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I run one day jewellery silversmithing workshops in a friendly, safe and relaxed atmosphere. Depending on the course students will learn to create beautiful contemporary jewellery using sterling silver; other metals such as cooper and brass and also semi-precious stones are used. With a flexible teaching style student achievements are always higher than expected! Class sizes average 6 to 8 students.

Due to popular demand I have set up the workshops so that they are suitable for all beginners, students with experience can attend too. Students can join a workshop without the worry of needing any previous skills, and can still make two items of jewellery to take home from each 1 day workshop.

The workshops are also flexible and can cater for at all student types:

  • those that want to come for the day and make jewellery to take home
  • those just starting out and want to “have a go”
  • those that want to develop their skills

Workshop dates:

  • Saturday 27th January 2018  1 day – Shape and Form
    Saturday 10th March 2018  1 day – Rings and Things
    Saturday 10th April 2018 1 day – Exploring Textures
    A one day workshop costs £118 per person.
    More dates continually added!

Workshops are held at The Potters Barn, Roughwood Lane, Hassall Green, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 4XX For further information contact Andy Pollard or Steve Marr on 01270 884080 or email a.pollard@thepottersbarn.co.uk or visit http://www.thepottersbarn.co.uk/

Workshop details:

Stamping and Oxidising: NEW COURSE!!!

Stamped earrings

Stamped and Oxidised

This course focuses on how to stamp metal and how to oxidise it. Using metal punches the student will learn to stamp by hand a variety of stamps including letters, numbers, patterns and objects. Where the metal has been stamped students can then experiment with various oxidising solutions to create two pieces of beautiful jewellery.
Workshops run from 10am to 5pm and cost £118 per person including an information pack, use of all tools and equipment, all materials and lunch.

Shape and form:

Students own work

Students own work

During this workshop we will be learning the properties of sterling silver and how we can alter its shape using hammers, silversmithing stakes, mandrels and doming blocks. Students will learn how to fuse too and will cover the basic techniques of soldering, filing, drilling, sawing and polishing. Students will make at least two pieces of silver jewellery to take home.
Workshops run 10am to 5pm and cost £118 including an information pack, use of all tools and equipment, all materials and lunch.

Exploring textures:

Exploring textures

Students own work

Here students will learn how to produce different textures using various tools such as hammers, punches and stamps. You will learn reticulation and granulation techniques too to create at least two pieces of silver jewellery. You will also learn basic techniques such as soldering, filing, drilling, sawing and polishing.
Workshops run 10am to 5pm and cost £118 including an information pack, use of all tools and equipment, all materials and lunch.

Rings and Things:

Students rings

Students work

This course teaches you how to make silver rings using traditional Silversmithing techniques. Basic skills on finger measuring and ring sizing will be taught. Students will study various designs using sterling silver in sheet and wire form and will produce at least 2 rings of their own design during the day.
Workshops run 10am to 5pm and cost £118 including an information pack, use of all tools and equipment, all materials and lunch.

Special workshops

Stone setting day:

Stone setting

Students work

This one day workshop teaches students how to master setting cabochon stones. This course is for students with some basic jewellery making skills but beginners are very welcome. It is anticipated that students will take home 2 completed items of jewellery.
Workshops run 10am to 5pm. This fabulous workshop costs £125 per person and includes sterling silver, fine silver bezel wire, several gemstone cabochons of various sizes, course information pack, use of all tools and equipment, refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Make a mixed metal cuff bracelet:

Mixed metal cuff

Mixing up your metals

This one day workshop teaches you how to make a mixed metal cuff using copper, brass and sterling silver. Each of your metal pieces will be embossed using various techniques. There is no soldering in this workshop as you will be mastering how to make silver rivets! This course is for students with some basic knowledge of jewellery making but beginners are very welcome.
Workshops run from 10am to 5pm and costs £125 per person. It includes sterling silver, copper and brass, course information pack, use of all tools and equipment, refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch!

Health and Safety note: For those who are attending the workshops please wear sturdy footwear, long hair is tied back and bring an apron, you may get a little dirty!