About the Course
Lucy Copleston trained at the Royal College of Art and has made jewellery and taught the craft since 1975. Tuition is one-to-one so your learning is fast tracked. By arrangement two students can learn together i.e. couples making wedding rings, family members or friends. A discount of 20% is given for two students learning together if you book directly with Lucy and pay via BACS or cheque not PayPal.
Sessions are tailored to the requirements of each student and are flexible to accommodate your specific project. You are encouraged to be creative and original and develop your own design ideas. It doesn't matter if you can't draw or think of an idea - Lucy can provide adaptable Projects suitable for all levels.
Beginners and advanced students are all welcome. The aim is to introduce beginners to the practical and creative possibilities of jewellery making, and to extend the creative experience and practical knowledge of those who already know something of this fascinating craft.
With Lucy you will learn how to construct jewellery in silver, gold or base metals by the use of traditional techniques, and experiment with contemporary materials. All students leave with a finished piece of jewellery. Many people have visited the Workshop over the years to make their own wedding rings – with great success.
Most beginners want a one day taster session. As a beginner you can choose from a selection of
ACHIEVABLE PROJECTS designed specifically for beginners. Contact Lucy to receive a selection of her Beginners One Day Projects in which you can learn all or any of the following techniques:
- Silver soldering
- Texturing with hammers and punches
- Sawing, bending, drilling, forming and folding metal
- Wire Wrapping
Contact Lucy for her WEDDING RING PROJECT information sheet.
Students with previous experience and beginners who want to pursue the craft further after their initial session can go on to learn and develop more advanced techniques including:
- Gold soldering
- Acid etching
- Stone setting
- Keum Boo
- Wax model making for casting
- Resin work
- Anticlastic forming
All silver solders are free: students supply their own silver, gold and gemstones.
In tandem with this approach Lucy also provides practical instruction and valuable trade contacts for students wishing to gear their learning to the production of jewellery on a commercial level.
Students can subscribe to Lucy's monthly email Workshop Newsletter via her website or by email/phone direct to Lucy. This keeps them in touch with what other students have been making and any price reductions on offer. Lucy's jewellery making courses aim to enable and support students in developing the craft of jewellery making either as a hobby or an income. To this end she is always available to give technical and marketing advice by email or phone after your visit.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tools and equipment are supplied: silver solders are provided free: base metals i.e. copper, gilding metal, bronze and brass are supplied free: precious metals and gem stones are not supplied. Students are advised and guided as to what precious materials to buy. The Workshop is fully equipped with hand tools, power tools and an enamelling kiln and has work spaces for two. Special Offers are advertised on Lucy Copleston's website and via her monthly Newsletter to which you can subscribe from her website.
The Workshop is set within its own beautiful private gardens in the Vale of Clwyd, North Wales - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is situated right on the Offa's Dyke Footpath.
In advance of your workshop session Lucy provide's you with a Suppliers List from which you can obtain any materials that are not provided free, like silver, gold, gemstones and beads. If necessary Lucy will do advance planning via phone and email to ensure you are fully prepared for the hands-on experience when you arrive at the Workshop.
A Certificate of Attendance is provided free of charge on request: these are useful for sixth form students and graduates seeking employment. Detailed Technique Notes, a Tools and Equipment List for small workshops and a comprehensive Book List are supplied in hard copies to each student plus Technical Information.
Easy and safe parking is available within 50 yards of the premises. Tea and coffee are provided throughout the day at no charge. Students usually bring a sandwich for their lunch. The village has a newly opened Brunning and Price pub restaurant - the Dinorben Arms - just a 10 minute walk from Lucy's Workshop. On warm days the garden is available for lunch and tea breaks and depending on the technique employed students can also work in the garden. There is a sheltered area for smokers. A varied accommodation list of locally selected places to stay, including caravan and campsites is available in advance of your visit.
After nearly 40 years away from a bench I went to Lucy Copleston to brush up on old skills and learn some new ones. Firstly it must be said her beautiful workshop is inspirational in itself and incredibly well equipped. Lucy is an excellent teacher, very intuitive and seems to know exactly the pace required for each task to ensure the learning process is complete. She is very patient and we had a lot of fun exploring solutions in the construction of my rather ambitious design. Over 4 days of 1-to-1 tuition I felt I learned a huge amount and achieved my objectives. I'm already looking forward to returning.
I would like to add that I can tell a complete novice would be totally at easy with Lucy's gentle teaching style whilst someone with more experience can feast on Lucy's wealth of knowledge and be challenged.
Beverley Whent - - #18976
I got a voucher for a jewellery making day with Lucy at Christmas in 2017, I eventually got round to arranging my course in December 2018. I thoroughly enjoyed it and Lucy is a patient and excellent teacher. I have done silver smithing jewellery making before and the encouragement she gave renewed my interest in taking it up as a hobby. I am extremely proud of what I created with Lucy's guidance, a beautiful robin inspired pendant in silver and copper.
Lindsay Eckley - - #18708
I'm reflecting on the tortoise and the hare. I have had two sessions recently where we have mulled over the design details of my work with some practice put in for good measure. Whilst the number of completed items may be small the devil has certainly been in the detail. If I had run ahead to complete pieces they would certainly not have turned out to be so magnificent as they have with Lucy's steady and collaborative approach with gentle questioning of my reasoning has made the difference between an average and a master class. With Lucy you have a grand master. I have already booked my next class.
Edna - - #18680
Absllutely brilliant. Lucy is super knowledgeable, creative and flexible. She listens to your ideas and gives you fantastic improvement ideas. Lucy is encouraging and easy to get along with. Cannot wait for another day because there will be another.
Rhona Hobson - - #18589
This was my second time with Lucy. We spent 2 days crafting a gem set ring that started out as a very simple two dimensional idea that turned into a complex three dimensional object.
Lucy was incredibly knowledgable and encouraging throughout the whole process, letting me know of different techniques and their application. She was happy to answer any questions I had about construction, gems, or jewellery in general and I have come away with a wealth of knowledge and the confidence to design more pieces.
I can’t recommend this class enough if you have an interest in silver craft.
