9th September to 22nd November
Welcome to the Precious Metals Workshop's courses. We run courses throughout the year in alignment with the UK's academic timetable. Our Evening classes and weekend workshops aim to have something for everyone and for all levels of skills. Please see our Terms & Conditions when booking any course. Please see our list of courses below for the up coming term. Places are limited to 7 in order to allow good one-to-one time with the tutors and assistants. Any course enquiries can be made directly through our contact heading above.
our evening classes
10 weeks - 6pm to 8pm - 9th September to 18th November
Jewellery for beginners, the first 5 weeks will concentrate on the necessary techniques required to then undertake your own projects. You will learn, saw piercing, filling, drilling, hot and cold connections, texturing, forming and polishing. After this (and for intermediates at the start) you will be encouraged to bring in your own ideas to discuss with the tutor and develop your own work. There will also be an option to learn some more advanced techniques such as stone setting, etching and casting.
Half term 14th October, no class.
Course led by Ian Nicholson and Amanda McGrattan
10 weeks - 6:30pm to 9pm - 10th September to 19th November
Hand engraving is an ancient art form that has been used to enhance jewellery, decorate silver ware and flat ware and personalise items since Greek, Phoenician and Roman times.
Designs are drawn directly onto the surface of the metal, then engraved into the metal using a variety of steel tools generally described as ‘Burens’, ‘Gravers’, ‘stich tools’ and ‘Scorpers’. Unlike machine engraving Hand Engraving, like any art form, reflects the personal artistic ability and passion of the engraver.
During the course of the lessons students will learn how to set up, sharpen and maintain the engraving tools. The process of drawing and marking on the designs and the subsequent cutting or engraving of the design onto items of silver using the traditional techniques of the hand Engraver. From first cuts on a practical sheet to producing a design or picture on a finished piece, the student will be guided, mentored and encouraged by someone with 40 plus years experience working at the highest level of craft.
Half term 15th October, no class.
Course led by Ruraidh Malcolmson
10 weeks - 6:30pm to 7:30pm - 11th September to 20th November
Want to make a real go at starting up a jewellery business but not sure how? Come along to our business mentoring ten week course and cover all the important topics in how to be successful.
Your business and plan to succeed – how to write a business plan and the look ahead
Vision – Dreams and reality
Products and Services – your jewellery, operations and sales
Time management - motivation and organisation
Corporate Brand – How you represent yourself visually, logo, colours, fonts and values
Business Identity – Who you are, how are you perceived and customer relations
Social Media – websites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Buffer…
Marketing – target audience, how and where
Financial Plan - Start-up Expenses, pricing your work & accounts
Applications – how to put it all together to apply for grants, loans, awards & shows
Half term 16th October, no class.
Course led by Ian Nicholson
10 weeks - 7:45pm to 8:45pm - 11th September to 20th November
It’s hard being out there on your own, doing it on your own. I know, I’m on that journey with you. There are days when it can feel so arrrrrrrgh, so overwhelming and all consuming.
This peer group coaching is that safe space to be vulnerable, to share those challenges and frustrations without judgement, in confidence, be supported and honest with yourself and others, to be lovingly challenged and expand your viewpoint from the perspective of where you are stuck to a place of movement, to absorb, to ask powerful questions, to connect to your intuition, to give back, to receive, to be, to grow.
Cameron will be facilitating these weekly coaching group meetings and would love you to join us and be part of an empowering group of creators who are supporting one another meeting those challenges head on and getting curious with them.
With this Creative Mindset Group, you will get:
· Clarity on your creative and personal life
· Exploration of your barriers, issues, struggles and how to change mindset and achieve your goals
Lessons on mindfulness, well-being, creativity, and personal development
Guidance from me (Cameron Murdoch), a Creativity Coach with 30 years of experience who knows the creative industries
Support, Feedback and Perspective from me and group. You will get to hear from people with the same struggles and issues. You’ll get to see and learn from what others are doing
Accountability and structure to help you stay on track and encouragement from others (and you’ll stop feeling bad about not doing it), to keep you consistent in your creative, business and life goals and objectives
Mastermind sessions to troubleshoot challenging creative and life problems
New practices and skills to try out in your own creative personal and professional life
A private community with fellow creatives. So you will have an opportunity to share ideas and cultivate connections with like-minded colleagues – maybe even new partners on projects! Goodbye, isolation!
In other words, no more feeling frustrated and behind all the time. These groups will help you expand your creativity, get closer to achieving your goals and celebrate your steps.
Half term 16th October, no class.
Course led by Cameron Murdoch
Our weekend workshops
14th & 15th September - 10am to 5pm
One of our most enjoyable courses. On day one you will spend your time designing and carving your own ring or pendant from wax. That evening we will attach wax sprues and create ‘wax trees’ of all the work. They will be set in a steel flask in investment powder (plaster of paris) and left in a kiln overnight to allow the wax to burn out.
Day two will start with pouring molten silver into the flasks to create metal versions of the wax carvings. Then you will spend the day cleaning and filing to finish the weekend with your own unique cast piece of silver jewellery.
