Blacksmithing and metalworking

Botanical metalwork sculpture with Mike Savage

Ref: S1D09792


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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

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

Be inspired by West Dean Gardens, which are 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.

No previous experience is required in metalwork and 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.
  • Leather aprons, work gloves, safety spectacles and ear defenders are provided in the Forge, and suitable protective clothing must be worn.
  • 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
  • You will need clothing suitable for workshop use, together with steel toe cap boots. 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. Shorts do not provide necessary protection.
  • 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.
Registration and coffee take place at the College 8.50–9.05am. Please note: This course is held in the Forge which is 10 minutes walk from the main house through the walled garden, or can be accessed by car. We have morning coffee and afternoon tea at the Old Dairy but return to the main house for lunch. Please note that tutor supervision is required at all times when students work in the forge.

"It's a friendly non intiminating way to get hands on with new skills in well organised and beautiful surroundings."

Mark, 2019


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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