A one day course of jewellery making suitable for beginners or more experienced students with Lucy Copleston Exclusive Jewellery at her private Workshop in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd.
COVID-19 Health and Safety requirements for students:
Students who have had both their vaccinations plus their booster jab, and have allowed at least 4 weeks from their booster to elapse will be accepted in the Workshop.
Students will need to show evidence of the date of their booster jab on arrival. If their course date is before March 28th they will be required to wear a face mask throughout their visit. This decision is guided by current medical advice.
All visitors to the Workshop are required to have a lateral flow test before leaving home on the day they have booked. If you test positive Contact Lucy to re-arrange your date.
Lucy Copleston trained at the Royal College of Art and has taught the craft of jewellery making since 1975.
Tuition is one-on-one so your learning is fast tracked.
The aim of the course is to learn how to make a set of 3 stacking silver rings. Each ring can be individualised by using a variety of hammered textures.
You will learn how to texture silver, how to form it into a ring, and how to solder, oxidise and polish your rings.
You will be introduced to the fascinating craft of precious metal jewellery making using traditional techniques and hand tools, in a traditional jeweller’s workshop. The mysteries of working precious metals will be revealed!
All Lucy's jewellery making courses aim to enable and support students in developing the craft of jewellery making either as a hobby or an income.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tools and equipment.
A photographic record of the development of your jewellery.
Detailed technique notes.
Tools and equipment list for small workshops.
A comprehensive book list.
Tea and coffee.
STUDENTS PURCHASE THEIR OWN SILVER. You can choose to make 3 silver rings in a round section or 3 silver rings in a square section, or a mix of the two. CONTACT LUCY FOR ALL DETAILS AND HELP.
The Workshop is fully equipped with hand tools, power tools and an enamelling kiln and has work spaces for two. It is set within its own beautiful private gardens in the Vale of Clwyd, North Wales - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is situated right on the Offa's Dyke Footpath.
Each stage of your project is photographed throughout your session, and a comprehensive visual record of all the techniques and processes used in the making of your piece is supplied via email. Students then have an immediate resource to refer to should they progress the craft at home.
A Certificate of Attendance is provided free of charge on request: these are useful for sixth form students and graduates seeking employment.
Detailed technique notes, technical information, a tools and equipment list for small workshops and a comprehensive book list are supplied by email on request prior to you visit.
Easy and safe parking is available within 50 meters of the premises.
Tea and coffee are provided throughout the day at no charge. Students usually bring a sandwich for their lunch.
The village has a newly opened Brunning and Price pub restaurant - the Dinorben Arms - just a 10 minute walk from Lucy's Workshop. On warm days the garden is available for lunch and tea breaks and depending on the technique employed students can also work in the yard. There is a sheltered area for smokers.
A varied accommodation list of locally selected places to stay, including caravan and campsites is available in advance of your visit.
7 hours (10:00am to 5:30pm)
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.
Spent a day with Lucy focusing on soldering and I enjoyed it immensely. Lucy listened carefully to what I needed and what experience I’d had and tailored the day accordingly. The workshop is fantastic and so well equipped. I learnt how to make jump rings, which I’d never done before and I came away feeling much more confident about soldering.
I’m now looking forward to finishing my bracelet at home. Information sheets provided before the course were great, and afterwards, Lucy sent me more information and pictures of key areas of the pieces we were soldering so that I can now refer back to them. Lucy was patient and encouraging and I was well looked after all day. Highly recommended, and I’ll be returning ASAP!
What a thoroughly fabulous day with Lucy in her amazing studio! Lucy was very knowledgeable, patient and supportive from the initial ring sizing, through to designing, creating, resizing and finishing the beautiful stacking rings which will be used in my civil partnership ceremony next week. Three rings, each one unique, which represent myself, my son and my partner, as our little family becomes official.
It was a truly magical experience transforming 3 plain straight 'lines' into textured and embellished shiny circles. The time flew by as a complete novice I tried new things and learnt new words / phrases.....who knew silver liked pickle!
I was booked on a one day silversmithing course at Lucy’s which I received as a Christmas gift. The course was originally to make stacking rings, however, when I arrived we discussed the possibility of making one abstract design ring instead. As I have a background in metalwork (not jewellery!) Lucy thought that this would be achievable for me. We spent the first part of the day designing, planning and discussing techniques and preferences. Lucy was incredibly helpful and patient with me, and, with her expert knowledge she guided me though making a template,trying out embossing on copper and eventually cutting and making the ring in silver. The whole experience was an absolute pleasure and I learned a lot in a short time. Lucy is a lovely lady and although I didn’t quite have time to finish the ring on the day, she supported me with advice over the phone and via email to help me to finish the project at home. She was unstinting in passing on her knowledge and I would love to return for another course.
This visit was a continuation of stone setting and exploring different types of ear wires. In addition I was exploring with Lucy, books on historical pieces which were really interesting. I’m now all fired up not only for this project but breathing life into ideas I have for future projects. Making the difference between ordinary and extraordinary
I gain so much knowledge each time I visit Lucy.She is a great teacher who is
always keen to encourage you to challenge yourself in technique and creativity.
Response from Exclusive Jewellery:Thank you Carole. You determination and attention to detail will get you through this very demanding project. Looking forward to your next session when we can continue.
The jump rings process continues! In addition, Lucy spent time during the day explaining how to set up a mouth blown torch, including adjusting the pilot light, changing the nozzles for different flame sizes, and general maintenance. All totally brilliant, useful stuff! Thank you Lucy. Can’t wait to continue my project.
Today was all about stone setting. Following on from a previous session I had prepared a Mount which just needed tidying up. Once again Lucy was able to give advice on how to do it without scratching the silver. When it came to the stone I realised why Lucy is a master crafts woman. No matter how we tried the stone wouldn’t stay in its mount. With a lot of perseverance and some methods only known to Lucy it has finally stayed put. I can’t wait for the next session to put all that I have learned together.
This time a new leap forward with my loop-in-loop project! After some continuation of the jump ring production line, it was time to try the weaving process. First a set of rings are stretched into a paper clip shape. It takes three of these overlapped to form a ‘star’ before they are bent into a combined intricate shape – no easy task! Thankfully, Lucy was there to show me how to do it. Another enjoyable and satisfying day. Thank you Lucy.
Since my last visit Lucy has been extremely helpful in finding various sources of information on chain making for me to follow up. We are continuing with the ancient technique of loop-in-loop chain making as before but still researching for alternative ideas. Hundreds and hundreds are needed for a wearable chain length so any improvements in efficiency would be of great benefit!
So we took another short break in the day to consider ways the ancients might possibly have worked. Lucy remembered a fellow student at the RCA doing a similar chain and kindly emailed her for me. Looking forward to more jewellery making after Christmas. A big thank you Lucy for all your great teaching and support.
Another visit to Lucy that was full of fun! Drawdown of large lengths of silver wire. So long, I had to leave the studio to continue pulling them through the drawplate. In the afternoon we set up a production line. Lucy prepared the jump rings for me, and then I soldered them, which quickened up the task, and by the end of the day we had finished quite a few. Thank you Lucy.
Today I had two projects in mind. The continuation of my earrings that from a simple design, to begin with, have presented challenges which with Lucy’s guidance have developed and been overcome.
My new challenge is making something out of titanium discs. As usual, Lucy guided my imagination into what is realistic and possible.
This course was money well spent. Having a little previous experience working with copper and silver, I was amazed at the speed of learning when working with 1 to 1 tuition compared to previous courses elsewhere that were as part of a group. I have learned so many skills and improved my knowledge and technique over the course of 2 sessions with Lucy, that I feel confident in tackling similar projects at home. Lucy is very encouraging and gives clear easy to follow instruction. She is a fantastic tutor and is very patient! If I hadn't moved abroad I would have booked more sessions.
I was also very impressed with Lucy's thorough safety measures, including those in place to eliminate risks of Covid. I felt very safe, and the workshop was spotless!
Response from Exclusive Jewellery:Thank you Lydia. Your project was very successful and well chosen to encompass new techniques, and produced a very attractive and wearable piece of jewellery.
Beautiful October day back at Lucy’s to finish a project I started 20+ years ago - before life got in the way! We started gently with a cup of tea and a chat about my design. I want to change it from earrings to a pendant by joining two hollow semi-spheres into a single globe-shaped bead. Lucy taught me to start with a sample: a scrap of the gold I had used with gold solder - to test the colour match. It worked well. As a fountain of knowledge she is always keen to get your piece to a high standard.
The weather was nice enough to enjoy lunch in Lucy’s pretty garden. Afterwards, having noticed the two halves weren’t an exact match, we used a doming punch to make them marry better.
