Would you like to learn how to make silver jewellery? If the answer is yes, then the good news is that I run creative jewellery making workshops in my studio at Sharpe's Pottery Museum in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire. You do not need to have any prior jewellery making experience to come along, as my courses are aimed at complete beginners through to improvers. Anyone is welcome to take part so long as they are aged over 18 (or over 14 if accompanied by an adult).
Creative jewellery workshops re-commenced on 3rd July 2021, please scroll down for details.
A textured silver starfish pendant and bangles made on a creative jewellery workshop; a lovely example of the unique pieces of jewellery you could create on your own day in the studio.
"Thank you so much for a thoroughly interesting and thrilling day! I learned so much under your guidance – you’re a brilliant teacher. I absolutely love my acorn inspired ring and how it made its organic journey to the finished product! I shall be back!!!"
Rhona (South Derbyshire)
What to expect on a creative jewellery workshop
My creative jewellery workshops run from 10am – 4pm with a lunch break halfway through the day. On a day course you will receive step-by-step tuition in classes of no more than 4 people in a friendly, relaxed environment. On every course I demonstrate basic traditional silversmithing techniques, from which you can experiment and develop a design for your own unique piece of silver jewellery. By the end of the day, you will have completed a piece of silver jewellery to take away with you.
Private creative jewellery workshops
I also run tailor-made private creative jewellery workshop days, for individuals to work on a specific project, or for small groups. These private workshops can be arranged on a date to suit you.
For my private jewellery workshops I have hosted family groups celebrating a special birthday and couples wanting to do something different for a wedding anniversary. I have also helped individuals to create bespoke jewellery pieces from their own designs and ideas, and these projects have been very diverse. To name just a few; a silver kilt pin, recycling silver picture frames into jewellery, setting a crystal from a beloved aunties necklace into a new gold ring, and creating a bespoke nature-inspired 18 carat rose gold diamond engagement ring.
If you think you might be interested in finding out more about a private workshop, please get in touch.
Creative jewellery workshop dates
Please read my Coronavirus risk assessment summary for workshops. It covers all the measures that I have in place for cancellations, cleaning, ventilation etc.
Browse through some of the stories from previous creative jewellery workshops to get a feel for what's possible and get inspired by seeing the jewellery other workshop attendees have made.
My creative jewellery workshops run from 10am – 4pm with a lunch break halfway through the day.
|One day workshops||
Private workshop (1 person)
Private workshop (2 people)
All workshops include 10g silver per person. Extra silver is available to purchase on the day for £1 per gram.
Weekend pricing also applies to bank holidays.
Creative jewellery workshop gift vouchers
To allow for the months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I have extended the redeem date on creative jewellery workshop vouchers to 18 months from date of purchase. If you have a voucher which you have been unable to redeem in the past few months due to the Covid-19 pandemic please get in touch and I will extend the date on your voucher for you.
Escape to the National Forest for a day
My quiet rural studio is situated in the National Forest in South Derbyshire, near Burton upon Trent (postcode DE15 9TU). It's within easy reach of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Leicestershire, and centrally located between the East Midlands and West Midlands regions.
Here are some lovely kind words from a few of my workshop attendees. You can see more in creative jewellery workshop stories.
"Dear Louise, Thank you for a wonderful day. I have enjoyed making jewellery for the first time and so proud of what I have achieved with your help."
"Louise, you have a lovely style of teaching. Felt like I learnt a lot in a few hours and had great fun! Thank you. So pleased with my little bird pendant. Can’t wait to show him off at school. So interesting to try sawing, hammering, playing with textures (and polishing my wedding ring back to a matt finish). My pendant will remind me of the beautiful setting here too."
"Under Louise’s excellent instruction I formulated, planned and created a wonderful personalised bracelet. There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere and help that was needed was given kindly and professionally. Thank you so much!"
"I keep coming back, it’s the most enjoyable and relaxing activity and I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you, Louise (& always meet lovely new friends as well)."