Learn introductory methods for anti-clastic metal manipulation to create organic curves and fluid shapes in your work. Beginners and those with more experience can explore anti-clastic and synclastic hammer forming techniques. Additional techniques such as soldering, annealing and texturing will also be explored. During the course, you can choose to explore the techniques to create a series of samples or make a finished pendant, and the more experienced can continue to develop their skills according to their needs. The techniques can be taken further to create jewellery or sculptural forms at a later date.
Your design ideas are discussed on a one-to-one basis. Practical demonstrations and individual assistance enable your projects to progress successfully in a friendly and creative atmosphere. Techniques are taught through practical demonstrations with the emphasis on encouraging you to have a go. By the end of the course, you will have effectively realised a design idea into a three-dimensional form in metal, or begun a project for continuation at home. The course approach is strongly ideas-led, and you are encouraged to make simple drawings of your ideas to communicate what you wish to make.
You are welcome to bring your own project for advice and discussion.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Abigail Brown has been producing contemporary designs in silverware since graduating from Loughborough University School of Art & Design in 2001. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is widely collected.