Jewellery Making | Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Jewellery Making at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Jewellery Making at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Price: £128.00 Starts: 18/01/2020 Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Tutor: Robert Birch Ends: 21/03/2020 Location: Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Level: Level 1 Day of Week: SAT Duration: 8 weeks

This course has started, but is still accepting enrolments. This course has already started but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 2222 and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running.

About this course

If you have already completed a beginners’ course or have some jewellery making skills you will be able to continue working on more complex projects on this Jewellery course. You will learn further ways to produce original designs, you will hone the basic skills you have already learned and you will learn new techniques working in copper and silver.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Use a variety of soldering techniques
Set faceted stones
Work in married metal
Work with alternative materials
Make catches and clasps

How will I be taught?

Our craft courses provide an opportunity for you to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for this craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including: demonstration, instruction, one-to-one tutorial guidance, and group discussions and critiques. You will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress.
Your tutor will give you feedback during each class during one to one tuition or through group critiques. You will also be given the opportunity to tell your tutor what you want to achieve in the class and you can measure your sucess in your Individual Learning Plan, ILP.
Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring an A4 sketch pad, stationary, apron, hair pin/tie for long hair, wear closed in shoes and money to buy silver, copper, brass used during your first session. Tools can be bought at a later stage but all the equipment to get you started is in the Silversmithing studio. Silver, piercing blades, silver solder and emery cloths can be purchased during the class. You will be encouraged to buy metal and silver online as the course progresses.

What can I do next?

Another jewellery and silversmithing courses.

What do I need to join the course

All students are welcome on this course so turn up with an enquiring mind and willingness to be creative.
This course is for anyone interested in the Craft of Silversmithing whether you are a beginner or experienced in using metal as all levels of experience are welcome.
It is important to note that craft courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity. If you need to bring a carer with you, or be accompanied by another person, please ask to speak with the Curriculum Leader.

About the Tutor: Robert Birch

Robert Birch is a silversmith who served a craft apprenticeship and studied design at The Royal College of Art in London. He established his workshop in Edenbridge Kent in 1977 and has maintained his craft practice throughout a career teaching Silversmithing and Jewellery working in various University Departments as well as many Adult Education Centres.

His courses offer traditional and contemporary techniques of Silversmithing and Jewellery and can accommodate both beginners and those with previous experience.

You can see some of his creations on

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Getting there

Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Avebury Avenue
Tonbridge And Malling

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 2222 and quote the Course Code TON/75629/H/LC.
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