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Art Clay World approved senior instructor Julia Rai teaches this independent three day advanced skills Art Clay Diploma Level 1 metal clay qualification course. This is a private class with all materials included and instruction on a one-to-one basis. Contact us to arrange a suitable date. Holders of this qualification enjoy 15% discount on Art Clay products.

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Art Clay World approved senior instructor Julia Rai teaches this independent three day intermediate skills Art Clay Diploma Level 1 metal clay qualification. This is a private class with all materials included and instruction on a one-to-one basis. Contact us to arrange a suitable date.

Aida Chemicals, the manufacturer of Art Clay, have set the curriculum for this course, in association with the European Art Clay distributors. Because of this, the qualification is recognised across Europe.

Holders of the Art Clay Diploma at Level 1 are permitted to run introductory Art Clay classes.  More importantly, they also get a 15% discount on Art Clay products from the authorised distributors. Find out more here.

Level: Some previous experience working with Art Clay

Timings: 10am – 5pm each day

This Art Clay Diploma Level 1 course is fully taught by Julia Rai. You will have completed sample pieces to look at. You will also have step by step samples as examples to show you what you need to achieve at each point. Julia will do demonstrations and give you hands-on, individual assistance and direction. The pieces you produce will be your own work. However, at every step, you will have Julia’s expertise and experience to help you achieve the standards required.

Course outline

At Art Clay Diploma Level 1 students complete six projects during the three day course and must meet the required standards. This is not a beginner level course; you must have worked with silver clay before attending. Our Beginners Metal Clay one day class  would be sufficient to prepare you for this course although you will need to have practised working with the clay at home after the course to be really ready. If you have attended a beginners or introductory silver metal clay class somewhere else, this may also be sufficient. If you are in doubt, please call us to discuss in more detail.

The projects you will complete are:-

  • Impressions pendant
  • Natural leaf pendant
  • Filigree earrings
  • Syringe decorated ring
  • Brooch with mirror polish
  • Ring with moulded element and pearl


This class will cover:-

  • Using textures
  • Setting embeddable, fire-in-place stones and findings
  • Painting a leaf with Art Clay paste
  • Creating a filigree effect using Art Clay syringe clay
  • Using cork clay to support hollow forms
  • Ring making including calculating ring shrinkage
  • Using syringe and paste for decoration
  • Polishing and finishing to a high standard including mirror polishing
  • Using two part moulding compound
  • Embedding fine silver wire to attach pearl after firing

What is included in the cost of this class?

The class cost includes all materials and the Art Clay World Level 1 Diploma fee.

Next Steps

Holders of the Art Clay Diploma at level one can teach introductory Art Clay classes and enjoy 15% discount on Art Clay products from the official distributors. On successful completion of this Level, you will be eligible to progress to Art Clay Diploma Level 2. You can take the Level 2 class any time after passing Level 1.

If you have any questions, Julia is happy to discuss these with you. Call her on the number above or send an email through our contact page. Please read the CSACJ terms and conditions before booking a class or course.

5 reviews for Art Clay Diploma Level 1 Private Course

  1. Rebecca

    Thank you Julia. It was an amazing class. I feel like I have learnt so many hints and tips which I can’t wait to practice when I get home in my studio.

  2. Sheila Drape

    Recently attended for 3 days of wonderful tuition for Art Clay diploma. Julia has the patience of a saint. Learnt so much and enjoyed every minute. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

  3. Tracey Evonne Wade

    I recently completed my art clay level 1 diploma with Julia. She is an amazing, highly skilled teacher with a lovely, friendly personality. I chose to do this on a one to one basis which is a great option to have if you can’t make timetabled sessions. Julia provides a really comfortable, organised working environment so you have everything to hand that you need to complete your projects. The three days were well structured to maximise the use of working time and she gave me regular updates on my progress. I had quite a few ‘oops’ moments but Julia was really encouraging and patient. I have learned much more than I anticipated and enjoyed every minute of it – I had a hoot! I’d highly recommend her if you are looking to undertake the art clay diplomas. Thank you so much Julia x

  4. Emma – Falkland Islands

    I had an excellent three day one to one course with Julia. Her knowledge of metal clays and fine silver metal clay is wonderful. She shows you how to do a project and then the rest is up to you. Julia’s enthusiasm for this medium is contagious and I’m just brimming with ideas for my next project.

  5. Jo

    Recently enjoyed a fun 3 days at CSACJ on the Art Clay diploma level 1. Julia is a great tutor and very patient. It was nice to be in a spacious light studio, everything you needed was at your fingertips. This was a private 121 tutored course and would definatley recommend it to those budding metal clay artist who have some experience in working with the material, as it is an intense 3 days.

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