This course is for those familiar with the linking techniques of chain mail to advance their skills and develop their own designs.
You can choose to concentrate on practising and developing technical skills through sampling, or alternatively you could complete one or more pieces of jewellery.
The usual material is silver, but you may work in base or mixed metals if you wish.
You should be conversant with ring linking and have at least simple soldering skills to be able to make your own clasps and findings
The tutor will support and advise you in advancing your own work, so that you may be able to stretch your abilities and challenge your skills.
The first session of the course is taken up with refining your ideas, gathering or locating tools and materials, and by launching into your projects. Thereafter, all available time is spent on achieving individual aims.
Teaching is by demonstration and individual support of technical processes and requirements.
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)
It is always helpful to arrive with particular projects in mind. However, the tutor will encourage and help you to formulate ideas, dependant on your ability, on the first evening.
Your own tool kit (a basic tool kit is also available on loan from the College Craft Shop)
Any metals that you already have and may wish to incorporate in your work
Available from shop:
Silver sheet and wire, and some base metals. (You should be aware of the cost of silver when planning your project – if there is a dramatic change in the price of silver, there may be an extra charge. Materials brought by you may work out cheaper, but only if you are quite sure of what you want to achieve, and your ability to achieve it.)
Sketch book, pencils and rubber
Available from tutor:
Additional materials will also be available for purchase from the tutor.
Whatever cannot be bought can easily be made by you with specialist tools and supervision provided by the tutor.
Alison has an international reputation for her distinctive contemporary jewellery based on the ancient techniques of chainmail. Her work explores the contrast between the natural environment and the manmade and industrial world, to produce a unique style.