This course has concessions available

Silver Clay – Introduction to Rings

Learn how to work with silver clay to create silver rings in 2 different styles, including stone settings. For those with some experience.

Who is this course for

This course is aimed at people with some experience of working with silver clay or those that
have studied Introduction to Silver Clay Jewellery or Silver clay taster at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.

Ring making with the clay is an intermediate / advanced skill, not for complete beginners, although students will be able to progress at their own pace.

What does this course cover

Students will learn a series of different ways to work with silver clay - creating rings to their desired size and in various styles.
Students will choose from;
Flat fired wrap around rings
Flat band rings with added decorations
Coiled rings
Lentil bead forms
Tube bead forms
Small hollow forms such as miniature boxes or lockets

Students will be able to plan out their designs, work with the clay, join shapes and layers together, set CZ stones, fire and polish the finished jewellery.

Students can expect to complete at least one unique ring to their own design, as well as either a series of different quick small pieces to test ideas or techniques, or a further more complex piece, depending on their own design ideas, preferences and progress.

Students will learn to select and obtain materials for future projects. Selecting appropriate tools, equipment and techniques to execute simple designs from idea to completion, as well as about key safety considerations when working with these tools and materials.

What will it be like

Teaching methods:
- Visual demonstration and verbal explanation
- Written handouts with visual diagrams
- One-to-one teaching
- Group discussions
Learning methods:
- Hands on practical experience
- Reading handouts and following instructions
- One-to-one and group discussion

How will I be assessed?
Continuous evaluation is an integral part of the course.
This is achieved through one-to-one discussion between tutor and student, students' self assessments, and group discussions, which take place informally throughout the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

Some clay will be provided by the centre included in your course fee. It is possible that you may decide to buy additional silver clay (it depends on how large the pieces you design are) and you can purchase more silver clay from your tutor at cost price.

It could be useful to bring a notebook and pen / pencil to record ideas, make any notes and to experiment with design ideas, but this is not essential.

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

What this course could lead to

You may choose to study another metal clay course alternatively you may want to try a different jewellery making technique e.g. silver jewellery, beading, wirework etc. Or it may inspire you to study other Art, Design or the Performing Arts courses at the Mary Ward Centre (see prospectus).

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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