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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.

Course Skill Level:

For those with confidence in the basics.

course details

  • $720 inc GST
  • 7 Thursdays - 42 hours tuition
  • Thursday - 10am to 4pm

What a fantastic facility and learning opportunity. My tutor (Jo) stretched my imagination and creative mind, she taught me a plethora of new skills and gave very helpful suggestions. I can’t recomend SquarePeg highly enough. This Atelier course really fulfilled my expectations ... thank you to all the SquarePeggers!

— Glenn, Happy Student


This is an exciting course for practising jewellers and continuing students, offering a broad range of subjects and techniques. The aim of the studio class is to be as flexible as possible to meet individual students needs in a creative studio environment.

Students will learn relevant new techniques each term and build upon them through the development of projects. These techniques may include (depending on the stage the student is at) stone setting, wax carving and married metals.

The SquarePeg Atelier will assist participants to develop design excellence while expanding a depth of knowledge in jewellery techniques. Students’ needs are individually met in a warm learning environment in a professional jewellery studio which is home to 14 contemporary makers.

What You'll Learn

What technical skills do students learn?

Students will learn new skills and techniques concurrently or per term as required, (depending on their skill level) with a concept explored at each stage. Please note that those who are newer to jewellery making will first master introductory jewellery techniques before progressing to more advanced techniques in future terms:

Jewellery techniques may include:

  • The fundamentals of jewellery making.
  • Soldering and metal forming.
  • Use of the hydraulic press
  • Married metals
  • Making catches and fittings
  • Other techniques depending on the student’s needs



What design skills do students learn?

The goal is to provide participants with appropriate knowledge and skills in order to

  • Interpret design theory in a manner relevant for making jewellery
  • Develop problem solving skills in a creative and innovative manner in relation to jewellery design and making
  • Perform metal working techniques

Give participants skills for creative expression


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

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

What do you need to bring

A notebook and pen/pencil

An apron if you like or else they are provided

Covered shoes

Your lunch

Your ideas and creativity


We take safety very seriously at SquarePeg. All students must wear proper enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs), long pants or skirts and have long hair tied back. We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.

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.

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.

Melanie Ihnen - Square ring

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, Pleased Atelier Student

Jewellery Making Atelier | Daytime Course

  • $720 inc GST
  • Returning Student Loyalty $685 - Early Bird $699
  • Thursday - 10am to 4pm

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Need more info?  We're happy to hear from you.

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