Short Courses

We run a variety of short courses for members only throughout the year including our 10 week beginners’ jewellery making course.  We also run Masterclasses, which are taken by experts in their fields. These sessions may be one, two or three day courses which run on Fridays to Sundays. Below is a list of the courses planned for 2019 so far.

Course Details

28-29th September
Beginners Wax Carving for Casting with Sarah Shanahan
Sarah is an experienced silversmith with advanced wax carving skills. She will show us how to create a wax design of our own choice jewellery or small solid or hollowed design, i.e. a charm or finial for a silver item. Members will be encouraged to come with an image or design of a small 3D object they would like to make, for example a charm, simple jewellery item, or filial for a silver object.
The weekend will include tool making, use etc, design transfer, carving, repair and problem solving, finishing/polishing and removing weight, textures, shrinkage and casting issues. Guidance through a first test object, discussion of individual designs, equipment lists and notes to take away.

At the end of the weekend she will take our creations and have them cast as a batch if required. Returning them to Jasso in a 2-3 weeks.

Materials cost will be low to supply wax plus the cost of casting by weight of silver if requested. A basic equipment list will be prepared in due course but is not expected to be out of the ordinary range of tools.
Cost £105 + £20 workshop fees

Sunday 6th October 2019
Introduction to Gemmology with Sally Spencer

During the day you will learn a little about the world of gemmology and gemstones as well as an explanation of how the characteristics of different gemstones can be used by a gemmologist for identification.

You will be taught how to use a 10x loupe to look at both internal and external features of gemstones and look at a variety of different stones.  Some of the testing equipment used by gemmologists will be demonstrated and you will have the opportunity to try them for yourself to practise some of the theory discussed during the day.  You will also be introduced to synthetic, imitation, treated and composite materials before looking at examples of these.

The final part of the day is spent looking at both synthetic and natural diamonds followed by the opportunity to look more closely at your own diamonds and learn a little more about them.
Cost £40 + £10 workshop fee for the day

19th and 20th October
Settings for faceted stones: – Hayley Kruger

Intermediate level – those with some jewellery making experience .
Over two days we will cover 3 different types of settings for faceted stones in a mix of shapes and sizes. Settings will include a tube setting, a decorative round collet and a setting for a square or baguette shaped stone. These settings will be delicate and will include stones that range from 3mm to 8mm in size, so do bring your Opti visors and magnifiers if required.

Tools to bring: square pusher, burnisher, 3mm seating burr, pin vice, full tool kit, hand vice, needle files including triangular, half round and round, hand torch filled with gas, solder brick, solder, sterling silver, jump rings

Cost of course £104 + £20 workshop fees, Materials pack approx. £20 payable to Hayley on the day

Sunday 10th November 2019
PMC with Sally Spencer

A one day course which gives an opportunity for beginners or those who have used it before to come and get creative with this amazing material.
Cost £28 + £10 workshop fee for the day

16th-17th November 2019
Beginners Repousse with Judi Rowlands

The weekend will include tool making and the production of a small piece. Further details to follow.
Cost £70 plus workshop fees £20 plus materials to be arranged

Beginners’ Jewellery course 2019
Venue: JASSO workshop at Peachcroft Farm
Tutor: Sally Spencer
Autumn Term: Fridays – 1.30 – 4.30 – Beginners, 10am to 1pm – Improvers
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th September, 18th, 25th October, 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th November
Saturday – 1.30pm to 4.30pm – Improvers
7th, 14th, 21st September, 5th, 26th October, 9th, 30th November, 7th, 14th December

Course content:  Participants will work through a series of projects, building on the skills they are learning. They will be taught how to design a piece of jewellery so that they can understand the process and how to develop their designs

NOTE: in order to access this course, you will need to become a JASSO member.  Membership fee £20.

Cost of course: £190 + approx £50 for materials

For membership and to apply for a place on the course please contact Jasso: jassoenquiries

Sessions and Projects will include:

  • Introduction to the workshop, Health and Safety
  • Introduction to jewellery and design
  • Learning how to make a simple band ring
  • Designing and making a pierced pendant
  • Designing and making both stud and drop earrings featuring textures
  • Designing and making a pair of decorated cufflinks
  • Learning how to make a setting for a cabochon stone and then turning this into a ring

This course will provide a broad introduction to a number of techniques which students can then continue to build on as they develop their skills. All tools needed to complete this course will be supplied for students use.


We have also recently offered these  masterclasses:

Ronda Coryell on using Argentium, Katherine  Campbell  Legg on keum boo, Stephen Goldsmith on polishing, Jessica Turrell on experimental enamelling  and Jenny  Edge on making a torque.