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.
Christmas Gift Maker
This course runs on a Thursday Evening for 5 weeks. You will create a variety of jewellery and be introduced to a range of techniques. You may choose to give these as Christmas presents
Begins Thursday 4th November 2021 6-8.30pm
Then 11th Nov, 18th Nov, 25th Nov and 2nd Dec
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 10th July 2021 10am-1pm
Thursday 2nd September 2021 6-9pm
Thursday 7th October 2021 6-9pm
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 17th July 9am-1pm
Saturday 11th September 9am-1pm
Saturday 13th November 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.
Saturday 7th August 2021 10am – 1pm
Thursday 21st October 2021 6 – 9pm
Personalised Stud Earring Making Workshop £45
Learn to make solid silver earrings using traditional techniques, held in a well- equipped metal-working workshop at Bigbury Mint in Ermington, South Devon.
Thursday 9th September 6-9pm
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.
Thursday 16th September 6-9pm
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 25th September 9am – 1pm
Saturday 27th November 9am – 1pm
Fun Taster of Enamel Jewellery
In this 4 hour course you will learn the art of Vitreous enamelled jewellery and come away with multiple pieces of coloured jewellery.
Saturday 26th June 9am-1pm
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
Stone Setting – 3 Week Evening Course £95
This course runs once a week for 3 weeks. You will be introduced o some traditional jewellery making techniques and produce various pieces of jewellery.
Thursday 12th August, 19 and 26th August