I want to make a hand made chain for my pendant and - with Lucy’s guidance – after researching online and in her brilliant reference books, I decided to follow a technique dating back 500 years called “Loop in Loop “. The time flies by and, after a wonderful day, it’s time to stop until my next visit. Thank you, Lucy.
Response from Exclusive Jewellery:Thank you for this fabulous review Carole and so glad we had that wonderful autumn sunshine. Engaging with the chain making process, though monotonous, also provides the best exercise for soldering. Look forward to when you can continue your project here.
After a long hiatus due to Covid restrictions I finally managed to book another session with Lucy.
Like a familiar glove we soon had reviewed progress on my earrings project and moved on to the next stage. I recently attended another jewellery class and realised the skills that I have gained from Lucy put me in good stead to approach the lesson with complete confidence. On our one to one session I have gained so many tips and advice that I wouldn’t have received in a class with other students so for me it is of excellent value to come to Lucy on a regular basis.
I have previously had some lovely days with Lucy and completed a brooch and two bangles. One for my daughter who is so pleased with it she has never taken it off since I gave it to her! With my wedding coming up and after a chat with Lucy I decided to go for an ambitious wedding present for my husband to be. Lucy supported and encouraged me in the design and making of a very complicated piece - a round silver box with an etched top. At every stage I was treated to a kind, patient and informative style of teaching. Plus an excellent coffee to start me off! I have so enjoyed the days spent in Lucy’s company and in her workshop. Not only is it a haven in which to leave the stresses of daily life behind but it is somewhere to explore one’s creative potential - Lucy is always a step ahead with ideas and support. My husband loves his special, unique, box (thankfully finished before lockdown!) and it is a family treasure now to pass on.
Lucy's workshop is idyllic; my friend and I booked in for a ring making session in February and the day was brilliant. Lucy's advice and expertise were invaluable and I am very pleased with my finished ring stacking project.
I had an ambitious design which we compromised on to learn the basics and I'm glad we did.
Thoroughly enjoyed myself and would love to return one day!
Response from Exclusive Jewellery:Hi Emma,
I arrived at Lucys workshop with no previous jewellery experience. At the end of the day I had practiced so many different techniques. Lucy explains everything so precisely and lets you work at your own pace and puts you so much at ease, so that you feel you can ask any question.
My boat pendant was ambitious and I am absolutely delighted with it.
I am looking forward to returning soon.
I have finished my bangle – a quite involved project where I have learned so much with Lucy's expert guidance and help. For the photos, Lucy had the great idea of using long black gloves to show off the bangle to its best advantage and searched out a pair of her own.
There was a chance to start on my next project – a chain inspired by my mother's far-eastern bracelet. Lucy came up with how the bracelet's chain link was assembled and started to have a go at making a jig while I got on with final polishing.
Thanks, Lucy for all your help
At Lucy’s again furthering my skills. This time was setting some bullet shaped cabochons and trying replicate two identical corkscrews in silver. To be added to my earrings. It worked fine on the test copper but as soon as I went on to the silver it suddenly got harder. With Lucy’s reassurance and guidance we got through it together.
Having not much experience of stone setting, the challenge was to set a tiny CZ stone as a practice run for my bangle design. With my not-what-it-was eyesight, I didn't think I could do it. But with Lucy's very patient and clear step by step instruction, I did. Lucy, you are a marvel!
My latest session involved refining the design of my earrings and experimenting with different embellishments. Photographing them I realised how even small adjustments make a massive difference to a pieces appearance. Following on from the session I visited Ruthin gallery to see an artists work recommended by Lucy. It was well worth the visit as I was able to observe various jewellery artists styles and techniques which goes to show you never stop learning
I chose to go to Lucy for a 1 to 1 teaching session because of her experience. I was not disappointed. Before attending we were in regular discussion by email about what I wanted to make and achieve on the day.
I felt like the day was completely tailored to my level and learning needs. Lucy recognised I had some knowledge and encouraged me to try more advanced techniques. I was amazed with what I was able to achieve with Lucy's patient instruction. I came away buzzing with all I had learned and confident enough to use the techniques at home. Lucy taught me theory of how to design from the stone and modelled the design process as we made a setting for my pendant.
I had such a wonderful day and learned so much, that I will be back for another session.
Thank you Lucy
Just before Christmas for my last visit of the year to Lucy. The focus was a lot of soldering to join the three main parts of my bangle in readiness for stone setting in the new year
The day was full-on but we took time out to chat about Christmas. I admired the wreaths Lucy had made, and some beautiful baubles found on a recent visit to Chester Cathedral that seemed designed by a jeweller! Lucy also showed me pictures of the amazing Knife Angel statue she had seen there.
If you are interested in jewellery making at any level don't hesitate to book a day with Lucy.
What an amazing day! My daughter and I visited Lucy as complete beginners but still came away with a beautiful set of stacking rings each. We were made to feel comfortable and well equipped in our learning and felt inspired by Lucy's and our own creativity. Our second visit will be booked shortly and we look forward to making some bangles!
Back to Lucy's for a birthday treat. Having done a bit of work on my bangle at home, the next stage was the involved and tricky task of attaching flower buds while making the inside look as good as the outside. Lucy is always keen for everyone to achieve a professional finish. After much discussion, we we worked out the way forward.
Before arriving I noticed I had lost a headlight on the car and was a bit stressed about driving back back in the dark. Lucy gave me brilliant advice and kindly offered her home phone to call the AA and meanwhile we could continue with the jewellery making. All went to plan. Just a small interruption for the AA but had peace of mind for the journey home. Yet another fantastic day. Thank you Lucy.
I have been working on Silver earrings and felt a bit flat and lacking in inspiration on how to elevate them from being ordinary and functional. I was worrying needlessly though. Lucy encouraged me to work on prototypes for the stamens and before long I was buzzing with enthusiasm and inspiration. This could only come from someone who is a master of their craft.
Attended Lucy’s course with my daughter for our joint birthdays. I was both excited and apprehensive about what I could achieve, as this was our first experience at silversmithing. Lucy put us at ease very quickly and explained a variety of different techniques we could try for ourselves. Lucy is very experienced teacher, and very good at showing and explaining things clearly. I was pleasantly surprised by what we both achieved. We had a really enjoyable day. I would definitely like to book more days with Lucy.
Makes great coffee too.
Response from Exclusive Jewellery:Thanks so much Charlotte for the great review. Would be lovely to see you here again and just get in contact if you need any advice.
I really enjoyed my day with Lucy, I was both excited and apprehensive when I arrived but soon felt at ease. Having one to one tuition really gives you a feel for what you can do, it’s very much a day of watch a little then try it for yourself. I felt more confident as the day went on. I came away with what I feel is a lovely piece of jewellery and an urge to continue to do more.
Thank you Lucy, I had a really enjoyable day.
Yes, for my birthday I had a special day with Lucy Copleston in North Wales. It was outstanding - we ended up making 5 lovely silver bangles. Everything was available in Lucy's lovely workshop. More importantly it was happily a real stress free day, thank you Lucy. Stay well.
I was lucky to have two dry days in October for a bit of a break from work visiting Lucy to continue on my bangle project. It has two mounts for stones positioned between silver wire so there is a need for intricate filing, grinding and sanding.
Lucy Introduced me to the benefit of riffler files and I decided that I needed these in my life! Her help was invaluable in choosing the correct ones from her suppliers catalogue and letting me order straight away for quick delivery to my home.
The sanding was proving tricky until Lucy inventively devised a tool with plastic from an empty yoghurt carton and double sided sticky tape to stiffen the emery paper. This proved to be the answeer to getting into the nooks and crannies.
Thank you Lucy for another two brilliant days.
I returned to see Lucy again for a two-day session where we continued to work together on a large necklace. Without Lucy's experience and expert knowledge, I would have been unable to progress and develop the ideas by myself. Her knowledge and advice is unbounded and I always leave feeling so inspired! She also ensures that you really make a lot of progress on your work and really absorb the techniques. She always goes the extra mile and has given me continued support throughout the years to explore my ideas to the absolute fullest. Another very successful few days of tuition!
Last time I came to Lucy I made a pair of silver earrings. This time I came to add embellishments to them. We spent the day experimenting with different wire and bead combinations. This was a task in itself as we tried to get an organic look whilst respecting the reflective quality in the silver. By the time we had cracked it, it was time to come home. Now where did that time go? As the saying goes time flies when you’re having fun. In this case when you’re fully engaged with a master crafts person
Had a brilliant day, comfortable and relaxed with a great teacher. Great taster day , I think I have the bug.
Hope to attend soon again as Lucy managed the impossible and kept my attention all day!!!!!
