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Classes in France

Village of Lagrasse, France

Summer Courses

Summer courses starting on Monday 10th, Friday 21st & 28th (please note there is a music festival weekend 21st July), August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th and September 1st.

Price: €120 per day included silver, silver chain and PMC3, enamels and stone settings.

All course can be extended for additional days at either end of courses, at a cost of €100 per day.

Accommodation available within walking distance, or onsite at a cost of at €45 per night.

Summer courses held  in Lagrasse, near Carcassonne, France (Pop 640), officially one of the 100 most beautiful villages, just 40 minutes south east of Carcassonne.

Set in the Corbieres, in the heart of the village, in ancient ramparts of Lagrasse, Cormac’s three story medieval town house plays host to a summer series of workshops.

Beautiful views, inspirational surroundings, local wine, cuisine and the flow of the Orbieu river sets the scene for an unrivalled break, with a creative experience. When you go home you will have your own personalised silver creations to remind you always of a trip to remember.

As in Dublin, the workshops are suitable for those starting from scratch or experienced, as each student has projects to suit their own interest, where possible!

Students can work in silver and fine silver clay (PMC3) together with enamels and setting -precious stones, try some cloisonné enamel on silver clay, all included in the fee. If you wish to work in gold, no problem - talk to me and we will explore the options!

The first course will be just mornings during the Lagrasse Piano Festival, with limited accommodation available in the school house.


Workigni nthe Workshop in Lagrasse

Sample Jewellery making course Itinerary

We all meet on Wednesday evening in the workshop at 7.00pm in my house at Rue de Tineries before setting off to explore the local cuisine and enjoy new wines of the


Each morning we meet at 9.00 at the boulangerie to buy breakfast, and take it across road for coffee! Work starts at 9.30/12.30 and 2.30/5.00. With two hours for lunch or a picnic/swim under the trees by river in Lagrasse or the glacial rock pools at Ribaute!

First Day

Introduction to the tools in the workshop, there use and hearing what you would like to make and if it’s possible! Perhaps a pendant, earrings or a ring by recycling scrap silver. This gives you confidence to use the tools and torch in the workshop safely

Make a Bracelet, with long silver wire links to your own design, which is a great way

Make a piece with Precious Metal Clay to be fired the in the Eco friendly electric kiln at 700C, uses 80% less electricity than a hair drier! Possible use sterling silver also to which makes it easier and cheaper to make! Try some enamel to give colors on the PMC.

Final Day

The final day, take the ultimate challenge and create your masterpiece enveloping all the skills you have now learnt.

The day will end with a class exhibition and photographing of every ones work.

The photographs will be taken throughout the workshop as you are creating and forwarded via email.

Your finale day will end with a class exhibition and photographing of every ones work. Photographs will be taken throughout the workshop as you are creating and forwarded via email.

Book early for cheap flights to Carcassonne, a Ryanair travel hub for 10 European destinations. Aer Lingus flies to Perpignan, Toulouse and Barcelona (Girona) with fast train links to Carcassonne or Narbonne, ask for further info! Lagrasse is about 45 minute drive from the Carcassonne airport.

If you are not hiring a car, I can make arrangements to have you collected at Carcassonne airport or Railway Station, about €40 each way. The cost can be shared if other students ae sharing the car. The taxi fare is €130 each way.


There is some accommodation available in my townhouse or in the village - from €35 per night. On request, we will send you information and notes on getting there, accommodation and lots more!

There is a good selection of properties in and around the villages.

Why not stay a few days longer, in the heart of the Corbiers, on the cusp the Mediterranean?