In the Studio Jewellery School are delighted to announce that we are, at long last, moving our school to Alicante in Spain. Some of our old students have been aware for some time that this was going to happen and have already said they cannot wait to join us in the sun. So please bear with us while we organise the new courses and dates.
We expect the new course dates to be online and ready to book by the end of January and all those that are on out lists will be informed as soon as we have them. We intend that the first courses will take place in the middle to end of March when the weather will be better for those who do not like it too hot.
All our lecturers have agreed to fly out to Spain to continue teaching their wonderful skills to old and new students, in fact they are looking forward to it.
The courses will be slightly shorter days therefore enabling the possibility of family and friends to also enjoy some of your company should they want to join you. We have already been contacted by a company who are organising trips to bodegas and sightseeing should any students and friends want to join in with other things. Our intension is that all should leave with our usual high standard of skills learnt but also have a wonderful experience.
We won’t be able to offer the accommodation anymore but we have already made contacts in the area with people who will let rooms from 15 euros per night per person and will drive them to and from the school for the courses. We will be looking at more options for students as soon as we can. The closest beach of Guardamar is 15 minutes drive from us and Torrevieja 20 minutes, so if it’s a beach you are looking for it’s not far. Alicante airport is about 20 minutes away, we are located down a quiet country lane but close to villages and towns, nothing too far away.
We are hoping to have the course dates up and ready to book by the end of January with the courses starting middle to end of March.
Thank you all for your kind wishes on our facebook page, we really do appreciate them.
A very happy seasonal greeting to you all and a great New Year.
During this two day course, you will be taught by Teresa Speer, Ba (Hons) Jewellery, who has been in the jewellery trade for over a quarter of a century and has been teaching jewellery making for over 18 years.
Teresa is a qualified lecturer who has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has lectured at Loughborough University School of Art and Design and Birmingham City University.
You will receive a large amount of individual tuition, which ensures that you receive the right amount of help in order to maximise your personal development and get the most out of the course.
The course is limited to six places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.
Day 1. We make a flower pendant using many different jewellery making techniques. These include piercing (to cut out the flower shapes from a sheet of metal), filing and part polishing. We then texture, using different methods, and then change the shape from flat sheet to pleasing three dimensional flower shapes. We then solder all the pieces together and add a wire tendril to use as the bail for hanging the flower from. After polishing we have a lovely pendant to be proud of.
Day 2. We make a sterling silver stone set ring. To do this we first make the ring from a piece of ‘D’ shaped silver wire. We form it into a ring shape and solder it together. Then we make the setting for a stone that is later soldered onto your ring. The setting is made from sheet sterling silver .925 and pure silver .999 bezel strip wire. Firstly you will choose a stone and then we will make the setting to fit your chosen stone. When the setting is finished we solder it onto the ring, give a final polish and then set your stone.
You will develop first-hand experience in working with a wide assortment of crucial jewellery making equipment.
This will grant you proficiency in a variety of essential jewellery making techniques, such as:
Annealing (Softening Metal)
The course also gives hands on experience of working with gilding metal and silver.
Under Teresa's guidance you will create from scratch, using base materials:
A beautiful Gilding Metal floral pendant, soldered, shaped and textured.
A Sterling Silver stone set ring, set with a stone of your choice.
All materials for this course are provided at no extra cost.