This course is an introduction to the creative use of Silver Clay. Suitable for all levels it is designed to enable not only complete beginners to produce jewellery but also demonstrate the interesting properties of Silver Clay to those with more advanced knowledge of jewellery making.
Silver Clay was developed by Mitsubishi Materials. Using fine silver dust an organic binder and water, they produced a clay like material which is very easy to manipulate and is perfect for producing organic textures and form. The water evaporates during drying, the organic binder burns away during firing to leave pure silver.
During this course we will explore the unique properties of Silver Clay and learn skills such as:
Texturing and modelling wet silver clay.
Carving dry silver clay.
Bead and hollow form making.
Fusing wire into silver clay to make jewellery without soldering.
Embedding stones and glass.
Simple techniques to form wire and sheet.
Simple finishing techniques.
LEVEL:SUITABLE FOR ALL
A subject focused course that is delivered to suit any level of experience from beginner to advanced practitioner. A structured start is followed by guided independent practice.
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR:
Christina Hirst is a jewellery designer maker based in Edinburgh. She trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) gaining a Master of Design by research, for a study of (the then new material) Silver Clay. She has taught the use of Silver Clay for nearly 20 years and also taught for 10 years on the Jewellery and Metal Design degree course at DJCAD.
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.
20g PMC and up to 10g of fine silver wire/sheet. Any materials over this can be bought from the school or the tutor at cost price. If after this course you get totally hooked on silver clay we also have a beginner’s toolkit you can purchase!
Option items to bring:
Inspiration and sketchbook with possible ideas.
Notebook, pens and pencils.
10:00-4:30 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 a lunch. Refreshments provided.
**Please note: classes may be cancelled due to lack of attendees. In the unlikely event, you will be fully refunded and notified the day before the class is scheduled**