Caro Hogan - - #18432
Hooked on jewellery making and back for another totally inspiring day. Lucy gives the opportunity to try so many techniques; I was happy to be doing etching again: one of my favourites. I also got some great advice for setting up a vice at home on a budget. All in all a fun day, as usual. With one to one tuition, you learn so much. Thank you, Lucy.
Carole H - - #18330
My 4th session, completed an amazing gem set ring. I now have 2 pieces of handmade fine jewellery that attract so many comments. So proud of myself. Love the way Lucy teaches and her intuitive style. Already planning next project !
Isobel Everett - - #18190
With time off work I visited Lucy in October in fabulous weather for the start of a new project: a silver bangle inspired by the irises in Lucy's garden. I took a wire and paper model and developed a more solid prototype in copper. This was a very useful process in deciding various factors such as the width of wire and the shape and size of a stone. Lucy provided lots of interesting ideas and techniques I might use and I came away with a shopping list of materials for the next stage (can't wait!). All in all another wonderful and inspiring day.
Carole H - - #17695
I had a brilliant experience with lucy! she is a very good tutor and teaching is to a high standard i was able to take in and understand everything as she lets you take it at a standard pase! And i feel this helps you take it all in i highly recomend and will be goin back !!
Melissa - - #17683
I had an excellent day learning to make a gold bangle. Excellent tuition from start to finish and I now have a much better understanding of what I should be doing. Lucy is extremely helpful and friendly. Her suggestions and support really helped me to complete my project and I now have the most amazing gift to give my mother. I highly recommend these days and Lucy is so helpful
In helping you prepare for the day.
Ruth Williams - - #17640
My expectations of this private tuition, and for what I might achieve in a day were high - I was absolutely delighted.
From my initial email enquiry, through contact leading up to, and throughout the day there was excellent organisation and communication in all areas. Timely information to plan, prepare and find the location, materials, health and safety, tools as well as provocation to ask more questions or anything specfic. The quality of the wrap around made the course itself even more enjoyable, relaxing, productive along with the high quality outputs . Thank you Lucy for such professionalism and authenticity in all areas.
Zoe - - #17339
I had an excellent day with Lucy. As a complete beginner I had no idea how to work with silver, but with Lucy's expert guidance I managed to make a lovely silver ring, which I show off at every opportunity. Lucy has a mindful of knowledge in jewellery making and is an excellent (and patient in my case) teacher. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in jewellery making to have at least a day with Lucy.
alexandra newstead - - #17333
I had a fantastic day with Lucy and learnt so many new things. I am a complete beginner so was absolutely thrilled that I was able to complete 3 rings. Lucy's knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm is second to none and I would highly recommend coming on one of her workshops. I have already booked to come back.
Vicky Cutler - - #17157
My latest visit to Lucy was one of more inspiration. Whilst she guided me through the completion of my pendant chain we spent the day working through my ideas for my next project. This was time well spent and I have lots of homework for my next visit. Once again Lucy gave me the inspiration and guidance to look at what's achievable in metal and what isn't. Can't wait for our next session
Edna - - #16486
It’s finished! With Lucy’s expert tuition and generous help I have made a special pendant in time to wear at my daughter’s wedding. The whole process - over several visits - was a joy. I now look forward to the start of a new project and hope to be back in October. Thank you Lucy.
Carole H - - #16454
By the fourth day I had made a number of enamelled pieces and the whole time spent with Lucy was fun and so inspiring. Lucy offers really focused tuition and also documents the processes for you so that you have reference after you leave which really helps when you are learning a technique for the first time. I have had a number of sessions with Lucy over the years and I will continue to travel from London to receive more of her expert tuition!
Olivia - - #16409
By the third day we were exploring techniques to the full and Lucy always encourages you to create full pieces from start to finish, which is crucial to understanding how jewellery is made and how different elements take time to combine. Her guidance and experience is unparalleled and the focus and commitment she offers to every session is invaluable. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, Lucy will always encourage you to explore ideas that inspire you, which keeps the sessions so fun and engaging. She can expertly guide you and help adapt ideas, from an initial concept to the creation, so it's always a very exploratory and really helps you to be comfortable and extra creative!
Olivia - - #16408
On the second day we explored the enamelling technique further. Lucy offers a wealth of knowledge, experience and artistic flair. One-to-one tuition that Lucy offers is invaluable and she ensures that you have grasped every aspect of the technique or skill. I work in London and Lucy's tranquil studio offers respite from the city buzz and you find yourself opening up to the inspiration from nature and the breath-taking environment. The day was very focused and exploratory, and Lucy always ensures that you are developing and that there is an end goal to the session.
Olivia - - #16407
I recently visited Lucy for a 4 day session at her beautiful workshop. We began by exploring ideas and techniques of interest - I've visited Lucy before on and off for a few years and we decided that enamelling would be an interesting technique to explore. Lucy is so inspiring and offers thorough and focused tuition throughout.
Olivia - - #16406
I had a wonderful day with Lucy. It was very enlightening to see and experience the amount of effort that needs to go into all jewellery. Lucy was very accommodating and clearly explained the processes to me for making a ring. I am looking forward to going back and making more.
Andy Durrant - - #16397
You would have thought that after a year of one to one tuition from
Lucy there would be no surprises. Well under Lucy's tutelage I realise I'm only scratching the surface in terms of knowledge and skills I always look forward to the next date that she can fit me in and inspire me once again
Edna - - #16210
This is my third session with Lucy and once again another inspirational, but relaxing day, so wonderful to be able to step outside of the real world for a day. Not only did I get to continue with my pendant project and learnt about stone mounting, but Lucy helped me create a beautiful ring as a keepsake for my daughters graduation, so very special, a heartfelt thank you Lucy. Thank you also Lucy for your patience and your guidance, the pictures and your wisdom sharing are so valuable in helping me to be able to do this as a much needed independant hobby. Have a great summer and see you in September.
