Rings and Things - 4 wk Evening Taster Course-Nottingham



My three most popular workshops combined into one short but exciting course, saving you money without asking for a huge commitment.
In this taster course, you will get the chance to make rings, earrings and bangles, with some stone setting included - using copper, gemstones and Cubic Zirconias (the little sparkly ones)
Each week we learn new skills making different items. The fourth week is for you to challenge your self with a small project of your own
Have fun with textured rings, bangles and stone setting - short 4 week course(1 day a week), 3 hour classes, small groups - no more than 4. This opportunity gives you a taste of jewellery making without making an expensive commitment.
Completing this course will allow you access to the longer courses that run during the year
My studio is up one narrow flight of stairs served by a bannister on either side - while I can offer practical assistance with bags, I am unable to offer any other means of access.

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

What's included in the price?

Where a course runs across school and Bank Holidays, the will extend the length of the course. Please ask for a list of dates if necessary.
All project materials, tools, resources and plenty of teaching time are included in the course cost. My studio has its own toilet and hand washing facilities, masks are useful for when in close proximity, windows are usually open and the kettle is usually on.

My studio is located right on the high street in Sherwood, on the Mansfield Road, in Nottingham, served by a brilliant bus service and with plenty of free parking.

What's not included:
Refreshments - 50p in the pot and unlimited access to teas, coffee and cuppa soup per session


Vivien Bowling at Simply Amazing Jewellery School


Simply Amazing Jewellery School, c/o The Textile Workshop
627 Mansfield Road

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners


4 weeks (6:30pm to 9:30pm)

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In-person course
Mike Szreider - - #35507

I completed an 8 week course with Viv and enjoyed every minute of it.
She is very knowledgeable and easy going.
I learned a lot in the 8 sessions that I attended.
My main aim was to learn how to silver solder well but learned a lot more than that.
I ended up making a lovely small picturama from copper and brass that really surprised me. The finished product showed an art skill that I never knew I had. I obtained a good cutting skill with the jewellers saw as well.
I also made some lovely items for my wife that she now treasures.
A great course in a lovely atmosphere. I will attend more sessions to expand on the knowledge I have gained so that I can do more with this new skill.

I would definitely recommend this course.
Thank you Viv.

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Mike, thank you so much for this - I am useless without a good student! Your commitment and effort, your desire to learn - you took everything on board! You challenged me with your own skills, were happy to request help, share knowledge and experience - you brought so much to the table! I am so pleased you are discovering these new facets to your creativity and look forward to sharing more of that journey with you.

In-person course
Gina - - #34950

I never thought I'd end up with six rings in one day! You get your own set of tools to use on the day in a bright and airy room, Viv was very knowledgeable and helpful, I'd definitely look out for more workshops with Viv.

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Gina! Thank you for this lovely review, it is really thoughtful of you and very much appreciated. I loved your tin sculptures, they were fabulous. I hope you decide to join me on another workshop soon x

In-person course

I came with my friend and her sister, We had a fabulous day, Viv had so much patients with us . We each made 3 bronze rings and 2 silver rings, we were all very pleased with our results, it was so good to learn a new skill, thanks again Viv, ☺️☺️☺️

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Hi Charon, this was a fun day - you three ladies were fantastic company, I loved hearing about your d-i-y adventures and the poppy displays you created, oh, and I think you made a few rings too 😊

In-person course
Eloise - - #34150

Really great day - Viv was so informative and we learnt so much.
I produced 5 rings and I am really happy with how they turned out, I was a complete novice so definitely recommend to anyone wanting to give it a try

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Hi Eloise - thank you so much for this lovely review, you and your mum were both amazing - it's a huge learning curve - you took it all in your stride and never lost your smile even when you had a few hiccups! Thank you for coming to the workshop and bringing your mum, it was lovely to meet you both :)

In-person course
Kate Hunter - - #33684

Such a fantastic day!
Viv was brilliant, talking us through the tools and materials, then guiding us through each step to create each ring.
Her guidance, warmth and knowledge were amazing! Any questions we had, Viv would happily answer and also advise, nothing was too much!
Lovely refreshments and a welcoming atmosphere.
I would highly recommend this workshop, and will happily attend again to refresh my new skills.

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

This was a great day - it really is about what we all bring to the table - thank you so much Kate, for this very lovely feedback, I appreciate that you made time to do so. And yes, I would highly recommend doing the same again - the journey becomes an adventure!

In-person course
Victoria - - #31921

A fabulous day in which I learnt so much and amazed myself by the super copper and silver rings I made. It was all done in a super safe environment with all the health and safety rules followed. Viv was an extremely knowledgeable, encouraging, enthusiastic, creative and inspiring teacher and I’ve come away wanting to do and learn more silversmithing which is just what you want from a good craft course.

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Wow! That was amazing!
Thank you so much! I feel really proud about my achievements which is not what this is supposed to be about! I love my job and this is the reason - you, and others like you, make my day with your input, your determination and your achievements. You were complete beginners, like most of the people who attend my workshops, you take the opportunity and run with it, finding solutions to the difficulties you share and helping each other to success.
Faith restored.

In-person course
Tony - - #31918

This was such an enjoyable and informative course! The atmosphere was professional and safe, with plenty of room to watch demonstrations, learn and practice the techniques. The day was long enough to grow in confidence in order to express some personal creativity through the various methods of taking raw materials and turning them into wearable and polished rings. I managed to make some out of copper to practice using my finger measurements, then about four in silver I’d happily give as gifts. Just make sure to sneakily get everyone else’s finger sizes!

