Learn to make your own beautiful fine silver jewellery from Art clay silver, at my studio in Newcastle upon Tyne. No previous experience is necessary!
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions I can only offer one-to-one workshops unless two students are from the same household. Externally, with social distancing in place, I would offer workshops for up to 5 students. The classes are kept small so I am able to give each attendee my full attention. Please contact me for further information and dates that I am available.
I have been making jewellery from metal clay for a few years now. I completed a year long course at the London Jewellery School in September 2015 resulting in a Diploma in Creative Jewellery which included learning many techniques using silver clay. Other skills include fused glass, resin, perspex, enamelling and silversmithing. I also attended an intensive 3 day course with Tracey Spurgin at Craftworx in Beverley, which enabled me to demonstrate different skills and techniques in working with silver clay. This resulted in me achieving Art Clay Silver Level 1 Diploma (ACWUK) in April 2016, which qualifies me to teach basic silver clay classes. I subsequently embarked on a ring making workshop with Natalia Coleman. Recently I was very proud to be presented with the North Tyneside Business of the Month award – kindly voted by my customers and reflecting some very kind feedback from people who have completed a course with me.
Silver clay when fired, which can be done using an inexpensive torch at home, results in 99.9% fine silver pieces. By the end of my course you will have some beautiful jewellery to take home.
I will teach you the following:
Rolling & cutting
Pre fire finishing
Post fire finishing
Oxidising to create ‘antiquing’
What’s included in a 3 hour workshop?
7g Art Silver Clay – enough silver clay for 2-3 pieces
Use of required equipment
Necklace and jump ring and/or earring wires
At the end of the course you will have a great understanding of silver clay and be able to take what you made away with you to impress your family and friends.
Please contact me for details of available dates of workshop.
Terms & Conditions – as per Craft Courses T&C’s
In the unlikely event that I have to cancel a course at short notice you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
Please note this is not suitable for children under the age of 16.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Price is per person for 3 hours
7g Art Silver Clay – enough silver clay for 2-3 pieces
Use of required equipment
1 necklace and jump ring and/or earring wires
Lots of tea/coffee!
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A great, relaxed workshop... Despite the three of us having zero imagination, we all produced a lovely piece of jewellery that we were all happy with, thanks to Claire's inspiration!...
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:The pieces were great. Well done and thank you for booking the workshop. Claire
This was a super course. Claire was beautifully organised and everything was prepared and ready. She had lots of lovely examples of jewellery and lots of resources which I could use. Everything was clearly demonstrated and she was great at giving guidance and encouragement to try things. She gave explanations and tips at every stage and I felt I was learning something. Claire was extremely patient and nothing was too much trouble. The time went quickly and I left with a beautiful pair of earrings (that were just me!) and a tiny charm which I am going to gift. I would highly recommend this course.
Thank you very much indeed, Claire.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Lovely to meet you Lynn. I’m so glad you like your pieces you made. The earrings are lovely well done!
I spent a lovely afternoon exploring Silver Clay, Claire explained the properties of the mixture and the process very clearly. The time went so quickly, I really enjoyed the practical side and it was great to do every bit of the process. I did managed to damage one of my pieces and Claire showed her expertise by fixing it. She showed me what she was doing and it was as good as new when she had finished. Claire is absolutely fab, friendly and very knowledgeable, I would recommend this class to anyone who loves to craft and / or wants to have a 'go' at something inspiring.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thank you for your kind words Sue. I was glad we were finally able to hold your workshop. You made lovely earrings and pendant and it was lovely to meet you! Thanks again, Claire
Claire was very friendly and knowledgeable, she gave a great introduction into metal clay work which allowes me to make a lovely necklace and a few charms too!
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was good to meet you Zoe. Thank you for your kind words and for booking the workshop. So glad you liked it! You made some lovely pieces!
An excellent beginners course. Well paced so we completed our items in the time allowed and we both wore our new earrings the following day. Lots of examples and ideas so the hardest part was choosing what to make. Nice coffee and biscuits too !!
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thank you very much Susan it was lovely to meet you and your sister! Claire
I had an absolutely fantastic day at Claire's silver clay making workshop. I made three pieces of silver jewellery in the space of three hours! Claire was really helpful and very knowledgeable, offering me advice and support along the way but also encouraging my own ideas allowing me to experiment with the tools and techniques. The workshop surroundings are very comfortable and welcoming and I was provided with refreshments throughout the day. Claire also provided me with lots of info and useful links to silver clay websites so I now know the best places to go to buy the tools needed to do silver clay making at home. I will definitely be recommending to workshop to my friends and family. Thanks very much Claire for a great day! I had a ball!
