Advanced Jewellery Making

For those with some experience to further develop their skills and ideas.

Who is this course for

For those with some experience to further develop their skills and ideas

This course is aimed at intermediate and advanced students who have a basic knowledge of jewellery making. eg. jewellery taster course, one term of Jewellery course etc. This course is not for complete beginners.

Students can enjoy two whole days of jewellery making, extend their skills and explore new techniques. The course can also be used to produce a 'more complicated' piece or to undertake an in depth exploration of a specific technique.

What does this course cover

Students can develop existing skills and techniques through their own projects. They will be encouraged to try new jewellery techniques, for example, stone-setting, soldering and cuttlefish- or sand casting.

Students should come with an idea or design of the piece they wish to make.

Students should be able to produce one or more finished pieces of jewellery, depending on the undertaken project.

Students have the opportunity to try different techniques, improve existing skills and acquire new ones. By the end, you should be able to design and plan all the necessary steps to make a basic piece of jewellery, and have produced one or more finished pieces of jewellery, depending on the undertaken project.

What will it be like

One to one dialogue, group discussion, tutor example, explanation and demonstration. Handouts will also be available, and a small selection of books and jewellery magazines.
Continuous evaluation is an integral part of the course. This is achieved through one-to-one discussions between the tutor and the student. A group discussion will take place at the end of the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

The Centre will provide brass and copper. Students can use silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones, beads and any other materials they wish to use. Students are advised to buy the necessary materials before the start of the course. It is a good idea to continually look at all kinds of jewellery, 3D art and design objects. Draw and record your ideas ie. keeping a sketchbook or scrapbook.

If you wish you can email the centre and ask the tutor, Kelvin Birk, before the course to discuss the required materials and their costs, which vary depending on projects undertaken.

Some suppliers:

- Rashbel, 24-28 Hatton Wall, London EC1N 8JH, 020 7831 5646,

- Cookson Exchange Findings, 49 Hatton Garden, London EC1N, 020 7400 6500, Internet

- Bellore, 39 Greville street London EC1N 8PJ, 020 704 3220,

- Kernowcraft, Bolingey, Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 0DH, 01872 573888 (Mail order service) also internet

Closed shoes need to be worn at all times when participating in a jewellery class.

What this course could lead to

Continue to make more of your own jewellery, join other art and craft courses at the Mary Ward centre and elsewhere.

A Foundation or Pre-foundation in Art & Design. Continue with intermediate jewellery classes, related classes such as Sculpture or design at The Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’