The aim of this short course will be to make your own small scale sculpture from forged steel elements with an approximate height of no more than 50 cm high.
On the first evening, after a short health and safety talk, we will look at the sculptural work of other metalworkers and blacksmiths. We will discuss how, through simplification and abstraction, the essence of something can be shown through using steel as a material, whether it is figurative, something of the natural world (for example floral) or simply abstract. You may also consider making a simple kinetic sculpture that has movement. It would be helpful if you are able to bring along images of possible ideas or something that inspires you.
On the first morning, appropriate techniques and materials will be presented to the group as a whole by the tutor, for example, drawing and twisting down a bar, using the power hammer for forging and creating texture and using the oxy acetylene torch for more precise manipulation. Then, in this project led course, you will be helped to develop your own piece through an individual conversation with the tutor and encouraged to consider balance and composition, using individual or multiple elements. When multiple parts are used, mig welding will be our main method of joining. You will then forge the elements of your piece, using a simple notebook sketch (or even a chalked line drawing on the work bench) as a guide.
On the final day, you will complete your sculptures. Some flat plate will be made available to serve as bases, if they are not self-supporting. It will be possible to wire brush and wax your piece, prior to taking it home. Your sculpture can be painted or left to take on a natural rust patina, if it is to be sited outdoors.
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 until 9pm, 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)
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