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Lovely to meet you Amy! You made some great pieces of jewellery. Look forward to seeing further pieces that you will make !
My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our morning with Claire, showing us the techniques of making silver clay jewellery. It was brilliant- it’s definitely an excellent workshop to take to establish if this hobby is for you. We came away full of ideas!
Claire was very friendly and put you at ease, the learning atmosphere was very comfortable & well placed.
We would certainly recommend this workshop!
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thanks for coming to the workshop Jen! I’m so pleased you’ve taken the plunge and tried it again! Claire
Claire was brilliant. Very welcoming and friendly. I came to the course clueless and came away feeling like I had learnt a lot! She answered every question I had in detail. Claire is fantastic at guiding you with the appropriate resources to enable and ecorage you to do silver clay making independently. Highly recommended her course!
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thank you so much Abigail! It was a fun afternoon and I look forward to seeing what you make in the future when you take the plunge! Claire
I had a really enjoyable morning making silver clay jewellery with Claire. The course began with Claire explaining all about silver clay, showing some examples and suggesting ideas. Claire then demonstrated the techniques needed before I started on my own project. The time went so quickly and the atmosphere was relaxed. I went away brimming with ideas for my next project, so I will be back! Many thanks.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thanks Madeleine! Looking forward to see what you make in the future!
Had a lovely afternoon with Claire learning the basics of silverclay jewellery. I contacted Claire through Craft Courses and she kindly arranged a course at short notice that fitted with my availability. Claire is friendly, informative and very helpful. She explained all aspects clearly and I managed to make some lovely pieces with Claire's guidance. I would thoroughly recommend Claire's course to everyone. Claire sent me away with helpful literature and an offer to contact her should I have any questions if I do more silverclay work at home. Thanks again Claire.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was a lovely afternoon and great to meet you Kay!
We did this as a team building event from work. As a team of two we struggled to find something that we could do together until I found Claire's silver clay workshops. As the only ones there, we received Claire's full attention, guidance and support. Claire was very welcoming and explained each step, ensuring we understood what we needed to do. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and as complete beginners it was great to leave with pieces of jewellery we had made ourselves. I have worn my lovely pendant. Thanks for a great morning Claire.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was lovely to meet you both! The textured mats we used were new and had lovely results. The pendants you made were beautifu!
I really enjoyed the course with Claire I attended recently, as my teenage son was ill and off school he came along too! Claire was very thorough with her explanations and taught, making her own piece alongside ours as an example.
We produced our own customised pieces, using a variety of techniques, Claire was very knowledgeable and explained the whys and what to look our for along the way, I feel inspired to try this at home and confident I could.
It was interesting also to learn of her experiences and interest in other craft mediums and jewellery making too - her workshop is like an Aladdins cave!
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thank you for your lovely review Susan it was good to meet you and your son. I look forward to arranging further workshops with you!
I had a great time today at this workshop. Claire was very welcoming and great in describing and showing me the techniques to make my Metal Clay jewellery, so much so that when I left I went online and bought a beginners kit. It was a lovely relaxing morning/afternoon. I made a pendant which I love.
I am looking forward to do another workshop. Plus Daisy the dog was adorable. 😆
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was a great morning and I look forward to seeing what you make. Thanks for booking and hopefully sort out another workshop soon. Daisy is convinced people are only there to see her !
Excellent course in pleasant friendly setting. Claire explained things so well. At the end of the course my friend and i were delighted with our finished pieces. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone who would like to learn a due skill.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thanks Julia it was lovely to meet you both. Claire
I looked on the internet for a short introduction to making silver clay for my daughter and I. This was perfect, we were the only people there and had 100% attention, guidance and support. In 3 hours we made whatever we wanted, and I really like wearing my earrings. Thank you so much Claire for accommodating us at such short notice. A lovely lady, highly recommended by us!
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:I’m glad I could fit you in at short notice and so pleased the earrings turned out so well. Lovely to meet you and your daughter
A really enjoyable day. Claire explained everything with examples. She was welcoming, friendly and informative. We made our designs and Claire helped when things didn’t quite go according to plan so we left with our own designer jewellery. Really pleased.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was great to meet you! So glad you are pleased with your beautiful jewellery !
