Course summary: Join jeweller Laila Smith on this course that will introduce you to the many fundamental skills in jewellery making. Whilst creating beautiful, unique jewellery, you will learn about techniques such as forming, shaping, texturing and soldering metal during this 3-week course. A number of projects will be covered, starting with a textured silver ring, moving onto a shaped pendant or earrings. You will learn about working with sheet metal and wire, and you will be able to customise each project to your own style. You will learn: Soldering, piercing (cutting), shaping, texturing and polishing. How to work with sheet and wire. How to design jewellery. The various considerations that are required, such as sizing. How to design and plan your jewellery projects. How to make a ring. How to make a piece of jewellery You will also be taught how to make the various fittings for these pieces, such as ear hooks and jump rings (if relevant to your design). Tutor biography: Laila Smith is a jeweller based on the south coast of England. She designs and makes simple, elegant jewellery using geometric forms that are crisp and beautifully crafted. The work is made in solid silver with gold vermeil accents as well as a range of 18ct gold and silver rings and currently details an obsession with geometry. She has had jewellery studios in London, Birmingham and Brighton, where she currently works. After graduation in 1996 Laila took a place on a jewellery fellowship in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. She has shown in many galleries and shops throughout the UK and most recently was shortlisted for the international New Traditional Jewellery Prize, with her entry piece being shown in a number of European galleries.
What's included in the price
Refreshments and lunch will be available during the class. All materials, including precious metals, are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea, although you may wish to collect some visual reference materials and a sketchbook and pencil to make notes and sketch out ideas.