Jewellery courses

Beginner

Earring Making Workshop - Create Art for Your Ears

Learn how to design and fabricate a pair, or two, of sterling silver earrings of your own creation. In this fun and inspiring one day workshop you will be introduced to the foundation skills of metalsmithing while being taught everything you need to know to make earrings of your own design.

Want something more immersive? Check out our Beginners Jewellery Making Course.

 


One Day - 6 hours tuition
Weekends - either a Saturday or Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Beginner

Make a Ring in a Day Workshop

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 informative one day workshop we guide you through the process so you learn everything you need to make a sterling silver ring band.

Want something more immersive? Check out our Beginners Jewellery Making Course.

 


Emily Copp
Danielle Lo
One Day - 6 hours tuition
Weekends - either a Saturday or Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Beginner/Intermediate

Intermediate One | Jewellery Making Course

Our Intermediate One – Jewellery Making Course is suitable for students who have completed our Beginners Jewellery Making Course at SquarePeg Studios or equivalent studies elsewhere.

In July 2020 Intermediate One will run Tuesday nights with Emily Copp and Wednesdays with Danielle Lo from 6.30 – 9.30pm

This class is suitable for students who have completed our Beginners course or have prior experience but need to brush up on the basics before continuing to our Intermediate and Continuing Jewellery Making Course.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you wish to discuss your experience and get help in finding our most suitable class for you.

 


Emily Copp
Danielle Lo
7 sessions - 21 hours tuition
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6.30 - 9.30pm
Intermediate+

Intermediate Two | Continuing Jewellery Making Course

The Intermediate Two – Continuing Jewellery Making Course is perfect for students with who want to take their making to the next level.   This course is designed to allow students to progress their skill through the different stages of jewellery making, as the tutor assists with design development, technical issues and problem-solving. The pre-requisite for this course is our Beginners course and our Intermediate 1 course (or equivalent studies).

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you wish to discuss your experience and get help in finding our most suitable class for you.

 

 

 


Emily Copp
7 sessions - 21 hours tuition
Tuesday night with Emily Copp 6.30-9.30pm
Intermediate+

Jewellery Making Atelier | Daytime Course

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 an intermediate level or above. 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.


Melanie Ihnen
7 Thursdays - 42 hours tuition
Thursday - 10am to 4pm
Beginner

Beginners - October Long Weekend Intensive | 3 Days

In this Beginners Jewellery Making Intensive, learn the fundamentals of jewellery design and fabrication over 3 days of classes held in our light-filled Marrickville warehouse. Held on the October Long weekend from 10am to 4pm this course is the perfect way to fast track your jewellery making learning experience.

Our  3 day Long Weekend School 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 an understanding of jewellery making techniques and jewellery design starting from the ground up.

Students that complete the Long Weekend Beginners course will be qualified to move onto our Intermediate level jewellery making courses.


Elizabeth Mitchell
3 Days - 18 hours tuition
Saturday to Monday 10am to 4.00 pm
Beginner

Weekend Beginners | 4 Days

In this Weekend Beginners Jewellery Making Course, learn the fundamentals of jewellery design and fabrication over 4-days of classes held in our light-filled Marrickville warehouse. Held over two weekends from 10am to 4pm this course is the perfect way to fast track your jewellery making learning experience.

Our 4-day Weekend School 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.

Students that complete the Weekend Beginners course will be qualified to move onto our Intermediate level jewellery making courses.


Vanessa Samuels
Two Weekends -24 hours tuition
2 x Saturdays & 2 x Sundays from 10am to 4pm
All

Carve a Silver Ring | Wax Carving and Casting Workshop

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 jewellery making workshop is designed to provide you with new skills and a unique piece of jewellery created by you.


Emily Copp
2 days - 12 hours tuition
10am to 4pm
Intermediate+

Wax Carving for Jewels | Stone Setting Workshop

In this four-day jewellery making workshop students will be introduced to carving waxes to make stone-set jewellery.

On days one and two students will have the opportunity to make a ring, pendant or earrings with a bezel setting in wax that will be professionally cast in time for the second week of the workshop. Making settings for rough-cut stones will also be explored during days one and two of the workshop.

On days three and four students will learn how to clean up their cast pieces, prepare them for setting, and how to set their stones. Students will also have the opportunity to solder onto their castings to attach claws or extra bezels, particularly if they are working with rough-cut stones.

This jewellery making workshop is designed to provide students who have attended the ‘Carve Your own Silver Ring- Wax Workshop’ at SquarePeg Studios with greater skills, enabling them to make a unique piece of stone set jewellery – created by their own hand!


