"I am writing to say how very much the silver oar mace has been admired by the judges and the members of the legal profession. I think it is superb, only today I received a comment from a member of the House of Lords, his Lordship said it was "beautiful" and "a fitting enhancement of the Admiralty Court". The Court is very proud of it..... It was a great pleasure to meet you and to be associated with the project." 

M.E.J. Black, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia. 

5 maces made for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, gift to Canada & gift in Australia. 


"The oar maces for the Federal Court of Australia were hand crafted by Mr Ernst Pfenninger a designer, goldsmith & silversmith from Sydney, Australia, who was commissioned to make these unique items of historical value and significant importance....Federal Court of Australia's website."

Federal Court of Australia 

5 Oar Maces


"St Laurence's College commissioned Studio 303, Sydney to design and manufacture a ceremonial mace to symbolise the traditions, mission and culture of the school.  The completed mace is a work of art reflecting the design brief of the school.  The exquisite piece made of gold plated brass, gold plated sterling silver, black jade and carved ebony is exceptional and received universal acclamation when presented to the college by the Senior Student Leadership in 2016.  Studio 303 have produced a ceremonial mace of world class standard of which this school is very proud.  We would recommend Ernst Pfenninger, designer gold and silversmith at Studio 303 to any institution seeking expert craftsmanship from this master artisan.  Thank you from a grateful school."

Ian McDonald on behalf of St. Laurence's College 

Mace for Graduation and official Ceremonies


"We had a great experience working with Ernst and Sharon on the design and crafting of a unique yellow-diamond and ebony ring. They showed us a range of ideas at the start and helped us settle on a really original and creative concept. The finished ring is truly special – a one-of-a-kind designed and made by hand – and gets lots of attention wherever it gets shown off.  We’re living overseas now, and had to handle part of the process remotely, but it all went without a hitch. Very pleased with the end-to-end service – would recommend Studio 303 highly!"

Stuart & Fannie Rae, Hong Kong



"There was a beautiful pendant in the range, I fell in love with it and now it's mine.  My friends always comment on the uniqueness of my pendant and the wonderful craftsmanship that obviously went into creating it.  It’s amazing to think no one else in the world has the same. I really enjoy wearing it, get lots of compliments on its beauty, it’s a very special piece."

Rachael Vaccaro 



"Having something made especially for me, that is completely unique and handmade (not commercial) was really exciting. I wear the ring everyday and it gives me great pleasure every time I look at it."

Sara Pantzer



"I had a solid silver bracelet made for me by Ernst Pfenninger in 1996. It is simple but elegant and I wear it every day. Many people have asked me who made it. It is not just a simple bangle: it is of a beautiful oval shape which fits well around my wrist and has a hinge and a secure closure which is easy to operate." 

George Winston AM



"Ernst has designed and executed pieces of jewellery for me over many years, these pieces are unique and as fashionable today as when he designed them.  Ernst's workmanship is outstanding, unique and perfect.  Thanks for your excellent service over the years. In addition, Ernst was my teacher for many years, it was a wonderful experience." 




"I approached Ernst Pfenninger and told him of my ideas for a ring. Ernst made a few sketches and finally he created this beautiful ring which I wear all the time. I have lost count of how many times people have complimented on it. At Studio 303 you can be involved in creating a very unique piece of jewellery and can be assured of excellent craftsmanship." 

Ursula Zahnd 



"Ernst Pfenninger, master craftsman of the old school variety will sit with you, design your jewellery and involve you in the complete process. It is so satisfying to know that your pieces of jewellery will be completely unique and handmade and not commercial. My wife’s ring, bracelet and earrings attracts comments on a regular basis.  We couldn't be happier with the quality of work and service"

George & Yvonne Pagonis

Rings, Pendants, Bangle, Earrings 


"Ernst is a most innovative and modern jewellery designer. I had no idea as to what could be made with my opal, however Ernst was able to make a unique design.  He was able to use my simple free form opal that I purchased in Coober Pedy to create a dazzling accessory."

Jo Butler 



"Thank you so much again - the ring is exquisite! Such a beautiful and striking design and so skilfully made. I am absolutely thrilled with it."

Anne-Marie Maplesden



"The Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards now entering their 20th year are the most prestigious awards within the civil construction industry – recognising excellence in Civil Construction, Environmental Management and Project Management.  In 1994, Ernst designed the awards and since then has made the National Winner trophies – using a brilliant design combining a special collection of materials that fully and faithfully reflect the status of the Earth Awards."