I've just returned to Durham after spending 2 fascinating and informative days with Lucy at her workshop. Having explored the internet for silversmith/jewellery courses I decided on Lucy because she offers one to one tuition - and has a wealth of experience. I am so glad I made that choice - Lucy is an excellent tutor and and I have had an amazing an exciting introduction to the craft. I felt so comfortable and inspired in her workshop that I didn't want to leave. It was a long way to go but was well worth the journey and I am already planning a return visit.
On Wednesday 18th September 2019, I attended a one day jewellery making course with Lucy at her studio. I thoroughly enjoyed my day with her and was put at ease from the start.
I was able to make a silver bangle from start to finish myself, with lots of advice and support from Lucy. She is able to strike the right balance of help and encouragement which gave me a great sense of achievement and increased my self-confidence immensely. The day was very informative and enjoyable and I would recommend other people to try it.
I was lucky enough to get great weather again while visiting Lucy to continue work on my bangle. It was great to see the baby birds - visibly older - still going to the feeders in Lucy's courtyard.
The focus of the day was using silver tube for the setting of a small CZ stone. Lucy is very patient: a distinct advantage with something so fiddly. This is where having the one-to-one tuition comes into its own.
Moving on then to some tricky soldering to attach the mount, before I know it it is time to leave having had a wonderful day and happy I've learned so much.
Thank you Lucy.
Me and my sister Eira had a great day yesterday with Lucy Copleston, we did wire wrap jewellery for crystals. What a great person, very helpful. She sat down and showed you step by step and nothing was too much for her. Amazing person at her craft and we would love to come back and do more. 5 Stars Thank you so much.
Today I made earrings in silver similar to the ones I had made in copper. It was great to experiment with a project using different metals.
With Lucy’s tuition we were able to work in tandem with her showing me what to do on one earring whilst I worked on the other. I’m feeling like a proper crafts person now all down to Lucy’s expert guidance. I feel one of her strengths is assisting me through the design process as what I may think would work isn’t always the case. Another great day. Going to Lucy is always a highlight in my calendar.
As a complete beginner I didn’t know what to expect but on arrival Lucy gave me a very warm welcome. The workshop is nestled in her beautiful bird filled garden and I was immediately offered a delicious fresh coffee. I had chosen to make earrings to match a necklace I had -ambitious for a beginner but Lucy was happy to take on the challenge. The whole day was spent expertly guiding me through the different processes in a relaxed and friendly manner with very much a ‘you can do it’ attitude. I loved every minute and ended the day with a pair of beautiful silver earrings. I can highly recommend Lucy Copleston’s workshop and will definitely be rebooking!
A lovely summer's day in early August. As I arrive the front garden has beautiful agapanthas in bloom. I walk through the side passage and across the courtyard to where Lucy has prepared the workshop with the fan going for perfect working conditions.
I am continuing with my bangle project: polishing, soldering and preparing mounts. Time passes and suddenly it is time for lunch! I finish with a relaxing cup of tea in the back garden listening to the gurgle of water flowing into Lucy's goldfish pond.
Back to work for more informative tuition and experience in soldering using charcoal nuggets inside the mount to help solder to flow and also prevent marking of the mounts from the binding wire.
Another wonderful day ends - as always, too quickly - and time to make my way home.
I’m so excited. I got to Lucy with a vague idea of what I wanted to do and once again her magic happened and I made the most amazing pair of earrings. She even set me homework which I don’t mind as my confidence is just soaring after taking regular skills lessons from Lucy.
I spent a day with Lucy as a complete beginner but with some interest of the subject and it was fabulous! Lucy was very patient, knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed her subject. By the end of the day I had created a stunning ring and had learned far more than I ever though I would have, I left completely inspired and still am, thank you for the amazing day Lucy :)
I spent a day with Lucy to introduce me to jewellery making for the first time. Lucy was patient and easy to understand, giving me plenty of opportunity to try techniques and ask questions. Feeling very inspired and already planning what I would like to learn next time I book a day with Lucy. Thank you!
This time: a three day visit continuing my bangle project. As it is inspired by the amazing irises in Lucy's garden, she brought one into the studio for me as a close-up reference.
I was suffering with hay fever; fortunately Lucy has an air purifier in the studio that she turned up and it really helped!
To round off three instructive and enjoyable days, Lucy showed me a wonderful new book on the history of jewellery: great inspiration for future projects!
I have booked my next session in August. Can't wait to return. Thanks Lucy.
I spent a wonderful day with Lucy in her beautiful studio. (She also has a beautiful garden!) Her knowledge and creativity are inspiring and she is an excellent teacher, knowing when you need her and also knowing when to step back. She is fabulous company too and a pleasure to spend a day with. She made me feel very welcome in her studio. Lucy provides lots of help and guidance before the class and documents the day so you have a lovely record of what you did. I am amazed at what I managed to produce in a day and would love to return again.
With next-to-no prior experience, did a one-day workshop yesterday with Lucy to turn a plain strip of silver into a textured anticlastic cuff bangle which has delighted my wife. Lucy is a hugely skilled, knowledgeable and patient teacher with a well-equipped studio. Altogether a fulfilling day with added incidental birdwatching for extra enjoyment!
After having stones ping all over my floor with a hunt with a broom to find them. I decided to do the sensible thing and use a session with Lucy to learn how to do it. For a start we worked in the bench with the skirt which ensured that they only pinged as far as my knees so were easily found. Although I have had several sessions I am not always confident to work at home. Lucy taught me in her usual methodical way and now I’m sure with practice and getting my equipment right I can do it at home.
After my daughter and husband's visit and seeing their enthusiasm and their amazing finished jewellery they had made with Lucy, I really wanted to go myself. My husband was more than happy to oblige and join me. We both had a fantastic day. Lucy is so kind and knowledgeable, patient and happy to listen to your ideas and help you make your designs.
She puts you at ease and is quick to commend, giving you the confidence in yourself to complete the task in hand. She shows you how, then either watches you to help or lets you get on if she feels you are able. I found her way of teaching brilliant.
I love the triple solid silver bangle I made and would of paid far more to buy it if I had seen it in a Jewellers, than I paid for the course and the silver!
A superb added bonus is I came away with the knowledge of how to make more and how to use the skills I have learned to make matching earrings and a ring that I was able to start and bring home to finish .
I am already planning my return to learn more skills from Lucy’s abundant knowledge. I can’t recommend Lucy and her jewellery courses enough .
On returning to Lucy after my epic pendant challenge, I decided with Lucy to do some stone setting. This is something where my experience is lacking. Before I knew it two pendants were planned cut and started to be set.
I set one stone in a bezel setting on the day and the others to be done as homework. The second pendant will have a flush set of stones. More techniques with the embellishments to the pendants to be decided on. Never a dull moment. All this before my next ambitious project. There is so much I want to learn and Lucy is the perfect instructor as she is full of ideas. Her experience will shy me away from anything too complicated. I felt so confident with my stone setting due to my past sessions with Lucy the time just whizzed by.
Another satisfying day making jewellery with Lucy’s expert and patient tuition. I didn’t know there was so much to know about stone setting! Trev and I are delighted with our pendants and looking forward to learning more skills in Lucy’s lovely workshop. The coffee also comes highly recommended!
Lucy ensures that her students are enjoying their day and getting the best from it on all levels.
I had a good couple of days in Lucy's studio. She really listens to what you want to learn and plans the class around it. It was also a pleasure to work in her spacious and bright studio. Would recommend her classes!
My daughter and husband went on this course and absolutely loved it. Lucy was able to teach both of them together even though my husband was a complete novice and my daughter having experience wanted to make a more complex piece.
Lucy is friendly, patient, and knowledgeable and made them feel very welcome.
The studio is in a beautiful picturesque garden where they were able to sit and enjoy their packed lunch. They are already planning another session. I can highly recommend this course. Thank you Lucy
A very relaxing and immensely rewarding day with Lucy in her workshop. Lucy took us step by step through the process of making our bangles encouraging creativity and confidence. We are both very proud of what we achieved in such a short time and our children are delighted with their presents. What a special gift to be able to make for loved ones! We’ve booked another day to further our skills and make something for ourselves. Highly recommended.
We attended Lucy’s studio to make our wedding rings. What an absolutely fantastic set up, very professional, well equipped and set in beautiful surroundings. We felt very at ease and in capable hands. Lucy guided us throughout the day to produce a design we had chosen. We are delighted we managed to produce our unique rings for our happy ever after. Thank you Lucy.
Just spent two days one to one workshops with Lucy learning some of the skills of stone setting. Lucy is an excellent teacher with just the right balance of demonstrating, watching, encouraging and helping! I learnt so much from working alongside her. The workshop is amazing and has everything you would expect from Lucy’s years of experience as a skilled jeweller. It is such a peaceful space and her garden too is a delight. I hope to arrange another visit once I have had time to practice the skills I have been taught so far.
