Setting Jewellery with Gemstones Workshop

Setting Workshop

4 consecutive Saturdays

 

Tutor:        MARK RIDGWAY (professional setter)

When:       4 consecutive Saturdays 17, 24, 31 October & 7 November, 2015
                    12.00pm – 5.00pm - 20 hours tuition

Where:      Studio 303, Leichhardt

Students: Reaonable basic skills required to Advanced Practitioners and the Trade

Cost:          $730 (tuition) + $260 (you will receive sterling silver premade settings - claw, bezel: round or oval & square; gemstones; scorper/graver (prepared by Mark for you), pusher (prepared by Mark for you); different sizes or burrs; shofu rubber wheels; sharpening stones super fine & medium; ring clamp; graver ball handle for another pusher; wax stick).  Please bring your own jewellers magnifying glasses (as you will require this for close work) You can also bring your own tool kit if you have one (though not required).

Terms:  The course will proceed with a Minimum of 6 students and if it doesn't have the numbers to run and is cancelled your payment will be refunded in full.  Note:  If you are paying for accommodation and/or flights to attend our course it would be worthwhile to check that either or both can be cancelled with a refund and without penalties (it may be worthwhile to insure your flights).  This is only in the event that the course is cancelled or delayed.

A very beneficial and rewarding opportunity to extend your skills to setting your own jewellery pieces as you become more independent as a jeweller.  You will be working in a goldsmith and silversmith's authentic workshop.

 

Course Outline & Objectives...

The purpose of this course is to introduce to the student / trade person the basics of the rub-over (bezel) setting, the  claw setting.

Projects that are set by the tutor in rub over and claw settings, exercises may include:
•    Bezel or rub over setting in sterling silver premade settings
•    Settings made of wires, tubes (chenier) or rods

Various techniques and tools will be demonstrated during the course as well as tool adaptation and maintenance (very important).  The student will get experience working with a micro motor (supplied to each of you in the workshop), a selection of burrs and polishing wheels during the setting process.  The use of gravers and scorpers are explained and how to prepare them for use by cutting or grinding them to suit the hand of the user and grinding, polishing and sharpening all blades and all pushing tools.

Also explained will be how to pre-drill holes prior to setting and the care needed in making a gemstone mount of the setting.

Gemstone selection is discussed including the restrictions and dangers resulting from making poor choices of gemstones.  The purpose of the cut and its finish/polish of the gemstone are explored, with attention focused on the hardness (moh hardness) of different types of gemstones and their appropriateness for the piece being made.  This helps in designing the setting that needs to be made to support the stone properly.  There are many reasons for choosing types of gemstones for certain types of settings, so design is critical before beginning the piece.

On completion of this course the student / trade person will have learnt:
1.    Prepare, sharpen and maintain tools & equipment required to perform gem setting
2.    Prepare jewellery items for gem setting including stone layout, drilling, burring and bearing cutting
3.    Perform gem setting to an industry standard

This workshop is suitable for students with reasonable basic skills and trade people who would like to learn about tool preparation and setting your own jewellery pieces in an authentic workshop under the expert guidance of a professional setter with over 40 years of experience in many professional environments both as a jeweller, wax carver and setter.  You will greatly improve and expand your existing skills and become more independent having the skill to set your own gemstones. There are a maximum of 7 students in the workshop, you will be taught as a group with individual attention as required by the student.

NOTE:  Tea and coffee are provided


Course Timetable:

DayTimeTutorTuition 20 hours
Saturday 17th October 2015 12.00pm – 5.00pm Mark 5 hours
Saturday 24h October 2015 12.00pm – 5.00pm Mark 5 hours
Saturday 31st October 2015 12.00pm – 5.00pm Mark 5 hours
Saturday 7th November 2015 12.00pm – 5.00pm Mark 5 hours

 

Why Studio 303?

