10 projects for jewellers: intermediate
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VV350
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will be tutored in a range of technical skills that develop those learned at beginner’s level and undertake structured projects applying these techniques with research, design and making jewellery. Working to a specific brief, you will create a final piece which has been informed by your new skills.
What will we cover?
Re-visiting fundamental bench skills in order to establish best practise from first principles.
Special techniques of the term:
- sand casting
- acid etching
- introduction to the formal elements in design
- working from primary sources
- A project brief will be set at the first meeting. This will require you to develop a piece using the skills introduced on the course. The project will use techniques learnt but allow you to develop your own ideas in response to personal research.
The design process
- Design research from both primary and secondary sources
- Materials and technical research.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the formal elements in art and design
- Produce a written rationale to explain, to justify and to inform your design decisions
- Create a series of technical samples using techniques explored in the service of design
- Develop a piece of jewellery from the techniques learned
- Select the correct tool for the job in hand
- List a number of suppers of tools, materials and resources .
- Make notes in your ‘benchbook’ and recognise that this is a valuable personal resource
- Contribute to a culture of mutual support within the workshop and help to promote the profitable
exchange of ideas, information and inspiration.
- Work within the Health and Safety regulations.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for jewellers with some experience and who wish to extend their repertoire of skills ‘beyond the bench’.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged. You will be expected to communicate with your fellow students and with your tutor during the week, as this helps to build a creative community.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The materials for the technical exercises will be provided by the City Lit. If you wish to work in precious metal, you must provide this yourself. You are also expected to keep a toolbox, and to supply sundries such as saw blades, solder and abrasives. Please bring a hardback sketchbook A4 size.
For health and safety, please bring your own apron and safety glasses to each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
Browse our current offer for complemtary courses.
Trained at the prestigious Sir John Cass School of Art, Design and Architecture, graduating with an honours degree in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts, followed by post-graduate extended studies and teaching qualifications. Several of Felix’s students have won prizes for their work created in her classes, at City Lit and elsewhere. Recently she has been involved in developing a training programme in India, teaching women jewellery making skills helping them towards economic independence. She contributes freelance journalism to publications concerned with contemporary jewellery and maintains her bespoke studio practice and research.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.