March 24/25th 2019
Finally I have finished my pendant and chain. I’m thrilled with the result. It has taken a long time but I have learned so many processes along the way. The design has been the most crucial. I know now when Lucy takes a sharp intake of breath that I am suggesting something complicated which looks simple when it’s been executed. This is the key to why I keep going back. I have attended day classes where I have come home with a completed piece which has many flaws. With Lucy you learn the right way and to my mind the only way. I have got to achieve something special which I can be proud to pass on to the generations in my family.
Lucy is a gifted and patient teacher and David and I had a fantastic day making wedding rings. To go from zero experience to two fully fledged and very wearable rings in a day was an exciting achievement for complete beginners. I enjoyed it all so much I went back for a second day and made a bangle. Lucy was great company and her workshop an inspiring and lovely space to be in. We learnt loads in a very relaxed and unhurried way. And the photographs were great!
Another excellent two days. My silver bangle project is progessing very well. I learned some invaluable tips about cotter pins and rouge powder for a lot of tricky soldering in preparing two mounts for prehenite stones. Tea break in the garden with outstanding weather for February - perfect! Having fun while increasing my abilities. Thank you, Lucy.
I thoroughly enjoyed my one day workshop with Lucy. I made a beautiful set of 3 stacked silver rings. Lucy has a great way of teaching which is well paced, relaxed which made the workshop a very enjoyable way to learn. I also really enjoyed Lucy's company. The location too of the workshop is ideal and relaxing. I would definitely recommend Lucy's workshop and I hope to find another project with which to return. Thank you Lucy :)
My Wife and I attended a one-day course to make our own wedding rings, it was one of the most interesting and enjoyable experiences we have had. Lucy is so knowledgeable, explains and demonstrates every step we needed to make our rings. Lucy is also very patient and allowed us time to go over certain processes.
The workshop is exceptional well laid out and very well stocked with all the equipment you would need. The day is very well managed by Lucy although you are consistently learning but you are also allowed to progress in your own time and made to feel relaxed. The overall cost is again excellent value when you consider the course is all day and 1-1 teaching.
We would 100% recommend to anyone and really hope to return one day in the future ourselves
Not to mention Lucy's workshop is set in a beautiful part of the Welsh country side, which is just an added extra to a truly wonderful day.
Sue & Karl Trayler Feb2019
After nearly 40 years away from a bench I went to Lucy Copleston to brush up on old skills and learn some new ones. Firstly it must be said her beautiful workshop is inspirational in itself and incredibly well equipped. Lucy is an excellent teacher, very intuitive and seems to know exactly the pace required for each task to ensure the learning process is complete. She is very patient and we had a lot of fun exploring solutions in the construction of my rather ambitious design. Over 4 days of 1-to-1 tuition I felt I learned a huge amount and achieved my objectives. I'm already looking forward to returning.
I would like to add that I can tell a complete novice would be totally at easy with Lucy's gentle teaching style whilst someone with more experience can feast on Lucy's wealth of knowledge and be challenged.
I got a voucher for a jewellery making day with Lucy at Christmas in 2017, I eventually got round to arranging my course in December 2018. I thoroughly enjoyed it and Lucy is a patient and excellent teacher. I have done silver smithing jewellery making before and the encouragement she gave renewed my interest in taking it up as a hobby. I am extremely proud of what I created with Lucy's guidance, a beautiful robin inspired pendant in silver and copper.
I'm reflecting on the tortoise and the hare. I have had two sessions recently where we have mulled over the design details of my work with some practice put in for good measure. Whilst the number of completed items may be small the devil has certainly been in the detail. If I had run ahead to complete pieces they would certainly not have turned out to be so magnificent as they have with Lucy's steady and collaborative approach with gentle questioning of my reasoning has made the difference between an average and a master class. With Lucy you have a grand master. I have already booked my next class.
Absllutely brilliant. Lucy is super knowledgeable, creative and flexible. She listens to your ideas and gives you fantastic improvement ideas. Lucy is encouraging and easy to get along with. Cannot wait for another day because there will be another.
This was my second time with Lucy. We spent 2 days crafting a gem set ring that started out as a very simple two dimensional idea that turned into a complex three dimensional object.
Lucy was incredibly knowledgable and encouraging throughout the whole process, letting me know of different techniques and their application. She was happy to answer any questions I had about construction, gems, or jewellery in general and I have come away with a wealth of knowledge and the confidence to design more pieces.
I can’t recommend this class enough if you have an interest in silver craft.
Hooked on jewellery making and back for another totally inspiring day. Lucy gives the opportunity to try so many techniques; I was happy to be doing etching again: one of my favourites. I also got some great advice for setting up a vice at home on a budget. All in all a fun day, as usual. With one to one tuition, you learn so much. Thank you, Lucy.
My 4th session, completed an amazing gem set ring. I now have 2 pieces of handmade fine jewellery that attract so many comments. So proud of myself. Love the way Lucy teaches and her intuitive style. Already planning next project !
With time off work I visited Lucy in October in fabulous weather for the start of a new project: a silver bangle inspired by the irises in Lucy's garden. I took a wire and paper model and developed a more solid prototype in copper. This was a very useful process in deciding various factors such as the width of wire and the shape and size of a stone. Lucy provided lots of interesting ideas and techniques I might use and I came away with a shopping list of materials for the next stage (can't wait!). All in all another wonderful and inspiring day.
I had a brilliant experience with lucy! she is a very good tutor and teaching is to a high standard i was able to take in and understand everything as she lets you take it at a standard pase! And i feel this helps you take it all in i highly recomend and will be goin back !!
I had an excellent day learning to make a gold bangle. Excellent tuition from start to finish and I now have a much better understanding of what I should be doing. Lucy is extremely helpful and friendly. Her suggestions and support really helped me to complete my project and I now have the most amazing gift to give my mother. I highly recommend these days and Lucy is so helpful
In helping you prepare for the day.
My expectations of this private tuition, and for what I might achieve in a day were high - I was absolutely delighted.
From my initial email enquiry, through contact leading up to, and throughout the day there was excellent organisation and communication in all areas. Timely information to plan, prepare and find the location, materials, health and safety, tools as well as provocation to ask more questions or anything specfic. The quality of the wrap around made the course itself even more enjoyable, relaxing, productive along with the high quality outputs . Thank you Lucy for such professionalism and authenticity in all areas.
I had an excellent day with Lucy. As a complete beginner I had no idea how to work with silver, but with Lucy's expert guidance I managed to make a lovely silver ring, which I show off at every opportunity. Lucy has a mindful of knowledge in jewellery making and is an excellent (and patient in my case) teacher. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in jewellery making to have at least a day with Lucy.
I had a fantastic day with Lucy and learnt so many new things. I am a complete beginner so was absolutely thrilled that I was able to complete 3 rings. Lucy's knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm is second to none and I would highly recommend coming on one of her workshops. I have already booked to come back.
My latest visit to Lucy was one of more inspiration. Whilst she guided me through the completion of my pendant chain we spent the day working through my ideas for my next project. This was time well spent and I have lots of homework for my next visit. Once again Lucy gave me the inspiration and guidance to look at what's achievable in metal and what isn't. Can't wait for our next session
It’s finished! With Lucy’s expert tuition and generous help I have made a special pendant in time to wear at my daughter’s wedding. The whole process - over several visits - was a joy. I now look forward to the start of a new project and hope to be back in October. Thank you Lucy.
I recently visited Lucy for a 4 day session at her beautiful workshop. We began by exploring ideas and techniques of interest - I've visited Lucy before on and off for a few years and we decided that enamelling would be an interesting technique to explore. Lucy is so inspiring and offers thorough and focused tuition throughout.
On the second day we explored the enamelling technique further. Lucy offers a wealth of knowledge, experience and artistic flair. One-to-one tuition that Lucy offers is invaluable and she ensures that you have grasped every aspect of the technique or skill. I work in London and Lucy's tranquil studio offers respite from the city buzz and you find yourself opening up to the inspiration from nature and the breath-taking environment. The day was very focused and exploratory, and Lucy always ensures that you are developing and that there is an end goal to the session.
By the third day we were exploring techniques to the full and Lucy always encourages you to create full pieces from start to finish, which is crucial to understanding how jewellery is made and how different elements take time to combine. Her guidance and experience is unparalleled and the focus and commitment she offers to every session is invaluable. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, Lucy will always encourage you to explore ideas that inspire you, which keeps the sessions so fun and engaging. She can expertly guide you and help adapt ideas, from an initial concept to the creation, so it's always a very exploratory and really helps you to be comfortable and extra creative!
By the fourth day I had made a number of enamelled pieces and the whole time spent with Lucy was fun and so inspiring. Lucy offers really focused tuition and also documents the processes for you so that you have reference after you leave which really helps when you are learning a technique for the first time. I have had a number of sessions with Lucy over the years and I will continue to travel from London to receive more of her expert tuition!
