Whether you come with no experience or are wanting to develop your existing skills the courses are built around you. Each course member can work on their own unique project which means you get to see different approaches and styles and are able to learn from each other. As there is a maximum of 4 people on the courses you can be assured of individual support. David would be delighted to share his teaching experience and passion for jewellery making with you. For more information about the courses please visit our website. An engineering apprenticeship was how David started to develop his skills in working with metals, making his first pieces of jewellery in stainless steel. These pieces strongly reflected the structural forms found in manufactured items but lacked the fluidity reflected in his current designs. This was all a long time ago and the intervening years saw a move into teaching, firstly teaching engineering within further education and then , after a degree in Design and Technology , working in secondary schools. Working with precious metals started with the need for Christmas presents to be a bit different and his gift of a silver chain with gold detail was met with great enthusiasm and admired by many. This was the catalyst for further development of the specific skills needed for jewellery making. Evening classes and part time courses fuelled the desire to develop less structured design. Leaving teaching behind but still wanting to teach, David set up Benches Studio. What could be better, combining a passion for jewellery and design with a need to continue working with people who want to develop their creativity. 1 & 2 Day Courses Both our 1 and 2 day courses are designed to be suitable for either complete beginners or those with some experience as you will improve your knowledge through the development of practical skills. There is a maximum capacity in the studio for 4 students so you are assured of excellent attention throughout as you are encouraged to link the ideas you bring along with the skills and techniques you learn during the day. You will not be told what to make - how your pieces develop is up to you ! To start either course you will discuss , over a cup of coffee , your hopes for the day, any ideas you have and your experience ( or lack of it ! ) to date. You will be introduced to the tools available in the studio, your own work station and aspects of health and safety. And then it’s time to begin ! You will be guided through the designing and making process at your own pace and will complete a ring, pendent or earrings using traditional jewellery making techniques from sawing and filing to soldering, texturing and polishing. On the 2 day course you will have the chance to experiment with the more advanced processes of stone setting, casting and fold forming. You will be able to take your learning as far as you wish - the only thing to stop your creativity will be time !
New Forest, Hampshire