Our popular one day silver jewellery making classes are now taking place in a new setting. To maintain social distancing and keep safe, our classes needed a bit more space.The canal side studios near Droitwich are not quite the same as our narrowboat workshop, although you may see a boat go past the window!
Parking, toilets, a cafe and pub are on hand along with a selection of other craft studios to visit.
We hope you come along to see our new location!
Looking for a unique and enjoyable day out? Keen to develop your jewellery making skills or simply out for the day with family or friends?
Courses can be booked by contacting us or via the website.
Use the website to find dates available, or contact us with your own chosen dates (groups of 2 - 4).
We offer popular one day silver Jewellery making classes for up to 6 students giving you lots of close contact time, - great for beginners.
Wedding parties welcome - bring your bridesmaids and make a wedding keepsake.
Silver jewellery making suitable for complete beginners in a stimulating, comfortable setting next to the historic Worcestershire canals. We teach you the skills to make your own silver jewellery. Making options include ring, bangle, chain, earring, pendant making.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Small group instruction, tools and all materials are included in the price. Please note lunch is not included.
This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
6 hours (flexible times to suit)
Next available date
30th October 2020
I attended the course yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very relaxed and comfortable day, Jonathan was a patient and attentive teacher and helped me produce a lovely silver bangle. I shall definitely be signing up again.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Lovely to meet you both ladies! I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the day - despite the Covid conditions. Well done with your jewellery making - I was especially impressed with the soldering skills!
I chose to make a silver bangle on this course, which turned out beautifully and has been much admired by everyone. Jonathan was an excellent and patient teacher especially as this was also his first time in a new "Covid friendly" environment. I would definitely recommend this for a day out, or as a present for someone (buy two and go along yourself as well, you'll love it!)
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Val, for joining us on the day - and your very kind words! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed yourself. Well done with the jewellery making!
I had a lovely day on the jewellery course with Jonathan, he is a good teacher, very helpful and patient. I made a lovely bangle for my daughter's 50th Birthday. I also enjoyed the cups of tea and cake! Hope to do another course soon!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you June. Lovely to meet you and well done with the bangle.
My mum bought me a voucher for this course for my birthday as it is something completely different and she knew I would enjoy it. I love jewellery so it was brilliant to be able to learn how to make something and also to be able to keep the finished product!
Jonathan is a fantastic teacher and he is very knowledgeable. Jonathan was helpful and he let me decide what I wanted to make and was able to give advice on how the best way would be for me to make my ring. The class I attended was Jonathan's first one since lockdown but it was as if he hadn't been away from teaching.
I would definitely recommend Jonathan as a teacher and the course as a very satisfying experience and a lovely day out, I would love to do another one soon :)
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you for your very kind words : ) It was a pleasure to meet you. Good luck with your future jewellery making plans.
The perfect way to spend my birthday.
A wonderful day and came away with two special items to treasure.
What an awesome day!
Great teaching and very pleased with resulting bangle.
Lovley refreshments with home made cake.
Jonathan is very chilled and patient!
Great fun! Being on the boat gives an extra dimension to an already good course. Highly recommended.
A lovely way to celebrate a friends birthday.
We had a wonderful time on the Silver Jewellery Boat! We thoroughly enjoyed making our pieces of jewellery, along with learning lots of new skills. Jonathan is an exceptional host and incredibly welcoming. Would definitely recommend!
Had a thoroughly absorbing day, 100% concentration! Really love my finished earrings, not available in your local store : )
P.S. Also love the extra details: Homemade cake and lime + soda.
This was the best Christmas present that I have ever had! : ) Such an amazing day learning and making jewellery! Such a relaxed, fun and brilliant time. I want to come back next week already!!
An amazing day - completely unique and an experience I will never forget. So many skills were gained and Jonathan showed so much patience when teaching us everything we needed to know. A real hidden gem of an experience - I would recommend to anyone! Such a talent that has been shared.
Thank you Jonathan.
An amazing day from start to finish. I loved learning all the different skills, and designing my own piece of jewellery was fantastic. I have gained a variety of new skills and a unique piece of jewellery to treasure forever! Jonathan was an excellent teacher - very patient and encouraging throughout the whole day.
Absolutely brilliant day, inspiring and informative. I would totally recommend a day on The Silver Jewellery Boat. Guaranteed an enjoyable day - love the bangle!
Wonderful day and Jonathan was enormously instructive and we ended the day adorned by the fantastic jewellery we had made. Full marks!
We had the best day on the Jewellery boat. Jonathan was a wonderful teacher and great fun. We will definitely be back again. Thoroughly recommended to anyone looking for a crafty day out.
What a wonderful day with lovely people. A relaxing day and came away with a beautiful bangle. I would definitely recommend.
I bought this course for my daughters and myself for a Christmas present, it was well worth the money. We had a fabulous day, very relaxed atmosphere, Jonathan doesn't rush you at all, he is an amazing teacher, very patient and thorough, and he makes the best Victoria sponge cake!
We all came away with a copper key ring which we practiced on, plus as many copper and silver stacking rings that we could make. I have told everyone how wonderful the day was and what a wonderfully peaceful location it is on a barge bobbing on the canal.
Thank you Jonathan for getting me interested in making my own jewellery, I even bought the starter kit!
Miranda, Gem and Jess xxx
We had a fabulous day on Jonathan's narrow boat learning how to make silver jewellery. He was such a great teacher, very calm and patient, and explained things with demonstrations so clearly. In the morning we practised skills using copper wire and planned what we wanted to make and then set about turning those ideas into real jewellery in the afternoon. I was absolutely delighted with the silver ring I made. Thank you so much Jonathan, it was a brilliant experience and worth every penny!
We had such a fabulous day, I did not look at the time once, the hours just flew by. I was totally immersed in the moment. Great tuition, very knowledgeable and patient. We went over time, my fault entirely, I chose something a little more complex but Jonathan was kind enough to see it through to completion.
I would so recommend this course to anyone of any ability. The boat just added to the course uniqueness and ambience. A perfect day, I’m thrilled with the items I produced. I would love to do another course. Also shared what books I may like and would help as I’m super keen to learn more about it. Thank you so much.
Jonathan was an excellent tutor and accommodated our family group, who had gathered together for a special birthday celebration, on his beautiful canal barge.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and we all came away with a piece of jewellery that we are thrilled with. Suffice to say we are planning another visit to learn how to make more pieces and the younger members of the family are keen to take this up as a hobby!
What a perfect day! Jonathan was so welcoming, relaxed and informative and the boat was a delight to be on for the day. We were welcomed with cups of tea and mid-morning mince-pies! Despite being a really cold day the wood-burning stove kept us very cosy. We did a one day jewellery making course where we designed our own rings. I thought the process was brilliantly explained and the practice in copper was just as enjoyable as the silver work. Jonathan also takes a lot of time to listen to your ideas and is so encouraging without being pushy. He is generous both with his time and the materials available.
The course was worth every penny and I'm sure I will go back for further courses.
A great day out.
A relaxed yet challenging day led by an excellent and relaxing host in a unique setting.