Sara Christie - - #16102
As the recipient of this wonderful birthday present I was looking forward to an informative and practical learning experience. It was all of this and so much more! Lucy's expertise in her craft is obvious from the beginning, but the gentle way she guided us through creating and making our unique pieces of jewellery makes it a thoroughly enjoyable day. Throughout, her enthusiasm and attentiveness to both my daughter and myself, enabled us to keep going even when we thought things were not going according to plan! The end results amazed us both and I am so proud to be wearing my ivy leaf with trailing curl! I now have the incentive and enough basic knowledge to see how I can alter my glass studio, to make room for combining my lamp work beads with silver work. Thank you Lucy for creating an inspirational day, relighting my creativity! Sally M.
Saly Middleton - - #15474
My mum desperately wanted to learn how to work with silver to go with her already stunning glass beadwork and I saw a great opportunity in a day's tuition for a birthday present for her and some creative time for me. We had a lovely day choosing leaves from Lucy's stunning garden and learning the basics of working with silver to create beautiful silver necklaces. She provided wonderful personal tuition and helped mum understand how this would fit in with the glass giving her extra time and attention to help her start off. A great birthday present and I had a lovely day and gained a pretty leaf pendant. Highly recommended.
Jessica B. - - #15463
My two day visit was spent producing a reticulated piece of silver with two disks to be attached onto a pendant. My design was very basic and my numerous attempts at soldering taught me a valuable lesson that the construction within the initial design is very important.
The garden was in full bloom and Lucy is extremely knowledgeable as regards nature. A very inspiring and relaxing spot with the birds chirping. Not only have I gleaned more information as regards jewellery making but also various bird calls and plant names. Thank you so much. I look forward to my next visit.
Diana Williams - - #15441
With still glorious weather and the roses just out in Lucy’s garden, we took full advantage with a lovely tea break. Lucy has taught me so much about design since I started visiting her with a small scruffy sheet of paper and very rough drawings. This was another brilliant and productive day and I will have just one more visit to finish my pendant specially intended for me to wear at a wedding.
Carole H - - #15311
Brilliant one day course with Lucy yesterday recreating a 3D printed ring in silver. She demonstrated a number of techniques and theory in a simple to understand way and answered all my questions thoughtfully. Lucy gave me an insight into the jewellery making process and made it really accessible and approachable.
The location is beautiful, the tuition is excellent. I’ll be returning for another session soon.
Caro Hogan - - #15308
I had a fantastic day yesterday at Lucy’s 1-2-1 tuition workshop. Even though I am a complete beginner I was able to produce a silver ring and earings to a professional quality thanks to Lucy’s tutoring style, expertise and motivational encouragement. I will definitely be going back.
Avril Finnie - - #15294
A second great day spent with Lucy, this time learning about wax modelling. Great way to learn more specialist skills and expand the range of techniques I can use. Thanks Lucy!
Margaret N - - #15278
Another great day with Lucy, so wonderful that I am able to come regularly and to have started a project to learn so many different skills, looking forward to stone setting! Very peaceful to have lunch in your beautiful garden, thank you for sharing your expertise and wisdom. Many thanks Sara
Sara Christie - - #15264
My second visit to Lucy's studio, this time for a two day introduction to stone setting. Lucy is very patient and her tuition has provided me with a wonderful basis to develop basic design and construction skills for gem set jewellery. It was a lovely couple of days and I hope to return in a few months after some practice!
Many thanks Lucy.
jayne sutherland - - #15247
Once again Lucy steered, encouraged and inspired me on my next project. Gentle coaching and endless knowledge combine to make the day memorable and remarkable.
Isobel Everett - - #15224
An amazing day, Lucy has lots of patience and helped me create a perfect sea glass ring. Loved her garden studio, the perfect setting 😊
Kirsty - - #15188
My second visit in May was focused on making a fine silver mount for a peridot stone (for later fixing to my ongoing project). It was a fresh challenge and a very intricate task of shaping and soldering, requiring accurate measuring and repeated checking to get a good fit. Now I am ready for the next stage of my project. Lucy has kindly given me the names of some wonderful suppliers of cords and silk threads. She has acquired for me stones and fine-guage sanding paper. She even gave me salts for a soak for my bruised foot! Thank you Lucy for your kind support.
Carole H - - #15149
I was so lucky with the weather for my first visit in May, enjoying lunch and tea breaks in Lucy’s picturescque garden. The irises were in bloom and I sat under the spectacular scented wisteria, looking out towards the Clwydian hills: very relaxing. Throughout the day, I absorbed numerous hints and tips (as usual); this time, about different ways of finishing metals; I also had a recap on riveting. The day ended so quickly, but I am returning soon - to continue my project with stone setting. Can’t wait!
Carole H - - #15097
At this session I forgot to bring my wire which was essential for the chain I'm making. This was no problem Lucy managed to provide me with some which was even better than the original. We discussed design for this and my next project. Before I knew it the day was over. Another full and informative day with Lucy
Edna - - #14872
I experienced a day with Lucy that delivered the skills and knowledge required to make items that are unique and of a good standard. Lucy as a tutor is so knowledgeable and demonstrates skills of excellent silver smith work and ensured as a learner that I understood all aspects of my project so I could carry out those skills safely. I went with a definite idea of what I wanted to make and Lucy took me through it all calmly and explained so much of the process. I would recommend her courses to anyone just wanting to have a go at jewellry making and to the more experienced who want to widen their repertoire. Thank you Lucy it was a fantastic day and I love my silver bangle and ring. X
Maureen Ashkar - - #14730
I had a two day course on a one to one basis with Lucy. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Lucy is really welcoming, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I was guided through the design process before we commenced work on a pendant. Then each process was explained fully and clearly so that at the end of the two days I was left with an item I was proud of, a piece of jewellery my wife adores and more importantly skills I will hopefully use over and over again.
Geoff Dixon - - #14630
Yet again, a wonderful day’s tuition with Lucy. This time learning how to work with Titanium and change its colour. After a couple of test samples, a perfect blue for my design was achieved. The day over so quickly, I leave with lots of inspiration, and can’t wait for my next visit in May.
