This course will focus the unique properties of precious metal clay (PMC) in a creative way to make jewellery. You will focus on how precious metal clay can take on texture and be easily manipulated with basic tools. You will fuse other metals into the precious metal clay to create jewellery without soldering or making hollow forms.
This course is suitable for all levels, designed to enable complete beginners to produce jewellery and to demonstrate the interesting properties of precious metal clay to those with advanced knowledge of jewellery making.
Precious metal clay lends itself to organic forms and textures. You will therefore be encouraged to explore and develop your ideas using nature as the inspiration for your pieces. You will have the time to create a number of jewellery pieces, developing skills to texturise, model and carve the precious metal clay to form wire and sheet.
Once your pieces are fired, you will 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 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)
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.
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