We both made some great copper wiring and unique silver rings which we will treasure.
My daughter and I had a very enjoyable and relaxing day on the Silver Jewellery Boat. The boat is moored in a picturesque location near Droitwich and is equipped with everything needed to create your very own silver jewellery masterpiece. Jonathan is a patient and skilled teacher and guided us through each stage of making our jewellery. We came home feeling that we had experienced a great day out and we had the satisfaction of returning with a handmade bangle to remind us of the day.
Great way to celebrate with friends. A really memorable occasion.
The day was really a lot of fun, but also really interesting and engrossing and very rewarding. It's a fabulous setting and Jonathan is patient and a great teacher. Wonderful day out with friends.
PS Amazing cake!
What a magical 50th birthday present! A special day making something beautiful. Jonathan was a calm and encouraging teacher and made for a unique experience.
Thank you for a fun filled day of jewellery making. A great experience which I'm sure to tell my friends about. Thank you for your patience - the tea and cake was scrummy too.
A really fun day - very therapeutic and I learned loads of new skills - even soldering! Jonathan is very very patient and encouraging, and has created a lovely warm environment in his boat. Highly recommended for an unusual day out - you'll be hooked!
Fantastic day, lovely surroundings and hospitality.
Really please with my keychain and bangle - very satisfying to be able to learn in just one day!
Excellent day, very chilled out and relaxing.
Jonathan is a great teacher, host, and a very skilled artist. Brilliant day. : )
Myself and best friend Liz had the best afternoon, celebrating our 30th birthdays, creating one off bangles. Would definitely recommend this experience to everyone. Beautiful surroundings: fire on, drinking tea, eating cake - the hours flew by!
Would do it again!
We have had a wonderful day aboard the silver jewellery boat. Such a well thought out day learning lots of different techniques to make our final bangle! Lovely company and cake too! Highly recommended.
Thank you Jonathan.
A great way to spend the day with friends. I learnt a great deal and left with a beautiful bangle.
Very enjoyable day. Passed so quickly. Had a fantastic time and made a lovely bangle.
We had a lovely day making our special bangles. Jonathan was very patient and a great teacher. Highly recommend the day.
Thank you for today. Really enjoyable experience. Relaxed, fun and great cake! Loved making a ring and having the freedom to be creative.
I was nervous initially as I didn't know what to make. Jonathan gave us plenty of time and ideas to help, and I feel really pleased with my creation!
A beautiful environment and a superb tutorial from from Jonathan that will suit all abilities. I am leaving with a ring I would've happily paid more for, than the course cost. We all really enjoyed the experience.
We had a wonderful ring making experience with Jonathan, he was so welcoming and patient. I really enjoyed learning the techniques and my finished ring is just what I had hoped for.
A brilliant day, thank you!
What a great way to spend your birthday!
Fantastic workshop in a wonderful setting. Jonathan is very patient and works with you to create something special.
Loved it, thank you.
Had a brilliant day and made a beautiful bracelet. The cake was tasty too!
Great day out!
Interesting look into the art of jewellery making. Jonathan was very helpful and made us all relaxed.
Great fun being on a narrowboat.
Passed the most enjoyable and inspiring day and came away with the fruits of our labours thanks to the clear direction of each process, so well demonstrated by Jonathan.
Fantastic day with Jonathan.
Very patient excellent tutor.
Brilliant, informative day. Would definitely recommend it.
Jonathan was so patient with us all.
Lovely setting. Very enjoyable and satisfying making your own jewellery. Jonathan has plenty of patience.
A very relaxed experience. Positive comments even for the totally inept - wholly enjoyable.
A wonderful location on the canal. Great tea and cake and then the silver jewellery workshop - fantastic. Help, guidance and a great result. Relaxing day.
Relaxing and rewarding. A fabulous birthday present to each other and we each have a bangle to show for it. Would do it again.
Beyond expectations! Jonathan is a fantastic and empathetic teacher. Gives supporting advice and listens to ideas. We will be back!
What a marvellous day! I felt nervous at first as my hands not good, but Jonathan was very patient and reassuring.
Lovely boat and a really peaceful setting.
Absolutely beautiful venue and an excellent course, building confidence and independence with lots of support (and I need plenty!) Totally recommend this course - a fabulous day with a great and patient teacher!
A fabulous day - wonderful surroundings on the canal, set off by glorious weather, followed by great company. Excellent tuition and some lovely pieces of jewellery made by myself at the end of the day - A perfect Sunday!
Had a fantastic day and ended up with some lovely jewellery, with the satisfaction of having made it myself. Great fun.
A really excellent workshop with clear and helpful instruction which built confidence and enabled me to make three items, a key ring, rings and a silver bangle which all turned out successfully. The venue was a tranquil canal boat with swans sailing by - and the cake was to die for. I would heartily recommend this workshop, and indeed will pass on information to my friends.
We had a wonderful, relaxing day on the boat. We learned a lot too. I would highly recommend the class!
Jonathan provided us with a friendly and supportive place to learn the basics of jewellery making. Thank you for a great day.
Jason and I had a lovely day making rings with Jonathan. He was very friendly, helpful, and his boat was brilliant.
Would highly recommend.
Fabulous, very patient teacher, lovely results and we even got cake!
What a fabulous day! Thank you for a fabulous workshop. I love my bangle.
A lovely way to spend the day. Great tuition, great company, great location and came away with a beautiful bangle.
Lovely day, learnt such a lot and really enjoyed it. No hesitation in doing it again. And I've got a lovely pair of earrings - so proud!
A lovely way to spend a day. We adapted what we wanted to make, learning all the time with great advice and instruction.
What a lovely creative way to spend a sunny day. Really enjoyed making beautiful jewellery to remember a friend's retirement.
Would definitely recommend.
I had such a relaxing and therapeutic day making stacking rings with Jonathan today. The results have happily surpassed my expectations. We have had a super day : )
Booked as a gift for a very special friend's retirement. We had a magnificent day making some wonderful pieces. Jonathan is so patient and ensured we all had a fantastic day, and we went home with rings to be proud of.
Excellent cake too!!
Great memories made.
I booked this for myself and my new fiancée.
When we arrived we didn't quite know what to expect but once we saw the boat and met Jonathan we knew it was going to be a good day.
His knowledge and patience really gave us confidence in what we were doing. The setting was stunning, the workshop was properly kitted out and we even had tea and homemade cake as an early afternoon treat.
It was a really nice day out and would definitely recommend this everyone.
I had a thoroughly unique and enjoyable day in a beautiful setting aboard the narrow boat. Jonathan was an excellent teacher and I will definitely be going back with my daughter. There were 2 other ladies on the course and we were all proud of the lovely bangles we made.
I’ve been here today with a friend. There was one other lady on the course meaning we had lots of personal time with the very capable teacher Jonathan. There’s a maximum of four people anyway We all made a key ring out of copper wire to allow us to practice with the tools, we then made a ring each to practice ‘welding’ (the correct term has escaped me!) We then all made an amazing silver bangle. I will wear mine with pride and will highly recommend any course here.
