Touchmark Studios is proud to be an official Support Centre for the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery Silver Metal Clay Diploma Home Study programme. The Home Study Diploma allows students study at their own pace and at a time that suits them. This means they can fit it around their own commitments and is especially suitable for those who cannot travel to Cornwall to study at MCSJ

The MCSJ Diploma is widely acknowledged as the most thorough and comprehensive metal clay qualification in the world. It is independent and brand neutral so students learn to work with all types of silver metal clay and it also includes traditional silverwork skills. The three hands-on grades take the student from basic skills to advanced techniques and the fourth grade has two options; Design and Construction or Teaching Metal Clay Effectively. 

A commitment to high standards of workmanship is rigorously applied making the MCSJ Diploma the foremost qualification for those serious about developing as metal clay artists. 

The Silver Metal Clay Home Study Grade 1 pack is available to buy from the MCSJ website   Further grades will be available in 2012. The Grade 1 pack contains two instructional DVDs, a CD of resources and project notes and all materials. Completed projects are submitted to MCSJ for evaluation and students get detailed feedback on their work. When all seven projects pass, the student is awarded the Grade 1 Certificate.

Touchmark Studios are committed to high standards of service and teaching and provide classes and workshops which will give Home Study students further support if required. We also provide kiln firing services - for which there is a free voucher in the Home Study pack - and open studio sessions for students to use tools and equipment for a small fee.  Please note that these sessions are supervised  to ensure your safety but do not include teaching.   Advanced booking is necessary so please email or call 01275 331041 for availability.

Students can also purchase a one-to-one critique session with Chris Pate, an experienced metal clay teacher who will check their projects before they are submitted to MCSJ for evaluation. Chris holds the MCSJ Diploma and she knows first hand the standard MCSJ evaluators expect so this session can really help students to pass the evaluations first time.