BIAD Short Courses

Workshop  /  03 Apr 2006  -  20 Sep 2006
Published: 07.02.2007
BIAD Short Courses.
BIAD School of Jewellery
Gay Penfold
DEADLINE: 03/03/2006

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(...) The Short Courses give an opportunity to any person involved in the Jewellery world or other creative industries to learn highly specialized techniques and approaches in a relatively short and concentrated time (...)

Welcome to our 2006 Short Course Programme. We are delighted to launch this years new summer courses at the famous School of Jewellery based in the heart of the Birmingham historic Jewellery Quarter.
The Short Courses are a very important part of the Schools curriculum. They give an opportunity to any person involved in the Jewellery world or other creative industries to learn highly specialized techniques and approaches in a relatively short and concentrated time. In keeping with our reputation we have once again, engaged some of the very best tutors from Industry and Academia for our courses.
Please refer to our Programme Diary or A-Z Course Index for further information about each course. Due to the intensive and specialist practical nature of the courses we can only accept between 7 & 12 students per course, therefore we suggest you reserve your place early – by credit or debit card booking - to avoid disappointment.
We are proud of the Schools tradition of training for the Jewellery Industry that dates back over 100 years, and we hope that you will find a course from the 50+ listed which inspires you to participate.
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Gay Penfold
Manager, Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre


Arline M. Fisch, Professor of Art Emerita, San Diego State University is an Artist/Jeweller working
primarily in precious metals, exhibiting work nationally and internationally. Author of the book,
Textile Techniques in Metal, published in 1975, 1996 and 2001, she frequently conducts intensive
short-term workshops in the United States and abroad. She has lectured and exhibited widely in
North America, Europe, and the Far East and her work is represented in numerous museum and
private collections.

Alistair McCallum has practised the Japanese metal working technique of Mokume Gané (wood
grain metal) for over 20 years. The technique involves soldering different metals together to produce
a sandwich effect. Due to the highly decorative surface patterns produced using this technique,
Alistair strongly believes that it is best used on simple forms, where the relationship of pattern to the
form is in harmony. Alistair visited Japan in 1978. This experience continues to influence his work.

Bernard Langford is a Chartered Management Accountant with experience in
manufacturing/engineering, higher education and advising small businesses. As a financial training
specialist his varied assignments have covered a broad spectrum of clients both in the public and
private sectors. In addition to training professional accountancy students, his educational portfolio
also includes presenting bespoke courses to non-financial managers in industry. He has also
undertaken work for the Ministry of Defence and the NHS.

Carlton Campbell has 35 years experience as a jewellery mounter with one of the countries leading
regalia jewellers, manufacturing many one off hand made jewels for large organisations and also
individuals. He has taught on the School of Jewellery Short Course Programme for several years.

Christoph Heinrich began his Silversmithing and Jewellery training in Germany in 1981, where he
successfully runs his own business. Christoph has been providing technical consultancy support in fine
welding techniques and engineering to Lampert Gmbh, the manufacturers of the Easi-Welder, since

Chris Hall has extensive experience as an exhibitor with companies such as Stuart Crystal and has
worked for 9 years as Exhibition Manager for the organisers of the International Spring and Autumn
Fairs at the NEC with responsibility for the Jewellery, Clocks & Watches, Silverware and Home
Interior Halls. Along with his colleague Isabel Welch, ex Chief Exec. of the Giftware Association. Chris
is half of a management team at Archway which offers cost-effective Marketing, PR and General
Business advice to Designer Makers and small and medium enterprises especially in the Creative

Clare John has been a practicing jeweller since she graduated from Middlesex University in 1976.
She has used different forms of resin in her work over the years and has recently discovered a new
supplier with high quality resin products. She enjoys teaching short courses and believes the tutor can
learn as much from the students as they can from her.

David Allison has extensive teaching experience and has over 30 years experience working in the
silverware industry, he has run his own business in Sheffield for the last 14 years specialising in
manufactured spun items.

David Rowe is an independent product and furniture designer, he has a number of designs currently
in production and has been designing for industry for over twenty years. David is a graduate of the
Royal College of Art and is actively involved in design research at UCE. Drawing is a personal passion
as well as being a tool of his trade.

