In The Studio Jewellery School

In The Studio Jewellery School

We have, over the last fourteen years, gained a reputation for being an excellent short course residential and non-residential school for the creation of jewellery.

We have courses covering all aspects of jewellery making, to suit the requirements of everyone from the complete beginner to the advanced jeweller.

Our courses offer a very high standard of tuition from experienced lecturers who are experts in their fields. As well as the lecturers available in house we also have a compliment of specialist lecturers who travel to us from all over the world.

Our workshops are located inside a converted Victorian barn. They are very well equipped and have different rooms for specialist purposes such as teaching and casting.

We can provide accommodation within the grounds in our delightful Victorian cottage, giving you the opportunity to choose from four very individual rooms, two of which have en-suite facilities. For residential students, continental breakfasts are provided in our cottage dining room.

Please note that all of our courses are for adults only and are not suitable for children. In addition to this places are limited to six students per course, in order to ensure that all students receive a great deal of individual tuition.

Teresa Speer

Teresa Speer

Introduction to Jewellery Making, Intermediate Jewellery Making, Beginner's Week, Enameling, Precious Metal Clay, Wax Sculpting & Casting, Fusing with Argentium Silver, Beading, Night Classes

Teresa holds a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and is a qualified lecturer who has been teaching jewellery making for over 18 years. She opened In The Studio Jewellery School 15 years ago and has been in the jewellery trade for over a quarter of a century.

Teresa has lectured at both Loughborough University School of Art and Design and Brirmingham City University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in various galleries such as Internationale Medaillenkunst Berlin/Weimar, Pallent House Chichester and Simmons Gallery London.

Fabrizio Acquafresca

Fabrizio Acquafresca

Chasing and Repoussé

Fabrizio Acquasfresca has been working in Chasing and Repoussé for over 30 years, having first started in his uncle’s workshop at the age of 13. He been teaching this amazing skill for many years to students from all over the world and he is a naturally gifted teacher.

Fabrizio’s family has been creating work for the Vatican since 1619. He himself has created bible covers in gold and silver for the Vatican. When very young, Fabrizio, in collaboration with his uncle’s workshop, created the San Marino Grand Prix Formula One trophy. Fabrizio is the official sculptor of the Palio di Siena horse race.

When Fabrizio was 16 he started to work in a small custom jewellery workshop, immediately showing talent and a strong originality. After two years he was hired by a famous Florentine silver artisan, Brandimarte, to work in his workshop. It was here that Fabrizio found his passion for the art of Chasing and Repoussé.

Melanie Arundell

Melanie Arundell

Chain Maille

Melanie qualified to teach too many years ago to say and taught undergraduate and postgraduate health courses for over 25 years. She has also taught other crafts. It was therefore a natural progression four years ago, to move from just making chain maille to teaching it too. She now teaches a range of chain maille techniques at In The Studio.

Melanie Arundell first started jewellery making about 10 years ago. Although she loves a wide range of mediums, chain maille is her specialist technique.

She loves experimenting with different types of weave and she has used a range of materials including silver, gold, niobium, copper, rubber and aluminium. She has incorporated semi precious beads and silver beads of her own making.

Rachel Murgatroyd

Rachel Murgatroyd

Wire Wrapping, Wire Weaving

Rachel has been making and selling wire jewellery for over 20 years. She fell in love with the art of wire wrapping and loved the freedom that it offers for the design of jewellery. With wire wrapping there really is no right or wrong, just new designs. Rachel has exhibited her work all over the UK and had examples displayed in Christie's in Kent and Castle Gallery, York.

Rachel has produced commissions for a Royal family in Africa and a member of parliament in Australia to name just a few.

Rachel has been teaching wire jewellery at In The Studio for over a decade.

John Russel

John Russel

Stone Setting

John has been a professional stone setter for over 40 years. He comes from a family of Stone Setters and began setting stones when he was 12 years old in his father’s workshop.

John is also an excellent teacher and all our students have enjoyed the course with him in the decade that he has been teaching stone setting with us.

He has lectured at the University of Central England and continues to be a professional setter in demand in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

Peter Johns

Peter Johns

Fusing with Argentium Silver

Peter Johns frequently joins us on the Fusing with Argentium Silver course. A master silversmith, Metallurgist and Materials Scientist, Peter is the Inventor of Argentium Silver, which is now used worldwide.

Peter is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, whose apprentice masterpiece is Canterbury Cathedral's silver processional cross.

Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards

Forged Silver Spoon Making

Duncan is a traditional spoon maker and expert cutler. He has been working in the industry, in Sheffield, for many years.

Duncan now creates ‘one off’ contemporary pieces of flatware and cutlery for private collections and exhibitions.

Robin Fletcher

Wax Sculpting and Casting

Robin has been creating wonderful jewellery for 14 years, and has been joining Teresa in co-teaching the Wax Sculpting & Casting course for over 10 years.

In The Studio Jewellery School - Front
In The Studio Jewellery School - Courtyard

In The Studio Jewellery School - Casting Workshop
In The Studio Jewellery School - Classroom

In The Studio Jewellery School - First Floor Workshop
In The Studio Jewellery School - Second Floor Workshop