Kingham Jewellery School was established in 2010 to promote traditional metal working techniques. Our goal is to develop student's confidence in their making abilities whilst challenging them to create interesting and original work. We aim to make learning fun, friendly and inspiring.
Kingham Jewellery School is run by a small team. Two regular tutors, Nerissa Parker (Owner) and Jessica Hickman-Woolcott with visiting guest lecturers.
Nerissa studied for her BA (Hons) in Jewellery, Silversmith and Allied Crafts at Sir John Cass part of the Guildhall University circa 1995, now London Metropolitan University. After graduating she completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education specialising in lifelong learning. She then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma at Birmingham City University, (Birmingham City School of Jewellery), focusing on computer aided design (CAD).
As part of her degree Nerissa was required to spent a year working in the jewellery industry at Tom Payne Goldsmiths, a traditional family jewellers working with precious metals and stones. It is here Nerissa developed her technical skills and love of precision work.
in 2010 Nerissa took the opportunity to set up her own business. The initial idea was to teach traditional jewellery making techniques whilst making and selling her own work. The classes became very popular and the school took shape from there. She now divides her time between running the school and developing her own work.
In the next few years she hopes to expand the school network with more visiting lecturers offering a wider choice of courses. She is hoping to offer the opportunity for students to develop their traditional making techniques whilst introducing new technologies and continue offering the high quality courses the school has become known for.
Nerissa also runs Nerissa Parker Fine Jewellery.
Originally studying and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Liverpool, Jessica came to silversmithing and jewellery as a postgraduate when her desire for a more creative outlook instigated her journey.
Studying both under the guidance of Nerissa Parker at the Kingham Jewellery School in the Cotswolds, as well as David Hart at the Guild of Handicraft in Chipping Campden, she gained an in-depth understanding of both large scale and small scale design and making.
Now working from her Cotswold Studio, she designs and makes silverware and jewellery.