On this course you will learn and hone the different chasing and repoussé techniques such as lining, repoussé, matting, planishing etc. You will make a plaque or brooch, have made at least one chasing/repoussé tool and chased a copper bowl.
You will develop and work out designs for the plaque or brooch and the copper bowl projects and turn sketches into chasing designs. You will become confident using pitch, learn its qualities and uses and how to remove it from metal. You will gain the skills to set up your own pitch bowl and be able to continue using this technique at home.
First evening: Introduction to chasing and repoussé – there will be examples made by the tutor and images by other makers showing how versatile the technique can be. The tutor will give an overview of the course and the main techniques you will be using. There will be time for a quick chat about design ideas for both pieces so you have time to think about your ideas before the following day.
Day 1: Discuss design ideas for a figurative plaque or brooch. You will start putting your pre-prepared design onto tracing paper, before transferring the design onto copper and set into pitch bowls. The tutor will demonstrate techniques and you will begin by outlining your design, before starting to chase. Once the front side of the piece is lined, then you will work on the reverse with repoussé and doming punches to create volume.
Day 2: You will spend the day honing skills learnt earlier. Working on the front of the piece, adding detail and manipulating shapes created and finish the plaque.
You will learn to make own liner tool through grinding, filing, polishing and hardening/tempering the metal.
You will then start on your design for the copper bowl. The tutor will also give demonstrations on chasing in the round on copper/ silver bowls.
Day 3: There will be opportunity to make further tools. The tutor will demonstrate forging of repoussé tools and you will continue and finish the copper bowl and tool making.
(During the evenings you can continue chasing in the workshop without the tutor but no machines can be used i.e. grinders or hot air guns whilst tutor is not there.)
By the end of the course, you will have completed a chased flat piece (10 x 10 cm), made 1-3 chasing/repoussé tools and chased a small copper bowl using various chasing and repoussé techniques.
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)
For the past 20 years Bryony Knox has worked in many scales and metals - specialising in Chasing and Repousse. She teaches master classes from her studio in Edinburgh as well as a visiting Lecturer. Bryony trained at Glasgow School of Art and past commissions include objects for J K Rowling & HRH Princess Anne.
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