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What you need to know
When does it run?
Saturday 22, 29 April; 13, 20 May, and 10 June 2023
What time will your classes be?
Where does it take place?
Classes will take place on AUB's campus
You'll be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.
Who's this course suitable for?
This course has been developed for makers and jewellery enthusiasts aged 18+.
It's suitable if you're a beginner or if you've some previous experience with metal crafting or jewellery making and wish to develop your skills further.
Do you need previous experience or qualifications?
This is an introductory course, so no previous knowledge or experience is required.
If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 1202 363222.
How much does this course cost?
What's included in this price?
- One sheet of copper
- All tools and crafting resources
- All course materials, excluding silver and additional copper
Are there additional costs?
You'll need to supply your own silver. You can either source your own silver (a list of suppliers will be provided at the start of the course) or through the course tutor in your first session.
Cost will vary according to the weight of silver ordered, but we'll give advice about where and how to purchase materials suitable for the designs you have developed.
Projects can be designed to suit everyone’s budget.
What should you bring to class?
- Notebook and pen/pencil to jot down ideas and information
- Classes are practical, so wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy or bring an apron
- Flat, closed-toe shoes
- Glasses (if you need them for close-up work)
- Hairband (if you have long hair)
Why should you choose this course?
- All tools and materials used to develop your skills/practice included in the course fee
- Come away with a comprehensive understanding and hands-on experience of how to manipulate metals through traditional hammering and forming techniques
- Study in a specialist studio with jewellery-making tools at your fingertips
- Receive expert support and guidance from your industry professional tutor at every turn
- Leave with increased confidence and the skills to continue creating beyond the course
- Study in an encouraging and friendly setting alongside 10 like-minded students
About this course
This special summer short course gives you the chance to learn and develop the traditional raising and forming techniques and skills to enable you to create beautiful, simple utility items such as bowls, spoons, napkin rings, and beads in both copper and sterling silver sheet metal.
There is plenty of time given to explore practical design and moving on to artistic and sculptural applications. The practical tasks will help you to become familiar with the tools used and give you confidence to move on from the copper sheet provided to using sterling silver.
Your tutor, Yvette Cannon, will expertly guide you through all the processes using a mixture of demonstrations and practical tasks. You'll start with an introduction to both metals, copper and silver.
You'll learn simple hammering techniques and practise with formers to create your own unique bowls, spoons, and beads which you'll further embellish to your own design. You'll try your hand at shaping using a sinusoidal stake and be shown how to produce an anticlastic curve (think Pringle). Although you'll work individually at your own pace, we'll move together as a group so you'll have the time to produce a variety of items.
- Annealing (making metal pliable through heating)
- Raising (hammering a 3D shape from flat sheet metal)
- Planishing (polishing)
- Surface texturing
- Sinusoidal stake (used to shape curves)
- Polishing (machine)
- Possess specialist skills needed to sculpt using both copper and silver, including techniques to shape, create texture, and polish
- Understand a range of processes related to metal sculpture, including annealing, forging, and soldering
- Have hands-on experience using specialist metal sculpting tools, including sinusoidal stakes
- Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
- Have boosted creativity and imagination
- Be encouraged to experiment and explore your ideas, remembering that there's no right or wrong way to be creative
- Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
- Leave with a range of beautiful pieces designed and created by you
All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance.
After this course, you could:
- Continue to harness your creativity and develop your metal crafting skills further; explore our full range of Jewellery short courses
- Broaden your creative horizons and try your hand at a range of disciplines; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses
- Look forward to the future and start your academic journey by studying a Level 2 Skills Education Group accredited qualification in jewellery making
- Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby
- You'll study at a leading specialist university – we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
- Our tutors are industry professionals, so you'll learn from the best
- We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
- You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
- You'll learn 'by doing' and always feel fully included and supported
- Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, and use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
Meet your tutor
Copper sculpture gallery
On this course you'll develop a range of new design skills and practical techniques to enable you to work confidently and effectively with both copper and silver. You'll undertake a variety of projects to practise your newfound skills and will create bowls, spoons, napkin rings, and beads. All projects will unleash your creativity and allow your voice to shine through.
Classes in action
You'll learn in AUB's specialist studios, where you'll get to grips with a range of metal sculpting tools and master a range of sculpting techniques, including soldering, annealing, shaping and polishing.
Important information about evening and weekend courses
How to Enrol
Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.
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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions
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