I’m sometimes asked if Ditherella’s Workshop runs workshops. I’m afraid the answer is no, but maybe one day!
In the meantime the following information might help anyone looking to learn. (If you spot any out of date or incorrect information I’d be glad if you’d let me know so that I can correct it.)
Near Rugby… and further afield
There are evening classes at:
Rugby School Emily Richard runs evening classes here.
The Percival Guildhouse runs classes in making bead and wire jewellery.
The Herbert in Coventry runs occasional workshops.
The Jewellery Bench is run by my former teacher Michelle Wood and her friend Andrea. They run workshops in the countryside near Cubbington.
Warwickshire College runs a number of jewellery courses of different kinds, though sadly no longer at the Rugby centre.
Beccy Gillatt in Olney near Milton Keynes runs an impressive range of courses and also offers untutored studio time. She has great tips on her Instagram too.
Birmingham School of Jewellery do part time courses in the evening and daytime, and short/day courses in the summer, although some do require/recommend experience. They also do degree and HND courses, which I wish I had known in my teens! There are several other places in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter which run workshops and courses too.
Of course there is a huge amount of information online. On YouTube you might like to look at Andrew Berry, Soham Harrison, Nancy Hamilton and Jewellers Academy very different characters and heaps of tips! Andrew Berry and Jewellers Academy run longer courses too.
There are lots of helpful Facebook groups for jewellers of all kinds and at all levels. More formally there are several guilds and associations you can join.
Resources: metals and tools
There are many places where you can buy tools and equipment. Here are some that I use.
Cooksongold for metals and tools. They have online videos too.
Bellore Rashbel for metals.
Proops for budget tools. (Often jewellery tools are a lot cheaper when not bought from a specialist jewellery supplier!)
Kernowcraft for tools & findings. They have online videos and lots of findings & elements suitable for beginners.
Black Arts for casting. There are many others, especially in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
Birmingham Assay Office is where my pieces are hallmarked. It’s worth looking at London too before registering your mark, especially if you are a student, as there may be special offers to reduce the cost.
I’ll work on adding some books, and when I do I’ll probably be stealing ideas from some of those Facebook jewellery groups I mentioned!