Course Start Dates
Thursday 19th October 2017
Saturday 28th October 2017
Saturday 17th March 2018
Saturday 12th May 2018
The 2 day silver jewellery making course in Ely is the ideal way to start to develop your skills in making silver jewellery further, with a number of interesting techniques and approaches covered. As the course is longer than the one day course you will have ample opportunity to cover the basic techniques as well as exploring more advanced techniques including basic stone setting and ring forming and bezel setting. The 2 day course, running on a consecutive Friday and Saturday/Saturday and Sunday, is open to anyone, whether they have had some experience before making jewellery or not.
The following topics are covered, with plenty of hands on to put into practice what we cover in the intro sessions:
- Introduction to materials and techniques
- Useful tools and resources
- Sawing, sanding and filing
- Texturing, mill rolling and decorative finishes
- Annealing and preparation for fabrication
- Basic and intermediate fabrication/soldering
- Final finishing and polishing
- Making your own findings (earring loops, clasps and jump rings)
- Basic ring forming and bezel setting for stones
What's included in the price?
During the 2 day course you can expect to make 2 to 3 pieces which can include a set of earrings, a pendant, a bangle and a ring ….flexibility and choice are key components of the 2 Day course and you are free to suggest what you would like to make as well.
All basic materials costs are included as well as tea, coffee and biscuits. There is an option to also work on a bangle/cuff (extra materials supplement of £25 - please indicate when booking that you wish to take this option). Prior to the course I can arrange for the purchase of semi-precious stones for the bezel setting component (prices according to stones selected), please contact me directly for options.
Loved every minute of the two days of my course with Jonathan, an excellent teacher who made it so much fun. The weekend was filled not just with learning the essential skills of silversmithing, but also a lot of laughter as he (and his wife) have created a warm, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere at the studio. I managed to make three beautiful pieces of silver jewellery, including one piece made from silver we melted down from some old silver rings which I had got in a mixed auction lot some two years ago ~ and am deeply inspired to carry on making more. Friends and family who have seen my pieces have been full of praise, but really, the praise goes to Jonathan for making it possible for me!
What a great course. Really hands on and loads learnt in such a short time. Jonathan is a great teacher and has helped make what once felt so daunting feel so doable (with a little practice). Definitely got the jewellery bug.
I had a fantastic time on this 2-day course, which exceeded my expectations!
From the moment I arrived, I felt very welcome by Jonathan and his partner, who very kindly provided refreshments and homemade cakes and food during the 2 days.
Jonathan is very enthusiastic and clearly communicated his passion for jewellery making. He is a very detailed, in-depth and clear teacher, and takes time to spend some one-to-one time with each person. He is very generous with his time and in sharing his knowledge, and also provides some very useful fact sheets as well as recommendations for tools, materials etc.
I was delighted with the pieces I made during the course and got to take home, and they have been admired by friends and family!
He has given me the bug and I look forward to taking this new knowledge forward and making silver jewellery.
I highly recommend this course, and I personally look forward to taking another course with Jonathan.
Great from the word go. Booking the course online was really easy and the information sent through about the course was just right. The 2 days spent in Johnathan's workshop were brilliant. The learning was well structured and we covered lots of key skills for making silver jewellery. Johnathan is a wonderful teacher with so much knowledge and great ambassador for silversmithing and jewellery making. His passion for his art is infectious, so be prepared to get the bug. I'm keeping my eyes on the next course coming up later in the year.
I did Jonathan's two day course and thoroughly enjoyed it, learnt a lot and came away full of ideas and enthusiasm! Jonathan is full of information, very patient, accommodating and inspiring. Plenty of tea and coffee with home baking, lovely lunches, very nice atmosphere, paced to suit each individual (there were three of us), informative, and brilliant to come away with some finished pieces to enjoy. Excellent follow-up too. Highly recommend.
Well, I am very pleased that I went onto the 2 day silver jewellery making course which took place at Jonathan's studio in Ely. The group consisted of three people including myself and it felt intimate and it allowed me to learn more, ask questions and get alot done. One thing that stuck out more than anything was the help and support of his lovely partner who was supplying us teas and coffees and lunch. They both complimented eachother and that made a lasting impression on me. I am planning to do a few more courses in the new year, and I will definitely recommend this course to anybody who is looking to learn how to make silver jewellery.
I can highly recommend spending time with Jonathan. His infectious enthusiasm for his craft, his patience and expertise at introducing and guiding us through skills we had never realised we could achieve and his gracious hospitality are just a few reasons why you should book yourself onto one of his courses. Myself and a friend spent 2 days on Jonathans Silver making course, at his home Studio in Ely, and not only came away with 2 pieces of Silver Jewellery that we are now the proud owners and wearers of but we learnt so much in such a short time about a craft we had absolutely no knowledge of let alone any experience of participating in. We left feeling confident enough to start making our own Silver Jewellery and we both look forward to putting our newfound knowledge to good use.
Jonathan provided a wonderful supportive and fun learning experience . He shared his experience and skills with great enthusiam , patience and generosity . The two days gave time to look in more depth at the various techniques and how they can be used to create a piece of jewellery that is your own creation. There was a good mixture of hands on experience and informative 121 tutoring in using materials and tools. The information sheets were extremely comprehensive and I left full of ideas , three beautiful pieces of jewellery and a desire to take my new found craft further.
I had a wonderful time on this course. Jonathan is an excellent teacher, we all had a great deal of fun as well as learning a lot of techniques. I managed to come away making 3 pieces of beautiful jewellery, I have definitely got the bug and shall continue to persue my new found love of silversmithing. I really hope to join Jonathan again on another one of his courses or some one on one tutoring in the future.