Bigbury Mint Courses
Medal-making requires us to learn many different craft skills, some of which could be ‘lost’ as technologies change. We think it’s important to take the trouble to teach and pass on these skills and techniques.
So, what’s the point of learning them? They are fun and satisfying to do and they may be useful in the future either because we place a higher value on something directly made by humans or because they require very little non-renewable energies.
We offer some regular courses and some more specialist ones that are available when we have enough people who want to go for it.
I personally believe that everyone should learn some craft skills to enrich them and fulfil a basic need to make things with our hands.
Personalised Ring Making Workshop £45
Learn to make a solid silver ring using traditional techniques, held in a well- equipped metal-working workshop at Bigbury Mint in Ermington, South Devon.
Saturday 14th November 2020 10am – 1pm (1 Space left)
Thursday 21st January 2021 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 13th March 2021 10am – 1pm
Saturday 22nd May 2021 10am – 1pm
Bangle Making Workshop £65
This course is great for beginners to learn some basic silver-working techniques, and you will go away with a copper bangle and a solid silver bangle that you have made! It is run by Fiona Cocks BA(Hons) who is has been teaching classes for over 10 years.
Saturday 16th January 2021 9am – 1pm
Saturday 27th February 2021 9am – 1pm
Saturday 8th May 2021 9am – 1pm
Stacking Rings Workshop £45
Learn to make a copper and two silver rings which can stack on top of each other. In this 3 hour workshop you will be shown how to form rings using traditional techniques.It is held in a well- equipped metal-working workshop at Bigbury Mint in Ermington, South Devon.
Thursday 25th February 2021 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 24th April 2021 10am – 1pm
Stud Earring Making Workshop £40
Learn to make solid silver earrings using traditional techniques, held in a well- equipped metal-working workshop at Bigbury Mint in Ermington, South Devon.
Saturday 5th December 2020 10 – 1pm
Heart Jewellery Making Workshop £45
Learn to make a copper and a solid silver pendant or set of earrings using traditional techniques, held in a well- equipped metal-working workshop at Bigbury Mint in Ermington, South Devon.
Saturday 6th February 2021 10am – 1pm
Stone Setting – 5 Week Evening Course £130
This course runs once a week for 5 weeks. You will be introduced o some traditional jewellery making techniques and produce various pieces of jewellery.
Begins Thursday 4th March 2021 6pm – 8.30pm
Then 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st March.
Enamelling 5 Week Evening Course £130
This course runs each Thursday Evening for 5 weeks. You will learn the art of Vitreous enamelling and come away with multiple pieces of jewellery.
Begins Thursday 22nd April 2021 6pm – 8.30pm
Then 29th April, 6th,13th and 20th May.
Traditional Techniques – Mini Course £95
This course runs on a Thursday Evening for 3 weeks. You will be introduced to a range of jewellery techniques including piercing and soldering.
Begins Thursday 8th July 2021 6pm – 9pm
Then 15th and 22nd July
Spinner Ring Workshop £50
This workshop is suitable for people who have some jewellery experience. You will be taught how to make a ring with a seperate moving band. These rings have many names: Meditation, worry, swivel, turning, prayer and motion rings.
Saturday 12th June 9am – 1pm