Geoff Moore served his apprenticeship as a Hand Engraver in the jewellery quarter with Toye
Kenning & Spencer engraving inscriptions and general lettering on masonic jewels, medals and
silverware. Geoff started Gun Engraving 25 years ago when Westley Richards gave him his first piece
to engrave. Geoff has worked consistently since that time receiving work from other famous makers
such as Holland & Holland, Watson Bros, David McKay Brown, & T.R.White.

Giovanni Corvaja originates from Italy and he has been working in metalwork and jewellery since
1985. Giovanni is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, and has contributed extensively to many
International exhibitions, lectures and conferences, several School of Jewellery Short Course
programmes and has won many prestigious awards for his work.

Ian Nelson has worked as a casting technician in the Jewellery Industry for over 35 years, for large
and small manufacturing jewellers. Progressing over the years from using very basic centrifugal
casting equipment to using more up to date vacuum casting techniques. Ian currently works at the
School of Jewellery.

Jennifer Edge began her jewellery and silversmith training in 1990 and over the last 14 years has
developed her expertise in Anti-clastic raising by attending workshops run by Heikki Seppa and
Michael Good and incorporating their process’s into her work. Jennifer's work has been commended
in the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design awards.

Jurgen Maerz is Director of technical education for Platinum Guild International (PGI) USA and has
worked in the industry since 1961. He holds a teaching credential for jewellery making from the State
of California, and was a former jewellery instructor for GIA, with PGI for seven years. Jurgen has
taught jewellery making and provided professional consulting in platinum issues all over the world.

John Russell has been employed within the Birmingham jewellery trade for many years. He currently
teaches on the Schools part-time course programme and his extensive teaching and jewellery
industry experience make his contribution industry specific.

Kate Hopley has been a Fellow of the Gemmological Association (FGA) since 1996, has studied at
the School of Jewellery, and has held the Diamond Diploma (DGA) since 1997. Kate has been
teaching since 1997 predominantly at the School, specialising in the training of students to FGA and
DGA level, with a sound track record of student pass rate. Kate recently completed a course in
diamond polishing in Hatton Garden, and she is currently studying to be a Graduate Gemmologist
(GG) under the American gemmology programme.

Kate Thorley studied at the School of Jewellery and has worked in the Birmingham jewellery trade
for several years as a designer and new product development specialist. Currently Kate is senior
designer for the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, where she continues to work extensively on
various commercial design projects for industry.

Keith Adcock has worked in the jewellery industry for over 25 years for both large and small
manufacturing jewellers. Initially a toolmaker, Keith re-trained and is now using CAD/CAM techniques
for both tooling and casting models, utilising CNC milling and rapid prototyping. Keith is Senior
CAD/CAM tutor and technologist at the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre.

Les Curtis is a lecturer at the School of Jewellery. He has extensively researched Electroforming 18ct
gold alloy (Plackett Brurman mainly) with Englehard industries research and development (1999-
2000). After extensive research Les published his book on Electroforming in 2004.

Mark Watkins is a CAD/CAM tutor and technologist at the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre.
Prior to joinig the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre he worked as a CAD technician in industry.

Mark Brayley is one of this countries most renowned sculpture artists and has run his own business in
the jewellery quarter for more than 20 years. Mark has visited many European heritage sights in search
of inspiration and uses a variety of mediums for his sculptures.

Maggie Lambert worked for 5 years at Cartier in Bond Street before moving to Australia for a few
years, and then returning to the UK to work for Garrards the Crown jewellers. She has been
commissioned to make jewellery for many prestigious events and regularly teaches at the School.

Matti Tainio is an MA Fine Arts Pallas graduate of University of Art and Design Helsinki. Matti now
runs his own business from a workshop in Finland and continues to exhibit his work Internationally
contributing to solo and group exhibitions since 1992 including Goldsmiths Hall (1995). He teaches both
in Finland and the UK.