This morning I attended Claire’s Silver Clay jewellery course at her home studio and I throughly enjoyed my three hour class and my one to one tuition. Claire is very welcoming and explains everything in a very easy to understand manner and I was able to ask as many questions as I wanted. She supplied coffee and cake as well as excellent information on where and what to purchase to continue this craft myself at home. As a complete beginner I was able to produce three items which I am thrilled with. I can highly recommend this course. Thank you Claire.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thank you Val it was nice to meet you and you made a lovely piece of jewellery. Look forward to seeing any further pieces you make at home. Claire
So enjoyed my time learning a new skill with Claire, who shares her knowledge and expertise readily and makes you feel comfortable throughout each process that is involved in silver clay.
I've been wanting to try this for a while now and so glad that i had booked!
Claire explains everything each step of the way and makes you feel able to accomplish something unique to yourself with special meaning.
I had an inkling of what i'd like to make beforehand but since i left my head is buzzing with ideas.
Thanks so much Claire and Daisy Dog for making this such an enjoyable step into the unknown and untried.....left with some really lovely pieces as presents for my nearest and dearest!
This was a Birthday treat for me, the day before the course so thanks again Claire .....
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was a great morning thank you for booking the workshop and happy birthday to you too! I hope you send more photos of future makes :-) Claire & Daisy!
As complete beginners Claire explained everything really well which enabled us to make five lovely pieces between us to take away. Claire is patient, knowledgeable and full of ideas and tips which she gladly shares. Attending this has given us the confidence to go it alone. We would recommend a visit to Claires studio for anyone thinking of attempting silver clay work.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thank you! It was a pleasure to teach you yesterday and I had a lovely morning!
Really enjoyed the silver clay workshop. Claire was really knowledgeable and helpful and I’m now really enthusiastic about giving it a go on my own! Can’t wait to get started in the meantime I’m really enjoying wearing the pieces that I made during the workshop.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thanks Janette you made some lovely pieces of jewellery!
My mum and I had a lovely morning learning about silver clay and were thrilled with the pieces we made. Claire was very welcoming and we found the class relaxing, informative and really good fun. Something a bit different that I’d booked as a Birthday treat for my mum but definitely something we’ll carry on now we’ve got the basics! Thank you Claire 😄
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:I had a great morning too! I loved the way the two leaves were combined as a pendant! Nice to meet you both
A fantastic experience, my daughter and I learned so much from Claire today.
Claire is a very patient and knowlegable teacher and taught us so much.
Claire made us feel so welcome in her home and Daisy dog was gorgeous. Will certainly be back to hone our new skills further.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was a pleasure to teach Su & Emily and I look forward to seeing what pieces of silver jewellery they make in the future. Daisy enjoyed all the fuss too!
I contacted Claire via CraftCourses.com after seeing a post for her course on Instagram, as a couture milliner I wanted to explore the relevance that this interesting craft has for my work. We very quickly arranged a 1:1 session - when setting up a mutually convenient date I found Claire very easy and flexible to communicate with.
On arrival Claire greeted me warmly, and armed with a cup of tea, seated in her studio we started with the technical explanation of the processes involved in silver clay jewellery. It’s quite an involved process, but Claire is clearly very passionate about her craft, and guided me through the process gently, ensuring I understood everything. Then it was time for the hands on experience, and some three hours later I had three exquisite completed pieces, all finished using slightly different techniques.
Once back at home I decided that one of the techniques I had used would enhance further the main piece in my three piece silver clay collection. I contacted Claire again and she offered to finish off my dragonfly for me with the specific polishing technique I had fallen in love with. Imagine my delight yesterday on opening the package and viewed the finished piece which she had kindly worked upon further for me. This dedication confirms again that Claire is very committted to both her craft and her students, and I can only sing her praises. My beautiful silver clay butterfly is now destined to grace one of my new Autumn Collection hats, so I will be looking forward to posting about this on Instagram with a tag for Claire & CraftCourses.com of course!
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was lovely helping Margaret create a beautiful piece for one of her hats and she also made further pieces of jewellery which also turned out really well. It was so interesting learning about her millinery work and I really look forward to seeing it on display on her finished hat!
Claire’s class was just great, I enjoyed every minute of it!! Claire made me feel comfortable and relaxed as soon as I got there. She made the instructions simple and straight forward, demonstrating each part of the process and suggesting slightly different methods which might be useful. Claire had lots and lots examples of finished and try-out pieces which were really lovely and gave me loads of ideas for my own stuff! I learnt a lot, met two lovely people, Claire and Trish, had cakes and coffee and left with some beautiful jewellery made by me! Thanks Claire!