  • An opportunity to learn from Sydney's most respected and experienced teachers and practitioners
  • Students are taught in a fully equipped authentic gold and silversmith's workshop (not a classroom)
  • Group and individual tuition, maximum 7 students for this workshop
  • Set a range of settings to gain more independence as a jeweller
  • Ability to learn from a professional with over 40 years experience is "a rare gift"
  • Students, practitioners and the Trade learn to be more independent and set to an industry standard

Location:

  • Centrally located - rear of 303 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt (entrance in Redmond Street)
  • Parking - good untimed street parking & council car park: 2 hour limit until 8pm  (park rear to kerb)
  • Good bus connections - frequent bus services in Parramatta Road


TUTOR: MARK RIDGWAY'S PROFILE

Mark Ridgway is a professional setter who has over 40 years experience in jewellery designing and making, wax carving and as a setter.

"From a very young age I had a fascination with rocks, crystals and minerals and collected them and that inspired me to seek out a jewellery apprenticeship.  During high school (early 1970's) I joined the Cronulla Lapidary Club to learn how to cut gemstones.  I was inspired by the beauty of crystals and in awe at how mother nature formed these amazing creations.  For me, the natural progression was to learn how to make jewellery to feature these magnificant gemstones.  I was very keen to explore my creativity as my whole childhoold was full of painting and the collecting of crystals and minerals and a creative impulse to explore the 3D aspects of jewellery.  As a career becoming a jeweller was an obvious choice.  During my four year apprenticeship I was hungry to learn as much as possible fulfilling my creative desires"

Mark started his apprenticeship in the mid 1970’s at the age of 16 and trained as a jeweller at Rhon Rae Productions, Sydney.  Over the next couple of years he continued to work as a jeweller at Willis and Sons before moving to Brisbane to work at Wallace Bishop where he started setting.  He later moved back to Sydney in the early 1980’s working at Russell W McColough Jewellers as a jeweller, wax carver and setter as his skills and interest in different aspects of the jewellery trade were expanding. At McColough there was a workshop with 5 or 6 professional jewellers and we had experienced difficulty in finding a good setter so with all my many years of experience I trained myself as a setter and did all the company's setting and became very competent and become a full time setter.

"I wanted to move away from making commercial jewellery as I became dissatisfied with the lack of personal creative pieces being made.  As a setter I really enjoyed the finishing off of the piece and it becoming a piece of beautiful jewellery.  I get tremendous satisfaction from exploring the many different approaches and many different styles of settings and I became very competent as a fine jewellery setter."

In the late 1980’s Mark was self-employed for a few years as a setter, setting for the trade.  In the early 1990’s he returned to Russell W McColough Jewellers as a setter and wax carver.  In early 2000 Mark worked at Canturi Jewellers as a setter for a period of 5 years.  For the past 2 years he has been self employed working as a setter for the trade at the Jewellers Studio in Sydney's CBD.  "I get the most satisfaction out of doing my work when I can fully contribute to the beauty of someone's finished creation.  I enjoy being self-employed and it offers me a diverse variety of work."

"I am very much looking forward to teaching and passing on to others my many years of experience so that they may also enjoy the great satisfaction in setting beautiful gemstones into jewellery pieces either for their own creations of the Trade."

Testimonials

  • Ernst Pfenninger is a creative, high quality jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. We had many pieces individually made over a number of years and were excited every time we saw the finished article. People often noticed and commented on my wife's jewellery as it was original and superbly crafted.
    I recommend Ernst to the discerning.

    Ernst Pfenninger is a creative, high quality jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. We had many pieces individually made over a number of years and were excited every time we saw the finished article. People often noticed and commented on my wife's jewellery as it was original and superbly crafted.
    I recommend Ernst to the discerning.

    Brian Stanwell

  • Having been a student taught by Ernst Pfenninger at Studio 303 for over 20 years I highly recommend Ernst as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn about or improve their jewellery and silversmithing skills. I had previously learnt at other schools but none can compare with that so generously taught to me by Ernst. This school is one of our cities hidden secrets.