Richard Snare, Civil Contractors Federation

Earth Award Annual commission for 20 years 


"The Garvan Research Foundation hosts an annual celebration of our Community Champions, and this year we called upon the design assistance of Ernst and Sharon at Studio 303 to help us realise the award.  We were thrilled with the unique Helix design Ernst was able to develop for us.  It was truly a piece of art and one our Community Champions are delighted to showcase in the foyers of their offices.  Sincerest thanks to Ernst and Sharon for a wonderful job."

Leonie Walton, Garvan Research Foundation 

Sculptural awards 


"On behalf of everyone at the Australian Tourist Commission in Los Angeles and the many Aussie Specialists vying for the opportunity to win one, thank you for the Opal Award.  The Awards are in recognition of the significant achievements amongst travel agents in the sales and marketing of Australia - competition among the agents for the Award and the beautiful trophy is fierce."

Warren Grau, Australian Tourist Commission

Annual commission for 19 years Sculptural awards 


"I've been a student at Studio 303 for over a year and I've found it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I've created some wonderful pieces of jewellery and had a lot of fun doing it. Ernst's knowledge if boundless and he is happy to share it and spend time guiding his students, but also allows us the autonomy to proceed with our projects as we wish. Watching him work is inspiring - there is always something new to learn. The atmosphere in the studio is friendly and inclusive - everyone is happy to lend advice if sought. There is a diverse mix of people of all ages and styles and there is plenty of room for all. There is a vast amount of specialised equipment and plenty of basic stuff to go round. Overall, it's a really great experience." 

Noela F. 

Student - Jewellery school


"Now that we are back from the AILA Congress at Singapore, I can write to you on behalf of the Association to thank you for all the work you (and your wife) put in to make the Gold Medal such a splendid object. The presentation ceremony went off without a hitch and Professor Halliday - the recipient - was very impressed by the Medal, as were all our Executive Board and International Committee, and the Congress participants who attended the ceremony in Singapore. So, this by way of official and personal thanks for your skill, your cooperativeness, and for understanding what the Medal was intended to achieve. Our thank, once again...." 

Prof. C. N. Candlin, President AILA 

- Medal 


"I am writing to congratulate you and to thank you personally for the effort and craftsmanship you have put into the wall sculpture commissioned for the entrance area of the research building. Not only is the craftsmanship superb, but you also managed to capture the science behind the design. The piece rightfully enjoys pride-of-place in the Company." 

Denis Wade, Chairman and Managing Director Johnson & Johnson Research 

- Wall sculpture - entrance on building 


"As part of our celebrations last year to mark the Centenary of the move of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and St Scholastica' College from the city to Glebe Point….. throughout the process of collaboration which saw the final designs evolve, Ernst and Sharon Pfenninger were creative, dependable, understanding and tireless in their efforts to produce jewellery that would reflect the dignity of the occasion and appeal to young and old alike. Adaptable in syle from a brooch to a pendant, each of the three designs that were produced is a remarkably fitting memento that has proved very popular with members of the College Community ...." 

Loretto Richardson, Principal St Scholastica's College 


"A note to formally thank you for the wonderful piece you have crafted for presentation to the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. The elegant gavel, the magnificent base, the beautiful engraving work and the presentation box are all superb. I know it will be greatly appreciated by the Society .... please thank Sharon for her significant role in the design and production." 

Graham Newstead, Executive Director, Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia

Gavel and base - trophy 


"I am writing to thank you both for your help in making our Inauguration ceremony such a splendid success. That help came not only from the craftsmanship and thoughtfulness shown in the design and making of the Processional Staff (for which Ernst must take credit) but also for the concern of you both about its ..... It was, as you could see, the subject of much admiration, and as His Eminence said, "we will walk behind it in pride" on all occasions." 

Prof. Peter Drake, Vice Chancellor, Australian Catholic University 

Processional Staff for the University 


"Ernst Pfenninger is a creative, high quality jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. We had many pieces individually made over a number of years and were excited every time we saw the finished article. People often noticed and commented on my wife's jewellery as it was original and superbly crafted. I recommend Ernst to the discerning." 

