Summer 2022 Masterclass Weekend
Come get away from your bench and relax and learn lots of new things! Both days will take place at Rachel Hearne Jewellery School located 3rd floor in the historical Grade II listed Glassworks building in Lancaster. The studio is a fully equipped school offering students at every level the tools and support for their individual learning needs.
Gemstones for Jewellers
August 6th Day 1
Gemstones for Jewellers is an intensive bespoke course on the most frequently used gemstones in the jewellery trade today. It was specifically designed by Kerry Gregory of Gemmology Rocks to help jewellers become more confident in using gemstones in their own work, taking in repairs and for use in custom work. It will help you understand and observe gemstone features and characteristics which will help you in your design and setting practice. During the course Kerry will cover what characteristics to look for and avoid when buying gemstones or when taking in and using customers stones. She will also cover sourcing including pricing, international and national commercial laws in describing your products, best practices in reselling gemstones and when you might need a gemmologist for ID. This unique course is packed with information and strategies that will help even the most seasoned of jeweller and is highly recommended for anyone working with precious or semi-precious gems.
Kerry Gregory of Gemmology Rocks is an internationally recognised gemmologist and educator with over 20 years of experience across the jewellery industry. She has won numerous awards for her work and now runs her own training school Gemmology Rocks in Maidstone Uk.
Thick Bezels & Flush Setting
August 7th Day 2
A successful thick-walled bezel or a flush (aka gypsy setting) takes time and practice. With underpinning theory, demos and advice you will walk away with new confidence for using these setting styles in your designs. If you are new to setting or have only tried a simple thin rub over design this is your next step. Equally if you are struggling with these setting styles it is time to iron out what you need to do to improve so you are able to experience success. On the day you will practice these two popular settings, your materials and CZ stones will be provided. Minimal tools are required to bring see website for detail on what you are required to bring.
Rachel Hearne has been a goldsmith for over 25 years, having trained in the USA and has taught all levels of jewellery manufacture in UK for 17 years. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is sold through UK galleries
If anyone would like to go out for a meal with a view to extend the networking and fun a table booking will be made based on the group’s culinary wishes.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Course handouts, materials and CZ practice stones.
Teas, Coffee and Treats will be available throughout both days.
2 days (9:30am to 5:00pm)
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Throughly enjoyable. Rachel takes time to explain the background so you gain an understanding of what and why you are doing a particular technique. Reassurance is given if you go wrong and what can be done to correct it.
Rachel creates a calming and relaxing atmosphere.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Lindsay it was lovely having you. You have real creative energy and it showed on the day. Your pieces were beautiful and you were a pleasure to teach.
I was bought this experience as a gift, had an amazing day and learnt so much. Rachel is a fantastic teacher, very knowledgeable and patient.
Will definitely do another course with her.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:What a wonderful student you are Claire! It was great fun teaching you and seeing your creativity flow. Best of all was the results 3 shiny rings that you will treasure. Well done!
Had an excellent time on the 3 rings course, Rachel is a great teacher and always available for help and advice. We all had a lot of fun and leant a huge amount about silver smithing from starting with no knowledge at all. Will definitely be back for more courses in future.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:It was great to have you in the class and I am so pleased you enjoyed your self. The 3 rings you made are brilliant, a perfect size and a great finish well done! I hope to see you again soon.
This was my third session with Rachel and each time I have felt that I have achieved making something precious, even though I’m a complete amateur. Rachel explains each stage and describes each process so well. It’s a wonderful feeling having time to get lost in being creative. Thank you Rachel and look forward to the next opportunity to try something new. Xx
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:It was so good to finally have you back again and to see the obvious progression you are making. You have wonderful creativity and ideas. Thank you for adding to the experience of a great day.
We had a fantastic day! Rachel’s teaching was fab and has encouraged us to try more jewellery making.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Aw Rachel I really enjoyed meeting you both. What a fantastic duo you were it was obvious you had a great time. The bangles you both made turned out beauttiful I was so pleased to see your results.
I had such a fabulous day, learning a new craft, from an absolutely brilliant teacher, thank you Rachel.
The day was longed for, with the pandemic, and lived up to expectations, after 2 previous workshops with Rachel, her enthusiasm, knowledge and experience are fantastic. I am going to make more with Art clay, I think it may be addictive!!
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Anne it really was lovely to have you back in the classroom again. I was so pleased to see your creativity and enthusiasm your pieces turned out beautiful! Hope to see you again soon :)
The silver clay course was excellent were all the others I have been on. It is a credit to Rachel's skill and style of teaching that people return time and again to her classes, which are informative, well paced and supportive to beginners and experts alike.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Sue it was great to see you again and to watch your creativity flow. I really pleased you enjoyed the Silver Clay course I especially loved the ammonite design it turned out beautiful. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
I had yet another fantastic day with Rachel, this is the third course I have been on she is an excellent teacher and encouraged me to continue to develop my skills. I can’t wait till the next one.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Christine it was wonderful to have you and and look forward to seeing you in future. Your stone set pendant turned out gorgeous!
I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to this course and.... I was not disappointed. It was FABULOUS. Rachel was her usual calm, warm, nurturing, encouraging self - she is also a 'natural' teacher. Not only did I learn new skills but I got to spend the day with a wonderful group of creative learners and teachers. I cannot recommend highly enough.
