The charming studio Eishäuschen

33 Years in Braunwald, Swiss Alps


More than 33 years of jewellery summer workshops in Braunwald, the car free Swiss mountain village in central Switzerland the Studio, called Eishäuschen, became a place of encounter and ex-change with other jewellery makers and a centre 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 studios are equipped for up to 12 participants with access to a terrace with a breath-taking panorama view of the surrounding mountain peaks and glaciers. Thanks to all who made these years possible! Still highly motivated, I am looking forward to the weeks in the mountains, to the many encounters.

The Studio in Braunwald will possibly be available to us for the last time in 2021 for the summer workshops. The plans for a new building as the future staff house of the Bellevue Hotel are becoming more concrete. Whether it can continue in Braunwald 2022 at another location is still open.

The Design Werkstatt is also organising workshops for Ornament makers in the beautiful medieval Town of Freiburg near the Black Forest. In this workshops continuous morning, afternoon and evening courses as well as weekend workshops will be held from October to July. We are happy to give you details of available places and contents of classes 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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05 - 06  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.

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  5 instructor: Bruno Sievering. After completing his training as a gold- and silversmith, he became a teacher at the Academy of Applied Arts in Pforzheim and Hanau for over 30 Years. He also has his own studio.

Course  6 instructor: Brigitte Breusch -Veittinger. After completing her training as a Silversmith, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and graduated there. She worked as a teacher for almost 10 years at the Academy for Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd. In 2004 she founded her own studio.


07  Paper Jewellery

Paper may at first glance be an unusual material for jewellery,but offers very interesting design perspectives due to the variety of colours and the low weight. In addition, it is easily and cheaply available everywhere, most basic processing techniques are familiar. In addition to different coloured papers, Japanese papers and cartons, we also work with paper yarns in a variety of strengths. With silver for the technical parts  This allows us to create completely new pieces of jewellery.

Course  instructor: Bea Benedetti has completed a goldsmith’s apprenticeship; she still works in this profession, but has been increasingly turning to organic and textile materials for several years, especially paper as a jewelry material, and has deepened her knowledge at the Course Centre for Crafts at  Ballenberg.


08  Precious Stones cutting, grinding and polishing

Precious Stones cutting, polishing in free Form and faceting techniques. Learn how to cut, grind and polish precious stones in Free Form and faceting techniques. The tools of a professionally equipped workshop are at your disposal. Gem saw’s and different faceting 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 necessary.

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


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  Traditional Japanese Techniques

Iki is one of the classic aesthetic ideals of Japan. Being Iki meant “to be demanding, but not over-saturated, innocent but not naive, to have tried the bitterness of life, as well as the sweetness of life” as a result of personal development. Kuki Shūzō has inspired generations of Japanese writers and thinkers with his book “The Structure of Iki. ” Many traditional crafts are based on the Iki aesthetics. Especially objects made of varnish, fabric, ceramic and of course metal. In particular, Irogan and Zogan techniques have evolved since the Edo period and have a long tradition. At the beginning of the workshop, J. Kamata and T. Terajima will present the importance of IKI and the creative ideas it contains Participants learn 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 70% Cu, 29% Ag & 1% Au. Also surfaces like Nunomezogan will be shown and practised. The art of line Inlay becomes also part of the lecture. Finally, various colouring methods will be presented and used.

Course instructor: Jiro Kamata (  and Takayoshi Terajima (

Will lead this course together. Jiro Kamata graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Pforzheim and was an assistant to Professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Takayoshi Terajima also studied at the Academy in Munich.


11  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 Sand casting will be presented.

Course instructor: Annina Rodigari is a graduate jeweller specialising in teaching casting techniques.



12  Anticlastic raising

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 stretch 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 is Certified Master Bench Jeweller, She is also known as a producer of education materials about various jewellery techniques and Argentium



13  Hollow shapes and Folding techniques in jewellery

This course teaches how hollow jewellery can be created. While just using simple tools, traditional and new techniques can be tried out and combined. Techniques such as compressing, squeezing , deep-drawing, forging, and special wax techniques are demonstrated and used. For example, it will be shown how hollow bangles can be made as single pieces or as a small series. The high precious metal prices make such a method of creation very attractive.

Folding metal opens up a surprisingly versatile handling of the natural properties of metal and enables new dimensions in jewelry and surface design. Usually only a few tools are needed: board iron, hammer, screw stick, pliers and a soldering device. Appropriate hammers are used to create certain structures. Approximately 0.5 mm thin copper sheet is suitable for exercise purposes. In his book Foldforming*, Charles Lewton-Brain distinguishes between line folding, cross folding, T- folding, roller folding, star folding, serpent folding and other folding forms.

Course instructor: Georg Schulte Master goldsmith, instructor for various Techniques at the European Trade Academy in Ahlen and head of a goldsmith studio



14  Carving wooden Spoons

Working with wood is part of the Swedish term Slöjd. An ancient Scandinavian tradition that wants to appeal to people in a holistic way and promotes not only the appreciation of craftsmanship but also the view for proportions and beauty. A first coarse blank is cut from green wood with the axe. This is then processed with different carving knives and carving techniques until a spoon is created at the end. In addition to the shaping of spoons, it also teaches how the carving knives are sharpened and precisely fitting handles are produced. The participants use different woods suitable for carving.

Course instructor: Georg Schulte (see Class 13)



Design Werkstatt Felix Urs Stüssi,

October - June:

Zasiusstrasse 106a  D-79102 Freiburg  Germany,

phone  (+) 49 761 706 713 ·


from July 12th until September 17th :

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).


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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