CAPTURING NATURE'S TREASURES & BEAUTY IN FINE SILVER
One day workshop with Emma Mitchell
Sunday 22 October 2017
10:00am - 3:30pm
During Emma’s silver clay workshop she will teach you about the history and chemistry of silver - its excellent recycled origins and how to handle and roll it out. You will make fine silver pendants and charms using a combination of hand-modelling, imprinting with textiles and stamps, and pressing silver clay into unique silicone moulds of tiny found objects such as fossils or metal-detecting finds.
These moulds are like a personal archive of small, beautiful artifacts which you can cast into wearable silver versions!
We also use leaves from surrounding Purbeck hedgerows to imprint into the clay. These are, in effect, silver fossils! The leaves themselves become compost but the pendants endure, capturing a seasonal moment that can be worn in the winter to remember warmer days.
You will go home with 3 to 4 finished silver pieces on a sterling chain, often with a gemstone or freshwater pearl to highlight your designs. Sometimes people choose to make their charms into earrings (handmade sterling earwires and help constructing your earrings will be provided). Emma also provides a lovely gift box hand-decorated with a blackbird or wren for you to store your custom jewellery.
Included in the class:
* 7g silver clay
* 18in Sterling silver chain
* Fireable gemstone
* Moulding compound
* Use of all tools needed
* Coffee/tea and something sweet
Who is Emma Mitchell?
Emma is an artist, jewellery designer, blogger, teacher, writer, naturalist & mum who lives in a tiny Fen-edge village where woodland, grassland and wetland meet. The plants and birds in this rich landscape are a constant source of inspiration for her fine silver jewellery and other artistic ventures which include: photography, crocheting, illustration and baking. She is the creator of the successful (and very inspiring, we must say) blog Silverpebble (http://www.silverpebble.net) and contributes regularly to Standard Issue Magazine. On top of all that, she teaches silver clay workshops at the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens and at venues across the UK.
"Emma is the most inspiring teacher I’ve ever had. Her workshops are a heady mixture of learning an amazing new skill, turning your imagination to beautifully wearable jewellery, and laughing your head off." - Emma Freud
Where is it?
This course will be held in our large and bright metal clay studio:
Metal Clay Ltd
1-2 Omega Centre
Price includes VAT, materials, and use of tools.
Places for classes are strictly limited.
Cancellations more than 30 days before the class: If we can fill your space, we will refund you the course fee, less a 15% admin charge.
Cancellations 30 days or less before the class: Unfortunately the course fee can not be refunded, but you can transfer your space to someone else.
If you need to cancel, please give as much notice as possible so we can give your space to someone else. If you are booked on a course and you do not turn up on the day, no refund will be given. We would appreciate if you could please call and let us know if you can't attend or are going to be late on the day, out of respect for the tutor and your fellow students.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances - minimum class numbers apply. In the very unlikely event this would happen, you would be offered a full refund. We would give you as much notice as possible, but please note that we cannot be held responsible for any travel or accommodation costs. We strongly recommend you purchase a holiday insurance and check it covers the cost of class.