Jewellery and silverwork adult learning courses

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Create your own jewellery to gift, wear or treasure. Develop the skills and confidence with our jewellery and silverwork courses.

We have well-equipped, spacious specialist studios. Here you will learn how to turn a design concept into a piece of wearable jewellery.

For those new to jewellery making, you will begin to build basic skills and design ideas. You will then use those skills to create simple pieces of jewellery. For those with some experience you will be challenged to develop and work on your own designs. If you are not sure where to start try a short course first. We offer jewellery with enamelling, and jewellery with wire and beadwork. We also offer Saturday workshops where you can learn to make a textured bangle, a set of silver stacking rings, or spinning ring.

Classes are delivered by professional jewellers with a wealth of trade knowledge. This means we teach traditional jewellery making techniques to high standards. We will encourage you to practice skills outside of the workshop.

Our Guildford studio offers a light and spacious jewellery studio. It has 12 individual jeweller benches with the characteristic semi-circle cut out. We have two Flamefast hearths and a variety of small kilns. We have specialist equipment such as double polishing lathes and pendant motors, a grinder, and two rolling mills. We also have all the essential hand tools you need to complete projects to a professional standard.

Our Woking jewellery classes take place in a large, bright studio. It has a number of large work tables and a workbench with 8 spaces for more involved work. We have two Flamefast hearths and two small kilns. We also have special equipment. This includes a single polishing motor, a guillotine, two pendant motors, a grinder, two rolling mills, and many hand tools. All the tools needed to complete projects.

Our courses run over a period of weeks for a term. We have three terms in the year from September to July plus short courses at the start of summer. We also offer more specific one-day workshops throughout the year.

Enrolments open every term in March, July and November. If courses have already started you may still be able to join so please contact us.

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Course levels

  • Introduction courses will give you a taste of what a subject or course is like before you progress to a longer course.
  • Beginners courses are suitable for those with no previous experience or as a "refresher". They may be described as such throughout the year as those advertised in the autumn term generally continue for the spring and sometimes the summer too.
  • Improvers courses are for those with some previous experience who are starting to work towards more independent learning.
  • Advanced courses are for those who have substantial previous experience, are capable of working quite independently, and who wish to develop with the support and guidance of a tutor.
  • Mixed Ability courses are suitable for those with any level of previous experience. Courses without a level in the title are suitable for all levels.

Jewellery courses

Saturday and one day workshops

Workshops are short courses on a particular area. They are usually one day or less.

Saturday and one day workshops

Discounts and support with fees

We have many discounts and fee support options. These include money off your first course if you are a library member, Surrey Heritage user, or over 66.

We include a small charge in the fees. It covers the cost of materials used by tutors for demonstrations. The fee does not include the cost of materials and equipment used by learners, unless stated otherwise. If you have any questions, please ask when enrolling. We advise you not to buy extra materials for a course until your enrolment is confirmed.

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