Carole H - - #14519
Had a great day in the Easter holidays with Lucy. Such a fabulous relaxing, creative day, never could have imagined I could have made a bracelet and ring that looked so good. Lucy's calm, friendly gentle teaching and expertise, resulted in something I was so proud of, and even got my rings polished in the process! Thank you so much, cant wait to do more with you and already booking my next 2 days. Cant recommend a day with Lucy highly enough.
Sara Christie - - #14499
Joined Lucy for a one day course. Had lots of discussion and great advice before attending the course with regard to what we would work on and what I would need to buy and where from. Had a lovely day working with my seaglass and pottery to create some lovely silver mounts and pieces. Lucy is a great teacher, very informative. She also supplied photos, supply lists and details of techniques used. Well worth it!
Adie Griffin - - #14493
I really enjoyed my day at Lucy's studio. She was very knowledgeable and had many years experience to guide me through the day. In one day I managed to create 2 beautiful bangles. Lucy allowed me freedom to make my own creative choices about what I made whilst guiding me on what was achievable for a beginner. Highly recommend.
Anna - - #14287
My first day in Lucy's workshop was more than I was expecting. Yes, Lucy is a fantastic teacher; I had forgotten the pleasure of being well taught. My creation is bringing me joy and I feel so proud of myself. But I also want to mention the serenity, shared thinking, creative process and whole environment which is so conducive to learning. A memorable day.
Isobel Everett - - #14252
Another day with Lucy and my pendant is complete. I don't have to worry as after we have solved the conundrum of what to do with the chain, I have so many other projects in mind. Although working with Lucy has enabled my knowledge skills and confidence soar. I realise I'm only scratching the surface of my jewellery making journey and I hope she will accompany me for a long time to come imparting her wisdom along the way.
Edna - - #13807
I would thoroughly recommend Lucy to anyone interested in making a bespoke piece of jewellery. Her class was so much fun, she was patient and so knowledgable. Its great to have one on one help. I had a great day and came home with two bangles that I 'm very proud of, can't wait to come back!
Thank you so much
Anita Jackson - - #13759
This week I have been expertly guided by Lucy to create unusual resin work together with one of my favourite techniques - reticulation. I produced two silver reticulated pendants and a pair of earrings. I can't wait to wear them as they are so unusual. Lucy's attention to detail ensures that each and every piece you create with her is finished to the highest standard.
Diana Williams - - #13753
My friend and I came to Lucy for a one day course as complete beginners, we had a fabulous day. Lucy is so patient and knowledgeable, she really goes the extra mile. I am so proud of the two bangles I made (and extremely jealous of the fabulous, brilliantly equipped studio space!). Would thoroughly recommend, we will be back soon.
Sally C - - #13678
I recently attended a course with Lucy and was not disappointed. Lucy's attention to detail is second to none. I received one to one tuition and ended up producing a silver cuff bracelet and was taught how to set a stone on the bracelet. Thank you. Will be back.
Diana Williams - - #13569
Excellent two day course in Hammering, Texturing and Soldering. Lucy was extremely patient and explained each and every step in great detail to ensure that you understood and knew exactly what you were doing. Step by step instructions, complemented by constant photographing ensured that I have up to the minute notes of my own projects. Looking forward very much to the next couple of days.
Diana Williams - - #13460
In the two day course on Etching and Piercing that I attended with Lucy last week, I feel that I have learnt so much. Lucy is extremely knowledgeable and explains in great detail what needs to be done. She is both thorough and detailed in all that she does. I look forward to learning more in the near future. Many, many thanks for the help, cups of tea and the wheat pack for my bad back! She has been truly inspirational.
Diana Williams - - #13230
A riveting day with Lucy. Last time we made the rivets and this time we used them to put my pendant together with a bit of soldering along the way. A fair bit of breath holding and sighs of relief when it all fitted. I could see how the mathematical equations we used earlier in my project were vital. I can feel my confidence growing as Lucy has enabled me to approach my project in such a way that it looks so much more professional than I could have ever anticipated
Edna - - #13229
I had a wonderful day with Lucy introducing me to some of the basic techniques involved in working with silver.It was quite an intense day to produce my three stacking rings but the 1 to 1 teaching allows you to absorb as much knowledge as possible and the time flies.
Can't wait to go back !
Jayne - - #13145
Lucy is incredibly knowledgeable. She has a great teaching style and it felt very like we worked together. She is informative and thoughtful in her approach. I have been hobbying for some time and working with Lucy has given me the confidence to move on to the next step of casting. The documented photos of progress are great reminders and the resources Lucy shared super helpful. Great to learn from a fabulous craftswoman like Lucy.
Rhona hobson - - #12576
I had such a good day learning how to create my piece of jewellery. Lucy was patient and so nice. I had 121 tuition and was so pleased with my piece. I am looking forward to going back and learning new techniques . Would recommend this course for anyone with an intetest in making their own jewellery.
Lindsey W - - #12529
I have been back to Lucy for another day of learning and again I was not disappointed as she imparted more technical information to enhance my pendant. We were working on the rivets to hold the piece together and the end is in sight. Even though this has been a project that has taken time it's been necessary. I have not got a piece that could be made easily or bought anywhere but a truly unique hand crafted distinctive object.
I am still learning from
Lucy and can't wait for the next session
Edna - - #12365
Super birthday treat with my best friend Carol - Lucy was very patient but let us develop our own designs and her training and attention to detail was excellent. Would fully recommend this anyone interested in making their own special piece of jewellery, even if a complete beginner like us!
Carol Sheane - - #12224
I have been coming to Lucy for nearly a year now and my pendant is evolving into a stunning piece.
I originally wanted a lesson in enamelling. However with Lucy's skill and a lot of my imagination being stretched with some test enamelling on the way, my pendant has gone into a completely new direction. I have never felt so proud or believed that I was capable of making something so technically and aesthetically good. All thanks to Lucy. I have the utmost respect for her expertise and patience in guiding me through the process of jewellery making. It is more than art and craft you gain from Lucy
Edna - - #12130
This November day was a birthday treat, rounding off the year with a new challenge - the technique of enamelling. Lucy also introduced me to heated titanium as an additional way of bringing colour into a design - one for my next project! Many thanks to Lucy for her truly exceptional support and inspiration over several other truly wonderful days, this year.
