This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 22 22* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running
Learn how to make handcrafted items in silver. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to shape the silver, solder, planish with a hammer, pierce using a small saw and finally polish to mirror finish. Rings, bangles and other jewellery and silver items can be made. Returning students will be able to complete existing projects.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
Select and use the correct tools and equipment for specific processes.
Use a range of silversmithing skills, e.g. piercing, filing, shaping, forming, soldering and polishing.
Design and make a piece of silver work, applying the skills you have learnt.
Work to relevant Health and Safety guidelines.
There is no homework requirement for this course.
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Owen Madhlope-Phillips
Owen Madhlope Phillips is a silversmith with many years of industry and educational experience. He has worked for such prestigious companies as Aspreys, Tiffany, Garrard and Mappin & Webb, and has been a member of the Kent Adult Education teaching team for over 20 years.
How will I be taught?
Craft courses provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft to a higher level. Students will also be expected to research and respond to the design aspects of craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques.Students will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/ notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress. It is important to note that craft courses are practical, requiring a degree of manual dexterity. Students will need to participate fully to get the most out of the course. Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring a small box to keep work in and a cloth for drying work. It is recommended that new students do not purchase any equipment until advised by the tutor. Charges will be made for silver (a pill box costs about £40 - £50), solder, piercing saw blades and face masks. All items can be purchased from the tutor at the start of the course. Silver items can also be sent for hall marking to be paid for on return. Students should try to wear dark clothing or an apron as the polishing can get clothing dirty. Long hair should be tied back when soldering or polishing. No open toe shoes to be worn in the workshop.
What can I do next?
Courses are designed to progress students to higher levels of the craft and also to support application to Access to Art and Degree Foundation courses or relevant Craft, Art and Design Degree courses.
What do I need to join the course
Everyone is welcome. No previous knowledge or experience required.
It is important to note that craft courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity.
Getting to your course
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code FOL/112146/K/LC.
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