Industry leading training programme, supported by the manufacturer of PMC, Mitsubishi Materials Trading Corporation. In addition, this programme is recognised by the London Assay Office, enabling you to register as a student of precious metal and set up your hallmark, free of charge.
Program tutors that are both expert metal clay artisans and professional tutors, with many, many years experience in working with and teaching metal clay. They have designed this course to ensure they are available to you throughout, teaching, supporting and encouraging you every step of the way.
Never underestimate the power of a supportive peer group! Our virtual classroom approach enables you to make new friends from around the world. Imagine having your very own silver clay tribe, cheering you on, celebrating, supporting and offering a virtual hug whenever you need one.
Each module has a 10 lessons plus bonus materials, consisting of video tutorials and downloads, which are accessed here in Thinkific, our learning management system. It helps you work through the course, step-by-step, download notes, and repeat lessons if needed. These lessons are released weekly to ensure you aren't bombarded with information and we can support you, so you don’t have to be available at a specific time, you just pop in and out when YOU can, and go at your own pace. And all our courses come with a lifetime access guarantee, so do the course as many times as you like and benefit from updates as they are published - all for one enrolment fee.
We also have a Facebook page for general information and sharing - click here to follow us. In addition each course has a dedicated Facebook group for additional support and you'll be invited to join it when you enrol on a course. Here you can ask the tutor specific questions, connect with a community of people doing the same work as you and build friendships. We do live demonstrations here too, great for any tricky areas where you need some additional support, and they are always available in the group so that you can look at them again and again, at any time.
Finally, we hold regular clinics and informal meetings via Zoom. These help us all keep in touch and enable you to ask questions and share experiences. Whilst these sessions are held at a specified time and we recommend students join in person, we understand this isn't always possible so they are recorded and the video loaded into the Facebook group so that you can view it there if you miss it.
The course is so well designed and very professional . It’s easy to follow and allows you time to complete each project at your own pace, with excellent vid...Read More
The course is so well designed and very professional . It’s easy to follow and allows you time to complete each project at your own pace, with excellent video instructions for each project. The teaching and support is brilliant with regular zoom meetings, advice and help whenever needed. Can’t recommend this course highly enough.Read Less
A very well presented, informative course with two inspiring but very different tutors
A very well presented, informative course with two inspiring but very different tutorsRead Less
Loving the course so far. Learning lots of techniques that will expand my skillset working with metal clay and various components of it. The projects are sim...Read More
Loving the course so far. Learning lots of techniques that will expand my skillset working with metal clay and various components of it. The projects are simple, yet elegant and professional enough to build up our confidence. The instructors are knowledgeable and patient making sure we all understand the objectives while gently guiding us along.Read Less
Such a great learning experience for beginners and people who have been self taught like myself. I learned easier, better ways to accomplish things I had b...Read More
Such a great learning experience for beginners and people who have been self taught like myself. I learned easier, better ways to accomplish things I had been doing. I also learned new things that would have taken me years to learn. You move along at your own pace and have such amazing support and helpful teachers.Read Less
As a fine art practitioner, I have studied a variety of online courses covering Jewellrey design, sculptural work and drawing online before and during the pa...Read More
As a fine art practitioner, I have studied a variety of online courses covering Jewellrey design, sculptural work and drawing online before and during the pandemic constantly developing my design practice. This PMC course held by Julie Holt and Helen Drye is by far one of the best in my opinion that I have studied on. It is thoughtfully executed to facilitate all levels of skills in silver clay work. Interesting well bvalanced and educational, keeping your creative execution of each step flowing leaving you with a great collection of work.Read Less
So if you want to do both, be sure to join The PMC Studio Membership first, and then use your member discount when you enrol on this programme.
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I’m paying in instalments – how will that work?
When you enrol, you will make your first instalment plan payment, and then be invoiced for the same amount each month for the term of the instalment plan you chose
What if I change my mind?
You can book you place now, and have a 14 day ‘cooling off’ period during which you can cancel your enrolment, no questions asked. After this and once you have started the course, regretfully we would not be able to refund any fees paid. We are very flexible and absolutely understand that sometimes life gets in the way, so are happy for you to defer the course until you are ready to take it in this instance.
I need lots of time to order materials at the moment – how will that work?
Before each module starts we will give you a tool and materials list so that you can order supplies as soon as possible. If there are specific suppliers, we will direct you to them.
How much time will we need to complete the course?
You can expect to spend on average 3-4 hours per week. Each module takes 18 hours in class, however at home we have more time available and therefore students tend to enjoy the luxury of more time and working at their own pace as they complete the lessons and projects . It takes approximately 3 months to work through each module online, and there is also some flexibility built in for catch-up time too if needed. We would recommend you aim to complete 2 projects per month, but this will vary depending on your time.
How much experience do I need to do this course?
You need to have some experience of silver clay before you start as this isn't a beginners course. It’s a course for those that have done some silver clay and now want more … more skills, more opportunities to experiment and best of all more PLAY!!
Are the skills I learn transferable to any metal clay?
Yes! The skills are tried and tested metal clay techniques that you can use with all the fine silver clays, and most sterling and base metal clays. All that changes is the firing and shrinkage rates, and your manufacturer can advise you on this.
What if I need extra one to one support?
You get loads of instructor support when on the programme, however if you feel you need extra one-to-one support at any time, you can purchase sessions just for you to go through lessons, trouble shoot, have demonstrations, and ask questions. These are an additional cost of £25 per 30-minute session. To be honest, no-one has needed it yet, but it's always nice to have the option if you would prefer it
How do you assess my work?
We assess your work as you go and also on completion, using photos you submit. The 'as you go' assessments are all about supporting you and keeping you on track, much as we would do in the classroom. This way, by the time you complete the finished project, all should be well with no surprises! Anytime you are not sure of anything, just ask, and as you're part of a great learning community, everyone supports and helps each other
How will I get my certificate?
You will be able to download your certificate on successful completion of each module