I had a wonderful day with Lucy. It was very enlightening to see and experience the amount of effort that needs to go into all jewellery. Lucy was very accommodating and clearly explained the processes to me for making a ring. I am looking forward to going back and making more.
You would have thought that after a year of one to one tuition from
Lucy there would be no surprises. Well under Lucy's tutelage I realise I'm only scratching the surface in terms of knowledge and skills I always look forward to the next date that she can fit me in and inspire me once again
This is my third session with Lucy and once again another inspirational, but relaxing day, so wonderful to be able to step outside of the real world for a day. Not only did I get to continue with my pendant project and learnt about stone mounting, but Lucy helped me create a beautiful ring as a keepsake for my daughters graduation, so very special, a heartfelt thank you Lucy. Thank you also Lucy for your patience and your guidance, the pictures and your wisdom sharing are so valuable in helping me to be able to do this as a much needed independant hobby. Have a great summer and see you in September.
As the recipient of this wonderful birthday present I was looking forward to an informative and practical learning experience. It was all of this and so much more! Lucy's expertise in her craft is obvious from the beginning, but the gentle way she guided us through creating and making our unique pieces of jewellery makes it a thoroughly enjoyable day. Throughout, her enthusiasm and attentiveness to both my daughter and myself, enabled us to keep going even when we thought things were not going according to plan! The end results amazed us both and I am so proud to be wearing my ivy leaf with trailing curl! I now have the incentive and enough basic knowledge to see how I can alter my glass studio, to make room for combining my lamp work beads with silver work. Thank you Lucy for creating an inspirational day, relighting my creativity! Sally M.
My mum desperately wanted to learn how to work with silver to go with her already stunning glass beadwork and I saw a great opportunity in a day's tuition for a birthday present for her and some creative time for me. We had a lovely day choosing leaves from Lucy's stunning garden and learning the basics of working with silver to create beautiful silver necklaces. She provided wonderful personal tuition and helped mum understand how this would fit in with the glass giving her extra time and attention to help her start off. A great birthday present and I had a lovely day and gained a pretty leaf pendant. Highly recommended.
My two day visit was spent producing a reticulated piece of silver with two disks to be attached onto a pendant. My design was very basic and my numerous attempts at soldering taught me a valuable lesson that the construction within the initial design is very important.
The garden was in full bloom and Lucy is extremely knowledgeable as regards nature. A very inspiring and relaxing spot with the birds chirping. Not only have I gleaned more information as regards jewellery making but also various bird calls and plant names. Thank you so much. I look forward to my next visit.
With still glorious weather and the roses just out in Lucy’s garden, we took full advantage with a lovely tea break. Lucy has taught me so much about design since I started visiting her with a small scruffy sheet of paper and very rough drawings. This was another brilliant and productive day and I will have just one more visit to finish my pendant specially intended for me to wear at a wedding.
Brilliant one day course with Lucy yesterday recreating a 3D printed ring in silver. She demonstrated a number of techniques and theory in a simple to understand way and answered all my questions thoughtfully. Lucy gave me an insight into the jewellery making process and made it really accessible and approachable.
The location is beautiful, the tuition is excellent. I’ll be returning for another session soon.
I had a fantastic day yesterday at Lucy’s 1-2-1 tuition workshop. Even though I am a complete beginner I was able to produce a silver ring and earings to a professional quality thanks to Lucy’s tutoring style, expertise and motivational encouragement. I will definitely be going back.
A second great day spent with Lucy, this time learning about wax modelling. Great way to learn more specialist skills and expand the range of techniques I can use. Thanks Lucy!
My second visit to Lucy's studio, this time for a two day introduction to stone setting. Lucy is very patient and her tuition has provided me with a wonderful basis to develop basic design and construction skills for gem set jewellery. It was a lovely couple of days and I hope to return in a few months after some practice!
Many thanks Lucy.
Another great day with Lucy, so wonderful that I am able to come regularly and to have started a project to learn so many different skills, looking forward to stone setting! Very peaceful to have lunch in your beautiful garden, thank you for sharing your expertise and wisdom. Many thanks Sara
Once again Lucy steered, encouraged and inspired me on my next project. Gentle coaching and endless knowledge combine to make the day memorable and remarkable.
An amazing day, Lucy has lots of patience and helped me create a perfect sea glass ring. Loved her garden studio, the perfect setting 😊
My second visit in May was focused on making a fine silver mount for a peridot stone (for later fixing to my ongoing project). It was a fresh challenge and a very intricate task of shaping and soldering, requiring accurate measuring and repeated checking to get a good fit. Now I am ready for the next stage of my project. Lucy has kindly given me the names of some wonderful suppliers of cords and silk threads. She has acquired for me stones and fine-guage sanding paper. She even gave me salts for a soak for my bruised foot! Thank you Lucy for your kind support.
I was so lucky with the weather for my first visit in May, enjoying lunch and tea breaks in Lucy’s picturescque garden. The irises were in bloom and I sat under the spectacular scented wisteria, looking out towards the Clwydian hills: very relaxing. Throughout the day, I absorbed numerous hints and tips (as usual); this time, about different ways of finishing metals; I also had a recap on riveting. The day ended so quickly, but I am returning soon - to continue my project with stone setting. Can’t wait!
At this session I forgot to bring my wire which was essential for the chain I'm making. This was no problem Lucy managed to provide me with some which was even better than the original. We discussed design for this and my next project. Before I knew it the day was over. Another full and informative day with Lucy
I experienced a day with Lucy that delivered the skills and knowledge required to make items that are unique and of a good standard. Lucy as a tutor is so knowledgeable and demonstrates skills of excellent silver smith work and ensured as a learner that I understood all aspects of my project so I could carry out those skills safely. I went with a definite idea of what I wanted to make and Lucy took me through it all calmly and explained so much of the process. I would recommend her courses to anyone just wanting to have a go at jewellry making and to the more experienced who want to widen their repertoire. Thank you Lucy it was a fantastic day and I love my silver bangle and ring. X
I had a two day course on a one to one basis with Lucy. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Lucy is really welcoming, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I was guided through the design process before we commenced work on a pendant. Then each process was explained fully and clearly so that at the end of the two days I was left with an item I was proud of, a piece of jewellery my wife adores and more importantly skills I will hopefully use over and over again.
Yet again, a wonderful day’s tuition with Lucy. This time learning how to work with Titanium and change its colour. After a couple of test samples, a perfect blue for my design was achieved. The day over so quickly, I leave with lots of inspiration, and can’t wait for my next visit in May.
Had a great day in the Easter holidays with Lucy. Such a fabulous relaxing, creative day, never could have imagined I could have made a bracelet and ring that looked so good. Lucy's calm, friendly gentle teaching and expertise, resulted in something I was so proud of, and even got my rings polished in the process! Thank you so much, cant wait to do more with you and already booking my next 2 days. Cant recommend a day with Lucy highly enough.
Joined Lucy for a one day course. Had lots of discussion and great advice before attending the course with regard to what we would work on and what I would need to buy and where from. Had a lovely day working with my seaglass and pottery to create some lovely silver mounts and pieces. Lucy is a great teacher, very informative. She also supplied photos, supply lists and details of techniques used. Well worth it!
I really enjoyed my day at Lucy's studio. She was very knowledgeable and had many years experience to guide me through the day. In one day I managed to create 2 beautiful bangles. Lucy allowed me freedom to make my own creative choices about what I made whilst guiding me on what was achievable for a beginner. Highly recommend.
My first day in Lucy's workshop was more than I was expecting. Yes, Lucy is a fantastic teacher; I had forgotten the pleasure of being well taught. My creation is bringing me joy and I feel so proud of myself. But I also want to mention the serenity, shared thinking, creative process and whole environment which is so conducive to learning. A memorable day.
Another day with Lucy and my pendant is complete. I don't have to worry as after we have solved the conundrum of what to do with the chain, I have so many other projects in mind. Although working with Lucy has enabled my knowledge skills and confidence soar. I realise I'm only scratching the surface of my jewellery making journey and I hope she will accompany me for a long time to come imparting her wisdom along the way.
This week I have been expertly guided by Lucy to create unusual resin work together with one of my favourite techniques - reticulation. I produced two silver reticulated pendants and a pair of earrings. I can't wait to wear them as they are so unusual. Lucy's attention to detail ensures that each and every piece you create with her is finished to the highest standard.
I would thoroughly recommend Lucy to anyone interested in making a bespoke piece of jewellery. Her class was so much fun, she was patient and so knowledgable. Its great to have one on one help. I had a great day and came home with two bangles that I 'm very proud of, can't wait to come back!
