Ceramic Jewelry for Beginners

A course by Julieta Álvarez
Ceramic Artist. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 12/02/2008
, Ceramic Artist

Learn basic techniques to create, model, and enamel three jewelry pieces

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 86% Positive reviews (130)
  • 3145 students
Ceramic Jewelry for Beginners

Learn basic techniques to create, model, and enamel three jewelry pieces


  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 86% Positive reviews (130)
  • 3145 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • Updated on 06/25/2020
  • 14 Lessons (1h 23m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

All the units of this course have been updated to improve the students' experience and amplify the contents of this course.

Ceramics is a craft that enchants whoever discovers it, a creative outlet that unwinds and allows for some introspection. Julieta Álvarez—Designer specializing in jewelry— takes ceramics a step further, incorporating it to jewelry design, and has now over 7 years of experience in crafting unique pieces of jewelry in her workshop, now exporting it worldwide for a number of years.

In this course, Julieta introduces you to her ceramic universe, teaching you the basic techniques to design, model, enamel, and create a small collection of three jewelry pieces.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Design your own jewelry collection
  • U3
    U3. Let's do it
  • U4
    U4. Packaging, uses and care
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Julieta as she briefly explains her professional career so far and how she created her own ceramic jewelry business. Learn about her artistic references both inside and outside the ceramics space.

Get down to work by creating a mood board with images, words, materials, and anything that inspires you or that can influence you in the conceptualization process.

Julieta presents the materials involved in creating ceramic jewelry, reviewing the main characteristics of each one.

Once you have your ideas, start modeling the clay. Create three pieces of jewelry for your collection. To do this, sketch various sizes, formats, and views of the pieces. Create freely and explore the limits of the clay, as well as your creativity.

Once you have all the pieces outlined, select and touch up your favorites to structure your collection.

Learn the basic modeling techniques to make a start on modeling your designs. Then, sponge and finish your pieces.

Next, see how to use a ceramic oven or kiln. Julieta explains that there are two baking processes: in the first one, you squash the pieces. Once you have the biscuit, move on to glazing the pieces. Learn about the different enamels and learn techniques to apply them. Understand the second baking process and finally, add the latest fittings to your creations.

Finally, you see how to store and care for your jewelry. Get advice on packaging, how to prepare it, and secure your creations, to send them safely with a professional-looking presentation.

What is this course's project?

Make three pieces of ceramic jewelry using your own ideas, going through the entire creative process, from conceptualization to creation. Create a bracelet, a pendant, and earrings using the plate technique.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to get started in the world of ceramics. Ceramics only requires patience and the desire to work with your hands.

What you need

No previous knowledge or any craft skills are required, this is a basic course to get started in this craft.

At one point in the process, you will need to rent a kiln (ceramic oven), they are very affordable and are available in most cities.

Regarding the materials, you will need low-temperature white clay, old rags, a ceramic tool kit (or regular spoons can be used instead), chopsticks, a sharp object, a roller, plastic bags, and low-temperature ceramic glazes.



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3145 Students
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86% Positive ratings

Julieta Álvarez

A course by Julieta Álvarez

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Ceramic Artist

Julieta Álvarez is a multidisciplinary artist who uses ceramics as the main material in her work which includes jewelry and sculptures.

She has had her own workshop for over 7 years, where she creates and sells handicraft pieces, exporting them in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Sydney, London, and Helsinki.

Her work has been exhibited in international galleries and museums such as the Pompidou in Paris or the Contemporary Art Museum in Luxembourg, among others.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    Design your own jewelry collection

    • Mood board Inspiration.
    • materials
    • Clay modeled sketches. Creativity.
    • Structure ideas and shape the collection
  • U3

    Let's do it

    • Modeling. Basic techniques
    • Sponged and dried
    • Cooking in the ceramic oven
    • Enamel. Techniques and ideas.
    • Application of fittings
  • U4

    Packaging, uses and care

    • How to take care of the pieces
    • Packaging and shipping security advice
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to ceramic jewelry

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Ceramic Jewelry for Beginners. A  course by Julieta Álvarez

Ceramic Jewelry for Beginners

A course by Julieta Álvarez
Ceramic Artist. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 12/02/2008
  • 86% Positive reviews (130)
  • 3145 students