|Have you ever
interested in learning how to make jewelry?
I offer individual, one-on-one courses in which I introduce you to the
fundamental techniques of metalsmithing for jewelry:
design and layout, cutting, forming,
soldering, polishing, stone setting, and more...
Courses and Rates
|This course is structured around the creation of a
basic piece of jewelry, either a ring or a pendant. This is the ideal
introduction for someone to get a sense of what's involved in the art
of silversmithing; techniques covered include design and layout,
sawing, filing, soldering, pre-finishing, and polishing, as well as the
proper use and maintenance of bench tools and equipment.
Over the course of three days we will spend fifteen to twenty hours
completing a piece of finished silver jewelry that you will be able to
wear home. Each process is first demonstrated by me and tested by
you on a 'learning' version of your design, and once you are
comfortable with the technique, you carry it out under close
supervision on your actual piece.
The cost of all materials
is included in the price of the Introduction course!
|For continuing beyond the Introductory course, or for
individuals who have some experience and are interested in taking their
jewelry making to the next level, I provide one-on-one direct
instruction in a variety of specific techniques.
If you would like to incorporate stone-setting, advanced forming and
fabrication techniques, decorative
finishes, the use of gold and mixed metals, or the fabrication of your
own findings, I will design a short or long course based on learning
and refining the techniques, rather than completing finished
pieces. For example, I can help you to refine designs you are
already by incorporating handmade findings and soldered joints.
The cost of materials
(silver, gold, gemstones, etc.) are not included in the hourly rate for
You may bring your own materials or I am able to provide materials at
850 euro per week
3200 euro per month
|If you are interested in a more formalized and
comprehensive style of training, please contact me for availability
regarding longer courses. There are several excellent jewelry schools
in Florence, but I am offering a different kind of experience: day in
and day out at the bench of a working jeweler. No school can
offer the kind of individualized attention that you will have as my
private student. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a
foundation of knowledge and skills in one of the greatest jewelry
cities in the world.
In addition to the skills outlined above, I will teach you everything
I've learned from my years working at all levels of the jewelry trade,
from commercial silver jewelry retail to platinum and diamong wedding
boutiques. Learn about the different levels and sectors of the
jewelry market, designers and lines, how to take pieces into
production, and the similarities and differences between designers,
bench jewelers, and the art jewelry movement.
For intensive courses you may bring your own hand tools, use mine, or
acquire them here. I can
also help you with locating rental accomodations close to the studio
and with finding your way around daily life in Florence while you are
If you are considering an intensive course, please feel free to contact
me to discuss your options. What I
offer is different from what's available at the various jewelry schools
here, and I can help you decide which of the many jewelry programs in
Florence is the best match for your interests and goals.
for more information or to arrange courses please email