This course is a great introduction to making jewellery using the linking techniques of chain mail. For those already familiar with the technique, it's a chance to learn new designs. You can choose to concentrate on practising and developing technical skills through sampling, or you could complete one or more pieces of jewellery. The usual material is silver, but students may work in base or mixed metals if they wish. You will study the subject from its first principles which will include wire annealing and drawing, ring forming and cutting, link fabrication (casting is not included in this course), small piece soldering, simple clasp making, and finishing and polishing. The tutor will support you in producing your own work as you work at your own pace and level of ability.
The first session of the course, after the tutor demonstrates techniques and shows examples of her work, 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)
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.