Jewellery & Silversmithing: Structured Intermediate

Friday Mornings | 10.00-13.00 | £200 | 10 weeks 

Would you like to learn to make interesting jewellery pieces using step-by-step, foolproof techniques? Enhance your abilities and become a skilled, more independent creative jewellery maker.

This course provides a unique opportunity to develop your skills in jewellery and silversmithing techniques, following a formal teaching programme developed by Elia Rizzo.

Each term participants will address a different project in the well-equipped Cambridge Art Makers’ space. The project will be carefully selected by the tutor in order to stimulate a progressive growth of every participant’s practical and design skills.

The projects will cover a wide range of processes taught at the high level Elia himself learnt in workshops in Florence. Aspects of design and methods will be focussed on ensuring a professional execution and finish.

Through making specific items each term, Elia will cover the following aspects of becoming a jeweller:

  • Design tips
  • Discovering and expressing your own, personal style
  • Methods of production, including:
    • Mechanisms and clasps
    • Soldering techniques
    • Sawing techniques
    •  Metal smithing
    • Basic stone setting (advanced techniques taught on separate, short courses)
    • Texturing methods
    • Polishing techniques
    • Using drawbenches to make wire
  • Technical advice
  • Professional finishing

Though taught in a group Elia will also give individual attention to students. Whilst each term will cover a specific project there will be opportunities for variations on the technique where design and personal style can be developed.

This is the ideal course for really enhancing and perfecting techniques that you may, or may not, already be familiar with.

Full details as to the terms schedule will be confirmed before the term starts.

There will be some copper and brass available to begin the course but students will need to order and bring their own silver and other materials. Advice will be given regarding suppliers.

This course runs for three terms every year, each term consists of 10 Friday morning classes. We take a break over half term.

This course is suitable for those with previous jewellery making experience.

A discounted rate is available if you book the course together with the Friday afternoon session: Jewellery & Silversmithing: Supervised course (with the same tutor, Elia Rizzo)

Click on the booking links to see if there are still spaces, if their are none available email us at [email protected] to go on the waiting list.

Jewellery with Elia Rizzo at Cambridge Art Makers
Elia Rizo Jewellery & Silversmithing course tutor at Cambridge Art Makers

Tutor | Elia Rizzo

Elia Rizzo is a bespoke jewellery designer, engraver and stone setter from Italy who has been designing and creating one-of-a-kind pieces for over ten years.
He has always had both a strong interest in traditional jewellery making techniques and in finding challenging ways of applying them to create pieces that have a contemporary style.
Elia studied in Florence, a city known around the world for its traditions of excellence in high-end jewellery making and design. After the completion of his studies, thanks to his skills, he was selected for several internships during which he continued his training in hand-engraving, jewellery design, jewellery making, stone faceting, stone setting and metal smithing techniques, as tutored by some of the most highly rated professionals.
He now works as a freelance jeweller and, thanks to a deep passion for anything related to jewellery making, he never stops refining his skills; experimenting every day and always looking for to new challenges in creating his pieces.

Term Dates

We hope to resume these classes if/when Elia can return from Italy. We will notify those who were signed up as soon as we are able to hold these courses.

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“Elia is a very thorough teacher and truly cares that you can be proud to have a professional finish on every piece of work you create.”

Advanced Jewellery & Silversmithing with Elia Rizzo, Spring Term 2019

“Elia is one of the most talented jewellers that I have had the pleasure of being tutored by.”

Jewellery with Elia Rizzo, July 2019

“The Gypsy Stone Setting jewellery course with Elia Rizzo was by far the best short course I have ever done. I am exhausted and delighted!” (she’s done a LOT of good short courses in her time!)

Gypsy Stone Setting with Elia Rizzo, Febraury 2020

“It looks easy when Elia does the stone setting but there’s a lot to learn!  Elia is a great teacher and made the course both interesting and rewarding.  I can recommend the tutor, course and venue which are all excellent.”

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Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND

Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow the signs to Linton Zoo!

Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here

Covid-19 Guidelines | Please read our covid-19 guidelines which can be found here

Access | Please note that our kitchen and toilets are on the first floor up 1 flight of stairs. If this is going to pose a problem for you please email us at [email protected]

Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.

Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email [email protected]

Availability | No spaces left? Email us at [email protected] to go on the waiting list.

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