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.
Precious metal clay can be sculpted like ordinary clay and then, amazingly, transformed into Fine Silver through a firing process. This course, which is suitable for beginners and the experienced alike, will teach you all aspects of working with this fantastic substance in a variety of ways.
Teresa Speer holds a BA (hons) in Jewellery. A qualified teacher, Teresa has been in the jewellery trade for over a quarter of a century, and has been teaching jewellery making for over 18 years.
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.
You will begin by creating a leaf pendant
You will then create a piece using texturing, syringe and stone setting techniques
This is followed by a hollow form piece using cork or wood clay
You then a create piece using syringe techniques
You will learn different ways of firing your work
On the second day you will make 2 rings using different methods.
You will learn to finish your work to a high standard, both while it is still clay, and then after it has been fired into fine silver.
You will also learn how to oxidise your jewellery.
Precious metal clay techniques including handling, shaping and forming the clay
Precious metal clay syringe techniques
Precious metal clay paste techniques
How to set stones in the clay
How to add texture
Correctly drying the clay
How to torch fire
How to program the kiln for kiln firing
Using cork or wood clay to create hollow forms
How to make rings
Creating a fine silver replica of a natural leaf
How to give your pieces a professional finish after firing
Oxidising your work
You will create a collection of fine silver pieces:
A beautiful natural leaf pendant
A You will create a textured, syringed and stone set piece to be used as a pendant, ring top or earrings
A hollow pendant
A syringed pendant
All the materials for this course will be provided for £100. This includes:
30 grams of silver Art Clay
20 grams of Art Clay silver paste
10 grams of syringe silver
A variety of CZ stones