On this exciting ideas-led course, express your creativity
working on individual projects ranging from a small bowl or vase to
large, experimental jewellery. If you are a beginner, learn basic
techniques. For the more experienced, develop your skills creating
and finishing forms in sheet metal using techniques such as
raising, planishing, soldering and press forming.
Learn methods for creating three dimensional forms from sheets of metal using the exciting techniques of fold forming, raising, planishing, soldering and press forming. Beginners will be introduced to basic techniques including forming, soldering, annealing and texturing and more complex techniques such as raising. The more experienced can continue to develop their skills according to their needs.
Your design ideas are discussed on a one-to-one basis and demonstrations and individual practical assistance enable the individual projects to progress successfully. The level of experience and complexity of ideas affects what you can achieve in the time but you can make a small bowl or vase, a simple box, or you can experiment with the techniques to create large jewellery items, depending on the individual's requirements. The course approach is strongly ideas led and you are encouraged to make simple drawings or paper models of your ideas to communicate what you wish to make.
You can explore your ideas and a range of silversmithing techniques on this course and 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.
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:
Special Summer School features:
• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work
• A swap-over session to another course of your choice
• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)
• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music
• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews
Timetable for Summer Schools
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.
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).
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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.
Please note: If you wish to purchase silver before the course, these suppliers are recommended:
Please note: The tutor suggests the following as a recommended reading list: Technical: 'The Complete Metalsmith: Illustrated Handbook' Tim McCreight 'The Jeweller's Directory of Decorative Finishes' Jinks McGrath 'Silversmithing' Rupert Finegold & William Seitz Design ideas: 'Unclasped: Contemporary British Jewellery' Derren Gilhooley & Simon Costin 'The Art of Jewellery Design: From Idea to Reality' Elizabeth Olver 'New Directions in Jewellery' Jivan Astfalck '1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand' Marthe le Van '500 Brooches: Inspiring Adornments for the Body' Marthe le Van