Learn methods for free form metal manipulation, predominantly using hammering techniques. Beginners and those with more experience can explore metal forming through basic techniques, including forming, soldering, annealing and texturing. Also, more complex procedures can be explored such as fold forming, raising, anti-clastic raising, planishing, and press forming. The more experienced can continue to develop their skills according to their needs. The techniques can be utilised to create jewellery, vessels or sculptural forms.
Your design ideas are discussed on a one-to-one basis. Demonstrations and individual practical assistance enable your projects to progress successfully. The level of experience and complexity of ideas affects what you can achieve in the time. However, by the end of the course, you should have effectively realised a design idea into a three-dimensional form in metal, or begun a project for continuation at home. The course approach is strongly ideas-led, and you are encouraged to make simple drawings of your ideas to communicate what you wish to make.
You can explore your ideas and a range of silversmithing techniques on this course. The techniques covered by individual students will depend on the nature of their project. You will receive instruction and support in a friendly and creative atmosphere. The techniques are taught through practical demonstrations with the emphasis on encouraging you to have a go, and to develop your own ideas. Those who prefer more direction or a more challenging technical project can also request a set assignment. You are welcome to bring your own project for advice and discussion.
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)
Abigail Brown has been producing contemporary designs in silverware since graduating from Loughborough University School of Art & Design in 2001. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is widely collected.