As the name would suggest, this is done on a boat, a narrow boat to be precise. There was a small amount of movement as other boats passed but not enough to make anyone miss their footing or feel ill. There is a walk from the car park to the boat which is well sign posted but is slightly uneven under foot in places which would perhaps rule out the opportunity for people with mobility issues.
Whilst we were there, there was also a Lancaster Bomber fly past!
A thoroughly enjoyable day aboard the Silver Jewellery Boat. Jonathan is a patient teacher and helped us produce lovely silver bangles. This was my first visit but definitely not my last, next time I hope to make a pair of earrings. Excellent cake too !!
Although not local to where I live, I have to let you know about a rather unique one day silver jewellery course I did last Friday. The workshop was on board a narrow boat moored up on the Droitwich Junction Canal. Jonathan who runs the courses teaches you some basic techniques initially using copper, before giving you the freedom to create your own piece of silver jewellery. Having made my test pieces in copper I came back very happy with a pair of earrings created from silver wire. With wild flowers on the canal banks, the local wildlife visiting, a few walkers passing by on the tow path and breaks for coffee and cake what better way to spend a day. I was lucky enough to have been given this treat combined with a weekend stay in the Cotswolds as a birthday present. So if you are stuck for ideas of what to get someone, I can thoroughly recommend this course.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:I'm very glad that you enjoyed your day - a long way from home!
We wanted to try something different and create something unique and this activity delivered on every level.
Jonathan is a very welcoming and generous host. He is a great teacher and is very patient (he needed to be).
After practicing a few skills on copper wire, we broke for tea and cake and discussed our silver project. With guidance from Jonathan, so that we didn’t try to create an item well beyond our capabilities, we all chose a ring. The hours flew by.
Jonathan made sure that we had a fun time and made something we could be proud of.
Thank you - Rachael, Helks and Helen.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you to the "Bakewell Tarts". Lovely to meet you all and well done!
An excellent day making bangles on Jonathan’s boat. It was blowing a gale when we arrived but we were soon warm and toasty with a hot drink and practising techniques on copper wire. Another cup of tea and a slice of Jonathan's home made Victoria sandwich cake later, and we were discussing designs for our bangles. Many of the courses we looked at were prescriptive about what you could make - not Jonathan, we were able to come up with our own design and then supported to make it. It was a fabulous day and I can’t wait to try one of the other courses on offer.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Elaine (and Sally). I love your bangle design!
An absolutely amazing course, made even more special by the magical setting of being on board a narrowboat in a beautiful place. This is perfect for beginners; but I also feel that if I did it again it would be just as good as I now know the basic techniques and could work on a range of other designs.
The group (maximum of four people, each with their own workstation) are taken through making an initial piece with copper. This will enable practice in the techniques of making jump rings, cutting wire and sheet metal, bending wire, filing, threading beads, closing jump rings, stamping, drilling and polishing. From there you have the basic techniques to choose from a range of items to make. Any extra techniques such as soldering are then taught as you go. It was lovely to see how four individuals can all be given the same starting point and the same tools, yet their own creativity produces such very different pieces.
Things to know on a practical level:
Parking is plentiful and good instructions are supplied. You will walk for a while over grass through a garden to reach the boat, so take good shoes and a coat. Tea and coffee is in plentiful supply and comes with a piece of cake about halfway through the morning. Take a packed lunch. Hygiene is great, there is a fully equipped kitchen right by the workstations and a fully equipped proper bathroom down the corridor.
No knowledge is required, all materials are supplied.
You will come away very happy, with a copper beaded keyring for your first piece and a beautiful piece of silver jewellery that you made yourself, whether a bracelet, pair of earrings, pendant or ring.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Lynn for your very comprehensive and kind review.
What an adventure we have had. Excellent clear instructions for us first time jewellery workers. We have thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, from designing, making and stretching our creativity. We are reluctantly leaving the boat feeling very proud of our creations - many thanks. A fabulous day out thank you!
Helen and Stephanie
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Helen - what a giggle we had too! A great day and lovely to meet you and Steph.
Very enjoyable day and so pleased with my bracelet, bangle and rings. Lovely to have the opportunity to try so many skills and making.
A lovely way to spend a day. Excellent instruction (very friendly) and a good finished product to take home.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Jen - lovely to meet you and your lovely family.
Very good day, lots to learn. Made a beautiful bangle.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Georgia - well done with your bangle making and thank you for choosing The Silver Jewellery Boat.
Fantastic course. Enjoyed the freedom to choose rather than making the same thing. Clear guidance and support.
A really fantastic day out. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I feel like I've learnt a lot about soldering, bending and manipulating the silver. I will definitely recommend to others.
Excellent informative day. Nicely paced course and I was thrilled with the pieces of jewellery I made. Thanks for all your help in making the lovely bangle.
Fantastic day. Fantastic location. Jonathan is an excellent teacher and very patient.
Great day, really enjoyed it all. Really happy with what I made. Would recommend.
Excellent tuition, great day out, lovely cake and company. Very happy with what I managed to make.
It was a lovely birthday present and time spent with my son.
Thank you Jonathan
A wonderful day and Jonathan is a fantastic teacher, able to convey his skills with great clarity, patience and humour. Also a splendid setting and the satisfaction of having made something beautiful at the end. Everything 10 out of 10 (including the break time cake!)
Lovely day and good instruction. we are very happy with our lovely rings!
Thank you x
I had a lovely day thank you. I learned many new skills and produced some lovely jewellery. I would certainly recommend this course to others and I hope to return.
Engaging host who was full of information about the techniques.
We were given ample time and material to try different things.
Really enjoyable time and it was great to take home a finished product.
Thoroughly enjoyed the day, relaxing on the narrowboat, Lovely surroundings. Very patient teacher! And came away with some silver earrings. Would like to do it again and bring some of my family and friends.
Very pleasant and relaxing day and lots of jewellery to be proud of! Would heartily recommend this to anyone wanting to find a new talent!
Had a fantastic day on The Silver Jewellery Boat! Lovely cake and plenty of refreshments too!
Thank you for a very enjoyable. I'm really pleased with my bracelet. A great day out with friends, patient teaching and good hospitality : )
A great day creating something unique and beautiful in a glorious, peaceful setting.
And there's cake!
Had a mothering Sunday treat and have a beautiful handmade silver ring!
Had a wonderful mother's day treat with my mum. We were well schooled and enjoyed making rings and earrings. The work with copper at the start was really handy.
Amazing day. We made so many things. Such a great experience. Can't recommend this day enough. Thank you
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday. A relaxing setting and I make a beautiful necklace with my children's name. A keepsake I shall treasure forever.
Really lovely day! It was great that we made lots of different things and Jonathan was brilliant with showing us how to do everything. Would definitely recommend it!
Booked as a Christmas present by our husbands. We were thrilled to have the chance to make our own piece of jewellery. We have learnt new skills while having fun. Nothing was too much trouble for Jonathan. We came away with 3 beautiful pieces of bespoke jewellery. The husbands did well for a change!
A lovely day, such a sense of achievement making my own spinning ring, bespoke and better quality than I could buy. We will be back to make more. A wonderful girly day.