Emily Copp
4 days - 24 hours tuition
10am to 4pm
Intermediate+

Gypsy Setting Workshop | Gem Setting Two

Learn the beautiful technique of Gypsy stone setting with Melanie Ihnen in this, the latest addition to our stone setting workshops.

Also known as a flush mount setting, Gypsy setting is a valuable setting technique to add to your repertoire.  This two day workshop is perfect for intermediate students who want to add to their skill set and learn an additional technique for adding colour, texture and sparkle to their work, and how to choose and make the tools to achieve this.

Wear home a beautiful tapered sterling silver ring with many colourful sparkling gemstones, set by you.


Melanie Ihnen
2 days - 12 hours tuition
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
All

UnEarthed | Sand Casting with Sapphires with Kirra-lea Caynes

For the first time this Spring we bring you UnEarthed, a very special workshop presented by guest tutor Kirra-lea Caynes.

In this one day workshop, Kirra, with her passion for raw materials and natural phenomena, will guide you through the process of designing and sand-casting your own sterling silver jewellery pieces or small objects with cast-in-place sapphires or gemstones. 

Over three days in September,  Kirra-lea will lead three one day workshops designed to cater to both novices with no previous jewellery experience and more experienced jewellers who are interested in adding to their skill set. Students will complete the workshop inspired, with a sense of accomplishment and with jewellery pieces polished and ready to wear.


Kirra-lea Caynes
1 Day | 7 hours tuition
Beginners-Saturday & Sunday | Advanced-Monday
The tools for making jewellery
Advanced

Jewellery Studio Bench Access on Mondays

SquarePegs Jewellery Studio Bench Access is perfect for students that are confident to work independently and safely to continue to work on projects outside course or workshop time. Finish projects or start new ones and be a part of our vibrant studio space on Mondays.

Practising contemporary jewellers and students past and present benefit from having access to all the tools and equipment of the well equipped SquarePeg Studios classroom and workshop.

Bench access participants will have their own bench in the classroom for the day and have access to the classroom, workshops, kitchenette and dining area. Participant numbers are generally small, so you have room to spread out and get into your making in our light-filled studio.

 


5 pass pack-$300 - Contact Us
Monday 10am-4pm
All

Gift Certificate

Give the Gift of Creativity.

Want to give the gift of creativity but not sure which class?

Choose our general Gift Certificate here in values of $100 onwards and we will send you a printable gift certificate to present the recipient.

This voucher will include a unique code which will allow the recipient to enrol in the SquarePeg Course of their choice.

Know which class you wish to gift? You can directly gift a class by navigating to the class listing on our ‘Course’ tab within our website.

Then, proceed to “Find Dates & Book a Spot” on the course listing (you will find this in an orange box on the right of the course listing page).

From here you will see an orange box above the course dates entitled “Click here to gift this class”.

Go ahead and click this box, then select your ticket type and click through and fill out the details to enrol the recipient. Take note – it may be best to put your own email address at this stage so that the recipient does not receive a confirmation email on completion of payment. Once the gift has been given we can update the email address to the recipients address for you later – just let us know!

To purchase a Gift Certificate of a value amount click on ‘Find Dates and Book a Spot’ on this page.

Not sure which course and/or date to enrol the recipient of your gift certificate? No problem!

Simply get in touch with us at mail@squarepegstudios.com.au and we can create a unique voucher for you as per your requirements and can happily email across a printable gift certificate for you to present to your loved one. Too easy right?!


Gift Certificate $100 +
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Jewellery designer's desk at the SquarePeg Studios in Sydney
All

Easter Four Day Jewellery Making Intensive

The Easter Four Day Jewellery Making Intensive is perfect for students who want to take their making to the next level. This course is designed to allow students to progress through the out-set stages of jewellery making. The tutor assists with design development, technical issues and problem-solving. There is no pre-requisite for this course.

During the course, students will learn foundation jewellery making skills alongside working on individual projects developed after consultation with the tutor.

The aim of this course is to provide students with the confidence and skills to work on individual projects while gaining a greater depth of understanding of jewellery techniques and design – starting from the ground up.


Diane Appleby
4 days - 24 hours tuition
Friday to Monday 10am to 4pm
Intermediate+

Winter Warmer Jewellery Making Intensive | June Long Weekend | Vessels | 2021

Master the flame and finesse your skills this June at SquarePeg Studios. Are you keen to improve your soldering skills and learn new techniques? Our  three day, Winter Jewellery Making Intensive is a concentrated and inspiring learning environment with our most experienced and fabulous tutor Diane Appleby. 