Thank you so much
My friend and I came to Lucy for a one day course as complete beginners, we had a fabulous day. Lucy is so patient and knowledgeable, she really goes the extra mile. I am so proud of the two bangles I made (and extremely jealous of the fabulous, brilliantly equipped studio space!). Would thoroughly recommend, we will be back soon.
I recently attended a course with Lucy and was not disappointed. Lucy's attention to detail is second to none. I received one to one tuition and ended up producing a silver cuff bracelet and was taught how to set a stone on the bracelet. Thank you. Will be back.
Excellent two day course in Hammering, Texturing and Soldering. Lucy was extremely patient and explained each and every step in great detail to ensure that you understood and knew exactly what you were doing. Step by step instructions, complemented by constant photographing ensured that I have up to the minute notes of my own projects. Looking forward very much to the next couple of days.
A riveting day with Lucy. Last time we made the rivets and this time we used them to put my pendant together with a bit of soldering along the way. A fair bit of breath holding and sighs of relief when it all fitted. I could see how the mathematical equations we used earlier in my project were vital. I can feel my confidence growing as Lucy has enabled me to approach my project in such a way that it looks so much more professional than I could have ever anticipated
In the two day course on Etching and Piercing that I attended with Lucy last week, I feel that I have learnt so much. Lucy is extremely knowledgeable and explains in great detail what needs to be done. She is both thorough and detailed in all that she does. I look forward to learning more in the near future. Many, many thanks for the help, cups of tea and the wheat pack for my bad back! She has been truly inspirational.
I had a wonderful day with Lucy introducing me to some of the basic techniques involved in working with silver.It was quite an intense day to produce my three stacking rings but the 1 to 1 teaching allows you to absorb as much knowledge as possible and the time flies.
Can't wait to go back !
Lucy is incredibly knowledgeable. She has a great teaching style and it felt very like we worked together. She is informative and thoughtful in her approach. I have been hobbying for some time and working with Lucy has given me the confidence to move on to the next step of casting. The documented photos of progress are great reminders and the resources Lucy shared super helpful. Great to learn from a fabulous craftswoman like Lucy.
I had such a good day learning how to create my piece of jewellery. Lucy was patient and so nice. I had 121 tuition and was so pleased with my piece. I am looking forward to going back and learning new techniques . Would recommend this course for anyone with an intetest in making their own jewellery.
I have been back to Lucy for another day of learning and again I was not disappointed as she imparted more technical information to enhance my pendant. We were working on the rivets to hold the piece together and the end is in sight. Even though this has been a project that has taken time it's been necessary. I have not got a piece that could be made easily or bought anywhere but a truly unique hand crafted distinctive object.
I am still learning from
Lucy and can't wait for the next session
Super birthday treat with my best friend Carol - Lucy was very patient but let us develop our own designs and her training and attention to detail was excellent. Would fully recommend this anyone interested in making their own special piece of jewellery, even if a complete beginner like us!
I have been coming to Lucy for nearly a year now and my pendant is evolving into a stunning piece.
I originally wanted a lesson in enamelling. However with Lucy's skill and a lot of my imagination being stretched with some test enamelling on the way, my pendant has gone into a completely new direction. I have never felt so proud or believed that I was capable of making something so technically and aesthetically good. All thanks to Lucy. I have the utmost respect for her expertise and patience in guiding me through the process of jewellery making. It is more than art and craft you gain from Lucy
This November day was a birthday treat, rounding off the year with a new challenge - the technique of enamelling. Lucy also introduced me to heated titanium as an additional way of bringing colour into a design - one for my next project! Many thanks to Lucy for her truly exceptional support and inspiration over several other truly wonderful days, this year.
Attended one to one course with Lucy recently. I was a complete beginner but with Lucy's knowledge, expertise and patience I created a silver stacking ring. Very cozy workshop in a beautiful setting. I hope to return there in the new year to create another piece of jewellery with Lucy's assistance.
My reviews are becoming a blog as I am still learning from Lucy. If I ever wanted to work within my comfort zone I have been well and truly moved beyond what I thought was possible . Every day a new stretch of my brain and a new technique presents itself. Time well spent and I come back for more each time
As a novice jewellery maker I spent a challenging and fun day with Lucy in her studio creating a beautiful silver pendant. With her expertise, knowledge and guidance we worked through many processes including annealing, soldering, wire wrapping and much more. In her well- equipped studio I was able to learn a range of skills which will enable me to embark upon my own future jewellery projects: the handouts and photographic record will provide an excellent reference. Throughout the day we chatted about many other creative ideas and processes which opened up a world of possibilities!
Another day another conundrum. Each time I come to Lucy thinking I know what I'm doing it's all very straight forward we together work through some technical issues. The result is that I am developing a piece that is evolving from something nice and safe into something interesting. Taking my skill from an interested beginner into some one whose confidence is growing to a new level of understanding.I'm gaining the knowledge that this is a craft that with its demands is stretching me both intellectually and practically. But without Lucy I would just still be an interested beginner
Autumn, as the leaves were starting to change colour - was a wonderful time to visit the Vale of Clwyd. I am a regular to Lucy's workshop. She never fails to inspire, and is so generous with her time and advice. I am learning so much with her expert tuition. Next I'll have a go at enamelling. Can't wait!
My boyfriend arranged a workshop with Lucy to make engagement rings for each other, which I knew nothing about until I was in Lucy's workshop! I had a fantastic day! Lucy was so friendly and inspiring. I have never had any experience with jewellery making; Lucy was patient,encouraging and informative throughout the day. I love the rings we made and would definitely want to go back some day. It really was a special day for me. I hope it will not be too long before we go back.
My girlfriend and I have just completed a workshop with Lucy to make engagement rings for each other. What a wonderful day we had! I cannot recommend it enough. Lucy is a fantastic teacher and is extremely patient. She really goes that extra mile and cares so much about helping you get the exact design you want, regardless of the time it takes. The attention to detail and process involved in making the rings was fascinating and a real eye-opener to me. I would love to return some day to do another workshop. We received such a warm welcome when we arrived and by the end of the day felt like Lucy and her husband Peter were our friends. We received some lovely photos of our day and a nice message a few days after our visit, which was a really nice touch. Since then family and friends have raved about how beautiful the rings look and they have all commented on what a romantic and special thing it was to do. We'll definitely be going back to Lucy to make our wedding rings.
Who would have thought that 50 years after being taught geometry at school I would find a use for it. Today with Lucy I learned that making fine jewellery is a lot more complex than just learning the practical skills such as filing and soldering. Once again my ability has been stretched and I loved every minute although I told Lucy it was torture. Gently Lucy has again allowed me to evaluate my project and it has changed again. No longer including enamelling but I believe it will look all the more fantastic
Faster than before, the silver ring with gold wires and granules - new technique of applications for me - was also completed.
This was my fifth and last day in the one-to-one week with Lucy. Knowing I would spend a further day in Bodfari, Lucy gave me good ideas how to spend this time. So I went to the local pub "Dinorben Arms" and had an excellent meal in this nice reastaurant combining tradition with new architecture. I also walked the famous Offa's Dyke Path, which crosses Bodfari.
Finally, Lucy gave me a comprehensive collection of fotos documenting me, my work, the working process and the skills and techniques she taught me. But beyond that all, the encounter with Lucy gave me much more - it has also enriched me on a personal level.
On arriving in beautiful Wales, I received a warm welcome at the weekend - and started a 5-day workshop with Lucy on Monday. On the first day, Lucy showed me the importance of meticulous planning and designing. A "storyboard" was put together and the project of a pair of Keum boo earrings started to take shape.
Keum boo can prove to be an intricate technique of applying gold foil on silver, especially on a 3-D object - or two objects, in my case, the project being a pair of errings. Lucy understands to motivate and to encourage you, she is warmheartedly strict in your own interest and to the advantage of a project promising success. She spares no effort to ensure you realize your goal.
The third day : a real Keum boo day. Theory was put into practice. Lucy's supportive attitude to your project makes you feel how valuable it is what you are creating. Talking shop while working and informal conversations in the lunch breaks gradually gave me the opportunity for deeper insights into making art in form of jewellery.
On this sunny day the Keum boo errings were completed. It was a very busy day also because we got through the basic skills too while applying them to a more advanced project. Earwires attached: aren't they beautiful? We are both happy and satisfied - it's high time we started the second project.
I had a great day with Lucy. I was a bit restricted with time, but Lucy was very accommodating. I can't believe how much we were able to do in a day! Lucy encouraged me to try out many different skills and was very supportive throughout. Highly recommended one to one tuition. Thanks Lucy!
I'm a complete beginner & had a fab day learning how to make a silver ring & bangle. Lucy is great teacher with a lot of patience. Looking forward to more training days in the very near future.
