Pewtersmithing – Christmas Decorations using Cuttlefish Casting

Tutor: Ella McIntosh

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

Level:
All Levels

Typically for a max of 10 people.

Full Day

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Join pewtersmith Ella McIntosh for a fun day of creating cheerful festive decorations with a very unique medium.

Create solid and sparkling pewter Christmas decorations for yourself or to give as a gift by creating a mould from the unusual material of cuttlefish bone. This traditional method of casting involves carving your mould shade out of the cuttlefish then pouring the molten metal into the mould. The final design is broken out of the cast to reveal a decoration that, once finished and polished, you can proudly hang on your tree.

Please note there is a £15 materials charge for this workshop payable on the day.

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What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

All materials will be provided.

The workshop can be messy so make sure you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and ideally please wear clothing items that cover arms and legs and avoid wearing open toe shoes or sandals.

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