Carole H - - #12125
Attended one to one course with Lucy recently. I was a complete beginner but with Lucy's knowledge, expertise and patience I created a silver stacking ring. Very cozy workshop in a beautiful setting. I hope to return there in the new year to create another piece of jewellery with Lucy's assistance.
Manon - - #11983
My reviews are becoming a blog as I am still learning from Lucy. If I ever wanted to work within my comfort zone I have been well and truly moved beyond what I thought was possible . Every day a new stretch of my brain and a new technique presents itself. Time well spent and I come back for more each time
Edna - - #11869
As a novice jewellery maker I spent a challenging and fun day with Lucy in her studio creating a beautiful silver pendant. With her expertise, knowledge and guidance we worked through many processes including annealing, soldering, wire wrapping and much more. In her well- equipped studio I was able to learn a range of skills which will enable me to embark upon my own future jewellery projects: the handouts and photographic record will provide an excellent reference. Throughout the day we chatted about many other creative ideas and processes which opened up a world of possibilities!
Marie Perrin - - #11604
Another day another conundrum. Each time I come to Lucy thinking I know what I'm doing it's all very straight forward we together work through some technical issues. The result is that I am developing a piece that is evolving from something nice and safe into something interesting. Taking my skill from an interested beginner into some one whose confidence is growing to a new level of understanding.I'm gaining the knowledge that this is a craft that with its demands is stretching me both intellectually and practically. But without Lucy I would just still be an interested beginner
Edna - - #11394
My boyfriend arranged a workshop with Lucy to make engagement rings for each other, which I knew nothing about until I was in Lucy's workshop! I had a fantastic day! Lucy was so friendly and inspiring. I have never had any experience with jewellery making; Lucy was patient,encouraging and informative throughout the day. I love the rings we made and would definitely want to go back some day. It really was a special day for me. I hope it will not be too long before we go back.
Julie Day - - #11287
Autumn, as the leaves were starting to change colour - was a wonderful time to visit the Vale of Clwyd. I am a regular to Lucy's workshop. She never fails to inspire, and is so generous with her time and advice. I am learning so much with her expert tuition. Next I'll have a go at enamelling. Can't wait!
Carole H - - #11271
My girlfriend and I have just completed a workshop with Lucy to make engagement rings for each other. What a wonderful day we had! I cannot recommend it enough. Lucy is a fantastic teacher and is extremely patient. She really goes that extra mile and cares so much about helping you get the exact design you want, regardless of the time it takes. The attention to detail and process involved in making the rings was fascinating and a real eye-opener to me. I would love to return some day to do another workshop. We received such a warm welcome when we arrived and by the end of the day felt like Lucy and her husband Peter were our friends. We received some lovely photos of our day and a nice message a few days after our visit, which was a really nice touch. Since then family and friends have raved about how beautiful the rings look and they have all commented on what a romantic and special thing it was to do. We'll definitely be going back to Lucy to make our wedding rings.
Phil Flack - - #11126
Who would have thought that 50 years after being taught geometry at school I would find a use for it. Today with Lucy I learned that making fine jewellery is a lot more complex than just learning the practical skills such as filing and soldering. Once again my ability has been stretched and I loved every minute although I told Lucy it was torture. Gently Lucy has again allowed me to evaluate my project and it has changed again. No longer including enamelling but I believe it will look all the more fantastic
Edna - - #11082
Faster than before, the silver ring with gold wires and granules - new technique of applications for me - was also completed.
This was my fifth and last day in the one-to-one week with Lucy. Knowing I would spend a further day in Bodfari, Lucy gave me good ideas how to spend this time. So I went to the local pub "Dinorben Arms" and had an excellent meal in this nice reastaurant combining tradition with new architecture. I also walked the famous Offa's Dyke Path, which crosses Bodfari.
Finally, Lucy gave me a comprehensive collection of fotos documenting me, my work, the working process and the skills and techniques she taught me. But beyond that all, the encounter with Lucy gave me much more - it has also enriched me on a personal level.
Klara - - #10870
On this sunny day the Keum boo errings were completed. It was a very busy day also because we got through the basic skills too while applying them to a more advanced project. Earwires attached: aren't they beautiful? We are both happy and satisfied - it's high time we started the second project.
Klara - - #10868
The third day : a real Keum boo day. Theory was put into practice. Lucy's supportive attitude to your project makes you feel how valuable it is what you are creating. Talking shop while working and informal conversations in the lunch breaks gradually gave me the opportunity for deeper insights into making art in form of jewellery.
Klara - - #10867
Keum boo can prove to be an intricate technique of applying gold foil on silver, especially on a 3-D object - or two objects, in my case, the project being a pair of errings. Lucy understands to motivate and to encourage you, she is warmheartedly strict in your own interest and to the advantage of a project promising success. She spares no effort to ensure you realize your goal.
Klara - - #10866
On arriving in beautiful Wales, I received a warm welcome at the weekend - and started a 5-day workshop with Lucy on Monday. On the first day, Lucy showed me the importance of meticulous planning and designing. A "storyboard" was put together and the project of a pair of Keum boo earrings started to take shape.
Klara - - #10864
I had a great day with Lucy. I was a bit restricted with time, but Lucy was very accommodating. I can't believe how much we were able to do in a day! Lucy encouraged me to try out many different skills and was very supportive throughout. Highly recommended one to one tuition. Thanks Lucy!
caroline simone - - #10854
I'm a complete beginner & had a fab day learning how to make a silver ring & bangle. Lucy is great teacher with a lot of patience. Looking forward to more training days in the very near future.
Julie - - #10826
I had an intensive day course being instructed in the processes involved in silversmithing. Lucy is extremely knowledgeable and skilled in her craft and, with her patient guidance and help, a silver bangle was produced! The workshop is spacious and very well equipped and I was impressed with the hospitality I was shown. Thank you for most enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
Sharon - - #10596
Another superb day with Lucy spent working on my project piece. So many skills I'm learning always over and above what I'm expecting. I love the collaborative style of working as she gently makes suggestions to save me making mistakes but also we come together to make my project better. Although it's not complete it has become a very professional looking piece all thanks to Lucy's patience
Edna - - #10595
What a great day I had last week with Lucy. I wanted to learn as much as I could about making jewellery from silver and that's exactly what I did. The amount of knowledge that Lucy has is amazing! She was able to assist me with everything that I wanted to make, bringing all of my ideas to life, in silver form. I could not recommend Lucy and her beautiful studio enough.