This winter Diane will guide you in applying and developing your existing jewellery making skills and introduce you to new techniques in the creation of a unique vessel which can be worn or displayed as an object –  maybe both! You will love learning new techniques and mastering the torch in our beautiful warehouse workshop.


Diane Appleby
3 days - 18 hours tuition
10am to 4pm - Saturday to Monday

Why choose a course at
SquarePeg Studios?

Design your own piece

SquarePeg jewellery courses allow students to experience the satisfaction of designing and hand-making their own jewellery. Our students learn all the metal smithing techniques needed to make their own unique jewellery pieces. We have jewellery courses to suit every level. We offer beginner through to advanced level courses. We host specialist workshops focusing on a range of techniques such as stone setting, wax carving and casting and liquid enamel. Do you only have time for a one day course? No problem as our Make a Ring in a Day workshop will teach you how to make your own silver ring.

See students work

Get behind the scenes

Have the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a contemporary jewellery studio while learning great new skills in jewellery techniques and design. Our studios are home to 14 contemporary makers. Students have the chance to learn in the context of a bustling jewellery studio inhabited by practising jewellers.

see the space

Highly experienced teachers

Our jewellery courses are taught by highly experienced and passionate teachers who are also practising contemporary jewellers. Students gain a range of skills that allow them to continue making jewellery at home and many of our students turn their hobby into a jewellery business.

Meet our tutors

Brooch made in Atelier class

What our students have to say about SquarePeg jewellery courses

I also wanted to say thank you for all the really great jewellery courses this year. It's really been so inspiring and encouraging and the whole Square Peg set up is really wonderful - the space, the teachers - so thank you. The Atelier in particular has been a total revelation and Diane has been so fabulous. It's really opened my eyes (and appetite!) for what else I might be able to do/make/create! I'm looking forward to doing it again in 2017! (Jo - happy student)

