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


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

More information’s and details, prices of other arrangements can be obtained from


09  Silversmithing    July  16th – 21th

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.



10  Anticlastic rising    July 23th – 28th

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.   Course instructor: Ronda Coryell is one of the world’s most well-regarded experts in Argentium Silver. Ronda is a Certified Master Bench Jeweler, holds a BS degree in Art Education, founded the Northwest Chapter of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths.



11  Chasing  July 30th – August 4th

This technique has a long tradition in Italy. Copper or silver sheets embedded in enchasing cement are formed into reliefs with various chisels. By means of simple preliminary exercises working with chisels and hammer becomes more familiar. More ambitious designs such as chiselled elements for more complex pieces of jewellery can gradually be produced.

Course instructor: Rolf Lindner from Erfurt is a Master Goldsmith who also studied Jewellery design in Heiligendamm. His works have been part of many exhibitions, and have been purchased from museums. Rolf Lindner has developed a thermal hydropneumatic process. He is teaching since a long time and lectured at many institutions and workshops.



12 Precious Stone Setting    August 6th – August 11th

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


13  Enamel  August 13th – August 18th

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 completed 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.


14  Traditional Japanese Techniques    August 20th – August 26th

Professor Kimiaki Kageyama will show the participants how to make 3 traditional Japanese metal alloys with at the beginning of this course. The recipes were kept a strict secret for many centuries and didn’t reach Europe until the 17th century. Shakudo is a traditional Japanese metal alloy of copper with 2 – 7% gold. Shipo Shibuichi is a collective term for copper alloys containing silver. Nami Shibuichi is composed of roughly 70% Cu, 29% Ag and 1% Au, and contains various shades of grey. During the second part of the workshop damascene surfaces "Nunomezogan" will be shown and practised. The piece of metal to be worked on is fixed in chasing cement, then the upper surface of the parent material is roughened with a sharp little chisel and following that, a thin metal foil is beatened into this roughened structure and hammered flat. Finally, various patination methods using Japanese recipes such as plum brandy will be presented and used. Professor Kageyama also lectures how to do repousse with  thin iron sheet.

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


15  Traditional Japanese Techniques   August 27th – September 2nd

Professor Kageyama's second workshop will have its main focus on forming and working on fine sheet iron. This calls for forging/ moulding, colouring and Tauschieren of fine sheet iron. The forming and making of Japanese swords has a long tradition. K. Kageyama has studied the craftman's skills connected with these techniques and let them influence his own work. The forged and chased/ engraved blades from fine sheet iron have among other things their tradition and equivalents in the famous pieces of iron work which represent the culmination of technical virtuosity and artistic conversion during the Edo and Meij era in the highly specialized workshops of the masters of sword accessories.

Course instructor: see workshop 14.


16  Hollow shapes and Folding in Jewelry    September 3th – 8th

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, 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. About Folding: Metal is a surprisingly versatile way to deal with the natural proper-ties of metal and allows new dimensions in the design of jewelery and surfaces. In most cases, only a few tools are required: chisels, hammer, vice, pliers and a soldering tool. In order to produce certain structures, corresponding hammers are used.

Course instructor: Georg Schulte




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.


Accommodation check the selection

for more information, please contact


Copyright © Design Werkstatt, Alle Rechte vorbehalten.