The Design Werkstatt is organising summer workshops and Symposiums for Ornamentmakers in the car free swiss mountain village of Braunwald in central Switzerland since 1988. The different workshops for beginners, advanced and professional jewelry makers during July and August have become well known as a place of learning, inspiration and communication. Participants come from all over Europe.



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, 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.



The Studio

The Workshops take place in a spacious wooden two story building. The studios are well equipped for up to 12 participants with direct access to a terrace with a breathtaking panorama view of the surrounding mountain peaks and glaciers. Every week, always from Sunday to Friday during July and August, different workshops take place. The courses will be held by well known craftsmen and women.

The charming studio Eishäuschen

30 Years Jewellery Arts Workshops in Braunwald Switzerland


The Design Werkstatt is organising workshops for Ornamentmakers in the beautiful medieval Town of Freiburg near the Black Forest and Summerworkshops in the car free Swiss mountain village of Braunwald in central Switzerland since 1988. The different workshops for beginners, advanced and professional jewellery makers have become well known as a place of inspiration and communication. Participants come from all over Europe and overseas. 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 called the Eishäuschen. (In Winter, the Near by Tennis court is turned into a ice skating place) 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. I am very pleased to present to you our programme 2018.


30 years jewelry workshops in Braunwald ! Participants in my courses in Freiburg repeatedly asked me if I could offer intensive workshops lasting several days. In Braunwald, the car-free mountain village in the Glarus Alps, in 1988 I discovered the former staff house of the Hotel Bellevue. This unused, original wooden cube was crammed to the roof with things that were no longer needed, old furniture from the hotel or heavy boxes with cores from the Braunwald underground. A great deal of idealism and active support were needed to transform the former laundry room on the ground floor into a jewelery workshop as a first step. Gradually, more rooms were renovated, the equipment improved. There is a kitchen and a small workshop  now that can be rented independently of the courses. Between 1992 and 1998, 5 jewelry symposia were held with lectures. These weekends and the associated festivals with a live band will be unforgotten. For the 10th anniversary, the Design Workshop organized a competition on the topic of the cycle of things. The response was overwhelming. About 250 jewelry pieces, largely made of recycled components, were sent. A jury selected 50 works, which were included in a catalog and exhibited in Ziegelbrücke and Bern. Thus, the Eishäuschen became a place of encounter and exchange with other jewelry makers and a center for new ideas and techniques. Goldsmiths Apprentices of the Basel Trade School have  come for a week of training for many years. I am very pleased that more and more participants and teachers from all over the world are coming to the workshops in Braunwald. 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 30 years possible! Still highly motivated, I am looking forward to the weeks in the mountains, to the many encounters. For further information I am at your disposal and am happy if you come to Freiburg or Braunwald.


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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08  Silversmithing    August 15th – 20th

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.



09  Casting techniques    July 22th – 27th

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.



10  Traditional Japanese Techniques   July 29th August  4th

Professor Kimiaki Kageyama will show the participants how to make 3 traditional Japanese metal alloys. Shakudo a metal alloy of copper with 2 – 7% 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. Finally, various patination methods will be presented and used. Professor Kageyama also lectures how to do repousse with  thin iron sheet.

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



11  From ideas to results    August 5th –10th

Where do my ideas come from? Again and again the question comes. The "where" is most likely not so important, but it is important that if there is an idea - it is just an intuition, a hunch, a blurry picture, a memory - that we pack them, not go away and fade, Focusing on these images allows them to develop their own ideas. In this workshop, we'll be working on making ideas grow and developing forms to work out pieces of jewelry in which these processes are visible.

Course instructor: Esther Brinkmann. In the field of jewelry design, she belongs to the avant-garde. "Jewelry can be an expression of our view of the world - the world today and perhaps the future," says Esther Brinkmann. She uses a variety of materials, surprising with striking shapes. Under her leadership, the College of Design in Geneva became one of the most important jewelery design schools in Europe.



12  Keum Boo & Argentium Silver   August 12th – 27th

Keum Boo, a traditional Korean technique for applying 24k gold to silver is in fact widely used in various cultures; Japanese, Chinese and in the west historically primarily to adhere gold to iron, steel and copper. Bring up the fine silver by repeated heating, quenching in water and pickling until it is completely white and then heat with a hot-plate or a flame; whichever provides the most even and constant type of heating for the particular object. Thin gold foil is placed on the object and a polished steel burnisher tacks it down and then presses it over the surface fixing it permanently in place. Any soldering’s or heating’s that are done do not affect the keum-boo.

Argentium Silver exploring the technology required to work with Argentium Sterling Silver, a revolutionary alloy that has amazing characteristics. Argentium is .935, does not fire scale and is tarnish resistant. High karat gold fuses beautifully to Argentium and the material’s ability to be fused without solder adds to its appeal. Master goldsmith, Ronda Coryell, will provide expert instruction and close up demos. Students learn the process of fusing both flat and three-dimensional forms. Demonstrations are followed by hands-on experience to create earrings, rings, bezels, and a bead. Students may bring small amounts of Fine gold to the projects.

Course instructor: Ronda Coryell is Certified Master Bench Jeweller, she is known as a producer of education materials about various jewellery techniques and Argentium.



13  Anticlastic rising    August 19th – 24th

Anticlastic raising offers possibilities for design which are inconceivable using conventional methods. By moulding the metal sheet on wave - like irons or sticks, bending is possible in 2 directions, as is the case, for example, with domed bangles.

Transforming a single sheet of metal into an undulating organic form using only a hammer and stake is the art of anticlastic raising. When the hammer hits the piece of sheet metal resting on the stake, the metal rises into curves or coils, its edges stretching more than its centre. It’s a technique that requires skills. A sinusoidal stake is secured it in a vice. The annealed metal sheet is bend over the stake in order to get stretched in both directions. Hold onto both ends of the metal when working it on the stake. This provides the tension necessary for the piece to coil into shape. When using the correct size of stake, there will be a void under the metal just inside the outer edge, so each blow of the hammer will stretch the metal slightly.

Course instructor: Ronda Coryell (see class No 12 before)



15  Mokume Gane     September 2th – 7th

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.




Design Werkstatt Felix Urs Stüssi,

October - June:

Zasiusstrasse 106a  D-79102 Freiburg  Germany,

phone  (+) 49 761 706 713 ·


from July 16th until September 8th :

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).


Renting a workplace


There is a separate workshop on the top floor with 4 well  equipped workplaces which are available for SFr 150.- a week during July und August for independent artists who need no assistance. Workplaces may also be rented by participants who wish to do some work on their own after the class.


More to see


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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