Summer School: Jewellery Design Masterclasses




School may be out for summer but not chez London-based jeweller Sian Evans who throughout July, August and September will be hosting a series of five jewellery design masterclasses aimed at jewellers who want to develop their areas of expertise.

Taught by leading academics and professionals within the jewellery arena, these courses will be tailored to suit individual levels of expertise, although a basic level of knowledge of the jewellery field is required.

We caught up with Sian to fine out more. If you’re interested, contact the team on the number below. But hurry – places are very limited!


Adorn Jewellery Blog: Why was the summer school conceived?

Sian Evans: This is the first Summer School at Sian Evans. Our provision is teaching in areas which are absent in some colleges, but which we know to be exceptionally useful. Our students will be given professional guidance to help develop their careers.


AJB: What can your students expect from the courses?

SE: They’ll be learning in a pleasant and informal setting with the gentle clattering of tea cups and radio in the background. Each course has a particular focus and is taught by specialists in the subject. Our tutors are each experienced jewellers, designers, professionals and lecturers at London Universities. They are absolutely brilliant at what they do!

The actual courses will consist of talks, demonstrations, significant practical sessions and round table discussions with specialists. The five-day courses include Portfolio building for the jewellery designer, Coloured metals and metals finishes and Design process for the jewellery designer. The two day courses are Low-fi casting techniques and Fine jewellery paint-ups.


AJB: With reference to a particular masterclass, what can students expect to learn?

SE: Take the portfolio building class, for example. If you have little experience of folio building it is very difficult to understand what constitutes a winning folio. There is a visual language inherent in each person’s work, which a great portfolio can explain in a few pages. Our combined experience as lecturers and industry professionals has enabled us to develop new ideas about portfolios for jewellery designers and artists. We have helped develop and seen hundreds of folios over the years with many successful candidates placed.


AJB: What excites you most about the debut Summer School?

SE: The most satisfying thing for a teacher is seeing the moment the light switch flicks on in a student’s brain; the delight of new knowledge understood and the dawning of new ideas. I’m most excited to see the students’ work and how it progresses.


Summer School runs 14th July – 20th September 2014

For more information on costs and curriculum please go to Summer School or e-mail

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