Brian Stanwell 

Rings and Bangle 

Key to the City


"I am sure you would be pleased to learn that the community celebration in Orange last Friday for our local Olympic heroine Suzy Balogh went wonderfully well ….. One of the highlights of the function of course was the handing over of the Key to the City, the highest honour a City can bestow upon one of its citizens. This symbolic key and work of art will always have special significance in her life and obviously pride of place in her home, as well as being a treasured heirloom to hand down to future generations in her family. Thank you for your contribution and professional input in being part of this special event." 

Cr. John Davis, Mayor of Orange 


"A unique Swiss craftsman, based in Sydney has created a custom designed golden footy trophy as part of a promotion by Dairy Farmers, Channel 9 and the Gooty show. The superb trophy has been shown regularly on the Footy show and has been presented to the ..... Designer, goldsmith and silversmith Ernst Pfenninger's list of works reads like a Who's Who of Australian business and events, ranging from ..." 

Swiss Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 



"My colleague and fellow director of the ADIA, Ian Crawford, has just returned from his visit to the UK to attend the annual conference and 75th anniversary celebrations of the British Dental Trade Association…. Ian reports that his presentation was not only well received but created the highlight for the event. ... There is no doubt in my mind and my fellow ADIA Directors join me in this letter to thank you most sincerely for the splendid and exquisite design embodied in our gift to the BDTA and that your craft and workmanship has substantially enhanced the continuing friendship between the BDTA and ADIA." 

Armin Roth, Federal President Australian Dental Industry Association Inc 



"Ernst is an outstanding hands-on highly sought after jewellery teacher here in Sydney. It has been my pleasure to work with Swiss trained jeweller Ernst Pfenninger on special projects over a number of years, one of which was most complicated because of the mechanics and originality. Ernst has the rare talent of working in different mediums and can visualise a finished product immediately." 

George R. 

Assorted jewellery items 

Mixed items : money clips, corporate gifts 


"I wanted to thank you both for a wonderful job!  I ABSOLUTELY adore the ring! And can’t stop admiring it’s beautiful design and quality craftsmanship, it really is gorgeous.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to have a ring like this which means so much more as it symbolises our love and this wonderful stage of our lives.  Thank you again!"

Carol Nunez

Wedding Jewellery 


"It was a wonderful experience meeting you both and having Ernst design and make such a beautiful piece for us. It will be treasured, kept on view for all of us to admire and be passed onto the next generations. Thank you so much for the wonderful work, your craftsmanship is superb and we are delighted that you were recommended to us as a highly skilled silversmith."

Patricia and John 


"A fantastic experience shopping for an engagement ring. Staff were amazingly helpful every step of the way and very receptive to any questions and ideas I had."

Michael Jones 

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value 



"Sharon and Ernst helped me to create a ceremonial mace based on my design from start to finish. This would normally be a daunting process. It's a rather large outlay, and you just don't know whether what you had in mind will eventuate to what will end up in your hands. Sharon and Ernst were fantastic to deal with. They talked through the entire design and provided assistance with what can be done. Their experience with crafting custom pieces large or small is very clear. Nothing was too hard, and they were able to ship the final product interstate. I am extremely pleased with the mace they produced. I am extremely pleased with the mace they produced. The quality and craftsmanship is superb. They have made a stunning heirloom piece that will be passed on for generations. I am very happy with the results and wholeheartedly recommend them." 

Connor Williams 


"I wanted some jewellery given to me my mother re set in a dress ring. Ernst had a huge photo catalogue of rings he had made over 50 years to help choose a design I liked that could be adapted to my own personal taste. The extend of his experience in jewellery design made me feel very confident straight away that the ring would be very professionally designed and made. He took a lot of time discussing my design and also offered me options for the old gold. I found him to be very trustworthy and honest. Sharon, his wife, was exceptionally helpful with design selection too, communicating how things were going along the design & make process, and getting a price for some gold to contribute to the cost of the ring. The ring looked exactly like the design Ernst had drawn on paper. I can only say that I am exceptionally happy with my ring, and the process from start to finish. I have no hesitation in recommending Studio 303." Shiela McDowall Ring 

"My fiancée and I truly had the most amazing experience working with Ernst and Sharon, and we couldn't recommend them highly enough. We had both of our wedding rings made at Studio 303 - not only is Ernst an incredibly talented designer and master craftsman, we always had the most warm welcome and great chats when we were there. You cannot go wrong working with Ernst and Sharon - their work is of the highest quality and is simply beautiful...and they really are just the most lovely people to help you create something special. Thank you again for everything!"