I had an intensive day course being instructed in the processes involved in silversmithing. Lucy is extremely knowledgeable and skilled in her craft and, with her patient guidance and help, a silver bangle was produced! The workshop is spacious and very well equipped and I was impressed with the hospitality I was shown. Thank you for most enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
Another superb day with Lucy spent working on my project piece. So many skills I'm learning always over and above what I'm expecting. I love the collaborative style of working as she gently makes suggestions to save me making mistakes but also we come together to make my project better. Although it's not complete it has become a very professional looking piece all thanks to Lucy's patience
What a great day I had last week with Lucy. I wanted to learn as much as I could about making jewellery from silver and that's exactly what I did. The amount of knowledge that Lucy has is amazing! She was able to assist me with everything that I wanted to make, bringing all of my ideas to life, in silver form. I could not recommend Lucy and her beautiful studio enough.
I spent two days with Lucy at her fantastic workshop and learned so much. She is the perfect teacher for taking what you already know (in my case very little) and stretching you just enough that you accomplish far more than you thought you'd ever be able to.
I am now going to consolidate my skills and, I hope, book another day or two with her when I know where I want to go with my learning next. I am utterly certain that whereever that is Lucy will be a great person to guide the way.
I've had another riveting day learning new techniques from Lucy. Whilst I have not been able to bring my work home. I know this is because I have another session to look forward to. What I love is my project is evolving and being adapted so it means I will have learned so much more than the original plan of practicing enamelling. To me it's my little masterpiece which I could never have done with out Lucy's insight knowledge and skills. I can't wait for the next episode
A 2-day bonanza! The morning of day 1 was spent designing the ring. As I am devoid of artistic flare, we reviewed previous students' efforts and came up with an amalgam of prior designs. The afternoon session was devoted to a copper mockup.
Lucy and I grew to realise that the design posed some singularly difficult challenges concerning the final length of the ring, namely the 4-segmented pattern. The oblique cuts further complicated the silverware, along with the requirement of an oblique cut to best hide the seam. All in all, this was time well spent. Day 2 was a methodological execution of the first day's work. All the preparation paid off and I'm delighted with my opus! Thank you, Lucy.
What an Insightful day!! Having attended jewellery making workshops with other providers may years ago, I was amazed at Lucy's wealth of knowledge and teaching ability. The workshop, garden and Lucy's welcoming personality provides a relaxing and calming atmosphere to learn at your own pace.
My third day with Lucy and it was as packed full of learning as my first two. My project is evolving from the original vague idea into something interesting that changes as we hit a new set of obstacles. This has meant that I have learned skills that I never anticipated. Lucy has the time and patience which means I feel comfortable making suggestions. She will talk me through until we both agree what will work. Can't wait until my next session. And ps don't tell her I'm part of her fan club x
I returned to Lucy’s at the end of May. I had worked at home on a leaf made in silver. This is to embellish the pod shape, already developed. After shaping the leaf so it looked as if it was growing from and around the pod, I preparing it for etching. Lucy kindly gave me stop-out varnish and whiting powder so I could continue at home. When I return it will be ready for the acid bath. This is the third time I have used etching and I find it really exciting. It’s great that Lucy offers this and so many other techniques to try.
I visited Lucy towards the end of April to continue with my 3D project. The two parts of a hollow shape were soldered together. Lucy suggested we could try using hot pitch to fill the item, letting it cool and so allowing us to safely refine the shape by hammering. I liked that we could experiment and keep the design process fluid.
The weather was glorious, so I was able to enjoy lunch in Lucy’s wonderful wisteria-clad garden; it is so relaxing, with beautiful plants, and a small pond with goldfish. All in all, the day was a great escape from a hectic time at work!
I have just spent two days in Lucy’s workshop, being taught Jewellery making skills; I was complete novice with no previous experience and what a treat it has been, she is extremely patient and very generous with her knowledge coupled with an incredible passion for her craft, Lucy enabled me to produce a very beautiful unique pendant that covered a number of different techniques.
I never thought I would be creating by hand beautiful little flowers and learning how to set using rivets ! I am completely enthused by the entire process and eager to learn more. I will definitely be back to Lucy to learn another area of Jewellery making from a true professional.
I have just spent another day learning with Lucy and creating some gorgeous earrings!
I wanted to develop my silversmithing skills, particularly using some of the equipment and tools. I came away having achieved more than I thought I could, and I am already planning my next project. Lucy is a very patient and thorough teacher, and she helped me so much to achieve some great results.
I attended a workshop with Lucy back in April. Her workshop was amazing and so is Lucys' knowledge.
I was truly amazed at how much I learnt in one day. I have now booked a further 10 days with Lucy over the next few months and can't wait to develop my skills further.
Would highly recommend her workshops to anyone. Thank you
I had a fantastic and insightful day with Lucy yesterday. I am a degree student, studying jewellery and metalwork and I wanted to perfect some of the skills that I already have. I chose to do some stone setting with Lucy and I learned so much in one day. I feel I have come away from the session with much more confidence and knowledge to apply to my own designs. Her expertise is invaluable and I will definitely be booking another session with her soon.
My second day with lovely Lucy was just as intense interesting and packed with learning as my first. With Lucy on a one to one you really feel that enhancing your skills is important. We also put the world to rights at the same time. I am not sure if my enamelling project would have been as adventurous without Lucy's guidance and support. I can't wait for my next day.
As a birthday present, I was given a workshop day with Lucy, making jewellery, it was a big surprise. After making some arrangements with Lucy, what I needed and what could I make in a day, I booked a day with her to come for the workshop.
On arrival I had a warm welcome and whilst we had a drink, Lucy explained what we were going to do and what the process is working with metal. I had no idea as it was all new to me.
Lucy is very knowledgable about the subject, as she has been making beautiful jewellery for quite some time.
Lucy let me take over after she had shown me how to do a specific job, we worked at different stages to complete the final object; a bangle. I thought it was going to be the easiest option, but that was not the case. I ended up with a lovely object, proud that I had made it myself, under Lucy's instructions.
I had a wonderful day, an very knowledgeable teacher who was great fun to be with, I felt relaxed right from the start.
If you are interested in jewellery making I highly recommend Lucy as a teacher.
I spent a lovely day with Lucy learning the skills of soldering. Prior to the day Lucy checked out my experience and expectations for the day.
Lucy provided support over and above my expectations and I can't wait to have another day. Her knowledge and experience shone through and I learned so much more than soldering skills
I spent two days in Lucy's beautiful studio learning about wax carving for casting and improving my soldering skills. Lucy is a fantastic teacher who understood exactly what I wanted to gain from my 1 to 1 tuition with her. She has an incredibly wide knowledge of techniques and skills and I learned lots of tips and tricks that I hadn't found from my research online or in books. She also takes photos along the way and sends them over after so you have something to refer back to which was very helpful! I learned so much during my time with her, she has given me the confidence to continue learning these new techniques at home, I will definitely be back!
I spent a most enjoyable , stimulating and rewarding day with Lucy , who is an excellent teacher.
She was supportive, encouraging , flexible and responsive, and her style and enormous subject knowledge really fired my imagination.
I will certainly be returning in the summer to learn more.
I would recommend Lucy to anyone who is interested in experiencing a range of techniques and the luxury of one to one tuition with a very skilled and talented jeweller .
I made a start on my new project: a pendant I’ve planned to be in gilding metal and silver. I had fun learning how to make an oval doming block in wood; that was for shaping the gilding metal. Lucy showed me how and produced a good set of woodworking tools for the purpose. Although it was February, and we could see the snow settled on the nearby Clwydian Hills, the workshop, with its new roof, was warm and well lit. Thanks Lucy for another wonderful day.
For this first visit of the new year my aim was to finish off two pieces I’d worked on previously: a silver and bronze cuff, and a pendant in silver and bronze with a gold rivet. I learned how to make a curled bale for the pendant, using Lucy’s intriguing wooden bale-forming machine. Overall, I gained a lot of knowledge and skill with these projects, and feel my creativity has grown with Lucy’s immense help and guidance.
I have had the pleasure of attending one of Lucys' Jewellery Workshops this week. I had a wonderful day.Lucy discussed just what I would like to get out of the day and she delivered. The teaching was first class.I can't believe how much we covered in one day.I am over the moon with the bracelet I made with loads of help.I will be attending more workshops in the future Lucy has so much expertise and experience through a lifetime of jewellery making.Would recommend this workshop for anyone from a beginner to a jewellery maker who wants to take their jewellery up a notch.
In November, as a birthday treat, I had another two days at Lucy’s workshop learning how to make a cuff with etched silver and bronze. Aspects of the design were inspired by an image of oriental pottery, kindly sent to me by Lucy. She is excellent at encouraging creativity. This was a challenging project but with Lucy’s help and immense skill, I achieved a piece I will love to wear. As always, I had a wonderful experience and I look forward to my next visit.
