The following people tutor workshops at JASSO on an ongoing basis (for details of tutors currently offering short courses, see the short courses page).
Silversmithing / Jewellery (Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
Jeff studied three-dimensional design at High Wycombe College of Technology and Art, taking a Diploma in Art and Design in silversmithing and obtaining first class honours in 1974. The following year he gained the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Littledale Award and spent a year as a postgraduate specialising in photo etching silver. He then became a self-employed silversmith working on commissioned hollowware.
Jeff has taught at JASSO for many years, and has long experience of helping students with both jewellery and silversmithing projects. His current interests centre on the study of ancient metalwork in the Ashmolean museum collections. He has a range of jewellery linked to displays in the museum under the name “archaeofacts”.
Currently his small workshop bench in Oxford is spread with lost wax castings of a new piece in the range, part of a new order for the Ashmolean shop. The original of this piece is a very strange series of 19 hand amulets suspended with chains from the base of a family group, all displayed beneath a huge shell-like fibula. A wacky piece, he says, from the Italian Iron Age.
Machi de Waard
Thursday mornings – Jewellery
Machi de Waard has been a full-time jeweller since 2007 and was Artist in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre, which culminated in a solo exhibition at the end of 2010. She has since exhibited at craft fairs and galleries across England, combining her studio practice with teaching jewellery making. Machi has a Level 3 Award in Education and Training from City Guilds. She has taught jewellery making at Studio E174 in High Wycombe, Maiden Erlegh Community Arts in Reading, Adult Education in Chesham, Summer School at Missenden School of Creative Arts, Henley School of Art and private lessons in her own studio.
Having taught jewellery making for over 10 years now, Machi’s first book, written with fellow jeweller Janet Richardson, “Silver Jewellery Making” was published by award-winning craft publisher Search Press on 1 February this year. The first professional review called it “one of the most comprehensive beginners guides to jewelry silversmithing available” (Barbara Jacobs ― Booklist).
She will be teaching at JASSO on Thursday mornings
Friday – Jewellery
Kevin trained at the Birmingham School of Jewellery for 4 years. He worked as a diamond mounter for a manufacturing company in the Birmingham jewellery quarter for 21years. In 1985 he became a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and a Diamond Member (DGA) in 1987.
For the past 24 years Kevin has worked for a jeweller, he designs, makes and repairs jewellery as well as training apprentices. He also repairs and renovates antique jewellery on a freelance basis.
Kevin will be teaching at JASSO on Friday mornings.
Jenny studied silversmithing and enamelling at the Sir John Cass College, and has received awards for design, silversmithing and enamelling from the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council.
Enamelling involves fusing a layer of coloured glass onto the surface of the metal. The metal can be engraved beforehand to enhance the enamelling. In her classes Jenny teaches a variety of techniques for enamelling on silver and copper, and works with beginners and more experienced students.
Silversmithing (Wednesday 10 – 4.30)
John served a 5-year apprenticeship at Asprey and Co, Bond Street, and completed a Diploma in Silver and Goldsmithing and Design at Sir John Cass College.
He worked as a self-employed silver and goldsmith doing design and development for several companies, carrying out model work for the military, private commissions and teaching part time at Sir John Cass College, later becoming full time. He is now teaching part time at West Dean College and is self-employed.
Over his working life he has gained awards at the Gold and Silversmiths’ Annual Competition for large and small work design.
Silversmithing (Wednesday 10 – 4.30)
In 1962 Peter did the pre-apprentice course at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, followed by 5 years’ apprenticeship with C. J. Vander Ltd Silversmiths. He completed a 3-year Diploma course at Hornsey College of Art (1st class honours), and spent 2 years full time and 25 years part time working with Louis Osman (Goldsmith, architect, designer).
In 1974 he started working with Malcolm Appleby (Engraver, goldsmith, designer), which continues today.
He has spent 14 years part time teaching jewellery at Banbury School of Art, and 16 years at the Royal College of Art. He also undertakes private commissions.