Work creatively in the forge to undertake individual projects whilst learning and extending your blacksmithing skills. You will develop your own ideas and work towards completing your metalwork project. Please bring outline ideas for discussion.
The course is aimed at a mixed ability group. It is intended to introduce the skills of the smith to those new to the craft and to expand awareness of the design implications of these skills for all participants. The emphasis of the course is on individual development and, as such, it is just as relevant to students with previous experience as it is to those with none. Absolute beginners should be aware that blacksmithing is an active and energetic craft, demanding a practical aptitude.
If they wish, students may bring ideas with them in draft form and tuition will be given on a one-to-one basis, according to the ideas presented, bearing in mind the suitability of the design and the time available.
In the final session, there will be an evaluation of your individual progress and the tutor will advise on your further development.
Evening working – the forge is not open in the evening.
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)
Andew, an experienced artist, craftsman and tutor, trained at the Royal College of Art. He has a large portfolio of architectural and public art commissions, from sculpture to functional metalwork. Andrew has substantial teaching experience at University level and has been teaching metalwork at West Dean College since 1987.
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