Winter School 2024

A female student smiles towards the camera whilst holding her jeweller's head loupe

This August, we again present our popular Winter School at SquarePeg Studios.

Over four weeks, Winter School offers an exciting variety of weekly specialist and foundation classes in evening or daytime presentations.

Designed to entice you off the couch and into the studio, our special Winter School offerings—available at unbeatable prices —will share the outstanding learning environment SquarePeg is known for.

We will crank up the heaters, pour hot drinks, and let the creativity flow this August as we share our exciting menu of classes in our enriching yet accessible four-week term format.

At A Glance

  • $380 inc GST
  • Evening and daytime class options - Winter School is presented once a year in August
  • Evening classes (6.30pm to 9.30pm = 12 hours tuition) and/or daytime classes available (Wednesday and Thursday - 18 and 24 hours tuition respectively)
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It’s been an amazing experience for me. I learned a lot of new skills and thanks to the help and guidance of my lovely tutor I could design and create different pieces of jewellery in a fun and instructive way. Thank you Square Peg for this amazing journey. I’ll be sure to come back for next term!!

Talia. P ~ 5/5 stars

ABOUT THE COURSE

Monday Evenings (6.30pm to 9.30pm) ~ Carve a Silver Ring – wax carving for lost wax casting – beginner course

Tuesday Evenings (6.30pm to 9.30pm) ~ Beginners & Beyond – jewellery fabrication in Sterling Silver- beginner course

Wednesday Daytime (10am to 2.30pm) ~ Jewellery Studio – Daytime Beginners & Beyond – jewellery fabrication in Sterling Silver – foundation course

Wednesday Evenings (6.30pm to 9.30pm) ~ Kiln Fired Liquid Enamel – kiln-fired colour – beginner to intermediate course 

Thursday Daytime (10am to 4pm) ~ Metal Magic: Crafting a Hollow Form Ring – improve your soldering and metal working skills whilst creating a beautiful, sculptural hand-formed ring – intermediate course


What To Expect

Monday Evening - Wax Carving for casting

In the Carve a Silver Ring Winter School, students are introduced to the ancient art of lost wax carving as they learn how to create their own unique ring design over four weeks of evening classes.

This class is a wonderful mid-length introduction to the sculptural and meditative approach of the wax carving process.

Additional info about requirements for this class:

  • There will be a cost for the casting of your work – payable during the term after your work has been cast into metal (usually $20 – $80. This is dependent on the scale of the design/s, the metal selected and the number of items to be cast.)
  • Your tutor will advise you on all matters relating to this process.

12 hours of tuition over four evening classes

For more information, see the full listing for this course here.

Tuesday Evening - Beginners & Beyond

Our Beginners & Beyond Jewellery Making Winter School is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of jewellery making and design and enable you to learn how to make a ring with a flourish of your own creation – such as a saw-pierced embellishment. This class is a wonderful mid-length introduction to the foundation skills of jewellery making with silver-smithing soldering processes.

12 hours of tuition over four evening classes

For more information, see the full listing for this course here.

Wednesday Daytime - Beginners & Beyond

Embark on a journey into jewellery making with our Jewellery Studio ~ Beginners & Beyond Daytime Course. Perfect for novices and enthusiasts alike, this comprehensive program covers fundamental techniques and skills, culminating in creating unique pieces. Explore metalworking and design concepts under expert guidance. With hands-on instruction, explore your creativity and craft lovely jewellery in our fun daytime introductory course.

18 hours of tuition over four daytime classes

For more information, see the full listing for this course here.

Wednesday Evening - Liquid Enamel

During this fun and informative course, you will play with colour, paint with enamel, and learn how to use the kiln to create eye-catching wearables. This class is a wonderful mid-length introduction to the versatile skills of working with liquid enamel to introduce colour to your work – perfect for the experienced maker and complete novice alike.

12 hours of tuition over four evening classes

For more information, see the full listing for this course here.

