We advise that potential participants should only book this Masterclass if they have previous workshop experience. Participants will need to be proficient in all basic jewellery techniques (sawing, filing, forming, soldering) and be comfortable working on a very small scale. Please get in touch with us if you are unsure if this class is for you.
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR: Linda Lewin is a true granulation and general metal work expert! She studied at Sheffield Institute of Arts “many moons ago” and has been working as an independent artist jeweller ever since. Inspired by Giovanni Corvaja at ECA, Linda travelled to New York to learn granulation. When discussing her practice and the delicate process of granulation Linda states “The more we learn about our materials, the more we understand technique, the better we can express ourselves. We all have something to say. I love granulation because it puts me in touch with my jewellery ancestors, I feel I am sitting amongst them and learning from them.”
ABOUT YOUR COURSE: GRANULATION is a delicate, decorative technique where beads and other elements are attached to a backing surface without the use of solder. Instead, they appear to be magically held in place, without any visible attachment. It is the oldest known decorative technique for precious metals with the ancient Italian civilisation, the Etruscans being considered as world masters.
During the Masterclass Linda Lewin will guide participants through the 3-part Granulation process; Making granules with charcoal blocks, copper plating, and finally the art of construction in which granules are delicately applied with a paintbrush. The great thing about granulation is it requires very little equipment however it does require skill and developing a good eye for what is happening under the flame. After demonstrations and discussion Linda will guide participants through their own experimentation and final pieces.
WHAT TO BRING: Practical clothing/apron/footwear for use in the workshop at all times. For example: no long loose sleeves or dangling jewellery. Long hair must be tied back and shoes should not have high heels or open toes. Please bring a cloth face mask to wear if required and remember your glasses if you need them – this a class focusing on the smallest detail!
MATERIALS SUPPLIED: We’ll provide all the things you will need for the Granulation Masterclass including silver. Gold will also be available to purchase at cost price.
Option items to bring: Inspiration and sketchbook with possible ideas. Notebook, pens, pencils.
12th March, Saturday 11:00-5:00 with a break for lunch. Lunch is not provided but you can bring a lunch to eat in the studio or we can advise you of nearby places to buy food and drink. Refreshments provided.
13th March, Sunday 10:00-4:00 with a break for lunch
**Please note: classes may be cancelled due to a lack of attendees or events beyond our control. In the unlikely event, you will be fully refunded and notified the day before the class is scheduled**
Earrings Image: Courtesy of Linda Lewin.