meet our fabulous tutors

Melanie Ihnen
Melanie Ihnen. Melanie studied design at Newcastle TAFE and Jewellery and Object at Enmore Design Centre Sydney. She has since been a maker, teacher, curator and gallery director. Melanie has been teaching, exhibiting and practicing jewellery in Sydney for over 15 years and works in her studio in the CBD producing her hand made collections. Her signature works are influenced by geometric shapes, architecture and the subtle colour and tonal variations of metals. She employs the technique of Married metals working with various gold alloys and silver.
Vanessa Samuels
Sydney-based jeweller and graphic designer, Vanessa Samuels completed an Advanced Diploma of Arts - majoring in Jewellery & Object Design at the Enmore Design Centre in 1999. Since then she has predominantly focused on creating exhibition jewellery and objects - both nationally and internationally (Germany, USA, Scotland and the UK). In 1998 she won a scholarship to the ‘Istituto Europeo di Design’, Milan-Italy to participate in a Metalwork Summer School, sponsored by Alessi. Over the years she has won various Arts grants for exhibition works, undertaken an artist-in-residence program at Sturt Gallery and other high-lights including an invitational design commission from the ‘SOCOG’ committee for the ‘Olympic Games Medals Sydney 2000 Competition’. Vanessa has given various presentations on her work practice, and conducted master classes and taught in private galleries; community colleges and residency workshops. Her work can be found in private collections and has been published in various media and book publications. Her work has been represented in galleries throughout Australia in group shows and a solo exhibition at Studio 20/17. In tandem with her jewellery practice, Vanessa has spent more than 20+ years in the publishing industry as an Art Director on lifestyle magazines in food, design, the arts and more.
Elizabeth Mitchell
Elizabeth Mitchell - Elizabeth Mitchell began her jewellery career in 2007 as part of the team for local Australian powerhouse Dinosaur Designs. In 2011 she tried her hand at the inaugural SquarePeg beginners metalsmithing class and was wooed by the oracle like teachings of a tutor so much that she began the TAFE trade certificate in 2012. With the completion of her studies in 2015 she moved on to start working for another Australian powerhouse Sarah and Sebastian and remains there today as a Senior Jeweller.
Danielle Lo
Danielle Lo -  Danielle’s practice has a deep focus on presence and place, emulating forms of nature within her surroundings. The works are an intimate physical exploration of conceptual ideas, achieved through the use of shapes, form, line, colour and textural elements. Danielle predominately works in silver and enamel, using traditional silversmithing techniques Upon finishing her Advanced Diploma in Jewellery and Objects at Enmore Design Centre (2014), Danielle went on to complete a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Jewellery and Object at Sydney College of Arts (2016) and has finished the JamFactory Associate Training Program (2018) in the Metal and Jewellery Studio.  
Sheridan Kennedy
Sheridan Kennedy is a Queensland born, Sydney-based  jeweller whose practice includes public art, product design, private commissions, collaboration with fashion designers, and one-off artworks. She received her PhD in creative arts from the University of Sydney (Sydney College of the Arts) in 2010. Her thesis addressed the relationship between jewellery and wearer, across cultures and throughout history, and considered the question of how we might re-imagine and thus re-value the social role of the object. Prior to undertaking her PhD, she spent more than a decade creating fashion retail ranges and exhibiting her artwork in Australia, China, Japan, the UK, Italy and USA. Her work is represented in the collections of the Powerhouse Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, The Art Galleries of Western Australia and South Australia, and the National Gallery of Australia, and she has undertaken artist-in-residencies in UK, Spain and USA.
Sian Edwards
Sian completed an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design, Enmore TAFE in 2005 and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in Jewellery and Metals, Monash University in 2009. Sian had her first solo exhibition, A Study of Birds at Studio 20/17 in 2010 and her second, Sequins and Scales at Gray Street workshop in Adelaide in 2014. She has exhibited in numerous group shows nationally including the Filippo Raphael Fresh! Award in 2010 and the National Contemporary Jewellery Prize in 2012 and 2016. Sian undertook an artist residency in Jaipur, India in 2012.
Jo Piper
Jo Piper has been teaching jewellery and object design at the Design Center, Enmore since 2011. Jo has exhibited in a number of exhibitions both in Australia and overseas and has participated in master classes with Helen Britton and Ruudt Peters. Her practice focuses on one-off exhibition pieces, objects and large-scale installations. Jo is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Art through Transart, Plymouth University. She also has an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery and Object Design from the Design Centre, Enmore and studied Fine Art at Parson’s School of Art and Design, Paris. Jo has participated in residencies in Berlin and New York and will be attending a residency in Iceland and Mexico City at the end of this year.
Diane Appleby
Diane Appleby completed her Master of Art in Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2003. She has taught in the Jewellery and Object Design Department, Sydney Institute of Technology, Design Centre Enmore, and at the College of Fine Art, University of NSW. Diane’s catalogue of work encompasses collections for exhibition and collaborations with clients on individual pieces. “My jewellery is designed to not only catch the eye, but to also feel delightful to wear. I like to play with colour, form and texture. I choose materials for their unique character, such as stones for their luminosity, metals to encapsulate strength, and silks for their sheen and rippling texture. I enjoy creating pieces with a precious presence. “At the heart of every design is an inspiration, whether I am creating a collection for an exhibition or working with a client to create a uniquely personal piece. I find the satisfaction of bringing a concept to life from a few simple sketches to a finished form extremely exciting.”  
Linda Blair
Linda Blair studied Jewellery and Object design and Jewellery Manufacture at the Design Centre Enmore. Linda works with enamel and currently is creating pieces that replicate gems and gem set jewellery, replacing the stones with enamel. Many of these pieces are based on historic jewellery from the 16th to the 20th century. She is also interested in the addition of colour, line and texture to her work. Linda creates one off pieces, with no two pieces being the same.
Emily Copp
Emily Copp ~ Emily is a Sydney based creative who works with diverse materials and technologies. She has presented work in many group shows, as well as exhibiting solo. Environmental and ethical concerns inform and motivate her works which include jewellery forms and tableware objects within her practice.

She is a resident artist and director at SquarePeg Studios alongside teaching various classes in SquarePeg Studio's classroom. Emily also moonlights at the University of NSW Art and Design Campus.

 
“I love the alchemy of transforming ideas into materialised design through the varied efforts and explorations of making.”

FAQs

What makes SquarePeg Studios the best place to learn jewellery making?

SquarePeg Studios is  a hub and home for contemporary jewellers. From beginners to lifelong practising artists, we have created a place to learn, practice and share. Our jewellery courses are taught by tutors who are all accomplished contemporary jewellers with practices of their own and a wealth of teaching experience. We also like to think that we bring together not only the talent but the personalities that will make your learning experience a great one.  Read the reviews and come and find out for yourself.

Is there parking?

Yes, there is plenty of free on-street parking in Junction St and the streets surrounding the studio.

Are you near a train station?

We are a short walk from both Tempe and Marrickville Stations and the same distance from buses which run along Illawarra Rd.

