An exciting opportunity to discover the potential of making sculpture from the metal things we throw away. Beginning with a talk by the tutor on the relevant work of other artists using scrap metal, (such as Helen Denerley and even Bob Dylan), techniques and materials, and a discussion on ideas in a slide show on the first evening. The next morning we will be in the forge with a practical introduction to basic blacksmithing techniques and welding.
As part of the course, you should bring a few suitable pieces of scrap steel with you. For the most part, made from ferrous metal (steel that is magnetic) as non-ferrous metals such as brass, aluminium and zinc can be bolted together but are hard to weld. The focus of the course is a consideration of the visual possibilities these items offer, singly or as part of a structure, and through discussion and experimentation, transforming them into individual pieces of sculpture for house or garden. Sculptures may be made entirely from scrap: a three-dimensional collage of found components, or be made from a combination of scrap and new metal, re-working found pieces and combining them with newly forged material.
You will learn fundamental blacksmithing processes such as tapering, bending and hot cutting. You will also gain an understanding of MIG welding techniques and rivetting, for assembling different metals and components. While you may arrive with initial ideas about your shapes and forms, the challenge will be to keep an open mind which will help you to create something truly unique. You might expect to produce a number of small pieces or one larger piece of work during the course.
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