Michael Norman is widely esteemed in the jewellery industry as a trainer and valver. He has extensive
experience teaching Jewellery Valuation & Appraisal for the School of Jewellery and the National
Association of Goldsmiths.
Oxford College of Marketing is a private college owned and managed by marketers.

Paul Yeomans is a CAD/CAM tutor and technologist at the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre.
Prior to joining the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre he worked as a CAD technician in industry.

Phil Duffill has worked as a Gun Engraver for 35 years. Originally trained with Churchill’s of London.
Phil specialises in the Hammer and Punch gun engraving technique, and he has had his own business in
Birmingham’s Gun Quarter for the last 20 years.

Professor Roger Millar has taught silversmithing and jewellery students at undergraduate and postgraduate
levels for over 30 years, and recently took early retirement from his post Head of Department
and Course Leader at The Glasgow School of Art to concentrate on his own studio practice. He has
work in numerous public and private collections and exhibits widely. He has taught and developed
programmes at colleges in the UK, Europe and the United States, and his students have achieved
conspicuous success in national competition for the quality of their silversmithing design.

Paul Thurlby is a lecturer at the School of Jewellery and a member of the British Horological Institute
Education Committee and he has extensive teaching experience including short courses.

Rachel Gogerly started enamelling in 1984 after completing a degree, then going on to work for well
know enameller and engraver Alan Mudd. She has been exhibiting at Goldsmiths Fair since 1996 and
became a freeman 2002. She has won several business and craft awards and completed many private
commissions for several prestigious companies. Rachel now runs a successful workshop in the West
Midlands and teaches part-time at the School of Jewellery. For further information see

Richard Witek runs his own jewellery business in the West Midlands, has a wide range of teaching
experience and has been involved in teaching at the School of Jewellery for many years. His extensive
trade experience and background make his teaching contribution industry specific.

Stephen Thorley trained at the School of Jewellery, and then went onto a career as a graphic artist
utilising photography and computer aided design programmes to create his art. Stephen has regularly
taught short courses for the School of Jewellery.

Steve Millington runs his own silversmithing business in the Jewellery Quarter and specialises in
manufactured spun products. He has had a close relationship with the School of Jewellery for many
years, delivering training courses for the short course programme.

Samantha Chilton graduated from the School of Jewellery in the early 1980's and has worked
consistently in the Birmingham jewellery trade developing her skills and experience in a range of areas.
Samantha currently works for the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre teaching and undertaking
research and development work in the areas of surface finishing technologies and applications.

Susan Bishop is a seasoned marketing practitioner and tutor. She has managed marketing project
across all communications elements including the Jewellery Industry and has tutored at London School
of Fashion, University of the Arts & School of Arts & Communication at Brighton University. Susan is also
an artist who is passionate about the creative arts.

Tom Rucker specialises in platinum design jewellery and has 10 years experience in laser welding. Tom
has won National and International awards including “Best Jewellery Design of the Year 2000”
Japanese government, “Prix Artica”, from University of Lapland/Kemi Art Museum, Finland, and
“Benvenuto Cellini Gold Medal” and Zentralverband der Gold und Silberschmiede, Mainz/Germany.

Vaughan Adkins runs his own business in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, specialising in diamond and
gem setting with 18ct gold and platinum. Vaughan has extensive trade experience.

Violet Bailey is a retail psychologist who specialises in working within the jewellery industry. She has a
BA (Hons) in psychology and a MA (Ed) and has considerable experience of the jewellery trade. Violet
has lectured at Bournemouth University, on their retail management course and has been working as a
freelance management and training consultant exclusively in the jewellery trade since 1997 with several
high profile clients. Violet contributes to articles in Retail Jeweller and was recently their 'agony aunt' for
a year.

Vision Numeric was founded in 1988 and has become one of the worlds specialists in artistic
CAD/CAM software. It supplies all manufacturing industries with a powerful software for the design
and manufacturing of graphical objects and typographic engraving.

Zoe Youngman studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art before spending
several years designing bespoke jewellery with customers for a retail outlet. Having joined the Jewellery
Industry Innovations Centre as a designer, Zoe continues to provide excellent commercial design
solutions for a wide variety of industry projects.

