Indulge yourself for a whole weekend of creative magic with this wonderful medium. Precious metal clay is a malleable silver clay which can be used to easily make jewellery at home. During this weekend you will learn basic techniques for creating small items of jewellery such as a silver pendant or earrings. You will also learn a range of further techniques to decorate the surface of silverclay including incorporating coloured glass, embellishing with piped silverclay, applying additional layers of silverclay and hiding your mistakes, too!
You will go home with a range of silver jewellery items and a prescribed amount of clay and jewellery fittings will be included in the materials charge. Additional silverclay, chains and fittings can also be purchased on the day if required for further or more ambitious projects.
What to expect
Days 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 on day one. Begin your session at the appointed time and there will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Each day lunch will be around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch each day. 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 and providing we have notice, we are happy to cater for any dietary needs.
Finish time is given as a target – there is some flexibility depending on how your work is progressing. Depending on the tutor and the group, start times follow on days can be flexible too.
We aim for your time with us 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
The weekend focuses on techniques that you can use easily at home with minimal investment in equipment so you will be firing pieces using a blow torch rather than a kiln. These are provided but if you have your own, feel free to bring it along.
Otherwise, please bring with you a range of textural objects and materials for use during the workshop for example:
fabrics like lace or hessian
bark or natural objects
textured wallpaper etc
If you have any jewellery making equipment, bring it along. Otherwise all materials and equipment will be provided.