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

Sunday 10 February 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

Sunday 3 March 2019
PMC with Sally Spencer

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

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019
Irregular stone setting course with Hayley Kruger

Over the two days of this irregular stone setting workshop we will look into creating claw and bezel settings for irregular stones such as nuggets, sea glass, found objects and stones with corners using wire and sheet. We will look into various solutions to stabilise and secure irregular bottomed stones and experiment with mixed metals. This is a good class to bring in your own collections of stones that you have been wondering how to set.
Cost £124 + approx. £20 materials payable to Hayley on the day
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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
Spring Term: 11 Jan, 18 Jan, 25 Jan, 1 Feb, 8 Feb, 15 Feb, 1 March, 8 March, 15 March, 22 March
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.