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Thank you for this very thoughtful response, I am aware the first half of the workshop is a huge learning curve and worry there won't be enough time to just enjoy; but to see complete beginners achieve so much, is extremely gratifying, I am not surprised you are proud of yourself.
Loved your last comment - I should make it a booking condition! The chart is brilliant - I'll be using it from now on, thank you x

In-person course
Kim McAree - - #31920

Really enjoyabke day.Viv was a great teacher and allowed us to gain confidence and provided help whenever needed. Viv made great efforts to ensure all the covid guidence was in place. It was great fun, give it a try , you will love it .

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Thank you for this lovely review, it means a lot to me - I am so pleased you enjoyed the day - you worked hard and made delightful rings you can wear with pride for many years to come x

In-person course
Libby - - #31368

After waiting for nearly a year to be able to do this course bought as a gift for Christmas it was certainly worth the wait and a lovely activity to do on a Saturday. Lovely to learn some new skills and meet other like minded people on the course. My sister and I had a great day and have a great set of rings to show for it. Viv was a great teacher and communicated very well with us. I would definitely recommend..Thanks again!

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Libby, thank you for coming, it was lovely to finally meet the two of you - I loved how you all worked so well together and helped each other through difficulties.

In-person course
Rachel Littlewood - - #31364

I had a brilliant day and made some beautiful rings. Viv was so helpful and I’m looking forward to going back and doing another course!

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

I love that you were adventurous and designed your own ring!
Thank you for coming Rachael, it was lovely to meet you - stone setting is on its way x

In-person course
Sev - - #29996

A brilliant experience making copper and silver rings. Viv explained each stage clearly and coached us through the processes. I came out with some beautiful rings as well as a new found knowledge of the processes involved in metalwork. I really recommend this workshop!

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Sev it was an absolute pleasure. A lovely group, thank you for this review, it is much appreciated 😍

In-person course
Sarah Churchill - - #29987

We were given very good concise instructions for making copper and silver rings, and were able to do each process ourselves with gentle coaching. An experienced and skilled tutor, Vivien made an excellent job of giving us new skills.

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Thank you Sarah, for this lovely review, the very sweet peas (still blooming!) and for coming to the workshop! Even with all the safety regulations to follow we were still able to enjoy a very creative day - amazing work and beautiful rings - x

In-person course
Charlotte - - #28802

Great workshop! We learned a lot and Viv was very patient! Came out with 5 lovely rings that I haven't taken off since.

The only things I might suggest is a proper break for lunch. We were happy we went out for 30 minutes but felt as though we had missed out on some parts as no one else stopped for lunch. One of the other attendees mentioned by the end that she was very hungry and needed some proper food.

I also think that a slightly smaller class size would work better as it was quite difficult for Viv to get around everybody, and of course, some people needed more attention than others.

Overall though, a fun and informative class - Viv explained the science very well! Would definitely attend another one of her classes given the chance. Thanks for everything!


Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Thank you for this lovely and thoughtful review, my system works well most of the time but not all of the time, I am sorry you worried you missed something, I always do a quick head count so I don't have to repeat instructions but like you say, there were lots of things happening - a very creative and diverse group! I was very happy to give you extra help, but the group objective was met - it's when everyone goes solo on their own designs that the fun starts - a great challenge!

In-person course
Sue - - #28451

I have attended one of Viv's workshops before and went again with another friend who fancied it, because I loved it so much (and I wear the silver rings I made virtually every day!!)
I made 2 rings for my little finger this time and suspect I will wear one or the other every day in future because again I was so delighted!! Viv encourages everyone to be creative and is so incredibly patient and informative. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who has not had a go before.

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

Hi Sue, thank you for this lovely review!
I am so pleased you returned to develop your skills further and that you enjoyed the day so much. I love the hammered rings you made and hope you find them as fascinating as I do, as you wear them in and all your hard work rewards you x

In-person course
Helen - - #26936

I booked this workshop for me and my friends for my birthday. None of us had made jewellery before. It was so much fun and we all got to be really creative with our time. Viv was wonderful, really helpful and patient during the day and helped all of us make what we wanted. She responded quickly to all of my enquires and gave lots of information before we attended.
We spent the entire time working and forgot about lunch. I enjoyed this workshop and would definitely recommend it.

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

I am so pleased you enjoyed your day - there was some wonderful energy and the creativity was amazing, your Russian Style rings are fabulous! I really enjoyed sharing your birthday thank you - it was an absolute pleasure to work with such lovely people.

In-person course
Natalie - - #25418

I booked this workshop for a friend and I. We had such a great day and learnt so much. Great facilities and excellent teacher. She was very knowledgeable, clear and patient. We hadn't done anything like this before, and now we're hooked. Would highly recommend.

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

That's very kind of you to say so, Natalie - thank you - I am so pleased you both enjoyed the day! I found the group a real pleasure to work with xxx

In-person course
Sarah - - #25351

First time I’ve done a jewellery workshop. Great combination of learning all the important skills but still being able to create our own rings, bringing our own ideas. Great day, would definitely recommend this workshop. I’ll probably do the course again as well!

Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:

That's wonderful news, thank you Sarah - I am so pleased you enjoyed your workshop, I was amazed by the work the group produced, you were brilliant!

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