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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 53 customer ratings
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This three hour beginners metal clay taster class with Julia Rai is designed to introduce anyone to silver clay. In a relaxed class, you’ll learn about silver clay and make between three and five small items of jewellery.

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This three hour beginners metal clay taster class with Julia Rai is designed to introduce anyone to silver clay. In a relaxed class, you’ll learn about silver clay and make between three and five small items of jewellery. Julia will show you how to work with silver metal clay using simple tools which you may already have at home.

Level: Complete beginner

Timings: 10am – 1pm

Class Outline

This half day beginners metal clay taster class is for people new to the fantastic medium of silver metal clay. During the morning you will learn what metal clay can do and how easy it is to work with. Metal clay beginners are fine on this class. The class doesn’t require any previous experience of jewellery making or metal clay. You’ll be guided through every step by Julia Rai, an experienced metal clay tutor and we guarantee you’ll come out with some great jewellery.

What skills will you learn on the Beginners Metal Clay Taster?

In this taster class, you’ll learn:-

  • Handling and storing the clay
  • How to roll it out to a consistent thickness
  • Texturing the clay and cutting it into shapes
  • Methods of refining the dry pieces
  • Firing your pieces using a small butane torch
  • How to polish and finish your pieces


First you’ll make a simple pendant or charm. Then you’ll have a bit of freedom to create one or two additional pieces. You’ll learn how important refining your piece is before firing it. A complete safety briefing will be given before you use a butane torch to fire your creations . Finally, you’ll see the magical transformation when you polish your pieces. Congratulations, you are now an alchemist!

This class is designed for complete beginners, giving you confidence to create your own wonderful designs after leaving the class. You will take home the pieces you make on the class to show your friends!

How much silver clay is included in the price?

This class includes 5g of Art Clay silver. Most people make three or four pieces with this amount of clay. Some people choose to make smaller pieces so end up with more. Others like slightly larger pieces but three is normally the minimum people make. You can buy chains, ear wires and jump rings from our shop if you’d like to hang your pieces at the end of the class. Or bring your own and Julia will help you to hang them.

53 reviews for Beginners Metal Clay Taster Class with Julia Rai

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary M


  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Lovely to be able to have something to take home at the end of a 3 hour class. This was a really lovely place to take a class. Spacious, clean, a great place to learn about new materials. Julia is very friendly and easy to talk to. No question was too silly!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    A great ergonomic flow throughout the classroom. Julia encouraged me to go along with an unrealistic idea and I produced something really great.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed the whole experience and produced something to be proud of! Excellent neat and tidy workshop, warm and welcoming. Very much focussed on health and safety – right balance. Julia is an excellent tutor, very positive and encouraging, lovely manner!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Wonderful experience in perfect surroundings. Learning and having something personally made to take home was amazing. Peaceful environment. Julia explained it all so well and clearly.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    I actually got to make and learn to make silver clay jewellery!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Diane C

    The booking process was really good, very helpful. Calls promptly returned (excellent as we were only here for a week and decided when we got here). Can’t believe I was able to take finished beautiful pieces of jewellery home. Julia is very experienced and knowledgeable – never done this before but Julia has made me want to do it again. Well lit, very tranquil and peaceful surroundings. Very comfortable and clean room – brilliant experience.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    Took the Taster silver clay class this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it, I now feel confident to get in my studio and do my own clay silver work. Julia is a great teacher and extremely knowledgable.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great results – better than expected. Great workshop

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    Instant jewellery, feel good, tools and materials to take away from the onsite shop. Beautiful learning environment. I will certainly be back for more. I left with a burning enthusiasm for silver clay, so accessible and fast results. Julia was informative and confidence boosting.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    The resources were all laid out ready to go and I thoroughly enjoyed my morning in this friendly class. I really enjoyed learning new skills and talking to people who are as enthusiastic as me about making things. Lovely well equipped workshop, light and airy. The tutor Julia was very friendly and welcoming and tailored my session at exactly the right pace for me taking into account my previous experience.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Really enjoyed this class! It has encouraged me to do more classes and learn more about silver clay. Seeing the finished products we created was very satisfying. Julia was lovely, very helpful and taught us in an enthusiastic and approachable manner.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    The group size was very good – not too big. Good work stations. It was lovely to take home good finished products.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5


