Silver clay beginners course - Lori Ridgway



Learn to make your own beautiful solid silver jewellery from Art clay silver. This is a very versatile medium, so the possibilities are endless! Friendly instruction in a beautiful surrounding

They will all be held at my fully equipped studio in the Staffordshire countryside in a 400 year old converted barn.

I am fully qualified in the Art Clay Silver Diploma and have been making silver clay jewellery for a few years now. I have always loved teaching, so here is my opportunity to bring my two loves together and teach Silver Jewellery making.

At the end of the course you will take away some fabulous jewellery made by you. The course will teach you the following:
- All about the silver clay
- How to prepare it and condition it
- How to roll out, cut shapes, add texture and detail
- How to mould shapes, then add them to other pieces
- How to join 2 separate pieces together
- The methods to get the best finish on your pieces
- How to fire them using methods such as a cook’s torch
- How to polish your fired pieces
- Adding ear wires and put your pendants on a chain

Depending on the speed of the students in the class, there may be the opportunity to add some colour by antiquing your pieces.

No experience is necessary in any form of jewellery making.

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?

All instruction
Enough silver clay for 2-4 pieces
Use of required equipment
Firing of pieces in kiln
1 chain, 2 ear wires, jump rings


Lori at LR Silver Jewellery


190 Cannock Rd
WV10 8QP

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


3 hours (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Christine Hamilton - - #30823

My partner and I attended the Silver clay beginners course and it was outstanding. We had a fantastic day and loved the pieces we made. Lori was an excellent teacher and extremely knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this course with Lori. In addition, there were substantial measures put in place to ensure Lori could run the workshop for us whilst complying with COVID-19 guidance. Thanks for a fab day Lori!

Response from LR Silver Jewellery:

Hi Christine. Thanks for such a lovely review. I’m glad you enjoyed your day, you both made some lovely pieces 😊

In-person course
Heather Francis - - #30314

Last week I joined Lori in her workshop for the 2 day beginners silver clay course. I became truly immersed, and the time flew by. I loved the pieces that I made, and the guidance and teaching from Lori was super. Lots of tea and cake... and a really relaxing and welcoming atmosphere.. It's magic when your creations start to shine! Can highly recommend.

In-person course
Rosemarie Cantrill - - #27193

Just loved this workshop, I came away with 2 gorgeous pendants. Lori was an excellent and patient teacher, I learnt so much in just 3 hours. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone interested in this gorgeous medium. Thank you also for the coffee's and biscuits. I'll definitely be back for another workshop :)

Response from LR Silver Jewellery:

Hi Rosie. Thank you for the lovey review, I'm glad you enjoyed the course, you made some lovely pieces. Thanks. Lori

In-person course
Jane Macdonald - - #18312

I did a fantastic two day course with Lori and was absolutely thrilled with the results. Lori is patient and explains things clearly, a lovely lady. I would highly recommend her courses.

In-person course
Sandra - - #16075

Such a lovely morning! Lori is so friendly and generous with her time, expertise and tea and biscuits! I loved every minute, so inspiring.

In-person course
Louise - - #16033

Went yesterday and had a fabulous time. Really enjoyed learning a new way to work with silver and can't wait to go on further courses.

In-person course
Jane Fearon - - #14232

An amazing experience ........ had a fab time and made some beautiful pieces...I still can't believe I made them !!! Lori is a lovely inspiring lady and an excellent teacher, very patient and explained the different stages simply and in full detail, I didn't want the morning to end ..... I cant wait to get back and do the 2 day course.
Thanks Lori

In-person course
Lisa Simpson - - #13484

I really enjoyed my beginners course with Lori and made some beautiful jewellery in the process, I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in making their own pieces so much so that I have ordered my starter kit, thanks again

In-person course
Sue Gill - - #13463

Fabulous morning on Lori Ridgway's half day silver clay course. Lori is a lovely lady and an excellent teacher. Her instructions were clear and easy to follow, she is very helpful and happy to answer questions. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning and made several beautiful items of jewellry. I'm looking forward to doing Lori's 2 day course next.

