Jewellery Making -Taster | Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Jewellery Making -Taster at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Jewellery Making -Taster at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Price: £15.00 Starts: 30/11/2019 Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Tutor: Robert Birch Ends: 30/11/2019 Location: Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Level: Mixed Level Day of Week: SAT Duration: 1 weeks

This course is currently full and online booking is not possible. Please call 03000 41 22 22 to put your name on a waiting list and register your interest. We will then contact you directly if we can accommodate you.

About this course

This Jewellery course encourages working with hand tools to design and construct a range of metal/silver articles including rings, pendants and earrings. The tutor will demonstration various skills required to make jewellery including filing, fitting, hammering and soldering, these are the basic skills in the manipulation of metals gold, silver and copper etc. You will be encouraged to design your own Jewellery by looking at both historical and contemporary Jewellery design, this could include looking at the Art and Craft movement or the Egyptians or an interest you may have. Finishing techniques and the use of polishing spindle and flexidrive motor is also encouraged. You should try to wear dark clothing or an apron as the polishing can get clothing dirty.

How will I be taught?

Craft courses provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, 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. Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople

What do I need to bring with me?

It is advisable to wear old clothing or bring an apron or lab coat, long hair must be tied back and open toe shoes must not be worn. Costs vary according to what you are making. Silver for a plain ring would cost approximately £20 and the tutor will encourage you to buy the equipment and metal you need with their support. Do not buy anything especially for the course before the first session. Please bring along anything you already have that you think would be useful to the first session.

What can I do next?

Further Jewellery courses or specific project classes such as 'Make a Ring'.

What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome to attend from beginners and those with experience.
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 to the Curriculum Leader before you enrol.

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.

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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/75549/H/NC.
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