Thursday Daytime - Metal Magic: Crafting a Hollow Form Ring

Elevate your metalworking skills in our Thursday daytime class, Metal Magic: Crafting a Hollow Form Ring. This intermediate course is tailored to enhance your soldering and metalworking abilities while you fashion a stunning, sculptural, hand-formed ring. Delve into advanced techniques, refine your craftsmanship, and leave with a unique creation. Join us and unlock the secrets of metal magic in this enriching winter school experience.

Additional info about requirements for this class:

  • A pre-requisite for this class is to be an intermediate-level maker
  • There will be a cost for the class materials. The final cost depends on the design scale and the metal selected. This can be bought in class, or you can bring along your own sheet metal materials
  • Your tutor will advise you on all matters relating to this process

24 hours of tuition over four daytime classes

For more information, see the full listing for this course here.

Practicalities

How to find the class you wish to enrol in

To find the class/es you wish to enrol in, use the drop-down menu in the ticketing area at the bottom of this course listing and select the day and class you wish to join.

Secure your place and save compared to our typical year-round pricing.

Our Winter School classes are priced to entice you off the couch and into the studio – we hope you can join us this August! 

What is Included

  • The use of all tools and consumables such as solder, saw blades, drill bits, emery and solder, required to complete the projects.
  • A selection of teas, coffee and delish biscuits for morning and afternoon tea

What to Bring

  • A notebook and pen/pencil
  • Magnifying glasses or a jeweller’s loupe.
  • Lunch or dinner
  • Your ideas and creativity!
  • More information about what is needed for your class will also be sent in a confirmation email on enrolment

Safety

  • 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.

Payment Options

  • Enrol below – you can secure your place on the spot!
  • Peace of Mind Booking – purchase refund protection at checkout. Terms and Conditions apply in the payment options field
  • Enrol early and take advantage of our payment by instalments option to spread the payments out over three payments. This option is offered at check out.
  • 40% deposit followed by a 30%  payment six weeks out from your course, and the final 30% payment three weeks ahead of the course start date.

Is the date you are interested in sold out?

Please send us an email to register your interest and to go on a waitlist. mail@squarepegstudios.com.au

About scheduling of this class

Winter School is a four-week term with multiple class offerings scheduled across each week.

Students enrol in a term of their chosen course and attend that class on that evening for the Winter term duration.

As we offer our Winter School classes at lower than usual enrolment fees, we encourage you to take advantage of our Winter School classes and join more than one course – come get creative and increase your skills with us this August!

Fantastic workshop - perfect for people of all levels. Personally, I have zero experience but was ecstatic to leave with a beautiful, high quality piece to call my own! Mel was a calm, thorough and patient instructor, making sure all our questions were answered and spending time with each of us so we were comfortable with our approach, technique, and design. Highly recommend and can't wait to come back! Thank you Square Peg!

Maria T - 5/5 stars

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 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

Emily Copp

Emily is a contemporary jeweller who integrates diverse materials and technologies, including 3D printing and traditional silversmithing. She earned an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery & Object Design from The Design Centre Enmore a decade ago. She is a resident artist and tutor at SquarePeg Studios and a sessional lecturer and technical officer 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.”
'Boundless' ring in 18 karat white gold and Australian Sapphire by Emily Copp

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.
Linda Blair Moth 2018 Linda Blair

Momoko Hatano

Momoko Hatano is a Japanese Australian independent jeweller/designer and drawer. After completing her Fine Arts degree at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, she began working as a jeweller and product developer for one of Australia’s iconic jewellery and homewares companies, Dinosaur Designs. After working in the jewellery industry for several years, she merged her art, fashion, and design interests to launch her label. Drawing inspiration from all facets of her life, including her travels, nature, contemporary art and everyday objects, she designs and handcrafts each piece in her Sydney studio. Her jewellery has been worn by Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, published in Frankie, Elle Japan and exhibited in prestigious galleries such as Object and Studio 2017. She has also given design talks at UNSW and various other educational institutions. Momoko brings her dedication to maintaining traditional craftsmanship and skills in creating fine jewellery and her experience as an educator to her teaching at SquarePeg Studios.
Shinju Gold Pearl Ring by Momoko Hatano

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