Yvonne Kulagowski ran her own fashion jewellery business for ten years with partner Alison Campbell,
trading as Campbell.Kulagowski. She then spent 15 years in retailing, working for the Crafts Council and
Contemporary Applied Arts. Yvonne now writes and teaches professional practice and cultural studies
at various colleges throughout the UK.


What type of people attend our Short Courses?
People of all ages from every kind of creative background, from complete beginners to
experienced craftspeople who wish to improve their skills.

Is there a minimum age for students?
Students must be 18 and over

How many people will be attending my course?
Dependant upon the course, there will be from 7 to 12 people.

How do I reserve a place and when do I pay the fee’s?
To reserve a place you need to telephone 0121 248 4582 Mon – Thurs, to pay a
reservation deposit of £125 (A deposit of £500 will be required for the Diamond
Grading course) by credit or debit card. The remainder of the course fee will be taken
from the same card approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. International
students will be required to pay the full course fee in advance to reserve their place.

Is there a closing date to apply for a course?
No, however courses do get fully booked very early due to the limited amount of places
available, therefore we recommend you make your reservation early to avoid
disappointment. Credit/debit card reservations will be accepted from Monday 13th

Why could my course be cancelled?
The courses are entirely funded by students fee’s, therefore if there are not enough
reservations to make the course viable 3/4 weeks before the course is planned, it could
be cancelled, and the University will refund any course fee you have paid in full.

What happens if I cancel my reservation?
You must give us 2 weeks notice in writing or via email to obtain a refund, less £125
cancellation fee - £500 cancellation fee for the Diamond Grading course. We are not
able to refund any payments for cancellations of less than 2 weeks notice, however we
may be able to offer you a similar or alternative place on another course.

Is University accommodation available?
Unfortunately not, however we will supply a list of local hotels within walking distance to
the School - We recommend that students find accommodation in the Central Broad
Street area of Birmingham which is reasonably safe and convenient to the School.

Are there any hotels in the Jewellery Quarter?
Express by Holiday Inn, Lionel Street and Hotel du Vin, Edmund Street. Any hotel in the
the Broad Street vicinity are within walking distance to the school.

What time should I arrive and where should I go on the first day?
On the first day we will expect you at 9.00am.The Schools receptionist will direct you to
a waiting area and at 9.15am there will be a short introductory talk by the short course
co-ordinator, followed by a student register, then you will be introduced to your tutor,
who will take you to your workshop.

Can I walk to the School from Birmingham New Street station or from the
City Centre?
From New Street Station its rather a long way if you have heavy bags and it will take
around 25 minutes. A taxi from the front entrance of the station to the School would cost
about £4. From Centenary Square it is about a 15 minutes walk, down Summer Row,
left up Frederick Street, right at the Jewellery Quartery Clock junction and immediately
right into Vittoria Street. A map will be provided along with your course information

What will the course pack include and when will I receive it?
Once enough reservations have been received for your course to proceed you will
receive the short course information pack which will include notification that your course
is proceeding – this will be approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. You
may also receive information from the tutor about tools or materials (Tool list) that you
will need to bring, a map of the area, and list of local hotels.

What do I need to bring with me?
The tool list supplied by us will advise any of the items that tutors will need you to bring.
Your confirmation letter will confirm if a tool list is appropriate for your course or not.

Will there be any additional expenses once I start the course?
There may be, so you should make allowances for this. Some practical courses will require
the purchase of silver, gold, stones, or specialist tools or a kit all dependant on the
individual project you have chosen to do, or the course content. These items may be
supplied by the Tutor, if this is the case you will pay for these and retain them at the end
of the course, or you may need to make a local purchase with the assistance of the
What is the schools daily timetable?
Workshop hours are 9.00am – 5pm, Refreshment Breaks 11am – 11.15am &
3.00pm -3.15pm, Lunch Break 12.30pm-1.30pm

Will refreshments be provided
Tea/coffee is provided morning and afternoon, lunch is not provided but there are a
wide range of sandwich shops and restaurants in the vicinity.

Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, the University will issue you with a certificate of attendance/achievement.


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