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:You leaf Pendant was beautiful Sue and it was a great workshop! Thank you, Claire
I was not expecting to have one to one learning, so this was agreat bonus
as well as the laid back atmosphere and easy to follow instructions from Claire plus the excellent value for money I could not wish for better. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was lovely to meet you Ann the pieces you made were lovely especially the star pendant! Thank you for booking the workshop!
Lovely relaxed afternoon, I would never have had the courage to try this on my own but Claire was confident and reassuring. I arrived with a rather over ambitious idea in my head and Claire worked with me to produce a lovely unique piece that I will really treasure, even allowing the class to massively overrun so that my piece could be finished in the kiln. Do give this a try, you won't be disappointed.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was lovely to meet you Diane and I am so glad we were able to achieve all that we did and that you went away with the lovely piece you made! Thanks again!
I went along with my partner for this course and we had a great time.
Claire and Daisy gave us a lovely welcome and the session was relaxed and informative.
We were very happy with our pieces and Claire was a great teacher. We had tea cakes and laughter, mixed with learning about working with silver clay.
I would recommend Claire's course to anyone.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:You both made some lovely pieces and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!
I have just left Claire's house after a brilliant afternoon learning all about silver clay, I made a pendant necklace in a heart shape and textured and two other pieces to add to further lessons. Claire is very welcoming, friendly and can translate her enthusiasm to you so you come away wishing you could have stayed longer and made more.
Thank you Claire
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thank you so much Pam I had a great afternoon showing you all about the basics of silver clay. You made some lovely pieces!
I had a very interesting and really informative afternoon thanks to Claire. I was very lucky to have a one to one lesson (not including Daisy!) and learned a lot from an excellent teacher, and it was amazing to see the transformation from a little piece of clay to heart pendant and letter pendant. I will certainly be making use of the information sheets provided by Claire to try using silver clay at home. I would highly recommend this course, and Claire to anyone interested in silver jewellery making.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Many thanks for your comments Michael it was lovely to meet you. You made some great pieces of jewellery!
Claire was lovely and so informative for it being a beginners class I felt like I gained much more in depth knowledge than I thought I was going to get. Claire went through the process in a methodical easy informative way and I instantly felt at ease. She had lots of pieces to show different techniques to try yourself and a wealth of knowledge to go with this. She supplied me with enough sanding/polishing papers to get my pendants looking lovely at home. She also supplied me with some paper copies of all the information we had discussed and where I could purchase supplies.
I would recommend Claire’s classes to any of my friends and family. X
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was a lovely morning Emily and good to meet you. So glad you plan to make more pieces after today's workshop. Thank you !
I booked this course for my daughter and me to learn more about silver clay. Claire answered all our questions and provide help and encouragement during our session. The printed information and the practical experience was great encouraging us to continue with this fascinating craft . Both of us are determined to carry on crafting in silver and silver clay. Thank you Claire for a great morning. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in making jewellery.
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:It was good to meet you and your daughter Mike and I'm so glad you plan to continue crafting with silver clay! Thank you for your kind words I enjoyed the morning
Claire was great, really flexible even as i needed to change the date with only a few days notice. The course was really hands on, i came away with three pieces of jewellery and learnt the basics. Claire gave me lots of printed out information to take away so i didn't need to worry if i forgot something. Definitely recommend
Response from ToDot Handcrafted Goods:Thank you Claire it was a great morning and nice to meet you!
I booked the silver clay course with Claire and she offered me a one to one session and was very quick and prompt about this. The course itself was brilliant. I learnt everything I needed to know to start this hobby at home and Claire went above and beyond to get me the information necessary to do this. She gave me a pack with all the info I needed and even sent follow up emails with more info. She is very attentive and helped me make some amazing pieces. I would definitely recommend her to anyone 👌🏼
My friend and I were interested in doing this course, but we have limited availability owing to work (and other) commitments. Claire was very accommodating and offered a course for just the two of us. We were both totally new to silver clay work, and found the course interesting - it was hands-on and we managed to come away with pieces that we had made and more importantly, that we could actually use. Claire was very friendly, and we enjoyed meeting her dog Daisy, who made us very welcome too!
Claire had a lot of equipment for us to use and gave us lots of tips in case we wanted to try using silver clay at home, including written information for us to take away.
As Claire didn't have a course coming up she offered me a one to one class - an added bonus.
Claire was very warm and welcoming. She was able to explain the silver clay process clearly and it was very helpful to have my many questions answered so well. She even gave me a lot of written information and useful contacts to take home for future use.
I had a really enjoyable afternoon and have some new earrings too.