You’ve developed your own skills, started your own business and opened up your own workshop – so what’s next? There are many ways you can progress in the jewellery making industry – and setting up your own jewellery making class is one of them.
Looking to share some of your expert knowledge, and make a little bit of extra cash on the side? Find out how to run a workshop for jewellery makers in our guide – from setting up workstations and promoting your class to top tips for running a successful jewellery making workshop.
Setting up a jewellery workshop class
One of the first things to consider when learning how to run a creative workshop is how to set up your stations. Each creative art requires a different layout and materials, so what do you need when setting up a jewellery workshop?
First things first, you’ll need to set up your workstations. A jeweller’s bench will help to keep your spaces organised, with multiple storage features that are great for tucking away your equipment when class is over. But consider the space you have in your jewellery making workshop before deciding on a number of workbenches – you need to make sure that there’s enough space for your students to work, all while optimising the space you have. As a general rule, jewellery making classes will typically involve 6-15 students to make sure that everyone gets some one-on-one time.
We also recommend picking up an adjustable chair, keeping you and your students comfortable and supported while working. Which brings us to lighting – from desk lamps and overhead lights – to make sure that the space is clear and your students have full visibility.
For more help with setting up a jewellery workshop, check out our guide.
One of the most important things to consider when setting up a jewellery making class is the safety of your students – especially as a business as you may be liable for any accidents. Check out our top tips on health and safety in a jewellery workshop to make sure you’re prepared, and do your research to check out the necessities when it comes to setting up a business. But here are a few of the essential pieces of kit you will need:
You’ll also need to make sure that you’re stocked up on basic workshop equipment, such as:
- Bench pegs
- Pliers and cutters
- Soldering equipment
- Saw frames and blades
- Jewellery hammers
- Stock up on plenty of bullion – we recommend sticking to basic alloys (like brass) to help you students get started, before moving onto silver and gold
- You may find it useful to provide your students with a few agenda handouts with demonstrations and instructions that they can take home – and make them visual! The more creative, the better. But keep the materials to a minimum, as you don’t want to clog up their workbenches – and make sure they’re stowed away when soldering or handling any other hot equipment.
- Feedback forms. If this is your first rodeo, you may find it useful to hand out some feedback forms that students can use to provide advice to help you to improve your jewellery making class.
- Playing some background music can provide more atmosphere and help your students to relax – but make sure it isn’t too loud! Concentration is key and your students need to be able to hear you.
Promoting your jewellery making class
Now we’ve talked through how to run a workshop, you need to know how to spread the word and get people involved. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Make sure you’re in touch with the local arts and crafts community, to pass on the information for your jewellery making workshop and get more crafties involved!
- Create posters and flyers – fun colours and designs will attract more people. You can also implement your branding to put your business out there.
- Use forums, message boards and online communities (like Facebook groups) to spread the word. A lot of people look for upcoming events online, so this is a great way to promote your jewellery making class.
- Post on your social media accounts to tell your loyal followers and customers about your upcoming classes.
Top tips for running jewellery making classes for beginners
- Set your goals. Before setting up a jewellery workshop, set yourself some goals on what you wish to achieve.
- Complete your follow-ups. Stay organised and complete any follow-up tasks well in advance of the next class. For example, follow-up notes, tasks, materials, or running through the feedback notes you received while it’s still fresh in your mind.
- Be overprepared. For example, if you’re running a 30-minute activity, prepare an hour’s worth of material. Some students may complete a task in half the time, while some may be a little slower – so it’s always good to have plenty of materials to hand to prepare for any eventuality.
And that’s how to run a workshop for jeweller makers! Keen to get started? Check out our complete range of jewellery tools online to stock up on all of the supplies you need to run a successful jewellery making workshop! Our business advice hub also covers off all of the top tips you could need to start your new venture.