Learn to make contemporary jewellery with goldsmith Bec de Podolinsky.
Jewellery making courses are held at Pod Studio just outside Kyneton - a one hour drive north of Melbourne along the Calder Freeway.
Previous experience isn't necessary and these fun jewellery classes are suitable for beginners and students with some experience. You'll have the chance to design your own piece of jewellery and in most classes, everyone will be making something different.
Our students come from all over Australia and internationally including the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Malaysia, China, Japan, France and New Zealand.
Jewellery workshops take one or two days (or two half days).
We provide all tools, equipment and materials (including sterling silver).
Work with sterling silver (not copper) or for an extra fee, gold or platinum. The selection of silver you have to choose from is enormous, so you'll be able to make incredible pieces of jewellery.
Design your own jewellery and make a piece that suits your taste.
Workshops include lunch. All workshops include morning / afternoon tea.
Only pay a $100 deposit when booking ($200 deposit for the Intensive Beginners Jewellery Short Course). Pay the balance two weeks before the workshop or pre-pay your balance in instalments via direct bank deposit.
Pay using afterpay, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal and direct bank deposit.
Get a 10% discount on selected local accommodation when completing a workshop.
Our jewellery classes are small with a maximum of three students, so you'll receive lots of help.
We also give you:
making instructions, so you can make more pieces when you get home.
a list of suppliers, so you know where to buy precious metals and have things cast.
a list of tools used during the workshop. Jewellery making tools and jewellery tool kits are available for purchase from Pod Studio oronline here.
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We offer the following Jewellery Making Workshops:
We offer a range ofstone setting workshops, you must have completed some basic jewellery making workshops before enrolling in stone setting.
Scroll down for more details about each workshop and upcoming dates. A minimum of two students are required for a workshop to run.
Pod Studio is located outside Kyneton, so we head into town to eat lunch at one of our amazing local cafés. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are available. Lunch is included in the workshop fee for full day workshops.
Workshops are held at the Pod Jewellery Studio in Kyneton - a one-hour drive north of Melbourne along the Calder Freeway. You can also catch a V/Line train from Southern Cross Station to Kyneton. Kyneton is on the Bendigo line. Pod Studio is located just out of Kyneton and is not within walking distance of the station or local accommodation.
The Macedon Ranges is a stunning area with so much to see and do. Lots of people attending the Intensive Beginners Jewellery Short Course choose to stay in the area. Staying over allows you to take advantage of our amazing places to eat and drink, our great shopping and sightseeing, and unique accommodation options. Read more about some of the local accommodation options.
This hugely popular intensive beginners jewellery making course is held over two-full-days during the week or on a weekend. We regularly have students from across Australia and overseas attending this one-of-a-kind class. This is the only Intensive Beginners Jewellery Short Course in of its type in Australia.
You’ll work at your own pace while learning the fundamentals of jewellery making. There’s no additional costs and no need to pay extra to work in silver, as up to 70 grams is included in your workshop fee (but to be honest, we've never actually weighed anything made in class). And rather than attending three-hour classes week-after-week, you'll learn it all in two days.
Everyone will be making different pieces of jewellery, so you'll see how various types of jewellery are made. Classes are held around a big jewellers bench, so you'll have your own space and tool kit to use during the class. And the beauty of working around this big jewellers bench, is that you'll see what everyone else is working on. It's great fun and a really supportive environment in which to learn.
At the end of this course you’ll take home at least four finished pieces of silver jewellery - one pair of earrings, a pendant, (and/or a second pair of earrings) and several rings.
These pieces of jewellery look very professional and you'll be amazed by what you are able to make over the two days. And unlike any other jewellery making classes where you’re given a piece of metal (usually copper) to work with, you also get to choose from an enormous selection of sterling silver sheet, and plain, patterned and embossed wire.
While the studio can cater for more people, we limit this course to three students, so you'll get plenty of help along the way. We each lunch at a local cafe both days and it's included in your course fee. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available. A delicious morning and afternoon tea is also provided both days, which includes vegan and gluten free options. This class requires two students run.
You can also choose to complete the Bezel Set Ring Workshop after this workshop. TheBezel Set Ring Workshop often follows this Intensive Beginners Jewellery Short Course, so you can choose to complete three days in a row.
After a little break, this hugely popular workshop is back and it's now even better than before.
In this one-day workshop, you have the option to make stacker rings, wider silver rings or a spinner (meditation) ring. These rings are also known as fidget rings, anxiety rings and worry rings because people find moving or playing with the outside rings stress-relieving or soothing.
No previous experience is necessary and you'll work at your own pace to produce a ring in a style that you like. This is a great introductory class for anyone who wants to learn how to make rings and experience soldering. It gives you taste of jewellery making and is often the start of a jewellery making passion.
This workshop is held at Pod Studio in Kyneton and includes morning and afternoon tea and a gourmet lunch at a local cafe.
Spend half a day learning to carve a ring from wax. The ring is then sent to Melbourne to be cast in either sterling silver (15 grams and one casting fee are included your course fees) or for an extra fee gold or platinum. Two weeks later, we will gather again for half a day to finish making your sterling silver ring/s.
Working with wax is really relaxing, students often describe it as therapeutic. Many people who have completed this workshop have continued making jewellery from wax as a hobby. A number of people have started their own small businesses making and selling their own jewellery.
Once you have the knowledge, lost wax carving is something you can continue from home without needing to purchase a lot of expensive tools after the workshop. You can apply the skills you learn in this workshop to carve brooches, earrings and pendants. You also receive making instructions and all the information you will need to get your pieces cast. You can also purchase a Lost Wax tool kit, which has everything you need to start making pieces as soon as you get home.
Learn to create a made-to-measure sterling silver ring band and bezel set a cabochon stone in this stone setting course. We work with sterling silver in the workshop or for an additional fee you can make your ring from gold. You learn to make the entire piece, including the ring band, which will fit your finger perfectly, so you will be able to wear your ring home after the workshop.
Please note: this gemstone setting class is of an intermediate level, you must have completed theIntensive Beginners Jewellery Short Courseor jewellery classes elsewhere and have some knowledge of soldering and sawing.
This workshop often runs the day after the Intensive Beginners Jewellery Short Course. If you're booked in for the Intensive Beginners Jewellery Short Course on the days before this class, you can also book in for the stone setting workshop, so you can complete these classes over three consecutive days.
Pod Gift Certificates are the perfect present for a friend or loved one. They can be used for a Jewellery Making workshop, to purchase jewellery tools or to buy jewellery from the Pod Jewellery collection. Pod Gift Certificates are beautifully designed and arrive gift-wrapped and ready to give.
Places are limited to six students in all jewellery workshops and jewellery making courses. A $100 deposit is payable on all workshops and courses. If you cancel less than four weeks prior to the start date of the workshop, your $100 deposit will not be refunded.
If you're unable to attend, you can transfer your workshop booking to another person (for the same workshop dates only). If the workshop does not run and is cancelled by us, you will receive a full refund or can choose be transferred to another workshop. Gift certificates are not refundable. We do not offerfee reductions, refunds or make-up classes to students who miss classes.
There are no refunds for students cancelling within four weeks of the start of any jewellery making courses or workshops.