The charming studio Eishäuschen

32 Years Jewellery Arts Workshops in Braunwald Switzerland

32 years of jewellery summer workshops in Braunwald, the car free Swiss mountain village in central Switzerland ! The Studio became a place of encounter and exchange with other jewelry makers and a center for new ideas and techniques. I am very pleased that more and more participants and teachers from all over the world are coming to the workshops in Braunwald. The different workshops for beginners, advanced and professional jewellery makers have become well known as a place of inspiration and communication. Every week, from Sunday to Friday from the middle of July until the middle of September, different workshops take place. Well-known crafts experts will hold the courses. The Workshops take place in a spacious wooden two story building. The studios are well equipped for up to 12 participants with access to a terrace with a breathtaking panorama view of the surrounding mountain peaks and glaciers Thanks to the competent course instructors and the Braunwald hospitality, many friends of jewelery remain loyal to us for many years. Thanks to all who made these 32 years possible! Still highly motivated, I am looking forward to the weeks in the mountains, to the many encounters.


How to get there?

From Zürich International Airport, there are excellent train Connections every hour. Traveling time to Braunwald: 2 hours. A funicular railway links the last village in the Valley to one of the most beautiful car free resorts in central Switzerland at a altitude of almost 4000 feet. In the free time, hiking, rock climbing, swimming in a clear lake at the foot of the ragged mountain and glacier scenery, mountain tours and cycling , even hang gliding and many other summer activities are possible.

In our Freiburg workshops continuous morning, afternoon and evening courses as well as weekend workshops will be held from October to July. We are very happy to give you details of available places and contents of courses and will be very pleased if you find what suits you.


Felix Stüssi


*Class Language : English.  In all other classes : Translation assistance from German into English is available !

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07  Silversmithing

It is becoming more and more difficult to find an opportunity to learn this highly interesting technique. Carrying out silversmith work requires competent instruction and lavish equipment with the appropriate tools. Copper and silver sheets can be obtained in the usual quantities and dimensions on the spot. This course offers the opportunity to get to know and practise different classical silversmith techniques.

Course instructor: Karl Geiger. After his apprenticeship as a gold and silversmith he studied at the College in Schwäbisch-Gmünd. Due to his professional experience Karl Geiger is familiar with the most demanding techniques.



08  Silversmithing

The most important and original silversmith way for the production of hollow bodies and vessels is the repousse technique. Working with the hammer offers many possibilities for deformation. During the development process, many forms are perceptible. Changes are possible at any time. That's the special and nice thing about it. Starting from disc shapes, the material is brought into the desired shape via various iron or wood . Flat or high vessels are possible. The hammer tracks of previous processing are leveled.

The course will include the artistic design approach of this technique.

In addition, the know how for mounting various elements of the vessels is taught.

Course instructor: Annette Zey. After completing her training as a goldsmith and silversmith, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and graduated there as a master student. In 1997 she has her own studio in Nuremberg and since 1999 has been a lecturer at the Werkbund Werkstatt Nürnberg.



09   Enameling

Enamel is the permanent fusion of the two materials metal and glass. For more than two millennia, goldsmiths and silversmiths use the medium “enamel” to add color to their works. In its depth and quality, it remains unmatched to this day and can not be replaced by any other material. The variety of colors and techniques offers the creative enameller an inexhaustible field of application possibilities. Experimental and artistic enamelling is the focus of this seminar. It can be used both on and in the surface as well as in the mold. Step 1 consists in getting to know the basics of enamelling and then experimenting with it and making the experiments repeatable. Various enamelling techniques, such as cell emulation technology, and industrial enamel technology, are then taught.

Course instructor: Mandy Rasch from Erfurt has a goldsmith education, a design degree and her own studio. She teaches, among other things, as a freelance lecturer at the Erfurt Chamber of Crafts, participates in many exhibitions and in the organization of the Erfurter Schmucksymposium.



10 Precious Stone Setting

The making of settings can take up a lot of time. For this reason course participants can obtain stones of their choice before the workshop and then make suitable settings or even pieces of jewellery, which can then be set. For practice during the class settings with stones will be provided. This course is designed not only for participants with little previous experience sinc more advanced students can work with all kinds of more difficult settings.
Course instructor: Wolfgang Schütz, who is a master jewel setter. He is teaching stonesetting to professional Goldsmiths in Germany



11  Precious Stones cutting, grinding and polishing

Precious Stones cutting, polishing in free Form and facetting techniques. Learn how to cut, grind and polish precious stones in Free Form and facetting techniques. The tools of a professionaly equipped workshop are at your disposal. Gemsaw's and different facetting machines as cabochon machines, micro engraving motors and diamond coated tools. In a short introduction precious stones and their physical properties relative to the cutting will be presented. The cut brings out hidden qualities. Individual properties will be explored and cut in a shape in relation to the stone and the cutter. Rough stones can be bought for a low price and cut right away in the class. No previous knowledge is necessary.

Course instructor: Hubert Heldner, lives in Montreux, Switzerland ( He organises stone cutting classes since many years. He will be assistet by Noreen Masaki vom South/Eastern African Mineral Centre  SEAMIC in Tansania.