Course led by Mirka Janeckova
21st September - 10am to 5pm
This one-day workshop will give you a solid overview of many of the key topics relating to gems and gemmology, from the scientific aspects of the subject to the practical side of gem properties and identification. You will learn to use some of the main gemologists tools and have a chance to examine (and buy!) a wide range of gemstones.
During the day, we will cover:
- Gem basics
- Gem sourcing
- Gemstone properties and identification
- Valuation and buying tips
This course is suitable for complete beginners to the subject and will also interest those with some previous knowledge, such as jewellery makers who want to learn more about the materials they use. You need only bring your energy and enthusiasm, plus something for making notes. Everything else will be provided.
Course led by Stuart Pool
22 September - 10am to 5pm
Would you like to build an ethical jewellery business or find ways to improve ethical practices in your current business? Perhaps you would just like to learn more about ethics in the jewellery industry?
If so you may be considering how to source ethical supplies, gemstones, silver, Fairtrade Gold etc. and how to run your business in a way that does good as well as providing you with a great income for yourself.
In this one-day workshop you will learn about the different ways you can become more ethical in your business. Covering topics including:
- Industry issues and why we need responsible sourcing of metals and gemstones
- Gold & silver - Fairtrade & Fairmined options
- Diamonds & gemstones - including sourcing options and buying tips, mining and the journey of the gemstone, man-made stones
- Your workplace - what you can do in your own space to be more ethical
This workshop is ideal for active jewellers, but will also be of benefit to those in the planning stages of their jewellery business or with a general interest in ethical practices in the industry. No previous knowledge is required.
Course led by Stuart Pool
5th & 6th October - 10am to 5pm
This class will teach you the ancient Scandinavian art of weaving wire into intricate circular chains and jewellery by a method called Viking Weave.
With the techniques presented you will learn to create items like the ones found in many Viking burials and treasure hoards across the Nordic countries dating from the 9th century to the late 12th century. Timeless items can be created from this method that are still beautiful and wearable today.
Courses led by Cameron Murdoch
12th & 13th October - 10am to 5pm
This two day weekend workshop will explore ways of using bezel settings in a more imaginative way. It will look at other Stonesetting methods to help you choose the best way to make your favourite gems stand out. Experience of a jewellery making is helpful but beginners are also welcome on this course.
You will learn how to cut into the sides of the silver to make a more interesting and original setting. Depending on the stones you are using, you will understand types of settings such as bezel, tabs, gallery, cups, cones and a look at the use of prefabricated mounts.
If you have your own gemstone that you wish to work with then this can be discussed in advance with the tutor.
Course led by Jackie Bell
26th & 27th October - 10am to 5pm
Reduce, reuse, recycle - The world is in need of us all to change how we operate. Just because we have tired of something doesn’t mean it should end up in landfill and jewellery doesn’t have to be made up of precious metals and gems to be valuable. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and sentiment is priceless. Come along and up-cycle jewellery, learning how to use cold connections to make beautiful new jewellery.
Course led by Amanda McGrattan and Cameron Murdoch
2nd & 3rd November - 10am to 5pm
Repousse' and Chasing are among the most ancient techniques of working precious and non precious metals.
Metal processing with these techniques allows to obtain low and high reliefs without removing material; in fact the metal is pushed out (Repousse') or moved in (Chasing) by using tools as a hammer and punches of different shapes and sizes.
For the nature of this process the metal is usually set or filled (in case of a vase) with pitch, which as a given medium allow the metal to take shape.
As a form of art, the beauty of those techniques is that they both together give plasticity to the metal and a wide range in terms of expression to the artist.
During the course the students will be introduced to both of the techniques, learning how to create their own tools, setting up the metal on pitch and how to annealing the metal for make it workable during the process.
The students will work on a piece of copper, first creating a suitable design, learn to transfer that on the actual piece of metal, working in both Repousse' and Chasing to obtain a final product.
Course led by Dario Batzella
9th & 10th November - 10am to 5pm
This workshop will cover various ways to apply texture and colour to your metal using various enamels and patinas. You will be provided with copper to experiment with the rolling mill and hammers to create textures which can then be oxidised or enamelled. You are welcome to bring your own silver along to add colour to it.
By the end of the weekend you will have your own range of colour samples to take home along with a finished piece of jewellery.
Course led by Amanda McGrattan
16th & 17th November - 10am to 5pm
Box Clasps are the ideal fitting for bangles, bracelets, heavy necklaces and bead strings.
The basic principle can be adapted to a huge range of different designs and sizes, and can become the central attraction of a piece of Jewellery.
In this two day workshop you will make a box clasp and learn how to make the simple mechanism strong and secure.
We will also make a 3 or 5 part hinge, which is can be used with the clasp when making bangles or adapted for making boxes with lids.
Material provided will be copper, if you would like to work in silver the tutor will discuss your project with you before the workshop and give advice on what to purchase.
Course led by Jackie Bell
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