In-person course
Patricia Griffin - - #13459

Had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Silver Clay. I hadn't ever worked with this product before so everything was new. I made a beautiful pendant and Lori supplied us with a silver chain from which to hang it. Take a look on my Facebook page. I also made a silver charm of a flower that reminded me of the Eidelweiss flower. Lori has volunteered to solder it to my very old charm bracelet for me.

Would I recommend the course? Most certainly.
Am I interested in taking another course with Lori? You bet I am.

All in all a wonderful time with loads of instruction and information to take it to another level.
Thank you Lori. Look forward to more of your teaching in the future.

In-person course
Helen Bates - - #13005

I did enjoy this workshop with a Lori and my friend who invited me. The course itself was informative and well run. We certainly didn’t get homemade flapjacks. In fact we had to ask for a biscuit and they were ones that had gone soft in a tin. We were offered plenty of drinks. I was very pleased with my jewellery pieces but a bit disappointed when I got home and found it could bend easily. My friend’s did the same. I contacted Lori who suggested hitting it gently with a hammer to toughen it up but also thought it might be the clay.

Response from LR Silver Jewellery:

Hi Helen
I am sorry you were not totally happy with your experience at LR Silver Jewellery. I have emailed you with a more detailed response.

Please bring or send your jewellery pieces to me and I will have a look at them for you to see what I can do. Solid silver is quite a bit softer than sterling silver, and while it should not be very bendy, it is much easier to bend than sterling silver, however, there are a number of measures that can be taken to strengthen it. As I said in my first email, this has not happened before so I am investigating the causes.

Thank you for your review and helping me to improve my courses :-)

In-person course
Christine Mitchell - - #11053

Really enjoyable course . Lori was a lovely friendly teacher who took us through each step at a comfortable pace. Made some fantastic pieces. Definitely made we want to do more! Lovely flap jack too!

In-person course
Becky Jackson - - #8057

A brilliant workshop with a very talented and knowledgeable teacher.

Lori explains why you do certain stages, shows various ways of doing themand supplies tea and homemade flapjacks - what could be better!!

I learnt so much, Thank you.

In-person course
Lyn Christian - - #7244

What a great course! Structured and concise instruction with a bit of fun thrown in. I came away with not only some pieces of jewellery I was very pleased with but also a thirst to do more. I highly recommend this course. Lori (our instructor) was lovely, full of information and very happy to share her knowledge. I had a great time and will definitely be going back to learn more.

In-person course
Sarah Browne - - #6321

A really interesting and relaxing day, a great introduction to silver clay.

In-person course
Christine Henderson - - #6318

Brilliant! I enjoyed the introduction to silver clay course - Lori's explanations of each step made it easy for us all to progress, from working the clay, rolling it out, texturing it and cutting the shapes before the drying, filing and firing.

We all worked at our own designs and Lori gave us good timely advice - a thoroughly absorbing and inspiring 3 hours, with a very pleasing first attempt at silver clay jewellery.

In-person course
Alison - - #6103

I attended one of Lori's silver jewellery workshops on a Saturday morning. Lori takes you step by step through each stage. She clearly explains what you are to do, in easy to remember steps. Having never made anything like this before, I was really pleased with how we progressed, and amazed at the results. I was completely absorbed for the morning and would highly recommend this course.

In-person course
Louise wright - - #2769

I was lucky enough to do a silver jewellry workshop with Lori a few weeks ago & what a thoroughly enjoyable day it was!! We learned how to prep the clay, cut out shapes, add texture, finish & polish our pieces. Lori is a brilliant teacher, she's very patient & explains the different processes in a simple & easy to understand way. It's a great way to make new friends, have a chat & make some beautiful silver jewellry in the process!!! I would highly recommend this course and you leave feeling very proud of your accomplishments!! Fantastic!!

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