This course will focus on the creative use of Precious Metal Clay’s (PMC) unique properties. It will also focus on PMC's ability to take on texture and be easily manipulated with basic tools, fusing other metals into it to create jewellery without soldering and making hollow forms. Suitable for all levels, the course is designed to enable not only complete beginners to produce jewellery, but also to demonstrate the interesting properties of PMC to those with advanced knowledge of jewellery making.
You will explore the unique properties of PMC: it’s ability to take on rich texture and be freely modelled and carved with basic tools, it’s ability to be fused onto wire structures to create whole pieces without the need for soldering and the ability to make fully enclosed hollow forms in metal.
PMC lends itself to organic forms and textures, and so you will be encouraged to explore and develop your own ideas using nature as the inspiration for your pieces. Over the three days, you will have the time to create a number of jewellery pieces, developing skills to texture, model and carve PMC and using simple techniques to form wire and sheet. Once your pieces are fired, you will use simple techniques to finish and patinate them.
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)
Christina Hirst is a jewellery designer maker based in Edinburgh. She trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) gaining a Master of Design by research, for a study of the then new material, Precious Metal Clay. For the last 10 years she has taught on the Jewellery and Metal Design degree course at DJCAD.