Great day,warm welcome, we were guided through each step. Really pleased with the ring I made. Excellent cake : )
Really enjoyable day. Interesting to learn the skills that go into ring making. Would love to make more jewellery.
Great fun and a fab day out - Jonathan was very patient - he needed to be! But we got a great result. Thoroughly recommended.
Thank you x
Fantasic fun, barge [narrowboat] amazing. Relaxed environment/ cosy log burner going. Jonathan very patient teacher.
Great way to spend a day out with friends or family, and come away with a nice piece of jewellery and good memories!!!
Best way to spend Sunday with the girls. Really really good. Love Jonathan
What a lovely day making beautiful jewellery! Jonathan was a hoot. I want a boat like his.
Great day out!!
Had a great day aboard The Silver Jewellery Boat learning how to make beautiful rings. Would recommend to everyone!
Had a fantastic and very enjoyable day, also love that Dudley the dog was able to join us
Than you for your patience
A wonderful creative and relaxing day in a beautiful setting. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to have a go at making beautiful silver jewellery.
I really enjoyed the Silver Jewellery workshop. Thank you so much for the excellent organisation of the day and your very clear and patient explanation of the techniques we tried out. I learnt so much in a few hours.
I shall definitely take this interest further and thanks giving me the confidence do that.
A really lovely day on the Silver Jewellery Boat. I might do it again in the summer !
I was bought a voucher as a Christmas present and it’s up there as my favourite present.
Jonathan was very patient and knowledgeable, striking the perfect balance between helping and letting you learn.
I made a silver ring, key ring and a few copper rings to take home. All of which I’ve had a wonderful time showing off.
Would really recommend.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Becky. I'm sure you should be busy lambing instead of sending kindly worded reviews in? I'll email photos of the other work from the day. Glad you are enjoying the jewellery. Good luck with the ewes!
Smashing day on the canal boat. Great to come away with a bespoke piece of jewellery. Many thanks.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Yvonne
An excellent day making jewellery on a boat! A real sense of accomplishment felt by all. Thank you.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Sandra
Really enjoyable day and a piece of jewellery that I will actually wear!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Pat
Thoroughly enjoyable and productive day. Thank you!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Lovely to meet you and the rest of your gang, Ruth. Well done with the bangle making. Thank you for the kind review!
What a wonderfully hosted, delightfully located, well-paced, inspirational, instructive and - above all - creative, fun day!
Both Jonathan’s craft and inter-personal skills are outstanding, in every possible way. Patience is, they say, a virtue - and Jonathan has it by the bucket-load! Quietly observant and gently instructional, he is determined to do the very best to support your aims.
Small-group guidance through the day was well-structured into morning skills-building (tools familiarisation and techniques, working with copper, to produce take-home rings and keyring/other), leading on to design discussion, over lunch - then production of personal silver piece of choice in the afternoon.
I am so delighted with my take-home necklace and thank Jonathan so much for his determination to ‘make it happen’.
What are you waiting for!? Go on ... you know you want to (or know someone who does)!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Wow! What kind and thoughtful words. Thank you Pauline. I am very happy that you managed to achieve your goal with your silver pendant. It was tricky but the best things are never easy. Many thanks
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Di. Hoping it was warm enough for you!
A very good day, beautiful setting, beautiful jewellery, thank you
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Beth - very kind words. Well done with your jewellery making and good luck with your future crafting activities!
Amazing day. We had a great laugh and learnt so much. Jonathan has the most amazing approach and outlook. Fab!!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Camille for bringing your workforce along - it was a great day and lovely to meet you all- the jewellery was pretty impressive in the end - and yes, we had a good laugh!
We spent a magical day on the boat making each other's wedding rings. Jonathan guided us through the whole process from start to finish so that we could design the kind of rings we really wanted. It meant the world to us that we were able to be very hands on and do most of the work ourselves. Our friends and family can't believe that we made them - they look so professional! And completely unique. Thank you so much Jonathan for making our big day even more special. An experience we will never forget.
Debs and Tom
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Well done to both of you. It was a real pleasure to help you make your rings and an honour to be asked to do this for such a special occasion. Good luck with your plans for the big day and I look forward to seeing some photos from the event - hand made wedding rings on show please!
Jonathan is a competent, very patient instructor and interesting to spend a day with. Jewellery making is a satisfying craft with a good end result. Narrowboat location is cosy and different - and Jonathan's cake very tasty. Thank you.
The narrowboat was lovely and warm to welcome us. We had a lovely day making earrings. Thank you. Lovely cake and coffee. Really appreciated the help from Jonathan
I came with my two sisters as our Christmas present to each other.
We had a really super day, and will go home delighted with what we have made. The boat is really warm and cosy, and Jonathan is a very friendly and patient teacher. He also makes fabulous cake and coffee!
I will wear my earrings with pride having made them myself (with lots of his help!) and will remember the happy day we had here on The Silver Jewellery Boat.
Very enjoyable time! The day was well organised and the end results were great. Thank youMr K!
A fabulous day! I am amazed at what I have made. Can't wait to come back and do it all again.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Carol - you did really well today
I did this experience as a gift for my girlfriend but I never expected to enjoy it so much myself. The advice and teaching from Jonathan was fantastic and we each came away with some new skills and a one off piece of jewellery.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Dear Dan
Amazing day! So much fun and I love the ring I made. I would recommend The Silver Jewellery Boat to anyone. I will be coming back!
Thank you Jonathan
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Dear Miranda
I was given this as a Christmas present and it more than lived up to expectations! We learned lots of skills using copper before attempting the final ring. I enjoyed getting to experiment with different ideas. Jonathan is very helpful and my silver rings are amazing. I can't wait to show them off!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Kirsty - loved the rings you made
Had a fab day on the silver jewellery boat. Jonathan was great, really helpful and gave us lots of useful hints and tips on how to make some really lovely pieces of jewellery. His baking was great too - a man of many talents! Thank you so much for a lovely day, would recommend this course to all.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:I was very impressed with your soldering skills on the day - a very good steady hand is important
Had a lovely day on the silver jewellery boat making my own jewellery. This was a present for my girlfriend who loves jewellery. We made bracelets, rings and bangles. Jonathan was very nice and helpful. He provided us with lovely home made cake and coffee. I really recommend this course. It's fun and enjoyable.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Enzo - lovely to meet you both. I hope you are enjoying the jewellery and yes, the cake was very good that day!
We had a fantastic day! It's amazing how much we did in a day and we both have a lovely piece of jewellery to wear home. Jonathan was great - and kept us well fed and watered with tea and cake too. I will definitely be recommending to all my friends and family
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Lovely to meet you both and well done with the jewellery making. Thank you for the kind words
What a brilliant day. So relaxing and rewarding. Jonathan is very patient and explains everything perfectly. It was the perfect balance between instruction and freedom to be creative. I would certainly recommend this t anyone.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Wow - thank you Mark - you have put into words what I aim to provide - instruction and creativity, plus a a really nice day too!
It was very good and interesting to do.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Well done Georgie - you did well putting up with the banging and hammering!
