In this section particular emphasis is laid on the development of practical skills as the foundation for creativity. Courses for complete beginners are included in all subjects.
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Topics and techniques inlcude: Blacksmithing, Sheet Metal Work, Welding, Metal Sculpture, Mokume Gane, Damascus Steel, Repousse & Chasing, Engraving, Etching, Stone Setting, Raising & Sinking, Box Making, Anti-Clastic Raising, Granulation, Precious Metal Clay, Punch & Tool Making and Scrap Metal Sculpture.
Tutors include (click on their names for more information) Abigail Brown, Melissa Cole, Beaulagh Chapman-Brooks, Howard Fenn, Rod Kelly, John Norgate, Peter Parkinson, Mike Savage, Andrew Smith and Lucian Taylor.
‘if you are thinking about trying out silversmithing, don’t be put off by the price of silver – on all silversmithing courses you can use copper and produce truly beautiful work at a tenth of the cost.’
We also offer a range of courses aimed at developing those skills, either in a specific process or by providing the opportunity to work on individual projects with expert guidance.
Workshops and equipment
The College has dedicated workshops for its metalworking courses. Blacksmithing takes place in the Forge which is five minutes walk from the main College and has individual work stations for eight students. All tools are supplied and the power hammer is popular with all students.
How to find us
West Dean College and Gardens are situated in South East England, six miles north of the historic city of Chichester and 12 miles from the south coast.