WORKSHOPS & COURSES 2024

SILVER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

 

@ The Polishing Room, Flaxdrayton Farm, South Petherton TA13 5LR

Replicating the fun taster sessions of Silver Stamped Bangle, Silver Charm Bangle and Ring Making that we teach during our usual Summer festival events.

Learn how make a personalised stamped or charm bangle in 2 & 1/2  hrs or a ring in 3 hrs from recycled sterling silver using traditional silver fabrication skills of melting, sawing, texturing, punching, soldering, forming and polishing.  A fun and creative hands-on experience for all abilities!

Each bangle and ring class will be kept to a maximum of 4 people aged 16 years and over. Choose your preferred date and whether you would like to join just one or both classes.

If you wish to redeem your Silver Stamped Bangle Making or Silver Ring Making Gift Voucher and the current workshop dates are fully booked, please either contact me or Subscribe here for future dates.

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3 hr Silver Ring Making

 Saturday 14th September 2024

2.30pm – 5.30pm

£80.00 to inc. silver

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2 & 1/2 hr Silver STAMPED Bangle Making

Saturday 14th September 2024

10.30am – 1pm

£90.00 to inc. silver

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2 & 1/2 hr Silver CHARM Bangle Making

Saturday 8th June 2024

10.30am – 1pm

£90.00 to inc. silver

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“Thank you for a wonderful silver ring making workshop at Glastonbury, we learnt so much and we love our rings!”

– JULIA SAWALHA, ACTRESS

 

SILVER CUTTLEFISH  CASTING WORKSHOP

 

The Polishing Room, Flaxdrayton Farm, South Petherton TA13 5LR

Next Date TBC

  10am – 1pm  OR  2.30pm – 5.30pm

 

A fun and immersive 3 hour workshop designed for beginners. You will get to experiment with hand carving a unique pendant design of your choice in the medium of cuttlefish bone, to then be guided through the casting process using recycled silver scrap.

Leave with a handmade piece of precious metal designer jewellery that you’ve made using this age old sustainable technique!

If you wish to redeem your Silver Cuttlefish Casting Gift Voucher and the current workshop dates are fully booked, please either contact me or Subscribe here for future dates.

£80.00 + materials

 

“Just a message to say thank you for such a lovely day cuttlefish casting with my sister. I learnt so much and it was truly awesome.”

– O. Litchfield

 

Naomi’s brilliant Medieval horse brass cast. The black horse brass above is what she pressed into the bone, and the silver one below is the outcome of the casting. Check out the charred remains!
Silver Workshop Gift Vouchers are now available below to purchase and redeem against upcoming Saturday Workshops!

ONE DAY WEDDING / CIVIL PARTNERSHIP RING COURSE

 

The Polishing Room, Flaxdrayton Farm, South Petherton TA13 5LR

Design & make them together

You choose the date, 10am-5pm.

What better way to start life’s journey together than to design and make your own wedding or civil partnership rings from recycled silver, Fairtrade gold or a combination of both, including reworking your family heirloom pieces!

You do not need experience as you will both be guided every step of the way on this unique and creative one-day course. Run by myself, from my professional yet welcoming silver studio in the heart of rural Somerset.

The outcome will be two beautiful rings, full of love and meaning that you’ll both be proud to wear forever, plus great memories of a fantastic day.

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“My husband Dom & I made our wedding rings with Julia’s informative & creative support… An encouraging teacher, guiding us gently in getting it right. What a magical, unique & truly personal experience it was to fashion our wedding rings for one another, such a beautiful & intimate process. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Julia and her workshops to anyone.”

– L. PARSONS

 

10 WEEK SILVER JEWELLERY EVENING COURSE

 

The Polishing Room, Flaxdrayton Farm, South Petherton TA13 5LR

Autumn Monday Beginners from 23rd September – 9th December 2024, 7-9pm.

Suitable for beginners and those who wish to expand on their silver jewellery skills. You can expect to learn traditional silver fabrication skills which will include stone setting so that you can then design and make your own piece/s, or complete any unfinished projects as the course progresses.

The course breaks for two weeks over the Autumn Half Term.

£360.00 + materials

Each class will be kept to a maximum of 8 people aged 16 years and over.

“Just to let you know Julia, I am enjoying the course immensely and have worn the Wonder Woman necklace into work, in the hope it’s giving me extra special powers!”

– A. COX

 

GEMS & GEMMOLOGY WORKSHOP

 

The Polishing Room, Flaxdrayton Farm, South Petherton TA13 5LR

Next workshop date TBC.

This one-day workshop with Stuart Pool of Nineteen48 Ltd will give you a solid overview of many of the key topics relating to gems and gemmology, covering scientific aspects of the subject, the journey of a gemstone and the practical side of gem properties and identification. You will learn to use some of the main gemmologist’s tools and have a chance to examine a wide range of gemstones.

This course is suitable for complete beginners to the subject and will also interest those with some previous knowledge, such as jewellery makers who want to learn more about the materials they use.  Students need only bring their energy and enthusiasm, plus something for making notes. Everything else will be provided.

£120.00

to inc. a gem reference book & refreshments

This class will be kept to a maximum of 10 people aged 16 years and over.

 ROUND SILVER PILL BOX WEEKEND WORKSHOP

 

The Polishing Room, Flaxdrayton Farm, South Petherton TA13 5LR

 10am-5pm : Next Weekend Dates TBC

Suitable for those with some experience who have already attended at least one 10 week evening class. You can expect to expand on your traditional silver fabrication skills which will include advanced soldering, precision hand piercing, forming, fitting, polishing and stone setting.

Leave with new skills and a completed handcrafted round silver pill box with a lift off decorative lid!

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 4 people.

£350.00 – to inc the silver  (gemstones are an optional extra)

If ever you get the chance to spend time at Julia’s workshops then do it

– you won’t regret it”

– Y. FROEHLICH

 

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP:

With the latest Government guidelines the wearing of a face mask is no longer obligatory during classes.

Hand sanitiser will be readily available. You will be asked to use this on arrival and to reapply regularly, especially when handling tools.

Tools and the workshop will be cleaned in between classes

Polite notice

We ask kindly that you do not attend a class if you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, and to inform us by phone or email 24hrs in advance if possible.

We regret to inform you that if this is the case and you miss your class, refunds are not applicable.

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