It has been fun and enjoyable, we made loads of different items, and I am very pleased with my ring. very good!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Izzy - Well done listening to the instructions and putting up with the oldies!
Lovely day, really interesting insight into making jewellery. It makes you want to make more!
Thank you Jonathan
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Nikki and well done with your making skills. You are always welcome back!
A really fantastic day where I made far more than I anticipated. The time flew by, Jonathan was really welcoming and helpful. I love my dangly ear rings, they are so me!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Kim and well done with the big dramatic hearts - you clearly expressed yourself there!
A very relaxed and informative experience day. Jonathan is very patient and friendly, he was happy to take time to show us a range of techniques resulting in us making lots of lovely samples as well as our finished silver items. Highly recommended!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Claire. Great to meet you and your lovely family. Hoping your'e still enjoying your hand made jewellery
Had a wonderful time! Lovely setting and great atmosphere! Can't believe how many different things we made, all turned out beautiful. Very impressed by the quality of the support. Was as close or as independent as you needed it to be and had all the tools, fully equipped! 100% recommended! Bought as a present by mum.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Tillie and well done with your jewellery making.
A fantastic day, I have learned loads and really enjoyed it Thank you.
Really lovely day learning lots of techniques for jewellery making and loved designing and making my own ring! Jonathan is a very good teacher.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Julia and well done with your jewellery making!
Excellent day. Enjoyed every minute. Very friendly service and helpful when things go wrong. Lovely experience, thank you Jonathan.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Gemma - you are always welcome back!
Enjoyed the day with Jonathan and my family. Never tried anything like this before but I had a fantastic time thank you! Very happy with the ring I made!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Many thanks Jennah for a lovely review - it was a great day. Well done with your jewellery making
A really fun and interesting day that more than exceeded my expectations! I learned so much and I'm looking forward to coming back with some friends. It was lovely and cosy on the narrowboat. Although it was a miserable and rainy day, we were warm and snug in the boat with the lovely wood burning fire. Jonathan is a great teacher, very personable and made us all very welcome - thank you!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Hi Tania
I did the jewellery making course with my sister, Mom and Nan. We started the day learning to make chain and small pendants using copper, and how to solder, file and polish the metal. We then progressed on to our own designs in silver and each came away with a piece of hand made jewellery. Jonathan is an excellent and patient teacher and it was a really fun setting on the narrowboat! It was lovely to sit and make jewellery and Jonathan kindly provided hot drinks and cake.
Thank you for a fantastic day!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Jennifer. Well done with your jewellery making
Fantastic day. Lots of fun and beautiful items.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Hoping you are still enjoying your hand made jewellery. Well done, and thank you.
Fabulous day! i love my rings - thanks for your patience with us novices, and yummy cake too. Highly recommended!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Cake always wins! Well done with your jewellery making. Thank you.
A most enjoyable day. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and helpfully attentive at all times. Would have no hesitation in recommending this new experience. Heather
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Well done Heather. Thank you for your kind words.
A most enjoyable day. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and helpfully attentive at all times. Would have no hesitation in recommending this new experience.
Had an absolutely brilliant day making a pair of silver earrings (and giving my tester bracelet as a present!) Excellent tuition for a complete novice like myself, the hours flew by. Would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone, was great fun and a fabulous 40th birthday present for me :) Thank you Jonathan (and the 2 ladies I met were lovely too!)
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Well done with your making day - We all learned something from your soldering session! Many thanks for your kind words.
Really enjoyable. Fascinating. I had a great time and made a lovely bangle - with Jonathan's gentle guidance.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Janette. Lovely to meet you. Well done with your jewellery making and thank you for the thoughts about the new benches!
Really enjoyable day. Time flies when you are having fun. Will definitely be recommending this day to all my friends
Thank you Jonathan
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Chris
Really brilliant day! Lovely setting, Jonathan was great, (very patient) tutor and we are so chuffed with our creations. We want to do it again. Thank you so much.
Jessica and Tina
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:A big well done ladies - it was a good day! Glad you enjoyed it.
Extremely enjoyable day. Given as a birthday present and couldn't have asked for anything better.
Jonathan is very knowledgeable, helpful and easy going.
Would recommend highly.
Loved the rings and bracelet made.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Well done Sheila - you made a good job with the jewellery making and it was a pleasure to meet you all. Thank you for the kind review. And thank you for letting me join in with the picnic!
Fantastic day that I couldn't recommend more highly. Great setting and decked out perfectly for the session. Jonathan is extremely friendly knowledgable and guides you through the jewellery making extremely well. I love the jewellery I have made and will be back.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Holly - you organised a great day with friends and family. I admire your determination! Well done
Fantastic day, beautiful scenery with excellent instruction. I've never made any type of jewellery before but I was able to make my fiance's wedding ring in one day!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Hi Laura
Thank you Jonathan. What an absolutely fantastic day. Your teaching skill and patience are perfect! Would recommend to anyone
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Claudia. You did well to complete your silver spinner ring on the day - and we had a good giggle too! The lunch time picnic was a real treat as well.
Having spent an enjoyable day on the Silver Jewellery Boat during the summer with a friend, I returned last Sunday this time with my teenage grandaughter who had admired the stacking rings I had made and was keen to have a go at making real silver jewellery.
We got started straight away making a copper chain and pendant. This helped us to develop our skills and to get used to working with the tools. Jonathons’ calm and positive approach was perfect and set the scene for a really positive learning experience on the cosy narrowboat. As the woodburner glowed in the corner we set to work on our silver designs. We made stacking thumb rings and a bangle.
The day flew by and we are both delighted with our achievements. I highly recommend the Silver Jewellery Boat experience. It is such a gem of a day in a beautiful setting with expert tuiton.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Dear Shelley
A very pleasant day; informative teaching and I now have a super bangle to wear. Brilliant cake also!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Barbara
I highly recommend a day on the Silver Jewellery Boat. We had a wonderful day and were delighted with the results. Good cake too!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Lesley
What a lovely day the four of us had. We all made some lovely wearable jewellery; 3 bangles and one pendant....all very different. Jonathan was a very patient tutor and his wife's cake was delicious. Thank you both.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Lois
What a day, spectular venue, and Jonathan was an excellent teacher with the patients of a saint, fabulous company and of course cake always goes down well. achieved making my partners wedding ring and it's perfect will make the big day even more special.
You won't be disappointed with the day, treat yourself or others but all in all a great time. Many many thanks Jonathan.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thanks Paul. Was a real privilege to help with your wedding band. Best wishes for the Big Day!
This experience was everything we had hoped for - enjoyable, friendly, relaxing and productive. Both my partner and I had a fun time learning to shape, solder and polish our silver rings. The location, the barge and the company were lovely - as were the cups of tea and slices of cake provided. Jonathan was a friendly and patient teacher and we came away having had a thoroughly good time. Will definitely go back for more jewellery making fun.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you for your kind words - it was lovely to meet you both. Well done with your jewellery making. You're welcome on board anytime.
Great day, really enjoyed it. Learnt a lot of skills and made a fantastic wedding ring.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Paul - well done with the ring making and best wishes for the big day!
