Sarah Jane Whittaker

Precious metal clay techniques Silver jewellery teacher

Based in
Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Sarah Jane Whittaker | Precious metal clay techniques Silver jewellery teacher

Rates: Workshops start at £95 for a full day's tuition in a small group, including plenty of silver clay and sterling silver wire

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Sarah Jane Whittaker (MCSJ Dip PMC) is a qualified tutor of precious metal clay techniques, a jewellery artist in her own right, and principal of the Sussex Jewellery School, based in Eastbourne, near Brighton and Hastings, accessible from London Victoria. Her jewellery has featured in glossy Sussex Life magazine, and she exibits in various Sussex venues.

Discouraged from pursuing a creative career due to miserable art classes at school, it took time for Sarah Jane to rediscover her creative mojo, so she empathises with anyone searching for an artistic outlet, but not sure where to start.

Always friendly, approachable and supportive, Sarah Jane nevertheless challenges her students to create the best work they can, and is always generous with her knowledge and skills.

Group Classes

Beginnings in Silver Clay

See the Jewellery-making with us pages at to view images of this workshop in progress, the jewellery past students have made, and what our students say about this course.

About silver clay: Silver clay consists of very small particles of silver, mixed with an organic binder and water. Metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, opening up a host of design possibilities, even for the beginner jeweller.

After drying, it can be fired, burning away the binder, leaving the pure, solid, 999 fine silver (purer than sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure).

Students leave not only with the skills to go on creating, but also up to three finished pieces of jewellery (earrings with handmade ear-wires & real semi-precious gemstones, and pendant on suede or microfibre thong,. and optional extra pendant if time allows). Optional toolkits are available to buy from the tutor so you can carry on making silver jewellery at home after the course, using your new-found skills.

Course details: This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced jewellery makers, and introduces basic silver clay skills, together with some simple silverwork.

Silver clay techniques covered:

* types of silver clay
* rolling to a consistent and repeatable thickness
* adding texture to front and back of pieces
* reconstituting dried clay
* cutting clay
* making holes in clay
* making bails
* drying clay
* preparing clay for firing
* firing clay with kiln and hand torch
* finishing fired silver clay jewellery

Silverwork techniques covered:

* balling up wire sterling silver wire to create custom headpins
* fashioning sterling silver earwires
* filing skills: smoothing ends of ear wires
* assembling finished work using wire wrapping techniques
* opening and closing jump rings correctly

Tutor: Sarah Whittaker MCSJ Dip PMC

Fee: £95 + booking fee to include extensive tutoring, 16g PMC3, sterling silver for ear-wires, 2 x semi-precious gemstone beads, comprehensive handout and the use of all necessary tools and equipment during the workshop, plus refreshments mid-morning and mid-afternoon (please bring your own packed lunch).

More information: call 07939 696 465 or email [email protected]

Your health & safety is our priority

* No open-toed or soft shoes may be worn (boots or trainers are ideal)
* No loose or draping clothing, eg scarves, may be worn
* Hair must be tied back
* Avoid wearing particularly flammable materials (non-shedding, natural fibres are best)
* Skin sensitivity to precious metal clay is extremely rare. However, you may be in close contact with other chemical substances, so if you are prone to sensitive skin, we can provide latex gloves. Please bring your own gloves if you are sensitive to latex, and a mask if you are sensitive to dust.
* Further pre-course information will be emailed with your booking confirmation.

It's a: 
Cuckoo Cuckoo Design Studio
Unit 1, Commercial Mews South, Eastbourne BN21 3, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Friday 18 December 2009, 10am-5pm
£95 including 16 PMC3, sterling silver wire, sterling silver jump rings, and two semi-precious gemstone beads or Swarovski crystal beads, plus plenty of individual attention, and the use of all necessary tools and equipment, and refreshments (bring a packed lunch, though!)


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


Please see the Sussex Jewellery School website for terms and conditions of booking.

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