Our Jewellery Making Classes
Jewellery making is one of the most lucrative areas of arts. This is because it is highly rewarding – financially and in terms of opportunities for career advancement. It is also quite vast, providing students with a vast area of knowledge to choose from. The crux of jewellery making is in smithing; and our program focuses, amongst other things, on silversmithing.
Amongst many works of metal, silver holds quite a place of pride. Its functions are diverse. It is an important economic object; it serves as a haven asset during economic crises. Central banks stockpile it all over the world.
It is also used for sociocultural purposes; it is a symbol of royalty and power amongst cultures worldwide. In modern-day times, it is highly coveted in sports as a trophy for winners of competitions. Finally, it is an important industrial mineral – an important resource in electronics, telecommunication devices, and mobile phones.
This versatility makes silver an important tool; and thus, silversmithing is a crucial skill to imbibe. If you like to key into the never-ending “silver rush”, we have got you covered. Our silversmithing courses and programs are designed and developed by industry veterans to take you from a newcomer in the art of silversmithing to a professional, quite seamlessly.
Silversmithing is somewhat complex, with several tools, techniques, methods, and safety rules to imbibe. Thus, to bring maximum results out of students, we have designed the courses to take the systematic learning approach. There are introductory courses, which are meant for newbies to metalworking and jewellery production as a whole.
It starts with design conceptualisation and moves on to the rudimentary techniques and methods involved in jewellery making. This will include, amongst others, shaping, drilling, piercing, smouldering, and hammering. By the end of this initial stage, students should engage in their projects, albeit on a small scale.
Students must have completed the initial stages before they can move on to this stage. Among others, one of the methods of certifying that students have satisfactorily completed the basic-level courses is through the projects they show forth upon completing the basic courses. These projects will typically involve basic jewellery works such as chains, rings, and bangles.
The intermediate stages allow students to advance better the basic skills they have garnered from the introductory courses. They will be taught how to mix other non-metallic materials to their jewellery work, how to make hinges and the process of utilising rolling mills to bring about beautiful finishing to their projects.
Amongst other things, students will learn to go beyond creating functional jewellery products. Now, they will be taught the rudiments of how to add artistic effects to their work.
As is our style, we start to emphasise innovation here, encouraging students to think out of the box to create unique design and development processes.
Beyond these intermediate levels, there are options for students to better their expertise by taking up more tailored and specialised projects. Such areas include how to colour metals and bring about beautiful surfaces to jewellery work.