What a fabulous day. Jonathan has the patience of a saint and so much knowledge. I now have a lovely silver bangle to wear - as well as a copper practise one! What an experience! And I'll be telling my friends.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Hi Jan.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the day, my bangle looks amazing. It was good fun learning with the copper; different techniques to making a bracelet. Will definitely do this again. What to make next?
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Hi Tracey
On Saturday I had a wonderful day learning how to make a silver jewellery. On the canal boat we got very creative and Jonathan was an excellent teacher. It was the perfect setting to celebrate my boyfriends birthday (he loved it too). We learnt some basic skills and then went on to making a silver ring to take home. What a beautiful, relaxing day which I’ve recommended to all my friends. Expect plenty of tea and cake and great company. Thank you Jonathan for a great day!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Megan for the kind review. It was great to see you all again on the boat and I look forward to hearing about more of your crafting adventures
We had a lovely day creating jewellery on the narrow boat. It was the perfect 21st birthday present, I created a sentimental piece of jewellery and made memories with my family to!
Great experience and fab to be able to say I made my birthday present!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Lydia - lovely to meet you and your family. I'm hoping I might have inspired with more future crafting experiences.
After receiving vouchers for Christmas myself and a good friend decided to give this a try.
We had a super day, learning some new skills and creating something unique we were happy to take home. Jonathan was a friendly and patient teacher and the setting was cosy and very lovely.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Well done with your jewellery making and thank you for your kind words. You are always welcome back!
I received this course as a birthday gift from my Mum. We arrived on the day following the clear instructions and followed the signs to the river. Spotting the picnic table and chairs we knew we were in the right place! Jonathon is an excellent teacher, starting with the basics and building up our skills through the day - with countless cups of tea (and a cake break)! My mum made a silver open bangle and I made a set of stacking rings. We had the most enjoyable day and would certainly love to go back and do it all again! A perfect day! Thank you so much Jonathon.
Myself and best friend did the silver ring course. It was brilliant. It was really relaxed and Jonathan is a great teacher. Really patient and totally puts you at ease. We both made beautiful silver rings and came away feeling very happy with our day. We had coffee and cake too always a bonus! Thanks Jonathan.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Lisa
What an amazing experience! Jonathan was patient and managed to match the different paces we had in the group. We were all really chuffed with our jewellery- whole experience was fantastic 😀
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank yo Clare. Great to meet you and a pleasure to help you with your jewellery making
I was given a voucher for a jewellery day with Jonathan for Christmas and finally got around to using it last month. Having never made my own jewellery before I was convinced I'd not be able to make anything much, but Jonathan was brilliant at teaching me the tricks of the trade and I came away with a set of beautiful silver stacking rings and all my trial designs in copper! The day was so much fun, and I can't wait to go back for more! Thanks so much for your help and expertise Jonathan!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you for your very kind words Kate. It was a good day and great to see your confidence develop. Good luck with your future jewellery making skills
I recently attended a silver jewellery workshop day that my husband bought for my birthday with my friend Betty. What a brilliant day we had. We were both complete beginners and were slightly nervous but with Jonathons' skilful tutoring we were confidently filing, using the blow torch and polishing our jewellery. I made the stacking rings and Betty made earrings. I can not recommend the workshop enough. The setting is beautiful and the calm and relaxing environment was just perfect for learning new skills and being creative. Thank you Jonathan for such a great day.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Shelley - Lovely to meet you and Betty. Well done with your jewellery making. Look forward to hearing how you get on with your own jewellery tools.
We made our wedding rings on Jonathon’s boat. What a lovely day! And a very romantic setting. Thank you Jonathon for a fantastic day, we can’t wait to show off our beautiful rings at our wedding.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Ashley - Well done with the ring making and good luck for the big day - remember to keep the speech nice and short :)
We have had the best time making each other’s wedding rings. Every last thing was perfect; the location, the tea, the whole experience nwas top notch. Jonathan’s expertise and calmness was a perfect balm in the middle of wedding-planning chaos. Seriously, I would recommend everyone makes their own wedding rings on this boat, you get to spend the day away from wedding madness and be calm and you get to make something with love for the person you love. I cried a little when I saw how much love and care he put into making mine, I will cherish it forever. The one I made for him is pretty amazing too!! We were both slightly nervous as we were complete beginners, but Jonathon made sure we felt supported and comfortable . He filled us both full of confidence and knew when to sit back and when to step in. We are delighted with our rings, they are unique and really high quality, I can not recommend this day enough and we will remember it always.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Jaszemma
This was arranged as a 21st present for my granddaughter, Kate, and we had a fabulous day. Jonathan’s instructions led us gradually to being able to create memorable pieces of jewellery. Regular infusions of coffe and cake also helped and the setting finished off a great day. This will definitely go on my present list for other members of my family - that means I can also have a go at another piece.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Shoena for your kind words
Wow fab day on the boat with Clair and Jane hi guys nice to meet you and Jonathan our clever tutor so proud of my ring and will hopefully add to it soon definitely recommend this ❤️
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Nicole
I booked this workshop for my friend's special birthday and it was more than I was hoping for. We had a wonderful, calm day in Jonathan's beautiful boat and left with lovely bangles as a memento of a day to remember. A unique experience - you will not be disappointed. Thank you Jonathan.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Jane.
We so enjoyed this day! Jonathan is patient and unflappable, which helped to settle my nervous teenage daughter.
(I've been meaning to pop a few lines down since our day in January. I'm so glad we did this and we might do another one soon!)
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you very much for the kind words. It would be lovely to see you again on The Silver Jewellery Boat.
Great experience, thank you Jonathon.
Highly recommend the day and would love to do more. The lovely relaxing location made the day even more enjoyable and I still can't believe I came away with my own silver ring!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Dear Mel. Thanks for your kind words. You did really well - despite your poorly arm, and it was a great day. Now get yourself a few tools and take them along with you on your travels!
Had a great day, Jonathan was very welcoming.
Marcelle and I both made pendants, I don’t think Marcelle has taken hers off since we got home.
The day was so much fun and the time just flew by, it’s safe to say I have a new hobby and the shopping list for tools and equipment was made that evening.
We will definitely be returning to make some rings next time.
P.s. I don’t write many reviews, service / experience has to be either dreadful or fantastic, congratulations Jonathan you and boat have topped the fantastic list.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Craig and Marcelle. I'm glad you enjoyed the day and I look forward to hearing more about your developing jewellery making skills.
Had a fab day and came away with a fantastic bangle! Eat your hearts out Pandora. Thank you Jonathan for providing lots of refreshments on a very hot day. It was very relaxing being on the water and the day just flew. Will be recommending the course to my friends. My bangle has been admired by many.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Well done Philippa and thank you for the kind review. I'm glad you had a good day and are enjoying your jewellery.
Brilliant day - lots learnt and great tuition. And the cake wasn't bad either!
We all came away with beautiful completed projects and new knowledge.