Elizabeth Anderson

Wedding rings 


"Fantastic experience designing an engagement ring. Both Sharon and Ernst show lots of care and experience in the creation of jewellery!" 

Lachlan Barraclough 

Wedding : engagement ring 


"Attended a fantastic workshop with Lucas Blackler at Studio 303. Great studio! Lucas, Ernst and Sharon could not have been more helpful. Highly recommend this studio for both learning to make jewellery and for commissioning beautiful, unique pieces." 

Brenda Coleman 



"Had the most wonderful experience with Studio 303. My fiancé and I could not recommend them highly enough. Ernst is an incredibly talented designer and craftsman and Sharon makes you feel like you are family every time you go in there. Thank you so very much for everything." 

Ema Taylor 

Wedding and engagement rings 


"My daughter recently attended a 10 week evening course at Studio 303 in Sydney. She learnt some great skills with Ernst which provided her with the knowledge, confidence and ability to complete her jewellery for her HSC Design & Technology major works independently. Ernst is very experienced and was able to explain steps in a clearly making it easy for her to learn and progress efficiently. My daughter is very grateful to both Ernst and Sharon for their care and support during the course. Thank you Studio 303!" 

Rebecca Sinnott 



"Studio 303 is a great place to learn how to make interesting and creative jewellery with Ernst, a renowned master metalsmith and Lucas, a highly awarded brilliant jeweller. There is so much to learn and it’s so nice to be able to learn at your own pace, create your own designs with the support and expertise of Ernst and Lucas. With Sharon and Ernst, the fully functional workshop is also full of wonderful and friendly students, making it a very comfortable learning and fun environment. I cannot speak highly enough of this great and collaboratively learning space. It’s so much better than any other jewellery school I’ve attended. Thank you so much Ernst and Sharon."

Angela Handley

Pendant, Earrings, Rings Student


"Having just completed a 5 day intensive I can highly recommend Studio 303 Leichhardt. The calibre of the 2 tutors is excellent and there is a wealth of knowledge to be gained in both Jewellery and Silversmithing as they have years of experience to draw from. From the management to the general experience during the week it was welcoming, professional, pleasant, fun and extremely informative. I left feeling a bit amazed at my results, satisfied with what I had learnt and eager to learn more next time." 

Di Baker 



"Outstanding creativity and responsiveness to the client's needs. Ernst has designed pieces for me I will treasure for years to come. His attention to detail is amazing and the quality is exceptional." 


Earrings, Pendant 


" I ordered a custom ring for my 30th birthday and was extremely happy with the craftsmanship. Both Sharon and Ernst are super interesting people and I loved sharing the experience with them from designing it and then making it to the final product. Super happy with my ring and highly recommend Studio 303 to anyone who would like unique high quality jewellery." 

Allan Johnston Ring 


"I recently had a custom made pendant made by Ernst at Studio 303 and was so impressed! His work was perfect and the result was exactly what I had envisioned in fact it was better. If you are looking for someone to make something special I have no hesitation in recommending Ernst he definitely lives up to his impressive qualifications. Thank you Studio 303 for your fantastic work!" 




"My husband commissioned Studio 303 to design a new setting for the diamond from my old engagement ring, which naturally was of great sentimental value to me. The final product fulfilled my wish list. I could not have been happier or more satisfied. The ring was stunning and beautifully made." 

Louise Bendeli 



"I recently completed the intensive course in Sydney with Lucas as the teacher. The course was amazing. I learnt some fantastic skills in addition to being provided with the knowledge to complete Jewellery independently. Lucas very experienced and was able to explain steps in a clear and concise manner making it easy to learn and progress quickly. I will definitely be doing this course again. Thanks Lucas and Studio 303." 

Jenn Heard 



"My husband got me my 30th birthday gift from there. It was designed from scratch and we could choose every little details and stones. Ernst and Sharon are the nicest people and Ernst is great at explaining all the differences and the steps involved in creating your jewellery. I had a good idea of what I wanted in terms of concept but was lost in terms of how it could be done. The result is amazing and I love my ring. Very good value for money too compared to big jewellery franchise as you get high quality and pay what's fair. I would definitely recommend!" 

Marion Cohen 

Birthday Ring 


"I love Ernst and Sharon. They are both so wonderful to work with and you can be guaranteed to get a piece of jewellery that is unique, beautiful and seriously good quality. I get so many compliments on all my pieces. I cannot recommend Studio 303 more highly!" 

