Precision Polishing for Jewellery

07 Nov 2019 - 08 Nov 2019 · 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Silversmithing Workshop
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During this two-day short course, Master Polisher Stephen M Goldsmith will teach you the techniques on how to make your piece look professional. The course includes traditional methods to the use of polishing machinery.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is for learners at intermediate level. It is suitable for students with jewellery or silversmithing skills, but also those wishing to extend their knowledge from other disciplines such as designers or sculptors.

What does the course cover?

  • Health and Safety related issues
  • How to prepare for the best results
  • Hand polishing 
  • Use of abrasives, sand, composition & the various tools that are used such as leather, felt, brushes & various grades calico mops
  • Finishes such as, bright, matt & textured surfaces with the standard buffing method
  • Barrel polishing
  • Looking after polished silver

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Multiple items of your own work for discussion and to use as examples to polish. 
  • Designs (CAD, hand sketches or presentation drawn) of your pieces to understand the requirements for polishing the piece
  • Polishing machines and all other materials are provided by the Goldsmiths’ Centre over the 2 days  

Who is the tutor?

Stephen M Goldsmith started out at Rochester Art college, now known as University for the Creative Arts and was apprenticed at C.J Vander’s in 1971 and indentured with The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’. Now a Master Polisher of over 45 years’ experience, originally working for the Crown Jewellers Asprey & Garrards and now working with well-known society jeweller Theo Fennell.

Many of the pieces polished are now seen in Palaces, Museums and the rich and famous across the world. Stephen is one the most respected jewellery & silver polishers and is currently is teaching polishing across Europe and is known affectionately as “The Gold polishing Guru”. 

He has polished and restored many famous silverware pieces including the Americas Cup; Cricket World cup, Wimbledon Cup, Dubai Gold Cup, Premier League Cup. He has also been privileged to work in the jewel house at the Tower of London restoring The Grand Punch bowl made in 1830 and used by the Royal family on many occasions.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) and their official ambassador and a Master of The Dutch Guild of Goldsmiths. He shares his trade skills by teaching nationally and internationally including at Goldsmiths Centre, School of Jewellery Birmingham City University and VanTol & Breet Academy (Netherlands), The School of Jewellery Dublin & The Design & Craft Irish Craft Council in Kilkenny.

Stephen is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ and was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 1975. He has also had the very rare honour of winning The Goldsmith's Company Award twice, plus many other prestigious awards and serves as a council member for The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council and soon to be a published authority on polishing precious metals.