We are a 25-minute walk from Sydenham Station.

Tell me about your tutors?

Our tutors are contemporary jewellers with their own practices and teaching experience in both private and public schools such as Sydney College of the Arts, The Design Centre Enmore and UNSW Art and Design. We also occasionally welcome nationally and internationally renowned teachers to SquarePeg for specialist workshops.

What are your terms and conditions?

    1. The course fees must be paid in full or as a pay in instalments plan on enrolment and are non-refundable.
    2. In the event that a course is cancelled or oversubscribed, the course fees less the 4.5% non-refundable booking fee may be refunded, alternatively SquarePeg Studios will issue a credit note for the full fees paid to date, which can be applied for any course or workshop. The credit note will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
    3. Our courses are open to students 16 years and older, Jewellery Studio Bench access is open to students 18 years and older.
    4. It is the responsibility of the student to attend all classes. No make-up classes, refunds or credits are issued for non attendance of all or part of the course or workshop.
    5. Some of our courses require prior learning, please check the course description thoroughly before enrolling.

    COVID – 19 Update to terms and conditions as at 1 May, 2020.
    Subject to change as per Government directives.

    1. In the event a class or workshop cannot proceed due to NSW or Federal Government directives SquarePeg Studios will transfer the student enrolment to the next date on which the course or workshop is scheduled, and notify the student of the change in a timely manner.
    2. In the case that the new date is not suitable for the student, SquarePeg Studios will issue a credit note for the fees paid to date, which can be applied for any course or workshop. The credit note will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue. No refunds will be permitted.
    3. Students attending classes or workshops must adhere to latest Government guidelines and agree to follow the directions of SquarePeg Studios directors and tutors with regard to social distancing, wearing of masks and appropriate hygiene measures whilst attending SquarePeg Studios.
    4. Students must not attend SquarePeg studios if they are unwell, have been in contact with a person that has tested positive to Covid-19 or returned from overseas within the past two weeks.

Can I do a make-up class if I miss a lesson?

As per our terms and conditions; it is the responsibility of the student to attend all classes, no make-up classes are available, for any reason.

As a small school, it is not possible to make provision for the many and varied requests and changes which can arise for our students.

We hope you can join us for all of your scheduled classes!

Can I buy a Gift Certificate?

Absolutley! And thanks for asking – the gift of creativity and expereince is always a winner! If you know what class and which dates you want to gift, simply proceed to “Find Dates & Book a Spot” on the course listing (you will find this in an orange box on the right of the course listing page).

From here you will see an orange box above the course dates entitled “Click here to gift this class”.

Go ahead and click this box, then select your ticket type and click through and fill out the details to enroll the recipient. Take note – it may be best to put your own email address at this stage so that the recipient does not receive a confirmation email on completion of payment. Once the gift has been given we can update the email address to the recipients address for you later – just let us know!

Not sure which course and/or date to enroll the recipient of your gift certificate? No problem!

Simply get in touch with us at mail@squarepegstudios.com.au and we can create a unique voucher for you as per your requirements and can happily email across a printable gift certificate for you to present to your loved one. Too easy right?!

Does SquarePeg have waitlists for sold out classes?

We are very grateful that our classes often fill up very quickly – but this can lead to disappointment for those who miss out on a place!

If you have missed a spot in your preferred class please email us with the subject “Wait List Please” and outline in the email the class you are interested in and we will add you to our course waitlists and be sure to be in touch if a place becomes available.

Alternatively, we generally have multiple dates available for all of our classes – be sure to check additional scheduled dates to see if another of our class dates may suit you.

Does SquarePeg offer a jewellery repair service?

In a nutshell – generally – no! SquarePeg Studios is home to 13 resident artist jewellers, however, most of our resident artists are very busy with their own practice and do not generally have time to take on repair work. If  you want to try your luck you can email us images and detailed information about your requested repair job and we can float it with our residnet artists in case any of them are able to help you.

Do SquarePeg jewellery artists take on commissions?

As per the previous FAQ, most of our resident artists are very busy with their own practice and do not generally have time to take on commission work..but in saying that, they are more likely to take on commissions than repairs!

If you want to try your luck you can email us images and detailed information about your requested commission job and we can float it with our resident artists in case any of them are able to help you.

Alternatively, please take a look at our current resident artists profiles via our ‘Studio’ page and you can always reach out directly to a resident artist if you like the look of their work:

Studio

What is the minimum age to enroll?

The minimum age to join our classes is 16 years of age.