Sophie Higgins 



"I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst." 

Jody Shipway 

Wedding Ring 



"I had mixed emotions about renewing my 50y/o engagement ring, but am now so pleased that I took it to Ernst. We sat down together to discuss his suggestions for a fresh new design which he then turned into a stunning ring that I am absolutely thrilled with and that receives many compliments." 

Jan Taylor 



"Ernst and Sharon worked with my husband and myself to create both my engagement ring - a unique piece which I was able to help design created around a black pearl - and our wedding bands. The design for the engagement and wedding rings was not straightforward, and Ernst was endlessly patient as we worked and reworked the design and the fit until it was just right. We are both really happy with the outcome and feel our rings really reflect our personalities. The whole process was really personal which was just what i was looking for." 

Dani Bultitude 

Wedding engagement and wedding rings 


"Masterful collaboration. All about you. Unique sculptural design. Sensitive rejuvenation of old pieces. Generous assistance to select gems and design." 

Christine McMahon 

Rings, Pendants 


"Ernst is a true master craftsman. I have learnt so much over the past year. Ernst and Sharon make a huge effort to make sure that it is a friendly and enjoyable learning experience for all the students, which it certainly is. Many thanks to both of you. I enjoy wearing my results." 

Elizabeth Johnson 



"Almost 35 years ago Ernst produced a set of beautiful and timeless pieces for my parents wedding. Last year when it was my turn to propose I went straight to the master! - the formidable duo, Ernst and Sharon again made magic." 

Matt Rabbidge

Wedding rings 


"Beautiful, hand designed ring. If you want something one of a kind, this is the place to go. Ernst and Sharon are so attentive and really care about their customers and the product they are producing." 

Ali Taylor 

Wedding ring 


"Ernst Pfenninger’s beautiful work at Studio 303 results from knowledge, experience and master skills gained over 48 years, brought to designing and making fine bespoke jewellery and precious metal objects. A natural communicator and accomplished designer, Ernst is open and sensitive to his clients’ ideas while equally always able to suggest multiple ways of achieving them. Ernst’s skills are fully supported by his partner Sharon’s business management, warm client focus and attention to detail. How do I know this? It's because I've been privileged to study with Ernst over the past two years. For anyone considering studying jewellery-making and precious metal work too, Ernst's small atelier classes are without peer." 

Petri Chor



"After over 20 years in jewellery retail , to wear my own handmade jewellery is priceless. With Lucas' patience , knowledge of all aspects of the jewellery industry and the most well equipped workshop, i would definitely recommend this very unique school." 

Christine S 



"It was a great experience attending the classes. The teacher is very helpful and thorough with his explanation and the students are very supportive of each other. The environment is relaxed and conducive for students to learn and grow on his/her own time. " 

Cheryll Woon 



"Ernst and Sharon helped us design create our dream custom engagement and wedding set, based on an opal and some design ideas we provided. They were wonderful to work with, and brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to help us select the best design elements and construction techniques for what we wanted. Thank you again, Ernst and Sharon!"

Ellen Jurik

Engagement and wedding rings 


"Ernst created two beautiful and unique wedding rings for us. He sourced the tricolour tourmalines and set them beautifully. Highly recommended." 

Louise Harkness 

Wedding rings, rings, pendants 


"His teaching abilities enabled me to push my skills to the next level and can't recommend highly enough his work & workshop. Legend. " 

Jaz Porter 



"After having assisted Ernst in a few bespoke “arty” projects he had been commissioned to create, I knew he was the obvious choice, as a perfectionist and master craftsman, to redesign my wife’s engagement ring for our 40th wedding anniversary. The final design was exquisitely conceived and rendered into a beautiful piece of jewellery. I was extremely happy with the outcome. I also commissioned him to repair several pieces of heirloom jewellery that had suffered the ravages of time. I would not have contemplated giving the task to anybody else." 

Alexander Bendeli 



"Ernst is a long time friend and colleague of my late mother. This year he repaired a coffee pot, for me, and I was absolutely delighted with the result. His workmanship is faultless, and I have found both Sharon and Ernst to be totally professional and easy to communicate with. I couldn't recommend them highly enough for unique craftsmanship and personal service." 

