Introduction to Jewellery



Join jeweller Laila Smith on this course that will introduce you to the many fundamental skills in jewellery making. Whilst creating beautiful, unique jewellery you will learn about techniques such as forming, shaping, texturing and soldering metal during this 10 week course.

A number of projects will be covered starting with a textured silver ring, moving onto a shaped pendant and earrings. You will learn about working with sheet metal and wire and you will be able to customise each project to your own style.

You will learn:
• Soldering, piercing (cutting), shaping, texturing and polishing.
• How to work with sheet and wire.
• How to design jewellery.
• The various considerations that are required, such as sizing.
• How to design and plan your jewellery projects.
• How to make a ring.
• How to make a pendant.
• How to make earrings.
• How to make a bangle.
• How to source precious metals.

You will also be taught how to make the various fittings for these pieces, such as ear hooks and jump rings. Projects are a combination of self-lead design work and projects set by the tutor to give you the freedom to develop and express your own style

Laila Smith is a jeweller based on the south coast of England. She designs and makes simple, elegant jewellery using geometric forms that are crisp and beautifully crafted. The work is made in solid silver with gold vermeil accents as well as a range of 18ct gold and silver rings and currently details an obsession with geometry.

She has had jewellery studios in London, Birmingham and Brighton where she currently works. After graduation in 1996 Laila took a place on a jewellery fellowship in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. She has shown in many galleries and shops throughout the UK and most recently was shortlisted for the international New Traditional Jewellery Prize with her entry piece being shown in a number of European galleries.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments will be available during the class.

Most materials, including precious metals, are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea, although you may wish to collect some visual reference materials and a sketchbook and pencil to make notes and sketch out ideas.

For the bangle project you will need to purchase the materials you wish to make this from and will learn how to calculate materials requirements, work within a set budget and how to purchase precious metals.


Jon Tutton at Atelier Beside the Sea


165 Kings Road Arches
East Sussex

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


10 weeks (2:00pm to 5:00pm)



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