Jewellery Beginners - Tamsin Leighton-Boyce
Part time course
In Beginners 1 course (10 weeks) you will cover techniques, such as silver soldering, saw piercing, forming, annealing, wire and sheet metal techniques, enamelling and making simple jewellery findings. The course structure enables you to design and make your own jewellery from silver and other metals and materials. During Beginners 2 (10 weeks) you will develop the technical and design skills you have gained from Beginners 1 whilst working on a stone setting and links project.
What will I learn?
Your tutor, will teach skills which allows learners to design and make jewellery from their own designs. Learners will start by learning the basics of ring making, but would expect to make 2-3 finished pieces of work over 10 weeks.
How will I learn?
Tutor demonstrations, hands on practical projects. Feedback from tutor, developing quality of work produced.
Do I need to have any previous experience?
No experience is necessary.
What can I do next?
Intermediate Jewellery Course. You will develop your own designs and jewellery pieces with tutor guidance. There will be opportunity to explore more complicated techniques, such as claw settings and press forming and enamelling techniques. Learners are expected to complete Beginners 1 and 2 or equivalent before joining the Intermediate Course. Both stages 1 and 2 are taught in the same class.
Please note: Due to course popularity, we cannot guarantee you will get a space on consecutive terms unless you book both terms at the same time. A payment plan may be available - please ask the enrolment team.
What should I bring to my first class?
A notebook or sketchbook would be useful. As the course progresses you may wish to purchase a basic set of tools – the tutor can advise on this.
Are there any extra costs?
Variable silver costs – dependent on projects chosen. The tutor can advise on where to buy.
About my Tutor:
Tamsin has been teaching jewellery design and making since 2003 and has taught in the Stroud Valleys since 2011; she has a passion for working in metals and a belief in the power of art and craft skills to empower people. In 2009 Tamsin graduated from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham with an MA in Jewellery Silversmithing and Related Products. As a jeweller Tamsin uses mainly reclaimed and recycled objects and materials to create one-off pieces of jewellery; she has exhibited in the UK and Internationally.