Chasing and Repoussé for Jewellery | Foundation Skills Workshop | 2020 Dates listing soon!


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.

Course Skill Level:

For those with confidence in the basics.

course details

  • $395 inc GST
  • Two days - 12 hours tuition
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

An extraordinary, nurturing learning environment combining design and craft to bring your ideas to life. I would highly recommend Square Peg no matter what level you're at.

— Zoe, Happy Student


In this 2 day workshop students will be introduced to the 3000 year old arts of Chasing and Repoussé. With the use of simple punches, students will learn to sculpt sheet metal, adding form and detail to create 3D works of art. Students will be guided through the process from basic chasing and texturing to creating deep relief forms, which are further refined through planishing. After a brief introduction to the history of chasing and repoussé, students will be guided through the chasing process, with a focus on proper tool and hammer control. Sample plates of chasing and textures will be created with multiple techniques using a variety of punches. Students will then learn the relief embossing process of repoussé, along with the safe handling of pitch and its working characteristics. These relief forms will be chased, textured and planished to bring experimental 3D forms to life. The final sample will combine the techniques explored while developing an understanding for design composition.

This 2 day intensive course is suitable for intermediate to advanced students.

What students learn

- How to Chase straight and curved lines
- Texturing
- Correct use of the tools and chasing hammer
- Air chasing with basic tools
- How to safely handle hot pitch, and understand its characteristics
- How to add dimension using repoussé, and further refining work through chasing and planishing.

What You'll Learn

What do students make

– Chasing sample plate

– Texture sample plate

– Repoussé sample plate with chased, planished and textured elements

– An air chased sample

– Chasing and repoussé sample


To ensure that students have the best learning experience, our Chasing and Repoussé Foundation Skills Workshop is capped at 8 students.


Our Tutors

Why choose a jewellery making course at SquarePeg Studios?

Our courses are taught by highly experienced and passionate teachers who are practising contemporary jewellers. This is the closest to an accredited course – without the assignments, stress and cost – that Sydney has to offer. Students not only gain the satisfaction of designing and hand-making their own piece of jewellery they also 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.

Russel Duque

Meet your tutor

Russell Duque is a Sydney based metalsmith. Since graduating from the Design Centre, Enmore in 2014 with a Diploma in Jewellery & Object design Russell works with a diverse range of techniques and materials and focuses primarily on one-of-a-kind handmade works. Characterising Russell's work is the juxtaposition of designs inspired by nature, and the Machine Aesthetic of art deco. Motifs of flora and fauna Feature prominently, and the forces that sculpt and impact on the Earth are explored and integrated into his creations, while the symmetrical beauty of machinery is reflected in structures and ornaments. In 2015 Russell studied Japanese-style bladesmithing at one of the only extant traditional smelting centres in Shimane Prefecture, Japan and continues to explore various advanced Japanese metalsmithing techniques.

Little guy

I've done courses elsewhere where we seem to only skim the surface, but this was right into the practical detail from the start and I left feeling confident to be able to work further on my own at home.

— Kim Littleton, Happy Student

Chasing and Repoussé for Jewellery | Foundation Skills Workshop | 2020 Dates listing soon!

  • $395 inc GST
  • Pay in Instalments Available
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

course dates


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Directors: Emily Copp on 0402 697 557 or Kim Elliott on 0407 803 003