A course that introduces you to a range of forging and joining techniques which can then be used to make a contemporary, sculptural candlestick, wall sconce or other small object for your home. You will be encouraged to think carefully about your object’s design, form and function. You will consider how traditional techniques may be used in a contemporary context (for example, a rivet as a design feature) and look at different ways of achieving texture in the steel.
Initially, there will be a discussion about some of the different design possibilities and points to be considered (i.e the casting of light and shadow from a candle), looking at the work of the tutor and the work of other blacksmiths to inspire and help with idea development.
In the forge, the tutor will demonstrate a range of techniques from basic hand forging, using the power hammer to create texture, to joining forged components by riveting or, if appropriate, migwelding. You will then make your object, using these newly acquired skills.
By the end of the course, you will have the satisfaction of having made your own uniquely designed finished object and also have a deeper insight into the hugely satisfying and creative forging process.
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.
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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