Photograph by Cat Lane
29 September; 6, 13 and 20 October; 3 November 2021
10, 17, 24 November; 1, 8 December 2021
Half Term: 25–29 October 2021 (no teaching)
We are booking up to 8 people on this course, on the understanding that from 21 June all social distancing measures will be relaxed. If this is not the case, we will ask the last 4 people who joined to transfer onto the next available course.
We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have been working throughout lockdown in reconfiguring our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.
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Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Suitable for any level of experience.
What will be covered in the class?
With guidance from experienced jewellery tutor Clare Layton, students will explore different types of enamel and resin, learning how to create colour tests and check firing temperatures to ensure a true finished colour. Taking this knowledge forward, you will use sifting and masking techniques to create images and patterns onto cooper blanks using enamelling powders.
Students will leave with 3 to 4 completed works during the five weeks. If you choose to take part in the follow on course, you will make fewer but more detailed pieces.
This course is ideal for anyone who wants to extend their knowledge of jewellery making as well as complete beginners.
What will I need to bring? The students should bring sketch pads, paint brushes, a small jar and sheets of blank paper. You are welcome to bring your own jewellery tools if you wish but this is not required. Close-toed shoes must be worn and hair must be tied back. Tools are included and Clare will provide advice on what tools are essential for any learners who wish to purchase their own kit.
This course includes up to £20 worth of copper material, which is typically adequate for those with no experience in jewellery making or those wanting to focus on making small pieces. For students wanting to make larger pieces or work with silver, further materials will be available for purchase directly from the tutor if desired. In this case, your £20 stipend can be put towards your materials of choice.
Art Studio, The art studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.
Clare Layton has been working with Milton Keynes Arts Centre for a number of years to deliver her hugely popular and sell-out silversmith workshops. Clare has extensive experience in silversmith techniques and creative tutoring.