Launch into spring and shake off winter with fresh shapes and colour. What better way to spend the October Long weekend than to learn exciting new skills? And the icing on the cake? At the conclusion of three days of fun-filled creativity – you take home your very own original handmade jewellery – win win!
To celebrate Spring we are going to incorporate colour into our handcrafted sterling silver jewellery designs. Students will design and fabricate contemporary jewellery using heat anodised titanium, gemstone and pearl beads or other coloured metals such as brass and copper. You will learn all about riveting in order to integrate your chosen coloured material into your silver jewellery design developed in consultation with your highly experienced tutor Diane Appleby.
Learn all the fundamentals of Jewellery making and build on existing skills in this enjoyable 3-day metalsmithing course. Forming texturing, constructing, soldering and riveting – and that’s just day one!
If you love gemstones then this stone setting workshop is for you – bring your jewellery to life with gemstones! Learn skills to make settings and to set your own gemstones in this “Introduction to Stone Setting- course. Students make two bezel set rings, set with semi-precious cabochon gemstones.
In this two-day jewellery making workshop students will be introduced to a variety of wax working techniques, including carving and mouldable wax forming.
On day one, students will have the opportunity to experiment with different types of wax and make a wax ring that will be cast by a commercial caster. On day two students will learn how to clean up their cast ring, how to remove the sprue, emery and polish it ready to wear. Students will also learn additional tips and tricks for making wax models.
This is jewellery making workshop is designed to provide you with new skills and a unique piece of jewellery created by you.
In this beginners jewellery making course learn all the fundamentals of jewellery design and fabrication in 4-days of classes held in our light-filled Marrickville warehouse. Held over four Sundays from 11am to 5pm this course is the perfect way to fast track your jewellery making learning experience.
Our 4-day Sunday School over four weekends is a perfect introduction to jewellery making and jewellery design. The aim of this course is to provide students with the confidence to work on individual projects while gaining a greater depth of understanding of jewellery making techniques and jewellery design starting from the ground up.
Join the Soldering School to improve your soldering skills by developing control and confidence with the flame during this 2-day soldering intensive.
Is it really possible to make a sterling silver ring in one day from scratch – with no experience at all? Well, it certainly is at SquarePeg Studios. In this one intensive day workshop we guide you through process so you learn everything you need to make a sterling silver ring band.
Want something more intensive? Check out our Beginners Jewellery Making Course.
In this two-day workshop students learn the exciting processes of chasing and repoussé – the decorative and expressive metalworking techniques which have been used for creative artistic expression for centuries. The name repoussé is derived from the French pousser, “to push forward.” Repousse is a method of decorating metals by a process of pushing out your design into your metal with the aid of various specialised hammers and punches; definition and detail can then be added from the front of the metal using the paired process of chasing or engraving, again using specialised hammers and punches.
Sound intriguing? Join us in our two-day Chasing and Repoussé Foundation Skills Workshop to find out all about how to practice this ancient skill yourself.
This dynamic and creative course develops your design skills and opens up your ability to translate a personal perspective and design idea into three-dimensional form. Learn how to explore and research a unique design perspective.
Learn jewellery making and become an accomplished artisan at the SquarePeg Jewellery Making Atelier course! This is a unique opportunity to spend one day per week working with a discerning expert jeweller who will assist you to become successful in developing your own line of jewellery or to create special one-off pieces.
The Jewellery Making Atelier is an exciting course for students at all levels, offering a broad range of subjects and techniques. Participants are encouraged to produce – through the process of design and making – jewellery pieces that are individual in design and well made.
SquarePeg Studio's jewellery school has been a great stepping stone for me, from knowing nothing about jewellery making to landing a full time job in the industry in just half a year of classes. I attended both the weekly night classes and did as many weekend specialised classes I could. The team at SquarePeg were great teachers and really made learning about something I knew nothing about a real interest and has now become my new career. I can't speak more highly about my time there and recommend to anyone interested in jewellery making."
SquarePeg Studio is unique space for making & learning all things jewellery and silversmithing combining a jewellery school and studio spaces. We have courses to suit every level, from beginners through to advanced students.
With space for 12 contemporary jewellers and a well-equipped workshop, a tenancy at SquarePeg is an opportunity to interact with a mix of emerging and established makers in a supportive and creative environment. As well as the studio space, we have a class room and day access area, and a number of tenants are also tutors in our jewellery school.
I'm really enjoying the variety of backgrounds and approaches everyone has - collectively there's a wealth of knowledge. You might be wrestling with a thorny problem and *bam* some-one has a brilliant solution you hadn't thought of. And we all like cake. What's not to love?
Elizabeth Mitchell, Squarepegger since July, 2015
Elizabeth Mitchell is a Deco loving, Rock and Roll dancing, Jasper fossicking metalsmith from Sydney. She is currently in her final year at Enmore TAFE completing her Silversmithing Trade Certificate, and her fledgling label ‘Metal by Mitch’ is peeking it’s head out into the local bustling jewellery community.
An interest in metal forging was piqued at a young age by her father Mitch Mitchell who hand crafted Wrought Iron gates from a factory in the Hills District.
Her journey into metalsmithing began in 2011 when she joined the inaugural Beginners Class with SquarePeg Studios and consequentially stayed for many more. In 2013 she began her Trade Certificate and the cycle comes full circle with 2015 finding her being accepted into tenancy back at the place it all began, SquarePeg Studios.