Blacksmithing and metalworking

Botanical metalwork sculpture with Mike Savage

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About this course

Make flowers with foliage using aluminium sheet. You'll learn how to manipulate these materials by cutting, forming, texturing and shaping.

Course Description

Come on this practical one day course and learn how to manipulate aluminium and metal sheet into three dimensional forms. Our inspiration will come from West Dean Gardens, which are still abundant at this time of year, with vases of flowers and foliage brought into the workshop. You can choose to focus on making one flower or several with foliage, dependant on the scale and detail required - suggested scale is no smaller than 20cms and no larger than 50cms.

During this exciting day you will learn a variety of metalworking techniques that include cutting, forming, texturing and shaping.

No previous experience is required in metal work and coming on this course will enable you to discover new skills and directions.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • All the materials and tools will be supplied for the course including:
  • Copper and aluminium sheet

Protective clothing supplied:

  • Leather aprons, work gloves, safety spectacles and ear defenders are provided in the Forge, and suitable protective clothing must be worn. Please note that cotton or wool clothing is preferable to nylon or other synthetics. A pair of cotton jeans is far more protective than a pair of nylon trousers.
  • You may wish to bring any of the above, if you have them. If for example you have particularly large or small hands, your own work gloves are likely to be a better fit.

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbook
  • Drawing materials
  • Protective gloves
  • For your safety it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots when undertaking a course in the Forge. Students must provide their own footwear and bring them with them to wear on the course. If you fail to bring suitable footwear, you will not be able to take part in the course.
  • Safety boots can be purchased from most tool hire shops and builders merchants as well as online.

Please note that this course takes place in the Forge which is an eight minute walk from the main College buildings. Registration and coffee take place at the College 8.50-9.05am.


Mike Savage

Mike Savage trained at Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. His large-scale metal sculptures are commissioned by architects and exhibited internationally.

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