On this course you will have the opportunity to develop new skills and further develop previously-gained skills. Tuition is given on a one-to-one basis and the techniques covered are: raising and planishing, seamed and raised (symmetrical and asymmetrical), scoring, fabrication, use of the Bonny Doon press; making a joint (hinge), book, flush, sprung and appropriate catches; assembly by soldering rivets or screw threads.
You may wish to experiment with different types of finish and decoration. Although the College has a good range of tools, it may be necessary to make specific tools where your design necessitates.
Prior to the course, the tutor is available to discuss your design or what you wish to attain from the course, and will advise on the sizes of material needed. This will save valuable time when the course begins as specialist tools can be sourced where necessary. As you have previous experience, it is most probable that you will have some tools of your own and you are encouraged to bring them. Please mark your tools with two colours as very often students have the same colour. West Dean tools are marked with orange.
Working in a workshop environment, you are advised to wear protective clothing and certain processes will need eye protection.
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)
John Norgate a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths. Trained at Aspreys and Sir John Cass where he also taught for many years. In 2010 he was a gold and silver award winner at Goldsmiths for craftsmanship and design.
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