This course has concessions available

Silver Clay Jewellery: Bead Making

This workshop will give students the opportunity to work with silver clay to create unique silver beads and sculptural jewellery. 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 at the Mary Ward Centre.

Bead making is an intermediate skill, not for complete beginners, although students will be able to progress at their own pace to reach their full potential.

Great for people planning to start their own business, individuals who are interested in working within the jewellery trade, or anyone looking to explore their creativity.

What does this course cover

Students will learn a series of different ways to work with silver clay - creating different bead forms in various styles.
Options include;
creating round 'lentil' style beads, with or without open windows to see inside them
creating tube or wrapped beads - great as spacers, on a ribbon, or on a Pandora style bracelet
using clay paste to decorate a solid ceramic bead
using clay from a syringe to decorate beads, or on its own to create a filigree bead

Students will be able to plan out their designs, work with the clay, join shapes and layers together, set fireable stones, fire and polish the finished jewellery. Although these are set projects there will be flexibility to ensure students' own ideas can be used.

Students can expect to complete at least one unique decorated feature bead to their own design, as well as either one or two different quick small pieces to test ideas or techniques, depending on their design ideas and preferences.

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 day.

What else do you need to buy or do

Some clay will be provided by the centre. It is possible that you will need to buy additional silver clay (it depends on how large the pieces you make are). You can purchase more silver clay from your tutor at cost price - £20-£21 for 10g.

Students may choose to continue their work at home between the classes.
Visits to galleries or museums and further research - also completely optional - may be suggested for anyone interested in exploring the subject area further.
It would 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 silver clay jewellery course. Alternatively you may want to try a different jewellery making technique e.g. silver jewellery, beading, wirework, paper jewellery. 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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