This course will introduce you to the creative possibilities within hot forging.
Transforming a lifeless, everyday material through fire, hammer and hand is a magical process that gives great scope for beautiful forms and compositions. You will be shown some techniques that are the building blocks of the blacksmith's craft: forging, twisting, bending and hot punching. Through experimention with these techniques and processes, you will be able to make both a decorative fire poker and a forged coat hook, which will be demonstrated by your tutor. However, if you would like to make something of your own design, using the same newly learned techniques, the tutor will happily discuss a simple design and guide, and will help you with your own project.
As well as being great fun, there is an immediacy to hot forging steel that can be hugely satisfying and it is hoped through the day you will experience some of the rhythm and magic inherent within forging.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Cara Wassenberg is a sculptor with 25 years' experience of working in steel, copper and glass. She trained at University of the Creative Arts, Farnham and teaches part-time on the BA Metalwork course at UCA. She makes sculpture for galleries, exhibitions and to commission.
Our Foundation Degree in Metalwork will enhance your employment prospects, give you the skills to set up as a self-employed craftsperson or allow you to continue to higher education. Encompassing both silversmithing and blacksmithing, you will learn practical skills, material properties, placing your work in a broader context and historic metalworking techniques. Find out more