Belinda Manwaring 

Jewellery repairs 

Coffee pot repairs 


"I have a number of Ernst's original pieces which I wear with pride. A true master craftsman, Ernst's work is impeccable. As well as being a perfectionist he conducts his business with honesty and integrity. " 

Helen Jhoyek



"Over the past 20 years Ernst has made me around 9 rings. Each one exquisitely detailed and unique. I would never shop elsewhere. Excellent craftsmanship combined with good prices make Studio 303 unbeatable. " 

Louise Ryan 

Rings, bangle, pendant 


"The team at 303 are passionate about jewellery and teaching it. Small classes and the teacher is friendly and helpful regardless of your skill level. Highly recommended." 

Matt Robertson 



"I attended the 5 day intensive, a fantastic experience. Ernst & Sharon are warm & welcoming and the course was comprehensive and supportive."

Kim McClintock



"I continue to go back to Ernst and Sharon at Studio 303 for unique jewellery and their amazing creative vision, skill and customer service. It is great to be able to design your own jewellery that has meaning to you and have a true artisan bring it to life and at such a reasonable cost. " 

Jacqui Hyne 

Wedding rings, bangle 


"Really like going to Ernst's classes. Learning a lot and always meeting interesting and friendly classmates." 

Dorit Herrmann 



"I enrolled in the recent Intensive Course with Lucas Blacker at Studio 303 to gain an insight into hand-making jewellery and to create a piece of silver jewellery of my own design. The basic operations are simple: measure, saw-cut, roll, bend, hammer, file, solder, polish – but the actual process may well require blood, sweat and tears. Patience and the will to succeed are a prerequisite for taking part in this type of course. Everything else is catered for: Ernst Pfenninger’s workshop meets every equipment need; Lucas Blacker is a very experienced jeweller/goldsmith and enthusiastic instructor whose passion clearly shows as he demonstrates every step of the way and, if required, even helps students find alternative paths to arrive at the desired result should Plan A not work out… All of that is delivered with great patience and a smile. Ernst once in a while checks whether everybody is happy, looks busy or needs more help, and Sharon Pfenninger keeps everything running smoothly. This course is an excellent entry into hand-constructing jewellery, or students can advance their skills with professional expertise and equipment on hand. Students also gain an appreciation of what is required to keep master jewellers such as Ernst Pfenninger and Lucas Blacker in business!" Irene Carson

Rings, bangle Student


"A friend recommended I see Sharon and Ernst to create my fiancés engagement ring and if I had my time over I wouldn't change a thing! They created exactly what I had envisaged and more> My Fiancé

and I plan to visit them when we are ready to make our wedding bands."

Nicholas Chalmers

Wedding and engagement rings 


"I completed an intensive course with Lucas Blacker at Studio 303 earlier this month, I throughly enjoyed it and love the pieces I created! Being a beginning I got a lot out of the course and learnt so much, even just watching as Lucas assisted others was hugely beneficial. I highly recommend this course, Lucas is a fantastic teacher and Ernst and Sharon are absolutely lovely!" 

Emily Clark



"Fantastic people, great experience and skilled craftsmanship. So good we went there for the engagement ring and now our wedding bands"

Heather Jones Wedding and engagement rings 


"Amazing craftsmanship, unique and beautiful pieces." 

Marcel Gomez 

Wedding ring 


"Amazing people and stunning jewellery" 

Aanchal Tulsiani 



"Loved the people in Studio 303 I found them very accomodating and professional and I was delighted with the end product!" 

Mark Kelly 


"The workshop classes here are fantastic! Beautiful jewellery, and expert guidance." 

Rob Blackman 



"3 years on, the wedding ring is still unique and getting good comments and we are very happy" 

Michael Clavien 

Wedding ring 


"From my very first day at Studio 303 I knew I was in good hands! I have never taken a jewellery class before but since I was living in Australia for 1 year I wanted to make my wedding bands with my own hands, before I returned to Vancouver, B.C to get married. I signed up and went for it. What a great decision! I learned so much from Ernst, he always would take the time, even if it meant staying back to make sure I really learned everything thoroughly. You can still see his passion for making jewellery and teaching after all these years! Not only did I learn a lot but I also made some great friends for life. Whenever you walk in the door for class, Sharon is always there to greet you and make sure you have everything you need and makes you feel comfortable and welcomed. The shop is clean and very impressive! I know from how much I learned from Ernst that I will continue to make jewellery here in Vancouver, B.C with ease.I truly recommend this course with Ernst Pfenninger if you want the best of the best Jewellery making class! " 

Hayley Johnston 



"I have been a student at Ernst Pfenninger's school on and off for the past 15 years. During this time I have developed a great love and respect for the art of jewellery design and production. Ernst is a teacher of outstanding skill and workmanship. The environment in which one learns is educational and inspirational yet relaxed ~ altogether an enjoyable experience which leads one into many aspects of the jewellery trade. Ernst seems to have an inexhaustible well of expertise and experience for his students to draw from... I could attend these classes till I'm 99!" 

