Copper creations – a spiral sculpture and an embossed box with Bryony Knox


Ref: S1D12036

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About this course

A day of two halves exploring the wonderful properties of copper. Morning – making a folded box with embossed lid. Afternoon – using fold-forming techniques and hammering to create spiral sculpture to fit in the box.

Course Description

Explore the malleability and versatility of copper by making a palm sized sculpture and an embossed box to contain it.

Embossed copper box (morning session) – you will make a 8 x 10 x 10cm copper box with an embossed lid. No heat, hammering or heavy tools required – it is a perfect project to learn and then continue to make more at home.

You will learn:

Design of lid imagery for embossing.

Embossing copper shim (very thin copper sheet) with hand tools.

Precise marking, scoring and cutting (with scissors) and folding of thin copper.


Fold-formed spiral sculpture (afternoon session) – make a sculptural form to fit inside the box, whilst learning simple fold forming techniques, including heat (for annealing copper sheet) and lots of hammering to form shape.

You will learn:

Annealing copper using propane blow torches.

Understanding how and where hammering copper will change and form the metal.

Confident hammering.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Copper shim for box and copper sheet for sculpture

What students need to bring

  • A simple design 9 x 9cm to emboss onto box lid. The tutor will also bring simple designs to use.
  • An apron
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
  • Comfortable shoes (no open toe shoes or sandals)
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Bryony Knox

For the past 20 years Bryony Knox has worked in many scales and metals - specialising in  Chasing and Repousse. She teaches master classes from her studio in Edinburgh as well as a visiting Lecturer. Bryony trained at Glasgow School of Art and past commissions include objects for J K Rowling & HRH Princess Anne.

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