Short Courses

We run a variety of short courses for members only throughout the year, known as 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 2018 so far.

Course Details

Ronda Coryell  – Argentium Master class
September 28-30 2018

Suitable for those with soldering skills
Cost of course £276 including workshop fees
£80 materials pack payable to Ronda on the day
Bring your tool kits

Ronda Coryell is a Jewelers of America Certified Master Bench Jeweler and, one of the world’s most well regarded experts on the use of Argentium. Founder of the Northwest Chapter of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, she now devotes her time to lecturing and teaching worldwide. Ronda has taught and lectured in such places as Bali, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain and England. She won First Place in the prestigious Saul Bell Awards and continues to gain recognition in competition and exhibition. Her work is included in several books on contemporary jewelry: 500 Earrings, 500 Bracelets, The Art and Craft of Jewelry Making.

Artist Statement:

Teaching has become as important to me as creating. Through teaching, I am continually challenged by the questions of “why” and “how” regarding things I sometimes take for granted. Encouraging students to experiment beyond the known limits makes it exciting and keeps me continually learning.
I see the use of Argentium as a way for someone’s work to stand out from the crowd. It is truly a metal of the new millennium. Education is the key to Argentium’s acceptance. It is similar to Standard Sterling, but definitely different. Understanding these differences and the characteristics of Argentium and imparting this to my students is my focus.

Charlotte Duckworth – Fabricated spoons
26-28 October 2018 – 10.00-17.00 hrs
Suitable for beginner to intermediate – Learn how to make a spoon through fabricating metal. You will form a bowl and forge a handle. These will then be soldered together to create a lovely caddy sized spoon. Using different techniques to move and shape the metal.

Cost of course £146 including workshop fees.
Materials pack £35 payable to Charlotte on the day
Bring your tool kits and bring raising and planishing hammers if you have them (JASSO have a few available but not enough for one each)

About the tutor
Designing and making beautiful cutlery from sterling silver and locally sourced English Holly, Charlotte creates functional pieces of art for the kitchen.
Her ethos revolves around simple, elegant designs that are ergonomic and tactile. With the intention of provoking people to appreciate their food and take time over their daily routines and rituals in the kitchen.

Hayley Kruger – Tube and Flush setting stones
17-18 November 2018 10-16.30hrs
Suitable for intermediate level – those with some jewellery making experience
Cost of course £124 including workshop fees.
Materials pack approx. £20 payable to Hayley on the day
Bring your tool kits plus you will need to bring pin vice and collets, ring clamp, burnisher, pusher and a couple of burrs (full details will be provided)

A two day workshop incorporating tube and flush setting styles to create a selection of jewellery including earring studs, pendants and rings. Techniques covered are:

  • Stone measuring and planning
  • Setting methods
  • Setting on both flat and curved surfaces
  • Understanding stone setting tools including burrs and making your own tools

About the tutor
Hayley Kruger is a jewellery designer and tutor having worked and taught extensively in the areas of stone setting, jewellery making and design. She makes and designs jewellery on a bespoke basis making fine jewellery pieces in gold, silver and platinum and incorporating a variety of stone setting styles.

Beginners’ Jewellery course 2018
Venue: JASSO workshop at Peachcroft Farm
Dates – Autumn term: 7 Sept, 21 Sept, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 7 Dec
Times: Friday afternoons 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Tutor: Sally Spencer – www.sallyspencer.co.uk

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.