Copper Clay Beginner's Class
Thursday, 6th February 2020
Have a play with copper clay! Copper is a gorgeous warm metal. It looks great on its own, as well as combined with other materials. It’s a very strong and economical metal clay, so will give you the freedom to explore making larger pieces than you might want to do in silver.
This is an ideal class if you've used silver clay, and want to take your metal clay skills to the next level, by moving on to working with base metals.
Base metal clays like copper, brass, bronze and iron, are very different to silver, and require different firing techniques. Most of these are pretty difficult to fire successfully, and require a lot of testing and time to get it right. We’ll talk a little about this in the class.
On the day we’ll be using Art Clay Copper as it is one of the best base metal clays to start with; it’s lovely to work with, and easy to get the firing right! It is also one of the very few base metal clays you can fire with a torch. We will give you a couple of options for firing Art Clay Copper successfully at home, whether you have a kiln or not.
Here are some of the things you’ll learn about on the day:
- handling the clay
- rolling out the clay evenly
- texturing and cutting the clay
- finishing, firing, and polishing
- basics about kiln firing base metals
- we will demonstrate torch firing
The course fee includes:
- 12.5g Art Clay Copper
- Copper finding to embed
- Use of all tools needed, including textures and cutters
And of course - no class of our’s would ever be complete without free non-stop coffee, tea and biscuits… :)
Who is it suitable for?
You’ll get the most out of this class if you’ve worked with silver clay already, as we will only run through the basics about handling metal clay. The class will be focused on how base metal differs from silver clay, and its characteristics. However, a complete beginner can still attend and will leave with a finished piece. Ages 16+
Where and when?
This class is runs between 10-15.00
This session will be held at Metal Clay Ltd's studio:
1-2 Omega Centre
Price includes VAT.
Please note places for classes are strictly limited. Before booking, please make sure you've read our cancellation policy.
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. If another course date is available we may be able to transfer your booking to a new date but you would need to ring to discuss this option. Please note - a class date change (if available) can only be made once.
Cancellations 30 days or less before the class: Unfortunately the course fee can not be refunded or transferred to a later course date. You can transfer your place to a friend by prior arrangement with us.
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.