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2014 jewellery masterclasses in the UK


As usual we are fortunate in the UK to welcome some visiting jewellery tutors this year. Here are some of the exciting classes that are running

At the Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery

Barbara Becker Simon is visiting in April to teach The Maltese cross in metal clay
In August Terry Kovalcik with be teaching Carving unique elements and the hidden locket masterclass
In October Michael David Sturlin will be teaching two classes - beyond the bezel and torch and metal

At Craftworx in Yorkshire

Lisa Barth is returning this year to teach three workshops - wirework pendant and earrings. photograph your jewellery and the marble pendant
Holly Gage and Tracey Spurgin are running the Midsummer's dream metal clay retreat in June
In September Michael Marx is visiting with his kinetic sea creatures workshop

Joy Funnell is travelling the country! She is teaching her juxtasposing ring class at Craftworx in September. She is also teaching ring making with ring cores and enamel for metalclay.co.uk in Corfe, Dorset in March.

Lynne Glazzard will be teaching the mokume gane certification in her studio in North Yorkshire

I'm saving furiously so that I can do as many classes as possible! Which one/s would you choose?

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