Tori - - #10568
I spent two days with Lucy at her fantastic workshop and learned so much. She is the perfect teacher for taking what you already know (in my case very little) and stretching you just enough that you accomplish far more than you thought you'd ever be able to.
I am now going to consolidate my skills and, I hope, book another day or two with her when I know where I want to go with my learning next. I am utterly certain that whereever that is Lucy will be a great person to guide the way.
Traci Whitehead - - #10163
I've had another riveting day learning new techniques from Lucy. Whilst I have not been able to bring my work home. I know this is because I have another session to look forward to. What I love is my project is evolving and being adapted so it means I will have learned so much more than the original plan of practicing enamelling. To me it's my little masterpiece which I could never have done with out Lucy's insight knowledge and skills. I can't wait for the next episode
Edna - - #10156
A 2-day bonanza! The morning of day 1 was spent designing the ring. As I am devoid of artistic flare, we reviewed previous students' efforts and came up with an amalgam of prior designs. The afternoon session was devoted to a copper mockup.
Lucy and I grew to realise that the design posed some singularly difficult challenges concerning the final length of the ring, namely the 4-segmented pattern. The oblique cuts further complicated the silverware, along with the requirement of an oblique cut to best hide the seam. All in all, this was time well spent. Day 2 was a methodological execution of the first day's work. All the preparation paid off and I'm delighted with my opus! Thank you, Lucy.
vincent - - #9387
What an Insightful day!! Having attended jewellery making workshops with other providers may years ago, I was amazed at Lucy's wealth of knowledge and teaching ability. The workshop, garden and Lucy's welcoming personality provides a relaxing and calming atmosphere to learn at your own pace.
Haley Burke - - #9383
My third day with Lucy and it was as packed full of learning as my first two. My project is evolving from the original vague idea into something interesting that changes as we hit a new set of obstacles. This has meant that I have learned skills that I never anticipated. Lucy has the time and patience which means I feel comfortable making suggestions. She will talk me through until we both agree what will work. Can't wait until my next session. And ps don't tell her I'm part of her fan club x
Edna - - #9174
I returned to Lucy’s at the end of May. I had worked at home on a leaf made in silver. This is to embellish the pod shape, already developed. After shaping the leaf so it looked as if it was growing from and around the pod, I preparing it for etching. Lucy kindly gave me stop-out varnish and whiting powder so I could continue at home. When I return it will be ready for the acid bath. This is the third time I have used etching and I find it really exciting. It’s great that Lucy offers this and so many other techniques to try.
Carole H - - #9150
I visited Lucy towards the end of April to continue with my 3D project. The two parts of a hollow shape were soldered together. Lucy suggested we could try using hot pitch to fill the item, letting it cool and so allowing us to safely refine the shape by hammering. I liked that we could experiment and keep the design process fluid.
The weather was glorious, so I was able to enjoy lunch in Lucy’s wonderful wisteria-clad garden; it is so relaxing, with beautiful plants, and a small pond with goldfish. All in all, the day was a great escape from a hectic time at work!
Carole H - - #9149
I have just spent two days in Lucy’s workshop, being taught Jewellery making skills; I was complete novice with no previous experience and what a treat it has been, she is extremely patient and very generous with her knowledge coupled with an incredible passion for her craft, Lucy enabled me to produce a very beautiful unique pendant that covered a number of different techniques.
I never thought I would be creating by hand beautiful little flowers and learning how to set using rivets ! I am completely enthused by the entire process and eager to learn more. I will definitely be back to Lucy to learn another area of Jewellery making from a true professional.
Bev Griffiths - - #9058
I have just spent another day learning with Lucy and creating some gorgeous earrings!
I wanted to develop my silversmithing skills, particularly using some of the equipment and tools. I came away having achieved more than I thought I could, and I am already planning my next project. Lucy is a very patient and thorough teacher, and she helped me so much to achieve some great results.
Diane Roome - - #8992
I attended a workshop with Lucy back in April. Her workshop was amazing and so is Lucys' knowledge.
I was truly amazed at how much I learnt in one day. I have now booked a further 10 days with Lucy over the next few months and can't wait to develop my skills further.
Would highly recommend her workshops to anyone. Thank you
Haley Burke - - #8986
I had a fantastic and insightful day with Lucy yesterday. I am a degree student, studying jewellery and metalwork and I wanted to perfect some of the skills that I already have. I chose to do some stone setting with Lucy and I learned so much in one day. I feel I have come away from the session with much more confidence and knowledge to apply to my own designs. Her expertise is invaluable and I will definitely be booking another session with her soon.
Sarah - - #8894
My second day with lovely Lucy was just as intense interesting and packed with learning as my first. With Lucy on a one to one you really feel that enhancing your skills is important. We also put the world to rights at the same time. I am not sure if my enamelling project would have been as adventurous without Lucy's guidance and support. I can't wait for my next day.
Edna - - #8852
As a birthday present, I was given a workshop day with Lucy, making jewellery, it was a big surprise. After making some arrangements with Lucy, what I needed and what could I make in a day, I booked a day with her to come for the workshop.
On arrival I had a warm welcome and whilst we had a drink, Lucy explained what we were going to do and what the process is working with metal. I had no idea as it was all new to me.
Lucy is very knowledgable about the subject, as she has been making beautiful jewellery for quite some time.
Lucy let me take over after she had shown me how to do a specific job, we worked at different stages to complete the final object; a bangle. I thought it was going to be the easiest option, but that was not the case. I ended up with a lovely object, proud that I had made it myself, under Lucy's instructions.
I had a wonderful day, an very knowledgeable teacher who was great fun to be with, I felt relaxed right from the start.
