The Jewellery and Silver Society of Oxford (JASSO) was formed in 1973 and is now a well-established part of the Oxfordshire crafts scene. Some JASSO members are professional silversmiths, others are hobbyists. Currently there are about 170 members. The society has a full programme of ongoing and short courses, as well as untutored workshops, open to members. We are based in a recently enlarged converted barn at Peachcroft Farm on the outskirts of Abingdon. The atmosphere at JASSO is informal, supportive and friendly.
Silversmithing techniques are taught throughout the week for members interested in making bowls, jugs, candlesticks etc. In addition jewellery skills are taught for those wanting to make rings with and without settings, earrings, pendants, bracelets etc.
The workshop provides access to specialist tools for small and large scale silversmithing, enamelling and precious metal clay. In addition, short courses in specialist subjects are arranged throughout the year. Past courses include granulation, mokume gane, chasing and anticlastic raising. The current programme of ongoing classes is shown on the Regular Workshops page.
If you would like to join JASSO, please get in touch with us in the first instance by email or in writing. We will get back to you. Our postal address and email address are on the Contact us page.
Costs of membership of the society are as follows:
- Single: £20 per annum
- Couple: £30 per annum
The costs of classes are currently £14 per half day session (normally booked in blocks of 10). There is an additional fee for the use of the workshop which is £5 per half day session. Members accessing an open workshop pay just the workshop fees.