What is the course about?
This course is a hands-on opportunity for you to develop your jewellery design practice and learn to work more
independently on your own projects in a safe environment. If you are already fairly experienced in jewellery-making
and are confident piercing, filing, drilling, annealing, soldering, bending and forming metal with minimal supervision,
this course is ideal for you to perfect your ongoing skills, discover different techniques, work with a new material and
consider new ways of approaching design and making. You'll work independently on your own projects or follow a series of short, structured projects, all with the guidance of an expert jewellery-maker and the use of a fully equipped jewellery-crafting studio.
What will we cover?
There are no class-wide projects on this course: you should bring with you some ideas of what you
would like to make, and with guidance from the tutor you will realise these plans at your own pace, picking up new
skills, techniques and approaches along the way.
During weeks 5 and 6 (May 21st & 28th) Kathie Murphy will be the course visiting tutor. Kathie will bring her resin and thermo plastics experience to the workshop and set certain technical challenges in these materials for you to better understand how to experiment with and design pieces using resin or thermo plastics. There will be an emphasis on colour and fittings.
Week one will involve cutting, piercing, casting, bending, forming and colouring/dyeing.
Week two will involve appraising the results of week one and considering the design and application of fittings and
findings and how to join materials that cannot be soldered.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the working properties of metal, resin and thermo plastics.
- master a range of techniques used in the making of pieces
- use a range of hand tools and types of machinery with confidence
- recognise and implement good health and safety practice in the workshop.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is not suitable for complete beginners - you really need to be confident in basic jewellery-making skills
such as piercing, filing, drilling, annealing, soldering, bending and forming. You should be familiar with properties of
commonly used metals in jewellery, and be aware of basic health and safety issues in the studio.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and hand-outs, and health and
safety information. It will be beneficial if you can take part in informal group discussions. You should be happy using
numbers, able to do simple measurements and calculations, and recognise and draw simple geometric shapes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is held in a well-equipped workshop setting, and is taught through demonstrations and photographic
examples, with individual support and advice given to guide and extend your abilities. There are no class-wide
projects, rather the tutor will guide you in developing your own work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
City Lit provides most of the tools and equipment you will need for jewellery-making, and basic materials in
reasonable quantities such as base metals, paper, enamel, chemicals, and sundries (etching resist, polishing
compound etc.) However you will need to buy some specific items such as saw blades, precious metals, and
stones. You will also need a sketchbook for your design work and to write notes. As you gain experience you might
want to invest in your own tools.
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in the studio. For health and safety reasons no sandals,
open shoes or small pumps can be worn, even in hot weather.
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.
The courses below might complement what you learned on this course:
VV648 Jewellery: Cloisonné workshop
VV860 Develop your jewellery design and making
VV350 Intermediate Jewellery I.