    Being able to go away with finished pieces of jewellery was great. Julia has great knowledge and experience base, a wonderful resource for any beginner.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    P Batchell

    Very good will definitely be back for more classes. Making everything was brilliant.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah L

    I had a lovely time and I got home with pretty things! It’s just lovely fun. Thank you very much.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    It was a lovely relaxing class and nice to take a very personal piece of jewellery home. Julia is a fantastically positive teacher. Thank you!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Jose

    A Christmas present from my daughter. A brilliant class and a great tutor. We enjoyed it so much we have already bought and ordered what we need to start making jewellery at home. Thank you.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great fun. Seeing the end product and learning a new craft with a really nice person who is patient and encouraging. Thanks Julia!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    Creating in a peaceful and supportive class with a wonderful instructor. Julia was extremely helpful and ensured we went home with something we had created ourselves.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    On this class you are learning new techniques – managing to achieve and taking the silver charms away at the end! Calm environment with a very helpful and supportive tutor – an enabler.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    I loved having lots of lovely things to take home. Julia was very good at supervising individuals at different stages of the process. I would recomend this class to others.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    A brilliant afternoon, well worth it, can’t wait to do more. Taking home the finished product was very good.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    C Sumner

    Loved every minute.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    Addictive, fun, very helpful. Julia is lovely. Thankyou!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    This class is very exciting. Going away with a finished product and the confidence to try again is wonderful. Extremely helpful, excellent teacher – took me from total inability to a finished product. Very well equipped workshop.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very good, loved firing the silver clay!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very enjoyable – seeing the clay transform into silver!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    The class was very relaxed and enjoyable. I would have no doubts about coming for further lessons in the future.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic fun – going home with nice shiny things I’ve made myself!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


    Brilliant tutor. Loved it, learnt new skill, friendly, would recommend to others. Very well set up, clean, bright, ideal work/training place

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed it. Very informative – a lot successfully packed into 3 hours. The teacher was v knowledgeable and full of handy hints. I was able to make a few pieces from start to finish in an afternoon and learned by repetition. Lovely environment – airy, tranquil, very well equipped

  33. Rated 5 out of 5


    What an amazing morning! Just loved my time here… wish I could’ve stayed longer. Great tuition, lovely relaxed atmosphere. A much appreciated gift from a dear friend who enjoyed the class just as much as I did. Can’t wait to see another session advertised. Thank you!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazing class!! We had such a a great time and learned so much! Can’t wait to try out my new skills and make lots of beautiful things. Can not recommend this class enough, so friendly, easy going and enjoyable!! Thank you for teaching us.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5


    I think it was perfect, best was knowing how to get tools/resources and the end result. I like it all every bit.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5


    It was just good to switch off and get creative. Highly recommended.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicky Smith

    Great end results

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris Smith

    It was all amazing – but being able to take the work home immediately was especially great.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate Dyer

    Very satisfying to walk away with something I made. Great facilities, everything I needed. Very knowledgeable tutor, clear instruction.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5


    Loved going away with items made during the class.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amber Talling

    Great to be able to take my finish product home

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vicky Gynn

    Everything was good location, facilities etc were excellent

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


    Friendly relaxed atmosphere with not too many people in class.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen Shingles

    Great going home with something you have made.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tracey Davis

    The area was well spaced out and comfortable to work in and the area was well designed for disabled access. Lovely having pieces to take home.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    Really enjoyed every aspect but learning a whole new technique was amazing. The facilities were excellent in every way.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raegan Gynn

    Learning a new skill that is possible to try at home was fantastic. Fantastic instructions given. Top quality.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5


    Taking home what I made was awesome!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liz Fine

    Amazing to see a pendant appear from a lump of clay.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great to learn new techniques and coming home with jewellery I can’t believe I’ve made! Lovely environment with great lighting.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen Bridge

    It was great ironing out gaps in techniques with metal clay.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5


    The best thing for me was sharing an experience with my daughter and learning a new skill together.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sara Murt

    Although I was nervous at the start I soon started to really enjoy the class and everything was explained very well. I enjoyed taking part in all of the class and was delighted with what I took home.

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