Medieval Jewellery Workshop

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Date(s) - 01/06/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bridlington Priory Rooms


The monastic Priory must have been a hive of craft activity in stone, wood, glass and much more. To commemorate this, Priory 900 organized a series of workshops on alternate Saturdays throughout the season. Each workshop offered a small group the chance to work with an expert to practise some of the skills involved.

Workshop Tutor: Jacqueline Warrington

Jacqueline Warrington has been designing and making jewellery for 28 years after 7 years of training and has exhibited nationally in places such as the Goldsmiths’ Hall, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Leeds City Art Gallery. She works in mainly gold and silver using both precious and semi-precious stones often combining a variety of materials to give form and texture. The magical qualities of the materials are usually the inspiration for the pieces of work. Jacqueline specialises in chasing and repousse work, a technique which enables the craftsman to ‘draw’ into the metal using hammers and punches.


“The jewellery worn in medieval Europe reflected an intensely hierarchical and status-conscious society. Royalty and the nobility wore gold, silver and precious gems. Humbler ranks wore base metals, such as copper or pewter. Colour (provided by precious gems and enamel) and protective power were highly valued.

Until the late 14th century, gems were usually polished rather than cut. Size and lustrous colour determined their value. Enamels - ground glasses fired at high temperature onto a metal surface - allowed goldsmiths to colour their designs on jewellery. They used a range of techniques to create effects never since surpassed. Some jewels have cryptic or magical inscriptions, believed to protect the wearer.” (information from the Victoria and Albert Museum)

Jewellery was also used within churches and monasteries to adorn crosses and statues of saints and Priors and Bishops had their own rings.

The Aims of the Workshop
Participants learnt to use appropriate tools, materials and techniques to design and make a piece of medieval-inspired jewellery.

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This event is fully booked.