PAST MASTER CLASSES
A DAY TO PLAY WITH MATRIX DIES
HYDRAULIC PRESS MASTER CLASS
Master class with Brian Adam
Saturday 13 October 2018
One of the most interesting and open-ended techniques you can do with a hydraulic press is matrix die forming. A lot like repouse, the press can push out shapes with ease. This technique applies well to limited series production of repeated forms.
The course will cover: an introduction to the various parts of the hydraulic press; discussion of industrial plastics and their uses; appropriate design and layout for simple die making; what happens after a shape is pressed out; and plenty of time to play with the matrix dies that you create!
MAKE METAL MOVE
Master class with Pauline Bern
Saturday 19 and Wednesday 23 March 2016
Make Metal Move is all about jewellery-scale experiments with hammers, mandrels, stakes and inventions .... No soldering involved!
Bring ear protection and any hammers, mandrels, interesting bits of metal with shape-shifting potential, questions and imagination ... You might have to come up with the answers!
THE BACK OF THE BROOCH
Master class with Lisa Woods
Thursday 14, 21 and 28 May 2015
This is a workshop based around exploring the variety of pins and catches used to attach brooches to clothing. Whether your brooch is made from metal, fabric, wood or rubber, be it huge or tiny, heavy or light, all of these factors influence what will work best as an attachment for the piece, the wearer and the maker.
We will look at the functional practicalities, technical and
aesthetic aspects of the brooch back and make: a tube-in-tube locking catch, sawn and wire pins and catches and whatever else we can squeeze in!
Bring along any brooches you have made or have and we will look at what worked well and how we can resolve and refine some of the aspects that didn’t.
DECONSTRUCT / rEconstruCt
Master class with Mary Curtis
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October 2014
“There will always be more things in a closed, than open, box.”
G. Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, 1958
"As a child, I loved lucky dips. I was always seduced by the endless possibilities of what might be in that bag.
We start the workshop with a lucky dip so each participant
receives a surprise object. Through a process of visual and literal deconstruction, we will mine the imagination of the “closed box” and identify new possibilities for how we might perceive our object.
Using our discoveries, we will reconstruct our objects into a jewellery work. The aim of this workshop is to invigorate your practice by giving you the opportunity to play from a new and fresh perspective."