Saturday, 4 June 2016

Metal clay guided workshop in London

At the London Jewellery School I will be hosting the first ever Metal Clay Guided Workshop on Thursday 30th June, but what is it?


Would you love to work on your own silver clay projects in our well equipped workshop with an expert tutor on hand? Do you find you achieve more during a class than you ever can at home?
At LJS we are trialling the metal clay guided workshop, an opportunity for you to work on your own designs and project ideas and to have help and support from an expert tutor and your fellow students. The idea for this workshop has come from feedback from our more experienced students who wanted a way to develop their skills and work alongside other metal clayers in a supportive and inspiring environment.


Who is the guided workshop for?
The metal clay guided workshops are designed for intermediate and advanced silver clay students. These sessions are different from our usual classes as there will be no organised tuition, you bring along your own designs and ideas!


What kinds of projects can I work on?
It is up to you! The workshop day is self-directed.


Some examples of projects you might like to work on
  • Cufflinks and stud earrings for soldering
  • Silver clay brooch (I suggest the large screw in silver brooch pin from metalclay.co.uk sku number K059A)
  • Pendant
  • Earrings


Project brief
We ask you to email us at least a week before the workshop session with a brief project outline. This is so I can prepare and ensure I am able to help you with what you want to do. Please include details of any equipment you would like to use e.g. the kiln.
Ensure you email this through to info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk at least 7 days before the class or we cannot guarantee the support you require for the workshop.

What do you need to bring?
You need to provide all the materials you will need for the day including your silver clay. We do have some materials available to purchase in our pop up shop but we can’t guarantee that we’ll have what you need on the day so get organised in advance. You are welcome to phone us a week in advance to set aside any items you would like to purchase on the day in order to ensure it is available. Otherwise we recommend www.metalclay.co.uk for online orders or Cooksons Gold for buying in person in London.


What do LJS provide?
We will provide the following for use on the day
  • Silver clay tool kit e.g. mat, clay roller, textures, cookie cutters etc
  • Dehydrator for quick drying of the clay
  • Torch firing and soldering equipment
  • Kiln
  • