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About the Course
Introduction to Silver Clay one day course
This course covers the following:
-Making a textured pendant with or without a cut out
-How to successfully join two dry pieces of clay
-How to use moulding compounds and how to make charms and earrings from the moulds
-How to make an Arum Lily pendant
-Torch firing and kiln firing
-How to make Jump rings, headpins and earring fittings
-Finishing your piece (brushed or high shine finishes)
My name is Paula and I teach all of our courses personally. I am a qualified PMC Instructor with both Levels 1 and 2 Certification and this is my eleventh year teaching courses in metal clay.
Combined with over 18 years experience producing and selling jewellery (11 years producing Fingerprint Jewellery) which I have created using both traditional silversmithing techniques and metal clays, I feel I have the understanding and background knowledge to provide a course that stands out from the rest. Each course is packed full of additional information, tips and tricks used in the jewellery making business including how to make your own sterling silver earring fittings, jumprings and head pins etc.
The workshop is purpose built and fully equipped with two Paragon kilns, soldering station and more texture mats and cutters than even I have had the opportunity to use. In fact I'd probably hazard a guess that I've got the best selection of mats and cutters that you are likely to find on any course in the country. I only teach in small groups (minimum 2 maximum 6) so there is ample opportunity for individual attention. Students are encouraged to ask questions and the atmosphere is informal and relaxed.
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What's included in the price?
This course includes 16g Precious Metal Clay
Wonderful day starting with no knowledge at all and ending with 3 beautiful polished silver pendants of my own design and creation. Paula is a very friendly and knowledgeable teacher and I am looking forward to doing further courses with her. She can also provide all the equipment you need to continue developing your skills at home. I went away very happy and excited at the prospect of making more beautiful silver jewellery.
Jan Case - - #29026
Paula is a great teacher, she made everything very straightforward and it was a really interesting and fun experience. I’d never done anything like this before but came away with two bespoke necklaces and a small charm for a bracelet.
I’d recommend not doing the standard pieces, if you are creative you can come away with some really individual pieces. There’s so much flexibility, people made earrings, rings, necklaces and charms. Paula guides you through the processes with patience and humour. Paula soldered a jump ring onto one of my necklaces which made it look really professional.
There were five of us on the intro course and I can’t believe the quality of jewellery we produced under Paula’s instruction!
Christina - - #27746
This was my first introduction to silver clay and I absolutely loved it! The day was well organised and full of so much information. I made a beautiful necklace and several pairs of earrings. I will definitely be back for another course, Paula was a fantastic teacher and I can’t wait to learn more. Would 100% recommend this course fantastic value.
Blossom - - #26588
A wonderful day - great fun and really inspiring! Paula is extremely knowledgeable, she really knows her stuff! She freely shared her expertise and gave some wonderful demos. I learnt so much in just one day, in a lovely relaxing environment. I am so pleased with what I made! Working with Silver Clay with Paula was fabulous - I will definitely be back to do more.
Diane - - #25182
I attended Paula's introductory course last Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed my day with her. She demonstrates every step of the way and I really appreciated the help she gave me to achieve the lovely pieces I fashioned from my piece of clay. There was so much scope and choice that it was easy to fashion something individual and bespoke and I was very pleased with the result. I would thoroughly recommend this course even to those who are not very artistic.
Sarah Thorpe - - #24107
I attended Paula’s introduction to silver clay jewellery making and I got hooked straight away. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day where I gained valuable skills. I felt a sense of achievement when I accomplished the task of making three beautiful pendants. Thank you again Paula for this wonderful day.
Anne Boswell - - #23078
Had a wonderful day with Paula on an introductory course. Was loads of fun as well as being fully comprehensive in making a silver clay piece of jewellery. Got to keep the pieces which I am very impressed with, as are friends. Can’t wait to get started making in my own home. Will definitely do more courses with Paula. A fantastic day! Thanks.
Liz Upton - - #23039
Highly recommend this! A brilliant course! Really enjoyed my day yesterday, learnt a lot and very pleased with the pieces I made. Many thanks Paula
Jane Edmonds - - #21972
A friend and I were looking for something different and fun to do and Paula's Introduction to Silver Clay was the perfect choice. It's fascinating, great fun and so rewarding to learn a new skill. Paula is a talented teacher and gave us a brilliant & memorable day out in a comfortable and relaxed setting. We would highly recommend to anyone and everyone! We both came home with beautiful jewellery made for family, friends and ourselves. Already booking our next session and look forward to seeing you again, Paula.