Maia Eliott 



"I attended classes with Lucas to get back into my jewellery making after many years of looking around trying to find the right course. Lucas is a very experienced jewellery maker and also a very experienced and great teacher. His patience and trust in the abilities of students has exceeded my expectations and helped me produce some wonderful pieces. The work environment of the studio offers everything you can imagine in order to let your creativity go wild and I was very grateful for the generous way we were able to use the tools and the space. A wonderful experience which I will certainly build on and come back to. Thanks Lucas and Studio 303" 

Barbara Simon 



"Lucas has instilled in me the importance of precision.  I have learnt several new techniques like stone setting, metal forming using jewellers tools with accuracy, and of course soldering, to name a few.  Lucas is very hands-on in his transfer of knowledge to his students.  The course has given me confidence in my jewellery making.  The teachers at and owners of Studio 303 are very encouraging and helpful." 

Zelda Booth 



Thank you so much again - the ring is exquisite! Such a beautiful and striking design and so skilfully made. I m absolutely thrilled with it! 




"I found the workshops with Ernst to be fun friendly and most of all educational and inspirational. His professionalism is outstanding and pieces I made at the workshops helped me to secure an apprenticeship. Well worth the money and time and definitely not to be missed. " 

Tyrus Shay 



"For quite a few years I have been attending the Studio 303 Jewellery School, so.... what do I like about learning jewellery making from Ernst? Ernst is very generous with design ideas and the use of all of the tools He has an amazing breadth of knowledge about jewellery construction and silversmithing and the workshop is very well equipped to handle any project. Ernst and Sharon provide an enjoyable and welcoming atmosphere and I can certainly recommend Studio 303 Jewellery School to anyone interested in learning the art of jewellery making and silversmithing."

Raimonde Maine 



"I had the privilege of attending Studio 303 for several years. Ernst Pfenninger is a very gifted and accomplished artisan who is prepared to pass on his extensive knowledge to his students. Ernst helps his students achieve their goals in creating their own individual jewellery and make their design concepts a reality. Challenges that arise are met with calmness and ingenuity. There is no one better to inspire a love of the creative process and leave you with the belief that in the world of jewellery anything is possible."

Michelle Clarke 



"I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio. He encourages excellence by sharing his exceptional skills and knowledge of jewellery making. I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace developing ideas and designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He and Sharon open their workshop to students and encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity and enjoyment for all participants."

Judy Muir 



"Jewelery making/silversmithing was always something I'd wanted to try so my partner bought me a term's tuition as my Christmas present. She had been a student of Ernst for years. I was nervous before going to my first class thinking I'd stuff up and set myself on fire or something. But I was blown away by how good the instruction, facilities and people are at Studio 303. It caters to everyone from brilliant long term gifted students producing amazing work to complete newbies like myself. Ernst works with you to produce something individual to yourself and your own style, a truly one of a kind piece of art. He's there every step of the way to teach and guide you through the process, building your skills through each new piece. The ability to learn from a Master Gold and Silversmith is quite a rare gift and I'm thankful to be able to learn from one of Australia's best. I've been a student for a year now and am excited to keep building new one of a kind special pieces with Ernst's help and patient guidance for years to come."

Luke Jennings 



"I've done 2 terms at Studio 303 (1 Days and 1 Nights) with Ernst, and I really like the freedom to create anything I want. Ernst has so much knowledge from his many years of experience that he is able to help fine tune designs so I could bring them to a finished piece." 

Matthew Morin 



"I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst." Jody Shipway



"I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it." 




"I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear." 

Lyn S 



"I first met Ernst in 1975 and was inspired by his skill and craftsmanship as well as his teaching ability. I have always wanted to further my silversmithing experience and have been most fortunate to attend Ernst's school for nearly two years at studio 303. It is amazing to have all the equipment available to use, to be encouraged to use it and to have the guidance and support of Ernst. I find the work of the other students and their encouragement inspirational as well. I am looking forward to starting the new term next month, and would highly recommend the studio 303 school to anyone who is interested in learning how to work in precious metals!" 

