Next Level Jewellery

Next Level Jewellery

Jewellery, Making, Silver, Ring, Metal

Over 20 people have attended this class


Next Level Jewellery 

When: Tuesday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration: Term class/ Check schedule
Class size: Maximum 8 people

Are you a part-time jeweller and want to keep building your skills-set but unable to commit to a full term? Would you like advice or guidance with a tricky soldering join? No sweat! An expert tutor will always be there to calmly help you get the most out of your day at The Bench each Tuesday (daytime) and Thursday (evening). Secure your bench for Tuesday by following this link: Talent to Treasure Jewellery — THE BENCH or for Thursday, book in here: Turn Off, Tune Out, Drop In — THE BENCH
If you do not have experience in jewellery making, please do not book in to either of these. Get in touch and speak with one of our team to find the best jewellery class for you.

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. Or please discuss with The Bench prior to enrolment. 

Course Description
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.

(Tuesdays are also independent bench access - NEXT LEVEL JEWELLERY students receive priority tuition) 

Course Objectives

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.

Course Outcomes

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.

What’s Included

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. 

Additional notes
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/notebook/ 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.

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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.
Parking Info

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.

Appropriate for

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.

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5.0 (5 reviews)
monicarated it
27 Mar 2023
I can't say enough about Erin & what she brings to the class. Not only is it educational but its fun, a warm inviting atmosphere always & you walk away every time with a piece of jewellery in fact many pieces that you can be proud of. Its an incredible work space, with a kitchen and great amenities, if you are indecisive about which place is right for you when you want to do a course in jewellery please give this a go. you will not be disappointed.
Nanette rated it
29 Sep 2022
Great location and good workshop with many tools that you wouldn’t have at home. Lovely all-round teachers. Project guidance is provided throughout. Options got discussed and explored and I was able to make my project beyond what I could have imagined I was capable of.
Jorated it
28 Mar 2022
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$56.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$32.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$16.00 applies.

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.


SECTION 1 Terms and Conditions / POLICIES 


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. 

We have a strict no refund policy. If you think you qualify for a refund, please email with your order number and reason for refund. Please read here for our workshop policies. Once your order number is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your request. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. If you are approved, then your refund (less Third Party booking fees) will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your original method of payment. Please note that refunds may take several days to process so won't show in your account straight away. 


● Contact our The Bench Sydney customer service team at to request an exchange/refund no less than 14 business days from your course start date. Please include your full name, order number and reason for refund.
● Once approved, our customer service team will process your refund or exchange. (if applicable) Fees may apply. 


Non-refundable fees


All of our sales include Taxes and incur Third Party booking fees. If you request a refund, transfer or credit, Third Party Fees may be applicable up to 20% of the dollar value of your order. In order to ensure there are no fees, please consider your schedule at time of booking and if changes are unavoidable, please contact the customer service team ASAP 


Desk Hire


By making a booking with us, you are confirming that you have read, understood and agree to the policies we have set in place below.
● This is not a 1on1 session. During your booking, you will be unassisted, and whilst there will be staff around, we are not able to tutor you. This booking is purely for you to use our space and tools.
● During your session you are expected to treat the space and tools with respect. Any damage to our property will be paid for by the customer.
● We often have metal on site for you to purchase. If you have any specific requests, it's best if you email us 14 business days before your booking so we have time to order some for you. If less notice is given, this may result in the materials not showing in time for your booking.
● You are welcome to bring any of your own materials, tools and metal to use.
● The Bench Sydney does not take responsibility for any injuries or damage to personal property during your session. 

3.2 Refunds, Rescheduling and Cancellations
● You will NOT be eligible for a refund if you don't show up or miss your booking without warning. Please make sure if you have a change of plans, you email us in accordance with the policies below. ● A full refund (fees apply) can be issued if you cancel within at least 14 business days of your booking.
● If less than 14 business days' notice is given, a credit can be issued (fees apply).
● If you need to reschedule your booking, please email us to discuss. 




To cancel your spot, you will need to contact via email. We have a strict 2-week (14 business days) cancellation policy. If less than 14 business day notice is given, we will be unable to offer you a full refund. We can offer you a credit to rebook your workshop or a refund of 50% up to 7 days prior to the workshop. Please note that cancellations within 1 week of your class will result in no refund, transfer or credit. 

The Bench Sydney runs small, intimate workshops, and it is unlikely that with less than a week's notice we will be able to fill your spot. You are more than welcome to send a friend in your place, just shoot us an email to let us know! If you would like to rebook your workshop to a different date within the one week's time frame, a $56 fee is required to book into another class. If you are not willing to pay this your ticket will be forfeited. If your class has been rebooked from your original date, we are unable to provide a refund regardless of the two week refund notice. If a class is missed, no refund or make-up session can be offered. Please set a reminder and double check dates and times before. 

4.2 Covid-19 IMPACT

We understand that COVID-19 has been a tough time for everyone. In the event of having to isolate for COVID-19 reasons, please contact us via phone or email as soon as you can. We will endeavor to find you a new spot in another one of our workshops provided that you are able to show a positive PCR or rapid test. Please be aware that we are a small business and we have been hit hard by COVID-19 the last three years, like everyone else. We would appreciate kindness and understanding in all communications! If you are unable to attend your session due to COVID-19, you will be required to show a positive PCR or rapid test. 


We require a minimum of 5 bookings in order to run a class. If we do not meet this minimum, we may cancel the workshop and offer you a credit to attend a workshop of the same value in future. 


If you decide to book a gold jewellery workshop, it is essential that you read this policy before making a purchase. Due to the ever-fluctuating price of gold, we're unable to keep surplus on hand. This means that we order it specifically for you when you book a gold workshop with us. We need at-least 14 business days to order it so that it arrives in time for your booking. Leaving less than two weeks means the metal will likely not arrive in time. 


The Bench Sydney reserves the right to take photographs and video footage during workshops. We intend to use this footage for the purpose of advertising our workshops through various media platforms without payment to students. We are very respectful and aware not to photograph faces or post imagery that identifies individuals unless agreed upon. Please let us know if you do not want to be included in any digital footage. 


Policy Understandings


By completing your purchase, you are confirming that you have read, understood and agree to our terms and conditions / policies.


The Bench Sydney and its contractors are not liable or responsible for any injury or and loss or damage to personal possessions at any time.


Private Classes/Events


● A 50% deposit of the total amount is required to lock in the date 

● The remaining amount is due 1 week prior to the event 

● Cancellations made within a week will result in no refund of your deposit, we will do our best to reschedule you to another date. If all parties can not make it to the newly discussed date, there will be no refund given. 

● Cancellations made with at least a 14-business day notice are eligible for a deposit refund (fees are applicable)

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