One day workshops

My one day workshops for Silver Jewellery Making and Metal Clay are held at Woodley and Maidenhead. I also organise beading and gemmology days at Woodley.

Dates are now being organised for one-day workshops, see below. These will continue to be added to.

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One day workshops at Woodley are booked through me. I send out the dates to all those on my one day workshops contacts list as I timetable them. If you wish to be added to my contacts list for these workshops please email me.
One day workshops at Norden Farm are booked through Norden Farm Centre For The Arts website. If the workshop you want is full call Norden Farm Box Office to be placed on their waiting list.

Dates at Woodley – The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, RG5 4JZ


Sunday 3 October – tutor Janet Richardson
Sunday 31 October – tutor Machi de Waard
Sunday 14 November – tutor Janet Richardson
Sunday 28 November – tutor Machi de Waard

All days are 10.00 – 4.00

Workshops with Janet Richardson Silver Jewellery Making –  3 October & 14 November 
Suitable for beginners and those with experience.  £60 for the day + whatever materials you use. 
Beginners can follow projects that introduce you to techniques used in silver jewellery making and you will finish the day with beautiful pieces to wear.  Ideas can be discussed with Janet and there are projects to give ideas to those with more experience.  Also design ideas can be discussed with Janet and you can be shown projects suited to your ability to help you decide what you wish to make.  Pictures of work completed on these days are on Janet’s website

If you have any particular requests for the day do discuss them first to make sure Janet has all she needs for you re materials and tools.  You can do this by emailing her at

Materials are provided by and bought from the tutor.  If you do have your own silver to use please bring your own blades and solder too.

Workshops with Machi de Waard  – 31 October & 28 November

All Machi’s workshop days have materials provided in the cost of the course

31st Oct – Make silver flower hook earrings – £90
Make a pair of flower hook earrings in silver. Wear them home by the end of the class!

Learn how to:

  • Make a conical shape in silver sheet
  • Use a jeweller’s saw
  • Texture and anneal silver
  • Form silver sheet with pliers
  • Cut, sand and polish silver
  • Make ear hooks

28th Nov – Make a textured pendant with a tube setting – £90
Make a textured pendant with a small gemstone in a tube setting. Learn how to:

  • Texture silver
  • Saw and file a shape out of silver sheet
  • Drill a hole
  • Solder a jump ring
  • Set a small gemstone in a tube setting
  • Sand and polish silver

*chain not included

Dates at Maidenhead – Norden Farm Centre For The Arts, Altwood Road, SL6 4PF

Saturday 18 September 2021

Saturday 16 October 2021

Saturday 20 November 2021

Saturday 18 December 2021

11.30 – 16.30 costs £50 + materials that you use. Materials can be purchased from the tutor.

About the Silver Jewellery Day with Janet
Whether a beginner or someone with experience you will leave with finished jewellery pieces you will be proud of. If a beginner you will be guided through projects that will build your technical skills as well as completing finished pieces to take away. If experienced you can progress your skills and if there is something specific you wish to cover do contact me to talk this through by emailing me at

About the Silver Metal Clay Days
At Woodley and Maidenhead
Tutor Janet Richardson

No dates set yet, but if you are interested in registering for future dates please email me at

The objective of the day is to enable you to use a pack of silver metal clay and be able to make something at home. You will make three items and learn many techniques including texturing, rolling, cutting, forming, stone setting, sintering, cleaning up and polishing. I try to keep the techniques separate from the traditional skills you learn on the Silver Jewellery Days.

The day runs 10 – 4 and costs £50 + the materials. Metal clay can vary in price but a general guideline 10grms of silver metal clay + a stone + pure silver wire comes to around £22. Materials are purchased from the tutor.

About the Bead and Wire Jewellery Day – Woodley – The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, RG5 4JZ
Tutor Diane Estornel

No dates set yet, but if you are interested in registering for future dates please email me at

10 – 4 costs £50 + materials used
Learn the techniques required to design and make unique beaded necklaces and bracelets. Find out about different tools and stringing materials, learn to crimp, create dangles and attach clasps. Leave with a range of skills you have learned and pieces you have made.

Gemmology – Diamonds and Pearls
Tutor Sally Spencer

A one-day workshop taking you through one of the classic gemstone combinations – diamonds and pearls.
We will look at natural diamond formation, the history of cutting and polishing, grading and imitation stones as well as looking at the diamond industry and synthetic diamonds. The second part of the day will look at the interesting world of pearls, including how these are formed and farmed.
The day will be suitable for those who have completed our Introduction to Gemmology day or those who are approaching the subject for the first time and will be a mixture of theory and practical work.

No dates set yet, but if you are interested in registering for future dates please email me at

10.00 – 16.30 cost – £65

No more dates set yet, but if you are interested in registering for future dates please email me at

About the Introduction to Gemmology – Woodley – The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, RG5 4JZ
Tutor Sally Spencer

This one day workshop will introduce the student to gemmology and gemstones as well as explaining how the characteristics of different gemstones can be used by a gemmologist to identify them.
Students will be taught how to use a 10x loupe to look at both internal and external features of gemstones and have the opportunity to look at a variety of different stones.
The use of some of the testing equipment used by gemmologists will be demonstrated and then students will have the opportunity to try these for themselves to see in practice some of the theory discussed during the day.
Students will also be introduced to synthetic, imitation, treated and composite materials before having the opportunity to look at examples of these.
The day concludes with a section concentrating on diamonds, their properties and their imitators, treatments and synthetic diamond.

10.00 – 16.30 cost – £65

No dates set yet, but if you are interested in registering for future dates please email me at