and gallery of student work
Silversmithing classes currently run at the following times
Tuesday 10am - 12 noon, 1pm - 3pm and 6pm - 8pm
Wednesday 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 12 noon and 1pm - 3pm
Classes are £22.50 per session bought in blocks of four sessions (£90.00). For the first project consumables and materials are charged at a minimal additional cost. Thereafter, we provide information on trade suppliers and materials advice suitable for the individual student.
Tuition at York School of Jewellery
York School of Jewellery provides a wide range of tuition in silversmithing for people of all abilities. This ranges from taster sessions which allow people to experience working in a fully equipped workshop to regular classes that allow the student to develop at their own pace and specialist courses focusing on specific areas of silversmithing and associated skills.
Students of York School of Jewellery are also able to use the School's registered mark to hallmark their work. All silver, gold and platinum pieces made by students hallmarked without the additional cost of applying for individual makers marks. They also have access to a comprehensive non-lending book library.
Free tea, coffee and biscuits are always available for all students.
There is no upper age limit to our classes but we reserve the right to asses younger students.
We often find that potential students are confused by the true definitions of jewellery and silversmithing. Jewellery is an item of body adornment eg ring, bracelet, neckpiece. Silversmithing is the making of items out of silver that are not jewellery eg bowls, candlesticks and coffee pots. With the demise of the coppersmith and tinsmith etc, larger items made from base metals are now also included in this group.
York School of Jewellery provide day, evening and weekend classes in silversmithing and design. There are a maximum of 4 students per class as we strongly believe that this is the optimum student to tutor ratio. Within this framework we can work on a one-to-one basis, enabling each student to pursue their own goals at their own pace.
Students of all levels are guided through health and safety protocols at all stages of their work. Those that are new to silversmithing (who are always very welcome) are taught the basic but essential skills including measuring, marking, piercing, filing, hammering and soldering. The more experienced students are actively encouraged to develop their design and making skills. Classes at this level are student led. These classes are of two hours duration and run during the day and evenings throughout the week. Classes also run on Saturdays. Classes run continuously throughout the year.