If you are interested in jewellery making I highly recommend Lucy as a teacher.
Marja Haigh - - #8831
I spent a lovely day with Lucy learning the skills of soldering. Prior to the day Lucy checked out my experience and expectations for the day.
Lucy provided support over and above my expectations and I can't wait to have another day. Her knowledge and experience shone through and I learned so much more than soldering skills
Edna - - #8463
I spent two days in Lucy's beautiful studio learning about wax carving for casting and improving my soldering skills. Lucy is a fantastic teacher who understood exactly what I wanted to gain from my 1 to 1 tuition with her. She has an incredibly wide knowledge of techniques and skills and I learned lots of tips and tricks that I hadn't found from my research online or in books. She also takes photos along the way and sends them over after so you have something to refer back to which was very helpful! I learned so much during my time with her, she has given me the confidence to continue learning these new techniques at home, I will definitely be back!
Leah - - #8370
I spent a most enjoyable , stimulating and rewarding day with Lucy , who is an excellent teacher.
She was supportive, encouraging , flexible and responsive, and her style and enormous subject knowledge really fired my imagination.
I will certainly be returning in the summer to learn more.
I would recommend Lucy to anyone who is interested in experiencing a range of techniques and the luxury of one to one tuition with a very skilled and talented jeweller .
Kaye - - #8356
I made a start on my new project: a pendant I’ve planned to be in gilding metal and silver. I had fun learning how to make an oval doming block in wood; that was for shaping the gilding metal. Lucy showed me how and produced a good set of woodworking tools for the purpose. Although it was February, and we could see the snow settled on the nearby Clwydian Hills, the workshop, with its new roof, was warm and well lit. Thanks Lucy for another wonderful day.
Carole H. - - #8123
For this first visit of the new year my aim was to finish off two pieces I’d worked on previously: a silver and bronze cuff, and a pendant in silver and bronze with a gold rivet. I learned how to make a curled bale for the pendant, using Lucy’s intriguing wooden bale-forming machine. Overall, I gained a lot of knowledge and skill with these projects, and feel my creativity has grown with Lucy’s immense help and guidance.
Carole H. - - #8106
I have had the pleasure of attending one of Lucys' Jewellery Workshops this week. I had a wonderful day.Lucy discussed just what I would like to get out of the day and she delivered. The teaching was first class.I can't believe how much we covered in one day.I am over the moon with the bracelet I made with loads of help.I will be attending more workshops in the future Lucy has so much expertise and experience through a lifetime of jewellery making.Would recommend this workshop for anyone from a beginner to a jewellery maker who wants to take their jewellery up a notch.
susie gilbert - - #7231
In November, as a birthday treat, I had another two days at Lucy’s workshop learning how to make a cuff with etched silver and bronze. Aspects of the design were inspired by an image of oriental pottery, kindly sent to me by Lucy. She is excellent at encouraging creativity. This was a challenging project but with Lucy’s help and immense skill, I achieved a piece I will love to wear. As always, I had a wonderful experience and I look forward to my next visit.
Carole H. - - #7033
I visited Lucy in Late September for two days; the weather was glorious. I was able to sit outside at lunchtime enjoying her garden with a fantastic view of the Clwydian hills beyond.
I made a pair of bronze and silver earrings with gold accents using the techniques of riveting and etching. Each time I visit I aim to learn new skills. Lucy, as always, was excellent and she provided me with a basic tool list so I could continue learning and experimenting with the riveting process at home. Lucy goes ‘above and beyond’ in her efforts to help you produce wonderful jewellery with a truly professional finish.
Carole H. - - #7032
What to do to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, a big question and one that had to be memorable! It was a no brainer as we both work in our chosen crafts - Glenda makes jewellery and I put my hand to wood turning, love spoons and wooden jewellery which Glenda enhances with her skills. We booked three wonderful days at Lucy's studio and decided in advance what we wanted to make, Glenda decided on a simple silver and enamelled necklace and I a Celtic ring; a little ambitious? Lucy was supportive from the beginning before we arrived by supplying us with all the advice and literature in preparation of our visit, her encouragement and knowledge was inspiring and exciting. Our stay with Lucy was so comfortable we felt part of the family and her patience and attention to detail and processes helped us in the production of our selected projects. I knew from the outset that my project was ambitious and doubted whether I would end up with something to show for my labours, my main focus was my wife's passion to create a design she so wanted to complete. Lucy's encouragement and vast experience and knowledge brought us to the completion of our projects, Glenda's beautiful designed silver and enamelled pendant was awesome and my Celtic designed copper ring was well on its way to completion. Our choice of celebration was well spent with Lucy and the knowledge and techniques we acquired has set us both on the road to designing and making precious metal jewellery in the future. A most enjoyable and memorable three days, no better way to celebrate our anniversary. Hope to return next year. Thanks Lucy for your hospitality and friendship.
Tony and Glenda Snailham - - #7003
Lucy's workshop days are excellent value for money. I have just completed two days tuition with her which were both packed with information, skills training and guidance.
Lucy is a great teacher who helps build confidence whilst helping you to develop your skills. I wanted to build on my very basic silversmithing ability and was able to do so more quickly than I thought possible.
I am now going to arrange another day to build on what I have learnt so far.
Lucy is incredibly generous in sharing her knowledge and tips. I brought a lot of information away with me all of which is invaluable.
Diane Roome - - #7001
I have spent 3 days with Lucy last year as a novice in the silversmith field. It was a great experience and I still adore the pieces I had made with her excellent guidance. With encouraging of Lucy I decided to set up my silversmith studio at home. I visited her again for a day to discuss all the details and equipments I need. ( And even create a unique ring for me.) Lucy guided me through all the processes, set up my torch, looked up all the tools in different catalogs to fit for my purpose. She was giving me great tips of literally everything I wanted. And nevertheless I made 2 beautiful rings
Adrienn - - #6989
14 years ago my parents brought me a ring for my 21st birthday from a small independent gallery that I absolutely adore. I wear it everyday and I get so many compliments about it. My younger sister got engaged last year and she said she'd always wanted a ring like mine. So, we headed over to North Wales and spent some time with Lucy whilst she decided what was right for her.
