Jewellery Design – a Contemporary Approach

Beginner to Advanced

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.


Course Skill Level:

Perfect for those with jewellery experience and those starting out on their jewellery making journey.

course details

  • $365 inc GST
  • 7 sessions - 21 hours tuition
  • Monday, 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Jo is a very good teacher and thanks to her, I could really improve my soldering skills. It has been an amazing experience and I am looking forward to continuing next year.

— Daniela Walder


In this class you will be given a project design brief at the start of the course, which will inform the initial research and help define your direction. This is very much a student-directed course so the brief is optional as you may prefer to develop your concept based on personal interests and ideas.

Research into your concept will be used as a trigger in the pursuit of finding an individual solution to generating ideas and designs. You will collect information through research, deduce a concise concept rational, sketch ideas and work through the step by step production process. You will learn to translate your sketches and ideas into three-dimensional mock-ups that then clearly defines the path towards a finished project.

This is a creative environment, where exploration, play and idea generation are central to the process of developing your own design language. The class will foster an open and inclusive discussion process that encourages students to share ideas and solutions with each other.

What students learn

How to respond to a project brief

Students are taught how to approach research and idea development as the stepping stone processes leading to a resolved design outcome

How to generate ideas and translate them into sketches and mock-ups

How to utilise sampling as a part of your design process

How to articulate and discuss your design ideas in an inclusive classroom environment

What You'll Learn

What do students make

Students learn varied approaches for resolving design challenges

Mock-ups and samples informed by your design process

Prototypes informed by your design process

A resolved design ready for fabrication


To ensure that students have the best learning experience, our class sizes are capped at 10 students.


What is included

Base metal sheet and wire

Sterling silver equivalent to one ring

All the consumables you need to make your projects (ie saw blades, emery paper and drill bits) as well as all the hand tools and equipment you need.

Tea or coffee and yummy biscuits

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.

Jo Piper

Meet your tutor

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.


This course was amazing. I was looking forward to looking at design from a different aspect and it was all that I was hoping for and more. Jo presented a course which looked at the principles and elements of design and using some of these each person had a basis for the ideas in which they could develop individual designs. So many new ways to create.........thank you very much Jo!

— Anne - Pleased Student

Jewellery Design – a Contemporary Approach

  • $365 inc GST
  • Early Bird Enrolment Rate $350 incl GST
  • Monday, 6.30pm to 9.30pm

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