Lynn Bradbury - - #21141
What a wonderful workshop session! From the moment I and the other 2 ladies arrived, I felt at ease - it was obvious from the outset that Paula is a true expert and that was verified throughout the day. Every question we asked (and there were many!) was answered - or demonstrated - very well. Some people can ‘do but not teach’. Paula can do both and very well indeed.
People with no experience can make high-quality jewellery to take away with them. It’s amazing how much you can make with 16g of precious metal clay. I’ve spent much of today gazing at my work, trying to decide which of my 3 beautiful pendants to wear to work tomorrow. The earrings are a given ... and the little owl charm will just have to come along too.
If you’re considering doing this workshop, go for it! You won’t be disappointed. I’m already planning my next 2 sessions...
Ruth F - - #19644
There are some courses you feel that you absolutely have enjoyed to give a review!
Good knowledgeable teaching and tips and tricks galore.
Brought home several ready to wear sparkling treasures and an interest to do more. Just what you want to feel after a course.
A studio kitted out with all possible stuff to make unique pieces to us.
Friendly warm and really good teacher.
All positive. Really recommend this course.
Anne Maria - - #19601
A fantastic course. Paula is a great teacher. Would highly recommend to everyone.
Francine Hills - - #17449
I went on the course and honestly I could not recommend it more. Paula is so kind and friendly and has so much knowledge to give and has a real talent for it. I went into the course having no idea what it would be like and had no idea what silver clay was until i went, and honestly i have come away with some amazing and beautiful jewellery when you look at how much silver clay you get and how much you can make out of it, it is incredible. One of the best experiences ever and already wanting to go again and cant wait to take this further. I made 5 pieces of jewellery and they are wonderful
thank you so much Paula.
Annabelle - - #16538
Paula was a superb teacher and made the whole course fun and interesting. The jewellery making was excellent and was far better than I could have imagined. Paula was informative and supportive but also allowed me to be as creative as I wanted to be. I cannot recommend the course highly enough. Paula has so much talent and skill and I learnt so much. The course has left me wanting to take it further. I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you so much Paula!
Amanda - - #16537
The Silver Clay Course was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Paula is talented, a very good teacher and the experience was fun too.
I was delighted with everything that I made and the jewellery has already been much admired.
Thank you Paula.
Jan Furley - - #16519
Loved the day with Paula, and enjoyed the company of the other attendees too. Paula's instruction is very clear and she has lots of tips to help make a professional looking product. So pleased with the 2 pendants I made, and really looking forward to using the skills learned to make some unique silver jewellery.
Heather Mooney - - #15860
Instruction was clear and helpful, we were all beginners and all came away with really quality products. The studio is well equipped and set in a beautiful garden. Paula was really friendly and helpful, she had no problem sharing her knowledge and answered all our questions even when they were beyond what we were covering. Hot drinks on tap, biscuit tin to help yourself, relaxed atmosphere, really proud with what we came away with. Don’t see how it could’ve been better!
Kate elworthy - - #15857
Paula is such a great teacher. The course is easy to follow, lots of good instruction and lovely piece to bring home. Paula gave us lots of hints and tips and I can’t wait to try making jewellery at home.
The prices in the shop are very reasonable and you get a 5% discount as well.
Thank you Paula for a lovely day x
Lorraine Bailey - - #15856
I had never done anything like this before and came away having produced some really pretty things. It was a very enjoyable day with some lovely kindred spirits and we all came away with a good selection of pretty bits of jewellery. I will certainly be enrolling for another course soon. Thank you Paula for showing us many of your clever tips on silver clay making.
Janie Huggins - - #15576
What a wonderful day I had as a complete beginner to jewellery making. Paula is a fantastic teacher, patient, entertaining and oh so gifted. A lovely group of ladies who all encouraged one another made the day just perfect. We all made some beautiful pieces and were amazed at our finished items. Really looking forward to my next course in October.
Thank you Paula you're a star.
penelope smoker - - #15554
I arrived a complete beginner and left with a selection of beautiful pendants and charms and a confident knowledge to go away and make more. Silver clay is an easy material to work with once you’ve learned some skills and tricks and Paula was an engaging, entertaining and excellent tutor. The group was a lot of fun and it was great to see everyone else’s ideas taking shape so we learned from each other too.
