This course covers various ways of creating pattern through mixed-metal fusing, by a lateral layering of wires, rods or pieces of sheet. The possibilities of these techniques can lend themselves to many different styles, whether geometric or organic, abstract or representational.
The tutor developed this fusing technique after learning Mokume Gane here at West Dean College on Alistair McCallum’s course. She spent several years including a Masters degree refining and progressing her technique, leading to a distinctive pallet of patterns and colours which are recognisably related to, but also distinct from, the original Mokume Gane.
During the course, you will create several small samples, and also consider how these processes could be incorporated into your design work, in either silversmithing or jewellery. The samples made on the course will include several different types of patterns and patinas. Before patinating, you may wish to form your metal samples into three-dimensional objects.
You will be shown how to create various patterns, and also encouraged to look at your research materials and work with the tutor to develop the techniques towards your own style and ideas.
After participating in this course, you will be well prepared to continue making the types of patterned metal sheets demonstrated, and also to experiment further on your own. There is a huge amount of potential to explore, in terms of the ways of creating patterns, the chemicals used to colour the metals, and the eventual applications of these experiments into finished pieces.
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)
Hazel is a contemporary silversmith specialising in mixed-metal fusing and patination. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art, completing an undergraduate then a Masters degree before spending a year as an artist in residence, which involved working with students in all stages of their studies. She is now a regular visiting tutor at ECA.