We had such a lovely afternoon in the workshop with Lucy in her simple and idyllic surroundings and whilst there discovered that she offered jewellery making workshops. We decided to come back with our older sister and spend some quality time together learning a new craft.
Well, what an experience! It was incredible. As complete novices I didn't expect to be able to produce a piece that looks professional and I can actually wear- but we all did!
The time spent under Lucy's guidance was enlightening, empowering and great fun. She is an expectional teacher, a truly gifted artist and an inspirational women. We had a wonderful day, channelling our energies into producing 3 utterly unique pieces that took much intricate detail and work. Lucy allows you the freedom to 'own' your piece but her close guidance ensures that you still produce quality. I was heavily pregnant when we attended the workshop and as I wear my ring I wil always have a special associationin relation to to the precious time spent with my sisters and the imminent birth of my beautiful daughter.
Thank you Lucy.
Fran Chandler - - #6967
I had a great experience, with patient ,professional guidance from Lucy, who had given me practical advice on getting supples, and accomodation in area , as well as a pickup service from train station (as I came from London).
I'm a rank amateur, with very little experience in silver smithing , but a lifelong interest in design and crafting.
With much assistance , I can away with a lovely memories of the charming workshop and a pendant which will be much treasured !
I also discovered another extraordinary connection with Lucy family,in my childhood, spent in Northof England,my sister and I had portraits painted by Lucy's grandfather Stanley Royle. He had been a patient of my father and Stanley had been requested to paint us a children ! We both currently live overseas.
Barbara Ngai - - #6966
After doing a part time course at Burmingham school of Jewellery I carried on making the odd piece of jewellery at home. However, I felt I needed more guidance and found Lucy. I spend a day making 2 silver serviette rings together with Lucy. She was so knowledgeable but also hands on. She taught me while making me feel I was in charge of my own experience. No challenge that day was too great, and we had a few. But most importantly she gave me lots of confidence to carry on making silver jewellery at home. I am already thinking of another challenge that I could share with Lucy.
Anne-Mieke - - #6964
Whilst studying Design and Technology, I attended several jewellery workshops with Lucy to gain experience of designing and creating my own Jewellery. I enjoyed working with both silver, copper, and enamelling too. Lucy showed me various techniques. The workshops were great! Lucy was a fantastic tutor.
Jessica - - #6194
I have attended several workshops with Lucy and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I have learnt many skills in silver jewellery making. Lucy is a patient and extremely skilled teacher. I have many pieces I made during my classes, and will treasure these as they are very unique. Lucy is extremely skilled and provides tuition of a very high standard. I would recommend Lucy's workshops - classes are in a beautiful setting too!
Annette - - #6193
I had an excellent day of learning and fun making jewellery at Lucy's workshop.
I came away with a handmade, by me, silver bracelet. Lucy is an excellent tutor who enables and supports while teaching jewellery making techniques. I have already booked my next session.
Steve - - #6153
I have admired Lucy's work for many years and after visiting the workshop last year I was so inspired and excited at the idea of trying jewellery making myself.
The workshop completely exceeded my expectations. I had such an amazing weekend, first day just attending to watch my sisters - and on the second day getting stuck in myself.
Lucy's knowledge of techniques, teaching methods and enthusiasm we're fantastic. I'm a complete beginner and can't believe how professional both my sisters and my finished piece of jewellery is thanks to Lucy's guidance and support.
Would 100% recommend to anyone and really hope to return one day in the future myself!
Holly - - #6009
I thoroughly enjoyed my day workshop with Lucy; she has excellent attention to detail, impressive knowledge and an infectious passion for her work. Learning new techniques, and seeing the work take shape was fascinating. Having no previous experience, I was really quite amazed to have produced such a stunning, beautifully finished, unique pendant by the end of the day. When I see it catch the light, I know how much careful filing was needed for that!
Heather - - #6000
Lucy has an extensive knowledge that covers a wide range of tecniques in many different metals.
Her guidance & patience has given me the confidence to achieve a number of projects covering the more difficult aspects of silver-smithing.
Since my early 20's I have had a hankering to learn the art & now at the age of 65 I feel priveliged to have found a highly qualified mentor.
I look forward to each session in Lucy's fully equipped workshop. It is a tranquil space full of inspiration & knowledge.
Sue Webber - - #5991
I spent my first day with Lucy yesterday and had a fantastic day. Lucy has an in depth knowledge having spent many years training and teaching jewellery making. I am looking forward to spending more days with Lucy to learn more skills. In one day I learnt a variety of different skills. It is great that Lucy encourages you to design your own pieces. Lucy's experience and amazing ability in the craft means that almost anything is possible. Lucy's style of teaching is great, she encourages you to think about the process and how it works, demonstrates well but you certainly do most of the making yourself. Looking forward to making learning and making lots more :) Thanks again!
Anna - - #5818
I had a fantastic day, making a copper oak leaf pendant with Lucy. Not only did I take away a variety of jewellery making skills that I will use to make more jewellery in the future, I also enjoyed her company. Lucy taught me in a way that even as a beginner, I did not feel overwhelmed and was able to complete my pendant using many different techniques that I had no previous experience of doing. I look forward to doing another course with her in the future. Thank you Lucy :-)
Carmen Hughes - - #5713
My class with Lucy was fantastic! She taught me the basics of annealing and moulding copper into a ring. Definitely will need to come back again to learn some more techniques! Lucy was lovely and a great teacher. I really appreciate that she gave me a list of the tools that I would need to get started. I am very envious of Lucy's studio, just need to find a space to start my own now!
Jessica - - #5701
I have visited Lucy twice, and I am already planning my next visit. It’s great to have 1-1 tuition of the highest standard in a wonderful, well-equipped studio. I have learned many techniques - some of which are devised by Lucy herself, and not found in books - and I have learned to produce work finished to a professional standard. It’s a nice touch that Lucy later sends a set of photographs of work-in-progress, as well as the finished pieces; that’s a helpful reference to the techniques used. The days have been fun, with lots of tea and inspiration!
Carole H. - - #4592
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