12 & 13  Traditional Japanese Techniques

Professor Kimiaki Kageyama will show the participants how to make 3 traditional Japanese metal alloys. Shakudo a metal alloy of copper with 3 – 5 % gold. Shipo Shibuichi is a term for copper alloys containing silver. Nami Shibuichi is composed of roughly 70% Cu, 29% Ag & 1% Au. Also surfaces like Nunomezogan will be shown and practised. The piece of metal to be worked on is fixed in chasing cement, then the surface of the parent material is roughened with a sharp little chisel and following that, a thin metal foil is beatened into this structure and hammered flat. The art of line Inlay becomes also part of the lecture. Finally, various patination methods will be presented and used. Professor Kageyama also shows how to do repousse with  thin iron sheet.

Course instructor: Kimiaki Kageyama was Professor and Head of the Metal Department at Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College in Tokyo, Japan.



14 Mokume Gane

Thin sheets of copper, silver, palladium or gold are welded in several layers on top of each other. Structures (patterns) are worked into the resulting bar through partial removal of the surface area. Continuing working, the bar becomes a sheet of uniform thickness and shows patterns of different metals together on the surface area. In this class you will be shown how to make a Sheet and a Ring in Mokume Gane technique. The fabrication of the bar is carried out in a simplified process with a burner instead of a special furnace. As a result each participant can make Mokume Gane jewellery after the course with little effort.

Course instructor: Georg Schulte goldsmith, instructor for Mokume Gane and head of a goldsmith studio




15 Casting techniques

In this casting workshop smaller models, pieces of jewellery or little figures will be modelled in wax, embedded in plaster and prepared for casting. After being dried the wax is melted out and the liquid silver poured into the form using the hand   or table centrifuge. A further interesting casting technique with Ossa Sepia and the Delft Method of Sand casting will be presented.

Course instructor: Annina Rodigari is a graduate jeweller has a lot of experience in casting techniques and teaches on this subject.



16  Japanese Lacquer techniques

In this course, participants will gain an insight into the fascinating world of Japanese lacquer technology as a complex art craft. 5 different techniques of painting with cashew lacquer on metal, wood and plastic are shown. These can be applied in parallel to brought jewelry or objects. The different primers are presented, colors mixed, the whole process of painting, layer by layer, wet grinding and the final polishing method shown and applied. The materials used are various types of grains, seeds, gold, copper and silver powders, egg shells and textiles, which produce sophisticated textures and patterns. The workshop mainly uses transparent varnish with colored mineral pigments, black and slightly reddish varnish. The basic idea is to bring different heights of paint layers to a flat surface. This is done, for example, by placing and removing rice grains in the wet coating layer and layer by layer filling the resulting wells with a different color, parqueting egg shells or painting and repainting different layers of paint. After each drying process, it is wet sanded and painted again. This process is repeated until the desired effect is achieved and a flat surface is created. At the end, polish by hand with the finest sandpaper and paste. The finished urushi or cashew surface is resistant to water, alcohol, solvents and acids, permanently elastic and food safe. The resin also prevents the growth of mold fungi. Some of the tools (a stray funzutsu and a needlepoint) are made in the course, as is common in Japanese crafts

Course instructor: Francine Schloeth, lives since 2002 in Buenos Aires Argentina. Design studies in Basel. Further Studies in Contemporary Jewelery Escola Massana, Japanese Lacach (Cashew) with Sabine Hauss and Hiro Kanazawa, Barcelona; Urushi Paint Study at Takahiro Yatsui, Daitetsu Studio, Wajima, 2011 and 2017 at Kato Studio, Kyoto, Japan. Numerous regular workshops in studios and jewelry schools in Buenos Aires, Brazil and Chile. Active in product design, contemporary jewelry, sculptures and objects.





Design Werkstatt Felix Urs Stüssi,

October - June:

Zasiusstrasse 106a  D-79102 Freiburg  Germany,

phone  (+) 49 761 706 713 ·


from July 12th until September 19th :

Eishäuschen - CH- 8784 - Braunwald - Switzerland

phone  (+)49 0178 671 72 08


Susan Cross from Scotland describes a workshop in SwitzerlandI found the whole experience very refreshing and extremely challenging. To have the time and space to think about and develop work in such stimulating and of course very beautiful surroundings was such a fantastic opportunity. Alongside the workshop programme walks were organised, one of which included a memorable ride on a chairlift. I tried to approach this workshop with a open mind and to work intuitively. For three days the mountains withheld their secrets, shrouded in swirling mists with sudden revealing chinks. I could hear them; the waterfalls, the bells of the roaming cows, but could not see them. So as you can imagine, the morning when I woke to clear blue sky and glorious sunshine with breathtaking panoramic views of mountain peaks and glaciers was just so exciting ! The workshops are fully equipped and well set out with excellent facilities. It is also possible to rent an independent workspace, which I would thoroughly recommend to those  wishing to develop their work in a very special and unique location.   (Published in findings issue 22,  by the arts council of England).


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Participants who are in the position to spend more time are advised to visit places of Interest in Switzerland, a small country but with a great choice of the rich cultural heritage within short distance. Using the comfortable system of public transport go and visit famous Museums for Art, Design and Crafts, studios of famous craftsmen in near Cyties like Basel, Zurich, Munich or Milan.


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