(Bad) Sam - - #15532
Paula is an excellent teacher and the whole day was great fun - it is set in beautiful countryside and even had 7 cats to entertain us! We all made at least 2 pieces and the results were miraculous. I can highly recommend this course and I am planning the return in a few months to do a follow on course.
Sam Cole - - #15530
Can't recommend this course highly enough - what a fun, friendly, creative day. Paula is an excellent teacher, and took a group of people who knew NOTHING at the start of the day right through to not only producing some jewellery of our own, but lovely, high-quality pieces that we'd all be proud to wear or give as gifts. All down to Paula's lovely, relaxed yet precise way of teaching; no-one ever felt left behind or confused, and she gave us all everything we needed to do well, inspiring us all with confidence. Her love of the craft comes through loud and clear, and is totally infectious! If you've been considering this course but think it's maybe something you won't be able to manage, I'd say Book Now!! I for one am completely hooked, and looking forward to learning more on another of Paula's courses. Thank you, Paula!
Jane Richardson - - #14974
I have just spent a day with Paula on my first course .I have never done anything like this before and it was a really interesting time. I met some charming women on the course, and came home with some pieces of silver jewellery I had actually made myself!!
I would recommend trying this to anyone who would enjoy laughing a lot, learning a lot, and finding a new skill, all in Paula's delightful company.
Ruby Gordon-Wilson - - #14923
Paula is a great tutor and working with PMC was a thoroughly therapeutic experience. I had no prior knowledge of silver clay but it’s easy to work with. I came away from the introduction day with 3 stunning and unique pendants and a cute pair of earrings. Highly recommended.
Vicky Widdows - - #14407
What an enjoyable day. Not only is Paula an interesting and exceeding knowledgeable teacher, but her explanations are simple and easy to follow. I came home with two pendants and two pair of earrings, form what initially seemed quite a small piece of clay. But more importantly I returned with a wealth of new knowledge which I am looking forward to putting into practice. Thank-you so much for sharing your knowledge Paula. I hope to return soon.
Sam Jozwiak - - #13558
What a fantastic day spent learning to use silver clay.
Paula is a brilliant teacher and we all learnt so much in one day. She is very knowledgeable and makes everything not only interesting but fun!
We all came away proud owners of our own unique peices of silver jewellery.
I can’t recommend this course highly enough.
I will definitely be coming again 🤗
Thank you Paula.
Karen Chatfield - - #13044
I had a lovely day and learnt so much.
Very relaxed and fun teaching from Paula who has a vast knowledge in so many areas. I came home with 3 pendants that I love and cant wait to wear them.
I would recommend this course to anyone who loves crafting and jewellery.
Joanne Sheridan - - #12741
I did the introduction course today and had an amazing day, I learnt a lot and Paula is the most amazing tutor we all had a ball. I can't wait to do the next one.
Yvonne Thomas - - #12737
I attended Paula's Introduction to Silver Clay course yesterday & have to say it was absolutely excellent & amazing value. Four of us bombarded Paula all day with loads of questions & pleas for help with our designs and she happily helped with everything. She is a very knowledgeable tutor in Silver Clay, so this really added to the course as I came away, not only with 3 lovely pendants but also lots of information about the product itself. The day also felt relaxed and fun as we managed to have a few laughs along the way. If you want to have a go at this interesting craft, don't hesitate, just do it as you will be amazed by the jewellery you produce and take home with you. Can't recommend highly enough!
Tracey N - - #10328
This is an excellent course and I would definitely recommend it. Paula is so knowledgable and friendly, answering all our questions in detail.
We all had a good laugh and came away with new skills and many beautiful items of jewellery.
I can't wait to start making more at home.
Thank you so much for a great day.
Sarah - - #10314
My sister and I attended Paula's Introduction Course recently. We were both complete beginners, in fact my sister didn't have a clue what silver clay was and really only came to keep me company. We had a wonderful day with our fellow students. Paula was so full of knowledge and enthusiasm and great fun. We learnt so much in this lovely relaxed atmosphere and all of us vowed to return for other courses to further our knowledge.
We came away with an assortment of lovely wearable jewellery. One lady left wearing her earrings and matching pendant with great pride.
Thank you Paula
Jenny Cosham - - #6678
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