Clayoo Organic CAD Modelling for Jewellery | BAJ

Clayoo Organic CAD Modelling for Jewellery


• Learn to create and control organic sculptural forms in Clayoo, a plug-in for Rhino CAD, Matrix, or MatrixGold.

• Learn how to combine blended sculptural elements into your existing NURBS models.

• Study under the guidance of some of the UK jewellery industry’s most seasoned CAD instructors.

Moulded Organic Rings by Greta Kaniok, made in Clayoo
Course Content
Course Content

Clayoo (like T-Splines before it) is a plug-in for Rhino and MatrixGold which provides a far more efficient method for creating and sculpting organic shapes in CAD, allowing you to make forms that would’ve been otherwise impossible with NURBS modelling tools.

This course is intended for those who already know some Rhino, Matrix, or MatrixGold tools. However, since we’re effectively starting from scratch with a new interface with the tools, the course is also suitable for newcomers to Rhino, Matrix, or MatrixGold.

If you are a beginner and would like to take the course, you should at least have some confidence working with computers or other types of design software before you begin.
Since the techniques will be teaching work identically regardless of which software you intend to use, we will allow users to choose Rhino, Matrix, or MatrixGold. We will, however, be teaching in MatrixGold.

Students will learn how to use Clayoo’s essential organic modelling and blending strategies to create and control increasingly complex surfaces. They will also learn how these tools interact with Rhino/Matrix’s other positioning and deformation tools.

On the last day of the course, there will be time for the students to bring in their own project to work on to practice what they’ve learned.

Students will learn the following tools and techniques in Clayoo:

  • Controlling and sculpting Clayoo objects
  • Controlling symmetry
  • Bridge, Merge, and Weld between Clayoo forms
  • 4 Key strategies for building up forms, and how to combine them
  • Building jewellery and stone settings in Clayoo
  • Figurative sculpting in Clayoo

On the last day of the course, there will be time for the students to bring in their own project to work on to practice what they’ve learned.


British Academy of Jewellery Certificate of Completion.

Entry requirements:

  • Students must already be proficient with either Rhino CAD, Matrix, or MatrixGold, up to the equivalent of the beginner course we teach. An entry test model must be completed in order to enter the course.
  • Minimum PC skills : students should be able to easily create and manage multiple folders in Windows, send an e-mail with an attachment, and be able to Copy and Paste text in Microsoft Word.

Who should take this course?

  • Individuals who are keen on using jewellery CAD, but are looking for alternative modelling methods to help them achieve more organic and sculptural work.
  • Individuals who have a background in clay modelling or wax carving, and wish to bring their working processes into CAD in an intuitive way.
  • Working professionals in the jewellery or related industries
  • Current students in jewellery related courses


Hatton Garden, London


Jack Meyer

Course Length
3 days


Upon completion of this course and approximately 4-6 weeks of steady practice in your own time, there are several additional classes and masterclasses which would be greatly beneficial to you.

Rhino CAD Intermediate would allow you to progress onto the next level of skill with Rhino CAD software, bringing in more advance surface editing techniques and the basics of sculpture.
Adobe Illustrator for Jewellery Design makes for an excellent secondary program, giving Rhino users a superior method for designing and controlling drawings and logos created using vector graphics. This short course would provide complimentary 2D tools to go with their 3D tool set.
A 1-to-1 masterclass in T-Splines for Rhino would explore using the subdivision modelling tool for controlling organic shapes and freeform sculpture.
A 1-to-1 masterclass in V-Ray Rendering For Rhino would give students a grounding in essential rendering techniques for making photorealistic renders of their 3D models.
A 1-to-1 masterclass in Z-Brush will give students an extra piece of software with which they can apply texture and more sculptural modelling practices to their existing 3D models.

The British Academy of Jewellery also offers a diverse range of specialist intensive courses to help individuals develop their jewellery knowledge and skillset in areas such as CAD, gemstone studies and technical drawing.

If you are considering a professional career in jewellery-making, we recommend our Jewellery Diploma Programme, which will equip you with all the knowledge and skills you need to design, make and sell jewellery.

If you are unsure what course is right for you, BAJ offer guidance on jewellery career pathways, and will be able to support you in making the next steps. Contact our Student Support Services to find out how we can support in helping you in finding the right career.

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Course scheduled 21 Apr – 5 May 2020 (3 Tuesdays)

Call 020 7405 0197 to book your place!

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