Short Courses

We run a variety of Masterclasses, which are taken by experts in their fields for members only throughout the year.  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 2020 so far.  We also run short courses including our 10 week beginners’ jewellery making course.

Please be aware that with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the Masterclasses may need to be cancelled at short notice.  Jasso will inform participants should this be required.

Course Details

Granulation and Reticulation with Milly Maunder Designs
24 and 25 October 2020 – 09:30-1700 – £90.00 plus materials

Milly is a Jeweller and Gemmologist who has been trained by the world-renowned GIA in America. Since she started her own business she has specialised and self-taught herself the art of Granulation for a contemporary jeweller. She enjoys pushing metal to the limits to create unusual textures and forms.
Course Aims
A relaxed and creative introduction to modern day granulation techniques and reticulation. Milly will walk you through the techniques and skills to master both jewellery processes step by step. On day one you will practice and trouble shoot together. Day two will be about your own designs and creations with Milly there to help out where needed, answer your questions and re-demonstrate anything from day one. Here we can also talk about more complex techniques to practice at home.
Students will have the opportunity to practice and learn new skills on a variety of pieces of jewellery creating pendants, earrings and an opportunity for more with their own creative designs.
The course will be taught in a relaxed style dependant on how the students get on. Millie will demonstrate the steps and then allow students to practice. This technique is all about spending time practising. No Handouts will be provided but small notebooks for notes taking will be available.
The course is suitable for Beginner / Intermediate level students. Students should be confident or familiar with a soldering torch.
It would be helpful if students have an idea of what they would like to design although not compulsory.
Equipment and materials
Students should bring: – Charcoal soldering block, handheld torch, flush cutters, brass hand brush, large round burr (4-6mm)
Basic jewellery tools – ie files and pliers. borax/flux
The tutor will provide:-  fine silver and some silver blanks for pendants / earrings. (approx £20 per student)
If you would like to specifically make anything else, you will need to provide your own wire/sheet of sterling silver. You will also need to provide your own earring backs/chains.
Cost £90 including workshop fees, plus materials (details with booking)

Faceted rub-over gemstone ring with Ophelia Brathwaite
Dates: POSTPONED until late Autumn 2020 or early 2021

Ophelia Braithwaite (Phee) spent 13 years living and running her jewellery business in Queensland, Australia. Since moving back to the UK three years ago Phee has established her business once again, this time in Devon where she teaches various jewellery making workshops as well as working on her various collections.

Designing and making gemstone jewellery is a never-ending passion and Phee looks forward to passing on as many skills and tips as she can during this 2 day course.

Course Aims
During the course you will learn how to make settings for faceted gemstones. Phee will demonstrate different stages of the process and use part made settings for your reference through the weekend.
You will make inside and outside settings for your chosen gemstone, solder the setting into your ring and then cut away the excess metal to form a smooth seamless ring. After a bit of cleaning up Phee will show you how to gem set using a hammer and punch which allows you to work with much thicker settings. Finally cleaning and polishing.

By the end of the weekend you will walk away with a completed ring and the skills and knowledge to make other projects with different shaped gemstones.
Phee will cover little tricks and tips that she has picked up along the way to help you create balanced setting and well-proportioned rings.

Students need to have good basic skills already including soldering, cutting, filing and manipulating metal. Any experience in setting cabochon gemstones is helpful.

Equipment and materials
The tutor will provide: Gem setting clamp, punches and repousse hammer. Phee will bring cubic zirconia for everyone as they are perfect for learning because of their strength (£5 to £10 each) There will be a selection of shapes and sizes to choose from.

Students should bring: basic hand tools, saw, pliers, files and a Vernier gauge if you have one. Rough cost of silver £15 – £20
• 0.7mm – silver sheet 8cm x 2cm
• 0.5mm silver sheet 7cm x 1 cm
• Oval or D-shape wire for your ring 3x2mm minimum – thicker is better and if you can make your ring beforehand in the right size that would be great (can make on the day if not)

Cost £90 including workshop fees, plus materials (details with booking)

Beginners’ Jewellery course 2020 (not currently running due to Coronavirus)
Venue: JASSO workshop at Peachcroft Farm
Tutor: Sally Spencer
Fridays – beginners – 10am to 1pm,  or 1.30 to 4.30
24 April, 1 May, 22 May, 29 May, 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July, 24 July

Saturdays – beginners and improvers – 1.30 to 4.30pm
25 April, 2 May, 23 May, 13 June, 20 June, 27 June, 4 July, 11 July, 18 July, 25 July

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.