Tim Hamilton 



"Studio 303 is a fantastic place to learn silversmithing. Ernst is technically the best lecturer I have come across in Sydney. I highly recommend the school. " 

Matthew Morin 



"I attended Studio 303's jewellery school for two terms. Unfortunately I had to stop going for personal reasons. Ernst Pfenninger has vast and varied experience and enjoys exploring new ideas and materials. He is an excellent tutor that guides and supports his students through their individual jewellery projects without taking over and doing the more difficult tasks for them. I also enjoyed the small size of the group classes, the generous work space and the friendly and relaxed atmosphere at the school. I would highly recommend the school to anyone interested in learning jewellery." 

Erika Haeberle 



"Ernst believes in originality and perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique and express who I am." 

Anneke MacKay - Smith 



"I have been a student at this school for the past 26 years. My longevity in this situation was solely due to the following:- 1) Ernst, the master is a fine teacher as well as being inventive and a lateral thinker. As a result learning is facilitated.I learned a great deal in this environment. 2) His studio is very well equipped and he is generous in supplying one's needs. 3) The atmosphere in the workshop is a most pleasing experience and over the years I met lovely, friendly people. 4) I have been impressed by his ability to stimulate ideas as far as design goes. All in all These are just a few of the reasons why I came to learn an stayed so long. Finally, I can strongly recommend this school to anyone interested in making Jewellery and using precious metals." 

Monty Shnier. (MB. Bch, D.C.H.R.C & S, F.R.C.P.E, F.R.A.C.P.) 



"I was a student of Ernst Pfenninger for a long time and enjoyed the many years I attended the classes. Ernst is always helpful and patient in his advice and I found his work inspirational. His attention to detail and precise instruction in the use of the tools made it "seem" easy to a beginner. All the skills I learnt from Ernst enabled me to do today what I love most: making jewellery ! Thankyou Ernst" 

Catherine Grisard 



"The classes and Lucas' expertise has taught me how much creativity and skill goes into making a fine and bespoke piece of jewellery. I am looking forward to developing my skills and appreciation over the next few decades, and I'm sure that Lucas and Studio303 will be invaluable in my development." 

James Yip 



"Lucas has been my teacher for the past two terms and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of his tuition.  He  has a directness about him that is very re assuring and easy to learn from.  Lucas teaches you techniques step by step and guides you through the entire process with a positive “anything is possible” attitude.  Above all, Lucas is a lovely guy with years and years of experience, he is passionate about his craft and loves to impart clever tips and tricks about how to problem solve even the trickiest designs.   He has a great sense of humour and makes me laugh week in and week out. I have made some beautiful pieces under his guidance from chunky gem stone rings to intricate earrings and am currently working on an elaborate multi-stone pendant.   I would thoroughly recommend Lucas to any practitioner whether a beginner or someone who wants to hone in their skills - he’s fabulous! 

Anna Baryshev 



"I had an amazing time during my classes with Lucas. I've learned so much and really look forward to learning more when I next join the class. Lucas is a really great teacher, very patient and friendly. It's such a pleasure to learn from someone with so much experience and yet so approachable. He guides you every step of the way but also gives you freedom to create pieces in your own style.  The workshop environment is fabulous too, with everything you could possibly need to make jewelery at hand. The other students were lovely too. I only have good things to say about my experience at Studio 303, highly recommended!"

Clara Vincent



"Hi Sharon - Clinton and I are looking forward to the lesson tomorrow evening. I meant to email you last Wednesday to say a big 'thank you' for the first session. We loved it!! Interesting group, and so many ideas. Ernst was a very entertaining tutor with such an incredible depth of knowledge to share ... it was awesome to escape the 'everyday' and delve into a world of creativity. Looking forward to lesson 2! " 

Louise & Clinton 



“Ernest creates the most beautiful unique jewelery made lovingly with his hands. He made my custom wedding ring which is both beautiful and comfortable to wear. Studio 303 is a sanctuary from the mundane and mass manufactured and the pieces sold in the shop are made to last more than your lifetime. Not only that a true lover of the craft they will teach you to make your own if you desire. I can’t recommend Studio 303 enough.” 

Jody Shipway 

Wedding rings 


"A fantastic experience shopping for an engagement ring. Staff were amazingly helpful every step of the way and very receptive to any questions and ideas I had." 

Michael Jones 

Engagement Ring