Feb; Sun 24th March; Wed 10th April; Sun 19th May; Tues 18th Jun; Sat 13th July; Sun 25th Aug; Wed 18th Sept; Sat 12th Oct
Half day introduction into how to use the silver clay, come away with at least 2 pieces of silver clay. No experience necessary.
Techniques taught – handling the clay, rolling out, texturing and cutting; making moulds and using the mould to create pieces to add in, combining separate pieces into 1 piece; sanding and preparing for firing, firing the piece; burnishing the piece, adding antiquing colour to piece, adding chain and earring wires
2019: Sat/Sun 5/6th Jan; Sat/Sun 16th and 17th Feb; Wed/Thurs 17th to 18th July; Sat/Sun 29th to 30th June; Sat/Sun 10th to 11th Aug; Thurs/Fri 26th to 27th Sept
2-day course combining all the techniques you need to use all 3 types of the silver clay. No experience necessary
Techniques taught – as above in silver leaf course and introduction to silver clay workshop, plus making a hollow form using a syringe and setting a fireable stone.
Please contact me for dates
Half day course to make a ring from sterling silver wire. No experience necessary
Techniques taught – Measuring and allowing for curvature, sawing to size, bending ring, annealing silver, soldering the ring, pickling and polishing. Adding texture if required.
More advanced courses, an introduction to silver clay course is required before attempting these
2019: Sat 16th March; Tues 25th June
Full day course making a basic flat silver clay ring with some decoration – a little experience would be an advantage
Techniques taught – sizing the ring and allowing for shrinkage; how to create a seamless join; adding some decoration, can include addition of a glass stone; preparing the ring for firing; firing the ring; polishing and finishing the inside to a high polish; adding antiquing colour where required
2019: Wed 16th Jan
Please contact me for future dates
Full day course making a silver clay brooch with part of it finishes to a high shine and a stone set in an embedded bezel after firing – experience required
Techniques taught – designing a brooch; making a pattern from graph paper and cutting shapes using pattern; embedding a pre-made fine silver bezel for a faceted stone; adding texture using paste; adding the brooch pin; preparing brooch for firing; firing the brooch; burnishing the fired piece; polishing the piece to a mirror finish shine; adding antiquing colour where required
2019: Fri – Sun 25th to 27th Jan; Wed-Fri 3rd to 5th April; Sat – Mon 20th to 22nd July
3 day course going through the level 1 Art Clay silver diploma course syllabus – need some experience working with clay, I recommend either the introduction or beginners courses or equivalent. Once the three days are completed, I am accredited to assess the finished pieces and award the level 1 diploma where standards are high enough to pass*.
Art Clay Silver Diploma level 2 course – £505 – 6 hours per day
Please contact me to arrange a suitable date.
3 day course going through the level 2 Art Clay silver diploma course syllabus – completion of the level 1 course is required. Once the three days have been completed, I am accredited to assess the finished pieces and award the level 2 diploma where standards are high enough to pass*.
*photos of the finished pieces and marks will be submitted to the central diploma awarding body, who will ensure consistency and award the certificates. The body may request I send off Student’s pieces to quality check the level of my marking.
Most courses are available as gift vouchers, just click on the ‘Gift Voucher’ option on each page. I will send you a voucher in a presentation wallet personalised to your gift recipient.
All prices are per delegate and include all materials required to make the specified pieces for the courses. More materials may be available to be purchased on the day if you require a larger piece or want to make extra. Please discuss with me beforehand so I can make sure we have what you require.
Prices and dates may change without warning. Prebooked courses and vouchers will be honoured at price paid at time of purchase.
A suggested design will be given at the beginning of each course, but there is plenty of space for you to design your own pieces. If there is something special you would like to make, please discuss with me beforehand to make sure it is within the course limits and feasible.