Introduction to making contemporary silver jewellery
See course details, dates, costs, tutors & stories from students below
Taught by jeweller Claire Acworth, this course is hands-on from start to finish. By the end of the day, you will have created your own design in sterling silver, with one bezel set stone if you choose.
So to avoid designer’s block, you will be asked to bring 3 or 4 drawings of what you would like to make.… but don’t worry if you don't have any ideas beforehand. We will analyse each of your drawings against some key design principles so that your piece is not only beautiful, but makeable too!
Starting with an introduction to tools, basic techniques and safe working, we will discuss and practice the principles of soldering. Before finalising your design, you will have the chance to experiment with piercing, texturing and forming so that you can incorporate any of these techniques into your piece.
...any dates to suit you...
...what about a gift voucher?...
What better gift to give your family or friends; to spend the day together making beautiful piece of jewellery that will always evoke happy memories. Just mention that you would like to book a space for someone else on the booking form.
1:1 tuition - £25 per hour, £200 per day or £550 for 3 days
Tuition for couples - £300 per couple per day or £800 for 3 days
Groups of up to 4 students - £120 per day or £320 for 3 days
Material costs - Silver will be charged per gramme & semi-precious stones will be available. Overall costs may be £25 - £75.
Claire Acworth is a designer and maker of contemporary jewellery, working in silver and gold. She began with a two-year apprenticeship in 2009 in Oxford and became a full time jeweller in 2016. You can follow her work on Claire Acworth Jewellery
Much of her current work is commission based, having built a reputation for distinctive design and high quality work. She breathes life into old unworn jewellery by using the original stones or gold to create a contemporary new design.
Her work is organic and sculptural, textured with hammer marks or imprinted with the delicate veins of a leaf. She also uses semi-precious stones and simple found objects such as pebbles or sea glass which are transformed into elegant new forms. Claire's work has been inspired by nature, by contemporary designers, and also by the rich bold designs of African jewellery and sumptuous silver of India.
Stories from our students
'A fantastic day! Claire is incredibly knowledgeable about her craft and was a very supportive teacher. She helped us all realise are individual designs and within a day we each made a beautiful piece of jewellery that also serves as a physical reminder of the wonderful experience we shared together.
Claire’s teaching approach was very relaxed and adaptive, which worked well for us, because we all had very different designs that we were working from. She was also extremely dedicated, Would recommend this day to all!'. - Naomi
'I came not knowing what I would be capable of creating. With Claire’s guidance, I was able to accomplish everything I hoped to do. The course was the right balance between structured and flexible to allow me to gain all the necessary skills needed, whilst keeping my creativity.
I was worried that I would get bogged down with lots of technical information, but I found Claire very clear and her teaching was gentle but informative. It suited me perfectly. Claire was also very encouraging and made me feel very proud of what I created.' - Bronte
'This course was just what I had hoped for, starting with the basics then progressing to a final product. The fact that Claire insisted I did everything myself demonstrated that I could do it.
With the sense that Claire was also exploring possibilities demonstrated that jewellery making will be an ongoing learning track and that it was not important where I was on the track.' - Tim