Won't hesitate to book another course and try something different next time.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Hi Teresa! Well done with your jewellery making and thank you for the kind review. You are always welcome back - even if you don't come bringing gifts! Look forward to seeing you and Josie again.
Great day, very patient tutor. I really was a novice and have been able with assistance to bring home a bangle I am proud to wear. Jonathan introduced us to different techniques which we were able to practice before working with the silver.
Highly recommend, lovely location and the cakes were delicious.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thanks for your kind words Alison. Well done with your new jewellery making skills and good luck with your future crafting plans.
An absolutely fabulous day out making silvery jewellery with the very patient and accommodating Jonathan Kettle. Superb and very impressive end products made in silver after a morning practising in copper and yummy carrot cake and tea all in beautiful surroundings on the canal in Droitwich. I would thoroughly recommend this course to everyone. Thanks Jonathan for a lovely day.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thanks for the positive review and recommendation. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family - you all produced some beautiful silver jewellery and developed some new skills. Welcome back anytime!
My daughter Hannah and I booked onto the course for Hannah’s birthday and had such a great day. Jonathan is friendly, welcoming and a very patient tutor. The boat is well equipped and comfortable- and Jonathan even moved it to a shadier spot in view of the recent hot spell. We had great fun working with the copper wire and trying out new techniques ready to start on our rings after lunch. We at both really pleased with what we achieved and inspired to try more.
A great find and one we would both recommend
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Thank you Annie, it was a good day. Well done to both of you. I hope you both enjoy further jewellery making adventures!
This course was one of the best I have been on (and I am racking up a fair few craft courses now!) Jonathan was a great teacher for the day, and I really can't fault it.
By guiding us through the copper wire exercises we were able to confidently give the silver bangle making a go, which have turned out looking very professional. Friends and family have all been impressed when I have shown the final creation off.
What I think adds to the fun of this course is the brilliant setting of the canal boat. You can be inspired by nature whilst trying to concentrate on being creative!!
I spent a marvellous few hours (it was a birthday treat) with my sister and niece making jewellery under the expert guidance of Jonathan. The location was perfect - peaceful, quirky, inspiring and fun (I want a narrow boat now!), and Jonathan was an excellent teacher - very good at explaining and showing us how to do things and very patient. (He also makes excellent coffee!). We started off making chains and charms with copper to get the feel of jewellery making and getting to understand the processes involved. After a break for coffee and cake we set about making silver bangles and it was great fun. We are all delighted with what we produced - it is very satisfying to make your own piece of jewellery. I would highly recommend this course.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Dear Ros, many thanks for your kind words! I think we all had a good day. I was very impressed with your texturing method and hope to use it myself in the future - inspired by the footprints of the local wildlife?
My sister, my daughter and myself spent a wonderful day last Sunday on the silver jewellery boat (which is a great venue!). Jonathan was very patient and an excellent teacher. I really enjoyed learning how to make copper chains, links and charms before making a silver bangle (which I'm wearing as I type). We tried out several different skills and it was really interesting to understand the different processes that are gone through to get to the completed bangle.
The boat was moored in a pretty spot with a walk through trees and a wildflower meadow to reach it. We sat on the bank to eat our picnic and watched other boats, cyclists and walkers go past through the day. At one point a family of swans came visiting (four very young cygnets) and the adults tapped on the window.
I went away with a smile on my face and am very pleased with what I managed to produce. I would really recommend a day out on the silver jewellery boat. Many thanks Jonathan!
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Dear Veronica, thank you for your very kind and thoughtful words! It was a great day and you may be pleased to hear the cygnets are still thriving and whizzing about. I'm very pleased you are enjoying the jewellery and hope you might go on to make some more. Great to meet you and your family.
I went with 2 friends on Saturday and to say we had a good time is an understatement , we had an amazing time. Jonathan started us working with copper wire , making chains and jump rings , which ended up for me being turned into a bracelet and key ring. Whilst having tea and cake we chose what we wanted to make , all of us choosing different things. This wasn't a problem for Jonathan and he helped us all, guiding us to our beautiful finished jewellery . A wonderful way to spend the day learning a new skill thank you Jonathan
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Dear Tracey, Claude and Karen - it was a great day, I relished the challenge too! Hoping you are enjoying your jewellery and I wish you good luck in your future jewellery making.
Mum bought my day as a 19th Birthday present. I had a great time.
I made a silver ring which i really like and looks good. I now have a better idea on ring making and i can do some more at home.
Response from J Kettle Jewellery - The Silver Jewellery Boat:Hi Connor. Many thanks for the kind words! I hope you enjoy your future adventures - and maybe have a little time spare for some jewellery making - Well done!
My daughter and I had a lovely day on Saturday on the Silver Jewellery Boat. It is a cosy narrow boat moured on the canal in a lovely spot. Jonathan was a really good teacher and very encouraging as I have never handled tools of any kind before. We practised on copper to start with and then moved on to silver. We both produced a silver pendant which we were very pleased with. It was a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere with plenty of drinks and cake. I can thoroughly recommend the day. Thanks a lot.
My sisters and I have just spent 2 brilliant days, as a complete beginners, aboard The Silver Jewellery Boat under Jonathan’s careful and encouraging tuition. We came away with a collection of copper and silver bracelets, rings and key rings that we were all thrilled with. The whole experience was SO relaxing. Not only is Jonathan a great teacher but he is a perfect host, providing regular soft drinks, tea, coffe, cake and biscuits! We enjoyed lunch, sitting in the sunshine alongside the canal watching the wildlife and listening to the birds. Look forward to returning and introducing family and friends to this amazingly inspiring and relaxing experience! Thank you Jonathan!
What a fantastic experience making jewellery. My sisters and I had two days in the first few days of sunshine this year on Jonathan's boat making Copper and Silver jewellery pieces. He was a patient teacher and took us through the key skills prior to making our own. Coffee, Cake and juice was supplied to keep us going it was such a relaxing two days with the sun coming through the windows and lots of fresh air. We will definitely be coming back for more with our daughters later on in the summer.
My sisters and I have just finished two days on the Silver Jewellery Boat with Jonathan and have a wonderful bangle and ring, of our own design, to show for it. We have had a brilliant time and can't recommend it enough as a fun, creative experience. We were complete beginners but Jonathan was a very patient teacher and supported us in producing some lovely peices of jewellery. It was a delightful setting on the canal. We will be back with friends and family. 😁
So glad I heard about this course and could join my friend for a relaxed day of varied but well paced instruction from Jonathon into the basics of silversmithing techniques - from wire work to soldering and polishing. Would thoroughly recommend. So pleased with my silver pendant I am wearing as a reminder. Well equipped barge, moored in tranquil setting, but sensible footwear required to access after rain.
It's hard to imagine a more beautiful and inspiring setting for this workshop aboard the silver jewellery boat! I have never attempted to make jewellery before but by the end of the day I had learnt how to make a gorgeous pair of silver earrings ... in addition to making chains and celtic swirls. One to one tuition and plenty of encouragement made this a great day ... highly recommended.
My children bought me the course for a special birthday present. My friend joined me on the course and we both had a great day. We came home very proud of our achievements. Thank you to Johnathan for your encouragement, instructions and help with our creations, also for the hot cross buns and drinks.