    Having been a student taught by Ernst Pfenninger at Studio 303 for over 20 years I highly recommend Ernst as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn about or improve their jewellery and silversmithing skills. I had previously learnt at other schools but none can compare with that so generously taught to me by Ernst. This school is one of our cities hidden secrets.

    Brian Levy

  • What I like best is unsparing access to the best equipment plus unstinting advice and support from Ernst in all my projects. Others in the class do interesting projects which gives additional inspiration and the friendly atmosphere adds to it as well.

    What I like best is unsparing access to the best equipment plus unstinting advice and support from Ernst in all my projects. Others in the class do interesting projects which gives additional inspiration and the friendly atmosphere adds to it as well.

    Lila Cohen

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    Tyrus Shay

  • Ernst is a teacher of outstanding skill and workmanship. The environment in which one learns is educational & inspirational yet relaxed ~ altogether an enjoyable experience which leads one into many aspects of the jewellery trade. Ernst seems to have an inexhaustible well of expertise & experience for his students to draw from... I could attend these classes till I'm 99!

    Ernst is a teacher of outstanding skill and workmanship. The environment in which one learns is educational & inspirational yet relaxed ~ altogether an enjoyable experience which leads one into many aspects of the jewellery trade. Ernst seems to have an inexhaustible well of expertise & experience for his students to draw from... I could attend these classes till I'm 99!

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    I was a student of Ernst Pfenninger for a long time & enjoyed the many years I attended the classes. Ernst is always helpful & patient in his advice & I found his work inspirational. His attention to detail & precise instruction in the use of the tools made it "seem" easy to a beginner. All the skills I learnt from Ernst enabled me to do today what I love most: making jewellery! Thank you Ernst

    Catherine Grisard

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    It has been my pleasure to work with Swiss trained jeweller Ernst Pfenninger on special projects over a number of years, one of which was most complicated because of the mechanics & originality. Ernst has the rare talent of working in different mediums & can visualise a finished product immediately. In addition, Ernst is an outstanding hands-on highly sought after jewellery teacher here in Sydney.

    George R.

  • Ernst believes in originality & perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique & express who I am.

    Ernst believes in originality & perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique & express who I am.

    Anneke Mackay - Smith

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    Anna Yeung

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    Ernst helps his students achieve their goals in creating their own individual jewellery and make their design concepts a reality. Challenges that arise are met with calmness & ingenuity. There is no one better to inspire a love of the creative process and leave you with the belief that in the world of jewellery anything is possible.

    Michelle Clark

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  • I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio... I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace, developing ideas & designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He & Sharon open their workshop to students & encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity & enjoyment for all participants.

    I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio... I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace, developing ideas & designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He & Sharon open their workshop to students & encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity & enjoyment for all participants.

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  • I have enjoyed attending Ernst Pfenninger’s closely supervised workshops for over three years, during which time my interest in silver-smithing & decorating items with semi-precious stones in the “Arts and Crafts” style has been realised many times... Ernst will provide projects to suit all abilities, particularly for those students just beginning the hobby and requiring more direction.

    I have enjoyed attending Ernst Pfenninger’s closely supervised workshops for over three years, during which time my interest in silver-smithing & decorating items with semi-precious stones in the “Arts and Crafts” style has been realised many times... Ernst will provide projects to suit all abilities, particularly for those students just beginning the hobby and requiring more direction.

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    I've done 2 terms at Studio 303 (1 Days and 1 Nights) with Ernst, and I really like the freedom to create anything I want. Ernst has so much knowledge from his many years of experience that he is able to help fine tune designs so I could bring them to a finished piece.

    Matthew Morin

  • I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst.

    I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst.

    Jody Shipway

  • I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    Angela

  • I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    Angela

  • I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear.

    I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear.

    Lyn S

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