Beginners Metal Clay Taster with Julia Rai



Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 64 customer ratings
(64 customer reviews)

This three hour beginners metal clay taster class with internationally renowned metal clay artist, writer and tutor 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 discover how easy it is to work with. This class is structured for complete metal clay beginners. The class doesn’t require any previous experience of jewellery making, crafting or metal clay making it suitable for anyone. You’ll be guided through every step by Julia Rai, who is 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.

64 reviews for Beginners Metal Clay Taster with Julia Rai

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thoroughly enjoyed the taster class for silver clay jewellery with Julia Rai. Julia is a great teacher & gave us all the instruction and support we needed to come away delighted with the pieces we made. It’s a relaxed and fun half day course and has inspired me to continue with this new skill. Would highly recommend this class.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic taster day for metal clay. Really enjoyed it Excellent tuition. Thank you Julia.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Had such a fun morning making my first ever silver metal clay pieces…so much so I’ve now booked onto a 2 day intermediate course! Thank you Julia, I’m very excited.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gail McLean

    I and a friend attended an introductory metal clay jewellery class on Saturday 17th November with Julia Rai. It was awesome!! Julia lead us expertly through the making process so that we produced some very pleasing pieces. Julia is one very professional tutor. To quote my children, ‘I am super excited’. I’m already planning the next stage. Thank you Julia.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kirstie Carter

    A brilliant taster session that de-mystified silver clay. I now understand how to use the material and have many ideas as to how I could use silver clay in my work. I hope to investigate using moulds with silver clay and would like to explore silver clay in paste form and to explore the possibilities this would provide. Thank you so much for a fantastic day! For making us feel so welcome and sharing your knowledge.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martin Carter

    It was great for extending my knowledge of silver work, providing me with a new skill set and for learning to use a new medium. Julia was always a reassuring presence, filled with fixes for problems or ideas/techniques to try. We’ll be investigating moulding and creating items for family gifts into the future or to add to existing project ideas to save time. Had a great time – an arty, creative date day with my wife. Thank you for this.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Claire J

    I very much enjoyed this course and finding out what is possible with metal clay. This has probably saved me a lot of time trying to do things with sheet metal instead. I enjoyed the torching process and brushing it after to transform it – that was the most satisfying. I will continue to use it.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sally C

    I loved being able to make a variety of items and learn a range of ways to polish my charms. I liked the fact I could ask any question without feeling silly. Can’t wait to get home and start creating! I am hoping to continue to make charms into earrings. I would like to learn to add colour to my creations. Julia is a fantastic teacher who makes it easy to create some wonderful items to take home.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fabulous! Loved having a wide range of cutters, Julia v friendly and encouraging. Plenty of ideas and lots of things to look at to give inspiration. Lots of lovely books, wish I had time to look at them all! Definitely in love with metal clay and want to explore more with it. Thinking of asking for a class for Xmas. Lovely day, thanks very much!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very enjoyable learning new skills and techniques and refreshing my skills. As someone who rarely uses any creative skills the hardest thing was deciding what to do but the pleasure in creating something I liked was great. I have some basic silver clay equipment at home which I will be using but I am considering completing a more advanced course – I will see what’s on offer. Thank you, I enjoyed myself.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susie Birchall

    We had a great time. Thank you for your patience and great teaching.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary M


  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great results – better than expected. Great workshop

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5


    It was lovely to go home with finished pieces having learnt a variety of techniques.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    P Batchell

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

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah L

    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!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sally Nando

    I was very happy with the training but an important aspect was the friendly approach of the tutor also made it a socially enjoyable occasion.

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    C Sumner

    Loved every minute.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  39. 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.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very good, loved firing the silver clay!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very enjoyable – seeing the clay transform into silver!

  42. 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.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicky Smith

    Great end results.

  51. 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.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris Smith

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

  53. Rated 5 out of 5


    Loved going away with items made during the class.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amber Talling

    Great to be able to take my finish product home.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vicky Gynn

    Everything was good, location, facilities etc were excellent

  56. Rated 5 out of 5


    Friendly relaxed atmosphere with not too many people in class.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen Shingles

    Great going home with something you have made.

  58. 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.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  60. 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.

  61. Rated 5 out of 5


    Taking home what I made was awesome!

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liz Fine

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

  63. 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.

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen Bridge

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

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