I visited Lucy in Late September for two days; the weather was glorious. I was able to sit outside at lunchtime enjoying her garden with a fantastic view of the Clwydian hills beyond.
I made a pair of bronze and silver earrings with gold accents using the techniques of riveting and etching. Each time I visit I aim to learn new skills. Lucy, as always, was excellent and she provided me with a basic tool list so I could continue learning and experimenting with the riveting process at home. Lucy goes ‘above and beyond’ in her efforts to help you produce wonderful jewellery with a truly professional finish.
What to do to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, a big question and one that had to be memorable! It was a no brainer as we both work in our chosen crafts - Glenda makes jewellery and I put my hand to wood turning, love spoons and wooden jewellery which Glenda enhances with her skills. We booked three wonderful days at Lucy's studio and decided in advance what we wanted to make, Glenda decided on a simple silver and enamelled necklace and I a Celtic ring; a little ambitious? Lucy was supportive from the beginning before we arrived by supplying us with all the advice and literature in preparation of our visit, her encouragement and knowledge was inspiring and exciting. Our stay with Lucy was so comfortable we felt part of the family and her patience and attention to detail and processes helped us in the production of our selected projects. I knew from the outset that my project was ambitious and doubted whether I would end up with something to show for my labours, my main focus was my wife's passion to create a design she so wanted to complete. Lucy's encouragement and vast experience and knowledge brought us to the completion of our projects, Glenda's beautiful designed silver and enamelled pendant was awesome and my Celtic designed copper ring was well on its way to completion. Our choice of celebration was well spent with Lucy and the knowledge and techniques we acquired has set us both on the road to designing and making precious metal jewellery in the future. A most enjoyable and memorable three days, no better way to celebrate our anniversary. Hope to return next year. Thanks Lucy for your hospitality and friendship.
Lucy's workshop days are excellent value for money. I have just completed two days tuition with her which were both packed with information, skills training and guidance.
Lucy is a great teacher who helps build confidence whilst helping you to develop your skills. I wanted to build on my very basic silversmithing ability and was able to do so more quickly than I thought possible.
I am now going to arrange another day to build on what I have learnt so far.
Lucy is incredibly generous in sharing her knowledge and tips. I brought a lot of information away with me all of which is invaluable.
I have spent 3 days with Lucy last year as a novice in the silversmith field. It was a great experience and I still adore the pieces I had made with her excellent guidance. With encouraging of Lucy I decided to set up my silversmith studio at home. I visited her again for a day to discuss all the details and equipments I need. ( And even create a unique ring for me.) Lucy guided me through all the processes, set up my torch, looked up all the tools in different catalogs to fit for my purpose. She was giving me great tips of literally everything I wanted. And nevertheless I made 2 beautiful rings
14 years ago my parents brought me a ring for my 21st birthday from a small independent gallery that I absolutely adore. I wear it everyday and I get so many compliments about it. My younger sister got engaged last year and she said she'd always wanted a ring like mine. So, we headed over to North Wales and spent some time with Lucy whilst she decided what was right for her.
We had such a lovely afternoon in the workshop with Lucy in her simple and idyllic surroundings and whilst there discovered that she offered jewellery making workshops. We decided to come back with our older sister and spend some quality time together learning a new craft.
Well, what an experience! It was incredible. As complete novices I didn't expect to be able to produce a piece that looks professional and I can actually wear- but we all did!
The time spent under Lucy's guidance was enlightening, empowering and great fun. She is an expectional teacher, a truly gifted artist and an inspirational women. We had a wonderful day, channelling our energies into producing 3 utterly unique pieces that took much intricate detail and work. Lucy allows you the freedom to 'own' your piece but her close guidance ensures that you still produce quality. I was heavily pregnant when we attended the workshop and as I wear my ring I wil always have a special associationin relation to to the precious time spent with my sisters and the imminent birth of my beautiful daughter.
Thank you Lucy.
I had a great experience, with patient ,professional guidance from Lucy, who had given me practical advice on getting supples, and accomodation in area , as well as a pickup service from train station (as I came from London).
I'm a rank amateur, with very little experience in silver smithing , but a lifelong interest in design and crafting.
With much assistance , I can away with a lovely memories of the charming workshop and a pendant which will be much treasured !
I also discovered another extraordinary connection with Lucy family,in my childhood, spent in Northof England,my sister and I had portraits painted by Lucy's grandfather Stanley Royle. He had been a patient of my father and Stanley had been requested to paint us a children ! We both currently live overseas.
After doing a part time course at Burmingham school of Jewellery I carried on making the odd piece of jewellery at home. However, I felt I needed more guidance and found Lucy. I spend a day making 2 silver serviette rings together with Lucy. She was so knowledgeable but also hands on. She taught me while making me feel I was in charge of my own experience. No challenge that day was too great, and we had a few. But most importantly she gave me lots of confidence to carry on making silver jewellery at home. I am already thinking of another challenge that I could share with Lucy.
Whilst studying Design and Technology, I attended several jewellery workshops with Lucy to gain experience of designing and creating my own Jewellery. I enjoyed working with both silver, copper, and enamelling too. Lucy showed me various techniques. The workshops were great! Lucy was a fantastic tutor.
I have attended several workshops with Lucy and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I have learnt many skills in silver jewellery making. Lucy is a patient and extremely skilled teacher. I have many pieces I made during my classes, and will treasure these as they are very unique. Lucy is extremely skilled and provides tuition of a very high standard. I would recommend Lucy's workshops - classes are in a beautiful setting too!
I had an excellent day of learning and fun making jewellery at Lucy's workshop.
I came away with a handmade, by me, silver bracelet. Lucy is an excellent tutor who enables and supports while teaching jewellery making techniques. I have already booked my next session.
I have admired Lucy's work for many years and after visiting the workshop last year I was so inspired and excited at the idea of trying jewellery making myself.
The workshop completely exceeded my expectations. I had such an amazing weekend, first day just attending to watch my sisters - and on the second day getting stuck in myself.
Lucy's knowledge of techniques, teaching methods and enthusiasm we're fantastic. I'm a complete beginner and can't believe how professional both my sisters and my finished piece of jewellery is thanks to Lucy's guidance and support.
Would 100% recommend to anyone and really hope to return one day in the future myself!
I thoroughly enjoyed my day workshop with Lucy; she has excellent attention to detail, impressive knowledge and an infectious passion for her work. Learning new techniques, and seeing the work take shape was fascinating. Having no previous experience, I was really quite amazed to have produced such a stunning, beautifully finished, unique pendant by the end of the day. When I see it catch the light, I know how much careful filing was needed for that!
Lucy has an extensive knowledge that covers a wide range of tecniques in many different metals.
Her guidance & patience has given me the confidence to achieve a number of projects covering the more difficult aspects of silver-smithing.
Since my early 20's I have had a hankering to learn the art & now at the age of 65 I feel priveliged to have found a highly qualified mentor.
I look forward to each session in Lucy's fully equipped workshop. It is a tranquil space full of inspiration & knowledge.
I spent my first day with Lucy yesterday and had a fantastic day. Lucy has an in depth knowledge having spent many years training and teaching jewellery making. I am looking forward to spending more days with Lucy to learn more skills. In one day I learnt a variety of different skills. It is great that Lucy encourages you to design your own pieces. Lucy's experience and amazing ability in the craft means that almost anything is possible. Lucy's style of teaching is great, she encourages you to think about the process and how it works, demonstrates well but you certainly do most of the making yourself. Looking forward to making learning and making lots more :) Thanks again!
I had a fantastic day, making a copper oak leaf pendant with Lucy. Not only did I take away a variety of jewellery making skills that I will use to make more jewellery in the future, I also enjoyed her company. Lucy taught me in a way that even as a beginner, I did not feel overwhelmed and was able to complete my pendant using many different techniques that I had no previous experience of doing. I look forward to doing another course with her in the future. Thank you Lucy :-)
My class with Lucy was fantastic! She taught me the basics of annealing and moulding copper into a ring. Definitely will need to come back again to learn some more techniques! Lucy was lovely and a great teacher. I really appreciate that she gave me a list of the tools that I would need to get started. I am very envious of Lucy's studio, just need to find a space to start my own now!
I have visited Lucy twice, and I am already planning my next visit. It’s great to have 1-1 tuition of the highest standard in a wonderful, well-equipped studio. I have learned many techniques - some of which are devised by Lucy herself, and not found in books - and I have learned to produce work finished to a professional standard. It’s a nice touch that Lucy later sends a set of photographs of work-in-progress, as well as the finished pieces; that’s a helpful reference to the techniques used. The days have been fun, with lots of tea and inspiration!