I attended the Rolling Mill and Stamping course. Rachel was a great teacher, very knowledgeable, patient and full of ideas and the course was well run. She made sure we all followed the COVID regulations to keep us safe. With her help, I was able to make a lovely pendant which I was very pleased with considering it was my first attempt at jewellery making. I will definitely do another of her courses, just trying to decide which one next!
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Lynne it was a pleasure teaching you and your pendant was a huge success. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it and felt safe.
A thoroughly enjoyable day.
We covered so much in a short space of time but never overwhelmed. Rachel's knowledge is extensive and her teaching style is so inclusive and very well paced. Her enthusiasm is infectious and at the end of the day I walked away with a beautiful bangle that I have not taken off yet.
I would heartily recommend this to anyone who would like to treat themselves and come away with a very clear idea of silver jewellery making without making a commitment to a set time beginners course.
I am hoping to sign up to another making day.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Maxine for your lovely review. It was clear to me you really enjoyed the day and have a very creative spirit. You made such a gorgeous bangle I loved the texture you added and the long twist you added. I hope to see you again soon. Best wishes -R
I thoroughly enjoyed the course we did making bracelets, Rachel gave us enough guidance to feel really confident and plenty of time and freedom for creativity. I’m just waiting to be able to do the stacking rings course in the future
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Paula it was so nice to meet you and watch your progression over such a short amount of time. You had such enthusiasm and energy its no wonder you made 2 perfectly sparkly bangles! I hope to see you again soon. Best wishes -R
My one to one class with Rachel was just what I wanted and needed. I have done a course with Rachel before. Rachel has a nice way about her which makes you comfortable with your ability, always encouraging and helping you achieve your goals .
This one to one was an extension of the course I did at Halton Mill. The things I had picked up in those classes really helped me. I am pretty much a beginner and I am making bracelets, earrings and rings. My next project will be an inlaid ring.
One of best things with one to one tutoring, is you pick up so much. It went so fast, which was a shame because I was enjoying it so much , hopefully I will be booking another soon.🤗
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Wendy I am so pleased you found it useful. We really did cover a lot and I could see how fast you were absorbing it. I think you will find that with a little more practice you will be flying! I look forward to seeing you again soon but until then happy smithing.
I attended an 'Introduction to Metal Clay, day workshop. It was fabulous! Rachel is an amazing silversmith and a natural teacher. She gave clear information and instruction; modelled what we were expected to do and then let us get on with it, offering one to one guidance and support in a calm, patient and supportive manner. She was encouraging and enthusiastic throughout the day and was able to offer new learning for all the different levels of experience there.
The whole day was positive and productive and a lovely creative way to spend time. I can't recommend it highly enough. It has sparked a new hobby for me and I can't wait to attend another class. Thanks Rachel : )
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you for that Steph you are a joy to have in the studio. I am pleased to see your progress and hunger for more information. Keep making!
Loved every minute and came away with fantastic piece of jewellery
A definite must! Rachel is a great teacher
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Kerry! I hope to see you again soon.
I have been attending group workshops with Rachel for several years now and I hope to continue doing so. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and patience make her courses a joy to attend. Rachel makes sure that all members of her classes get individual, as well as group, attention and she is able to cover all skill levels in an easy to follow and relaxed style.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Barbara you are a pleasure to teach. Your continual progression is so exciting to witness and design challenges you have set for yourself are beautiful. I I’m looking forward to what 2020 will bring.
I really enjoyed making jewellery, Rachel is a very good teacher, as a beginner she gave me confidence and guidance at the end of the course. I made some lovely wearable items,hope to enrol again this year on some of her workshops.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Christina your tenacity and attention to detail has really paid off recently. I’m looking forward to seeing you again soon.
We did the 3 stacked silver ring workshop which was exceptionally well taught and resourced. I was so pleased with the silver rings I produced and got to take home with me. Rachel paced the day perfectly and gave us enough guidance but plenty of time and freedom for creativity. I hope we can book a similar jewellery making event again soon.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Sarah for that lovely review. It was great to have you and I’m so pleased you enjoyed the workshop.
Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon spent with Rachel, who helped me create my design. Rachel is an excellent tutor and instilled confidence in my abilities. She provides a lovely, comfortable environment in which to work and I would have no hesitation in recommending both her group courses and 1:1 sessions. I most definitely will be booking again. Thanks Rachel! :)
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Jan what a pleasure it was to have you. Your project was a great challenge and you did it with a smile on your face. No broken sawblades....that was very impressive! Gorgeous result today -I hope to see you again soon.
I have been coming to this course for years and Rachel is an excellent and informative tutor. I have learnt so much about jewellery making from her and she is always willing to help with my projects if necessary.
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Thank you Julie it has been wonderful to witness your progression over time. You have a wonderful design eye I'm looking forward to what this year brings!
I had a wonderful day, Rachel is a fantastic teacher!
Response from Rachel Hearne Jewellery:Akasha it was great to meet you. Thank you for attending you were a fantastic addition to the class I really enjoyed your enthusiasm and energy. I hope to see you again in the future and many thanks for taking the time yo review me :)