Anglia Leisure Learning Limited
based: East Anglia, UK
Weekend residential leisure courses with top quality tutors, comfortable venues and good home cooking. Improve your skills while making new friends and enjoying achieving more than you ever thought possible. Courses are held north and south of London, and in East Anglia, Bristol and The Midlands. See Answers to 101 Questions on the website.
| patchwork/quilting | textiles | beadwork | lace making | embroidery | music | mixed media | painting/drawing | knitting/crochet | jewellery | calligraphy | England |
Getaway and Create Minibreaks
based: Cordoba, Spain
Three day, fully inclusive, jewellery making or picture making minibreaks in the lush countryside of Cordoba, Spain. This country home is a short walk from a Parque Natural and 20 minutes drive from the historic city of Cordoba. A day trip tour to the centre is included in the stay.
| jewellery | painting | mixed media | Spain |
based: Aveyron, France
Jewellery making holidays in the beautiful Aveyron in SW France (cheap flights RyanAir to Rodez). Workshops include introductions to jewellery making, silversmithing, stone setting, tiaras, wirework, glass fusing, fold forming and riveting. Price includes accommodation, project materials, airport transfers and breakfasts/lunches; no single supplement. Now in 6th year, with 100's of happy students.
| jewellery | beadwork | glass craft/stained glass | singles holidays | France |
Dancing Light Fused Glass & Ceramic Studio
based: Texas, USA
Studio workshops offering weekends and short residential courses including glass fusing and jewelry making.
| glass crafts/stained glass | jewellery | USA |
Flux'n'Flame Jewellery School
based: Dorset, UK
Offering weekend jewellery courses and summer schools, covering traditional making styles, press forming, gemstones and etching courses.
| jewellery | England |
In The Studio
based: Leicestershire, UK
Residential jewellery making courses covering a range of skills that include: engraving, enameling, casting, wire wrapping, stone setting, silver soldering, shaping, piercing, texturing and hands-on experience of working metal and silver gilding.
| jewellery | beadwork | UK |
Silverweed for Women
based: Ceredigion, Wales, UK
Creative jewellery making courses for women near Berlin, Germany. Individual tuition in a relaxed atmosphere. Also introductory courses at different venues.
| jewellery | women | Germany | Wales |
Wild Wire Women Retreats
based: California, USA
Relaxed women's long-weekend retreats in California, focused on jewelry design and making; with jewelry designer, teacher and author Sharilyn Miller.
| jewellery | USA |
based: Derbyshire, UK
Short courses throughout the year in a range of art and craft disciplines.
| mosaic | glass crafts/stained glass | painting/drawing | jewellery | UK |
Want to make your own jewellery – be it earrings, bracelets, bangles, necklaces, chokers, hair grips and slides, badges and broaches, pins and cuff-links? This section covers residential multi-day jewellery making and design courses which cover all types of jewellery, made using a huge range of materials from ceramic beads to fused glass, precious metals such as silver and gold, crystals, pearls, gems, wood, wires, feathers, buttons, fabrics, metal clay, resin, you name it!
You'll find courses will aimed at all levels, from taster courses and basic introductory workshops, to courses for people with advanced skills. And they'll cover a wide range of making techniques, from simple bead threading through to wire wrapping, enameling, silversmithing and stone setting.
The Travel-Quest focus is on holidays so we'll list residential and multi-day courses where participants can stay on-site, or where the course provider suggests, and often organises, suitable local accommodation close to the jewellery workshop or studio. Many will be short, often weekend, courses while others may be longer holidays, often with other activities (craft based or just leisure activities) included.
Things to consider when booking a jewellery holiday
• Check if aprons are provided and, depending on the materials and techniques you'll used, make sure you have the right things to wear – footwear may need to be closed and clothing may get damaged by the processes, so make sure it's old!
• Check what the class size is.
• Ask if materials are included in the price.
• Also if tools are provided – even if they are, you may have your own favourite tools, so check if it's OK to bring them (mark them with tape before you pack so they'll not get muddled in the workshop) – also remember you'll not be able to put them in your hand luggage if you're flying.
• If you want to make a specific piece of jewellery (e.g. a wedding ring), that's perhaps not covered in the classes, ask if additional private tuition can be booked to learn to make this.