Jewellery: design lab
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
This course is a fully interactive lab giving you the opportunity 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 lab is ideal for you to perfect your ongoing skills, discover different techniques, 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 set topics or class-wide projects in the Jewellery Design Lab: you should bring to class 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.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the working properties of metal and other materials
- 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 lab 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?
This course is not suitable for complete beginners - you 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 health and safety best practice 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
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.
Browse our current offer online for complimentary courses.
Trained at the Royal College of Art, Dutch born designer Louise Seijen ten Hoorn lives and works in London where she creates one-off pieces, small production ranges and commissions from her studio in Pimlico. Louise works predominantly in metal, as well as materials such as plastic and rubber, to create jewellery, objects and small sculptures. To find out more about Louise’s work visit www.louiseseijentenhoorn.com
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.