Jewellery is at the forefront of the art and craft, this course is no exception. Though the course is project-based, the projects themselves are open to interpretation, so the work students produce could be functional, sculptural, decorative or site-specific - anything in fact, that can be made in metal and with processes delivered.
Enthusiasm and commitment are essential. Some experience of working creatively and being practical and ready to be experimental will be a bonus. This course provides space, materials and directed learning with critical feedback, along with professional development advice. There is no formal qualification and students can work at their own pace once inducted.
We are hoping to run this course again soon.
The course will cater for all abilities and will mainly specialise in basic jewellery techniques, saw piercing, annealing, texturing, forming and oxidising metals, soldering, filling, finishing, sandblasting and polishing to start and then could develop into more technical processes such as enameling, casting, rolling, stone setting (if time allows) to produce sophisticated final pieces or just experimental outcomes.
Students will learn in a friendly and professional environment with all appropriate health and safety provision. You will need to wear leather shoes. Your tutor will guide you through the processes and techniques and be on hand at all times to answer questions and help you through the technical and aesthetic aspects of working with a range of metals. Students will be given inductions into the basic techniques, while more advanced techniques will be offered to those who already have these skills.
Students will be encouraged to experiment with techniques and processes and to become familiar with the work of both ancient and contemporary makers. Help with expanding your creativity, developing design, and professional advice is also available if required.
Courses costing more than £200 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.