Silversmithing – create vessels and sculptural jewellery with Abigail Brown

Ref: SSS08966

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About this course

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.

Course Description

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.

Arrival Day

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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbook and/or technical notebook
  • A digital camera (if you have one)
  • Inspirational books, images and source materials, for your design ideas
  • Texturing materials for roll printing (lace, feathers, dry leaves, fabric)
  • Practical clothing/apron/footwear for use in the workshop at all times. For example: no long loose sleeves or dangly jewellery and long hair must be tied back to avoid catching in machinery or gas flames.
  • Sensible footwear (leather and covering the full foot, shoes should not have high heels or open toes.)
  • Apron
  • You may wish to bring 1mm sheet silver depending on your design idea
  • Suggested sizes are:
  • Napkin ring - 40 x 150 x 1mm sterling silver
  • Bangle - 40 x 240 x 1mm sterling silver
  • Bowl- 150mm diameter circle x1.0mm Britannia silver
  • Bowl - 130mm diameter circle x 1.0mm Britannia silver
  • Small bowl - 100mm diameter circle x 0.9mm Britannia silver
  • Please contact prior to the start of the course with your design idea, which will be passed to the tutor.

Please note: If you wish to purchase silver before the course, these suppliers are recommended:

  • Argex Precious Metals
  • Cookson Precious Metals

Available to buy

  • Silver in a variety of forms, sheet, wire and tubing
  • Pens, pencils and drawing materials
  • There are basic tool kits for hire from the College Shop, who also stock a range of tools and consumables such as saw blades, drills and abrasive materials. If you have any tools of your own, please bring them with you (and ensure they are marked with your name).

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


Abigail Brown

Abigail Brown studied silversmithing and jewellery at Loughborough. She sells her work internationally and in 2015 won the Bavarian State Prize for her 'Isis' bowl.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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