Advanced Summer School – Introduction to Fine Jewellery


Mon 29 July - Fri 2 August

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1st Installment: £240.00 (non-refundable)


Advanced Summer School – Introduction to Fine Jewellery

Level: This course is an intermediate & above level course. Participants should be very confident in forming and soldering silver wire. Previous experience with a pendant motor is advisable. If you have recently melted any of your work, then this course is likely to be unsuitable at this time.

The term “fine jewellery” is used for any jewellery that is made from precious metals such as gold, silver, or platinum. Fine jewellery is created to last for a lifetime and can become family heirlooms that are passed down for generations. If you are already experienced in creating silver jewellery but are uncertain about how to make the jump into working in gold, then our Introduction to Fine Jewellery Summer School can demystify the techniques and terminology that underpin this craft.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to working in gold
  • Working with cast settings
  • Finishing and polishing
  • Remodeling heritage jewellery or gold scrap
  • Hallmarking
  • Outsourcing
  • Design and design realisation

Your Tutors:

Jo Pudelko is the Lead Tutor at the Central Scotland School of Jewellery and an experienced artist and educator. A polymath of the jewellery world she has taught with Edinburgh College of Art, DJCAD, Leith School of Art, and Cromarty Arts Trust to name but a few. She is passionate about sustainable practices and creative learning for all.

Ailsa Ritchie also teaches jewellery making classes at Central Scotland School of Jewellery in Dunblane. Ailsa was one of 7 hand-picked makers chosen to be part of the COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme with Craft Scotland. Ailsa uses recycled metals as standard;  Fairtrade gold, responsibly sourced stones, and eco-friendly studio practices.  Ailsa was one of the ‘Inaugural 100’ jewellers to join the Fair Luxury Provenance Pledge.

What to bring:

  • We’ll provide everything you’ll need for your advanced jewellery summer school including tools, silver, 9ct gold wire, and gold solder. Extra silver can be bought from the studio.
  • A small sketchbook, pen, and pencil would be useful for taking notes and sketching ideas, we have a selection for sale in the shop upstairs
  • Please bring along glasses if you need them
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a studio environment including closed-toe shoes. Why not order yourself a CSSJ apron to make you feel right at home in your workshop?
  • If you have long hair please wear it tied up
  • Tea, coffee, and biscuits are supplied. You can bring your own lunch to eat in the studio or we can advise you of nearby places to eat

Course Info

Mon 29 July – Fri 2 August
10:00 am – 4 pm with a break for lunch.
Please note that occasionally our classes run slightly over the finishing time depending on the complexity of student designs. Please allow an extra 30 minutes of buffer time at the end of the last day.

**Please note: classes may be cancelled due to a lack of attendees. In this unlikely event, you will be notified the day before the class is scheduled and fully refunded*


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