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Have you always been interested in Filigree and like to learn different techniques? This course is for you!

              The course will be covering filigree skills through demonstration, handouts and individual practice.

   What will you learn? 

  • You will learn how make your own filigree tools and take these home with you. 

  • Be taught how to make the special filigree wire, 3 different filigree techniques and how to solder and finish these. 

  • By the end of the course you would have created one piece of your own design that you can take home and enjoy. 

   I’ll will work with you as a group and individually, support and guide you through your learning. 
   What will you need to bring? 

  • Just lots of energy and enthusiasm. 

  • I will supply all the tools and equipment needed for filigree making. 

  • Silver will be provided for this session. 

  I live between Portugal and Scotland, but teach worldwide. If you are interested in attending a class in my studio or bringing the Contemporary Filigree Course to your country, please get in contact for dates and details.

 Filipa Oliveira is a contemporary jeweller inspired by traditional crafts, especially filigree. She uses this ancient technique in a contemporary way to lend detail and heritage to her delicate work. This historical element allows both the past and present to be encompassed within each piece of jewellery and is evocative of different times and cultures.


       Filigree students and their work.

“ Filipa was fantastic and patient. She was really knowledgeable and gave very good demonstrations”

“ Tutor was excellent -  Very helpful to a beginner & patient!”

"Tutor was really knowledgeable on the subject  and helped a lot, liked seeing the examples of filigree in her work."

Our work



My work explores the ancient and traditional jewellery technique of filigree, which is becoming rare in practice, and also pushes the boundaries of this craft through contemporising its application and design.

I create contemporary filigree jewellery that is hand-crafted using a 5000 year old technique, which has been passed down from one generation to the other.

My passion for jewellery started at a young age and in 2004 my jewellery studies began at CINDOR in Portugal, and the dream started…I moved to Scotland in 2008 to develop my design skills and spent 3 years studying Jewellery Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, having graduated with First Class Honours.

I live between Portugal and Scotland and work everyday to disseminate this unique knowledge, which I share in my Contemporary Filigree Classes, and lately in the Contemporary Filigree Jewellery Book, which I am curating. 



2020: Goldsmiths' Career Catalyst Grant

2020: Scottish Goldsmiths Trust

2019: Wire Innovation Silver Winner

The Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council Awards

2015: Creative Scotland, Open Project Grant Awardee

2015: Scottish Goldsmiths Trust Grant

2014: Nominated as NexGem / Hot100 of the British Jewellery Industry

2013: IJL Editors Choice Award for Technical Excellence

2012: Craft Makers Award: Dundee

2011: The New Designers Goldsmiths Company Award for Jewellery

2011: The Bradshaw Award. University of Dundee

2011: Goldsmiths Precious Metal Bursary Award

2010: Scottish Gemset Jewellery Competition: 1rst prize

2007: WorldSkills Competition: Medal of Excellence

2007: Portuguese National Skills Competition: Gold medal




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