Next Level Jewellery
Next Level Jewellery
When: Thursday 10:30am - 1:00pm
Duration: 8 Weeks
Class size: Maximum 8 people
You must have completed a minimum of Stage 2 Introductory Jewellery Making or equivalent to enrol in this course. This course is for intermediate / advanced students.
Whether you are here for the atmosphere, hooked on making, passionate about jewellery or in the process of growing your own brand, this course will introduce and instruct you in the fields of design development, traditional techniques, production jewellery manufacture and designing for exhibitions.
(Thursdays are also independent bench access - NEXT LEVEL JEWELLERY students receive priority tuition)
You are asked to bring your projects/ ideas. In this course you will increase your understanding of how to make jewellery and how to develop an individual design vocabulary as you gain confidence in your ideas and learn new techniques relevant to your projects. Refining the skills learnt in Beginner’s Stage 1 and 2 this course introduces you to advanced jewellery making techniques that will allow you to design and create well-made pieces with confidence.
By the end of the course you will have gained knowledge of how to design jewellery and the processes needed to execute these designs. Everyone should complete at least one piece of jewellery. This course will also be of value to those wishing to increase industry confidence, small business set-up and exhibition preparation.
Skills will be taught according to individual needs, as well as techniques demonstrated where they are relevant to the group.
Tools and tuition. A selection of materials will be available to buy from your tutor at cost price. If you wish to work in silver, you will need to purchase this. Your tutor will assist you.
All the tools, materials and consumables you need for the course will be available at the venue; including an apron. You may want to buy further materials from our metal suppliers – your tutor will provide you with supplier information.
For health and safety reasons, please bring along with you the following
Hair tie: If you have long hair, please bring along something to tie it back with.
Closed in shoes: We will be working with hot, sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes, which will protect your feet. Avoid wearing loose flowing garments.
Sketch book/note book/ pen and/or pencil: Please bring along a notebook for your own notes and design ideas. Notes will be provided to complement the techniques you will be learning but you may wish to make your own notes.
Remember: If you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along.
Please read our Terms & Conditions and Refund and Cancellation Policy carefully prior to enrolling.
What you will learn
- This next level jewellery course suits anyone who has completed the introductory jewellery making course. Your experienced tutor will guide you through a range of new techniques as well as continue to hone the basics. You will have the opportunity to learn different styles, broaden your knowledge and explore design ideas.
What you will get
- Each course begins with short, structured technical exercises and then fabricating, decorating and joining will be demonstrated. You will undertake more advanced tasks and refine your skill set. Everyone should complete at least one piece of jewellery. Discussion between tutor and the students as a group and as individuals will take place each week, to guide you to improve your skills in design.
Entrance to Joynton Avenue Creative Centre is via Hansard Street. If you are driving, there is plenty of parking located on and around Portman Street and Hansard Street.
Please note that there is NO PARKING on Joynton Avenue.
The Bench at JACC is close to train and bus. The closest train station is Green Square, and is only a 10 minute walk. There are buses travelling to and from the Eastern Suburbs, the Inner West and Sydney CBD. Please use Tripview or Google Maps to find your best route.
Alternatively contact The Bench for assistance.
What to bring
- A materials pack is supplied for your initial projects. A selection of materials will be available to buy from your tutor at cost price. If you wish to work in silver, you will need to purchase this. Your tutor will assist you.
What to wear
For health and safety reasons, please bring along with you the following Hair tie: If you have long hair, please bring along something to tie it back with. Closed in shoes: We will be working with hot, sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes, which will protect your feet. Avoid wearing loose flowing garments. Remember: If you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along.
All ages and skill level welcome
The Bench is a modern, industry standard workshop focusing on education and training for the industry and community. Director and principle tutor Erin Keys established The Bench because she wanted a place for a community to grow together and share their knowledge and experience. With little start up money and no regular funding, we raised funds to build a relaxed and friendly place to learn traditional and contemporary jewellery techniques, a space to develop ideas and projects such as ring making, silver jewellery and stone setting gems. We provide concept based jewellery classes to the absolute beginner, the aspiring maker and to the professional jeweller.
The Bench offers the community the following:
Jewellery Classes, jewellery specializations, professional jewellery development, private jewellery lessons, corporate team building and jewellery related activities.
Why learn to make jewellery at The Bench?
When you become a student at The Bench you are contributing to the viability and sustainability of our workshop, including the general maintenance. By learning to make jewellery at The Bench, you are supporting the establishment of a creative community, and are helping The Bench to evolve & experiment with new programs.
The Bench Jewellery School and Workshop is dedicated to building an unparalleled jewellery centre that delivers quality programs for the betterment of the community and the jewellery industry. The Bench is an open window to learn, design and share by creating experiences and fostering the next generation of makers. It is a place to learn, work, and discuss ideas and share knowledge, a laboratory for the creation of jewellery.
The Bench is a safe working and learning environment, complete with a wide inventory of tools and equipment. The Bench cultivates inclusive, creative and accessible spaces for everyone to have the opportunity to feel safe and welcomed. Our programs and activities offer opportunities for artists and audiences with disability to engage and participate.
Established in 2020, The Bench is located at the exquisite historic site, Joynton Avenue Creative Centre in Green Square. The former South Sydney Hospital comprised a group of brick buildings dating from 1911. Within the precinct, the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre occupies the Esme Cahill building, which was the nurses’ accommodation block, opened in 1938. The Joynton Avenue Creative Precinct by Peter Stutchbury Architecture (PSA), in association with Design 5 – Architects as heritage consultant, completed for the City of Sydney. Easily accessed by Bus, Train, Ride, Walk and with Wheelchair accessibility.
Cancellations & Refunds
If the organiser cancels the class:
You are entitled to a full refund.
If you can't attend the class:
- A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
- A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
No changes will be allowed after these times.
We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.
Terms & Conditions
Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at The Bench or organised by The Bench must agree to these terms and conditions.
1.) LIABILITY WAIVER
I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by The Bench. We take your health and safety seriously. The following are general guidelines when you participate in a class.
Always follow the instructions of the teacher at all times. Do not touch or operate any equipment you have not been shows how to operate. If you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along. If you have long hair, please bring along something to tie it back with.
We will be working with hot, sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes, which will protect your feet. Avoid wearing loose flowing garments. Eye/ ear and face masks that are required for a class will be provided and you must wear them at all times if instructed to do so. Please advise if you are pregnant prior to a class.
2.) PHOTO & VIDEO
I agree to give The Bench unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at The Bench classes and events or on The Bench premises. (For use of The Bench marketing materials).
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