This pewtersmithing workshop enables you to make a pewter vessel and revolves around the use of a piece of equipment called a ‘rolling mill’. Under the guidance of Ella you will use the rolling mill to work with sheet metal. You will learn how to apply textures and pattern to the pewter before using traditional skills such as soldering to construct a small pot.
Ella encourages you to bring along interesting textures (fairly flat items less than 5mm high such as lace and doilies work well) to experiment with alongside the materials provided. This is a great workshop even if you have done cuttlefish casting in pewter as it shows a completely different way of pewtersmithing using sheet metal.
There is £15 material charge per person and you will take home a finished vessel as well as your tester patterned pieces.
Click on the title below to see a list of items to bring with you if anything.
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 but if you have any interesting textured lace or paper that will be great as you will be able to experiment with your own textures and finish.
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 please avoid wearing open toe shoes or sandals.