Jewellery courses

Why choose a course at
SquarePeg Studios?

Design your own piece

In our jewellery courses students gain the satisfaction of designing and hand-making their own jewellery. Our students learn all the silversmithing techniques needed to make their own unique jewellery pieces. We have jewellery courses to suit every level, from beginners through to advanced students as well as a range of specialist courses like stone setting and wax carving and casting. Only have time for a one day course? No problem as our Make a Ring in a Day will teach you how to make your own silver ring.

See students work

Using a torch to solder silver jewellery in Advanced Jewellery Course

Get behind the scenes

Have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at a contemporary professional jewellery studio while learning great new skills in jewellery techniques and design. Our studios are home to 12 contemporary makers, so students have the chance to learn in the context of a practising jewellery studio.

see the space

Highly experienced teachers

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

Sian Edwards
Based in Newcastle, 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.”  
Erin Keys

Contemporary jeweller Erin Keys creates graphic works based on ideas in mark making, using traditional jewellery making techniques and laser cutting technology. Her practice involves developing work for exhibition, production and sale. Living in Bosnia Herzegovina 2006-2008, Erin taught creative workshops to Romani children before joining the JamFactory’s Metal Design Studio. After completing the 2 year tenure Erin spent 10 months at Australia's iconic Gray Street Workshop; an invaluable residency in her career and personal development. Moving to Sydney in 2010 she joined SquarePeg Studios, a workshop for emerging and established jewellers to work together in a creative and supportive environment, where she is an active tenant, mentor and teacher. As a Design Developer at Dinosaur Designs, a manufacturer of homewares and jewellery, Erin worked in a small team developing and prototyping designs. 

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 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 both in SquarePeg Studio's classroom and 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 hub and home for contemporary jewellers. From beginners to lifelong practising artists we have created a place to learn, practice and share. Our tutors 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?

All of 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?

  • Our courses are open to students 16 years and older.  Some of our courses require prior learning, please check the course description thoroughly before enrolling.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to attend all classes, no make-up classes are available, for any reason.
  • The course fees must be paid in full on enrolment and are non-refundable.
  • The course fees may be refundable in the event that a course is cancelled or oversubscribed.
  • We may cancel a course in the event that there is an insufficient number of students subscribed to the course.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to attend each class in the course and no refund, or provision of any additional class, is available for non-attendance of all or part of the course.

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.