I booked with Jonathan as a refresher course, having done some silversmithing some years ago and lost confidence through lack of practice. I couldn't have wished for a better day! He was patient, good humoured, and encouraging, helping me punch out silver shapes, texture and shape them and solder them into earrings. Altogether, the day was so relaxed and inspiring, I can't wait to get started in my own studio. I would highly recommend a day on the Silver Jewllery Boat to anyone interested in silverworking.
What a lovely day on the jewellery boat. We made some copper rings as chains to practise then moved onto silver.
Jonathan was a great host and teacher. With buttery tea cakes and a cosy wood toning stove. The perfect day.
A truly memorable day aboard the silver jewellery boat. Jonathan is an excellent teacher and is flexible with the learning. I needed to perfect my soldering skills and we did that and more. The boat is an extra bonus and in a beautiful setting. Would thoroughly recommend the craft course as a gift and a participant...and there is cake.
We have all thoroughly enjoyed the day with Jonathan on his boat.
All of us have managed to walk away with a finished piece (or almost finished in Dave’ Case) and are very proud of our efforts.
Thank you, Jonathan, You have inspired us to continue to learn more about silversmithing.
An excellent course. Chain making, shaping copper wire, soldering, filing, polishing. Building skills to create your own piece of jewellery to treasure. Jonathan is a passionate about the craft, a patient tutor and a hospitable host. A unique experience. A fabulous day, highly recommended!
What a lovely way to spend a rainy day, tucked away on a cosy barge sat by the log burner making jewellery. Jonathan has a wealth of knowledge about jewellery techniques and we spent an enjoyable time learning some of these before starting our chosen silver piece. I chose to make a bangle and I really enjoyed customising it to make it all the more special. This is such a unique experience and I highly recommend this course.
We spent the day with Jonathan on the boat and loved every minute. We learnt so much and had lots of fun as well.
The setting was beautiful and the drinks and cake were delicious. We all made gorgeous bracelets which Jonathan made sure we were happy with. It was the perfect birthday present!
Ali, Yvonne, Karen and Beckie x
We had a lovely day learning to make rings in a lovely setting. Jonathan was very helpful and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend!
What a lovely way to spend a day and what a venue. Very clever place to have a cosy workshop. Started off with simple chain making skills and then some copper work. Lunch was spent in the sun on canal side before getting on with making our bangles. I'm wearing mine with great pride! Several mugs of tea and luscious cake thrown in for good measure. Thank you Jonathan, you are a great teacher with magnificent patience, luckily for us!! Would recommend this course time and time again and have done.
We spent a very enjoyable day in July making a bangle. The boat is well set up and Jonathan is a teacher by profession which shows. Usually reasonably good with crafts, I proved to be very ham-fisted on this day but Jonathan was patient and encouraging. Ended up with a lovely bangle which has been much admired and which I still find myself looking at with some amazement. Would recommend this course for anyone wanting to try working with silver for the first time.
What a wonderful day! Calm, relaxing environment and excellent tuition. We were made to feel at ease with as much practice as we wanted with copper wire and sheets before moving on to silver. We learnt how to cut, smooth and polish the silver and ended up with a pair of stud earrings, which everyone has admired. I would thoroughly recommend this course and will certainly be going back again. The homemade cake was delicious and a lovely touch.
Thank you to Jonathan for helping myself and two friends celebrate a birthday! We spent a most enjoyable day learning to bend, mark, cut, file and polish copper and silver. Amongst the chatter, laughter and cake we managed to create unique, personal bangles, and memories to mark a special occasion. This was certainly a Jewel of a find and to be thoroughly recommended.
I enjoyed a day on The Jewellery Boat making two different types of rings. I hadn't make any jewellery like this before but found the teaching to be excellent as Jonathan took us through the various techniques in a calm, pleasant, and easy to understand way. I came away not only with my two rings which I made under Jonathan's watchful eye but also with a practical knowledge of working with wire (copper and silver), shaping, filing, sawing, soldering, polishing - and lots more. Great cake and lots of refreshments made the day on the Narrowboat a lovely experience - thank you Jonathan!
I spent a lovely day last Saturday attending the ring making course where I made various different rings along with learning new techniques. In my opinion this course was worth every penny to spend the day in a very beautiful tranquil and relaxing setting and is suitable for people of any age and ability.
Jonathan provided an excellent introduction into the basics of silversmithing - with the guide of an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, I was able to make a beautiful silver ring. Thank you for a brilliant experience, one that is enough to inspire anyone (even my partner, who didn't attend, who has arrived home with just about everything we need to set up a silversmithing workbench!). Highly recommended course :)
Oh my word, this course and Jonathan are amazing. Not only did I make a couple of beautiful rings, I also learnt skills that I can carry on for future jewellery making projects. I would 100% reccomend the jewellery boat to absolutely anyone and I'll definitely be booking more courses!
Great day, great ring and bangle and great cake! Thank you!
Perfect teaching, perfect cake and coffee, perfect setting and now a perfect bangle! Highly recommended for a personal and relaxed course. Many thanks Jonathan.
Just spent a beautiful day making my lovely Bracelet. The location was lovely and strolling past the wildflowers to the boat was dreamy. The trickling water with the sun glinting off the wavelets was very beautiful and serene. John himself is a natural teacher, patient, good-humoured and charming. I would highly recommend this enjoyable and creative class. Did I mention there was cake too? Perfection!
Spent a lovly sunny day on the boat today using pmc to make a beautiful charm to add to an existing charm braclet I had commisioned from the website a few years ago, its a ' pea in the pod' unspired charm. Great day, I learnt lots of new skills and have a well finished product to go home with. Thanks again10/10
This is a terrific course. I went with my daughter and we learned how to work with copper wire (so that we could gain confidence with the tools) and then silver wire to make our first ring. This was followed by making a silver band ring. Jonathan is an excellent teacher and host; providing excellent tuition (and lovely cake too!). To make the day even more memorable, the setting is idyllic too.
Wow what can I say but recommend this to everyone. I did the ring making course with my daughter as a birthday treat. It was perfect from start to finish. Learning to work with wire initially. Soldering, polishing, filing, measuring all wonderfully explained and demonstrated. Fabulous location, delicious cake and refreshments and ending up with a beautiful ring. A blissfully relaxing day .... Thank you Jonathan X
Had a truly amazing day in this course. Everything was so calm, hands on and fun. Jonathan, who run the day, could not do enough to help and make it a lovely experience. I have come away with lots of skills and two fabulous rings!! Thank you :)
I couldn't recommend this course any more! It was a really lovely day, stress free relaxed and made some wonderful rings. Very excited to get on with the new least skills and start creating my own!
Three of us booked on to the course with different skill levels and we all enjoyed learning how to make a silver ring. We practiced cutting and soldering, we had help with polishing. The atmosphere on the boat was relaxed and we all felt encouraged to give it a go. There was even homemade cake! I have recommended the course to friends of mine - some are going to make their wedding rings. I would like to return to make a bangle next time. Thanks!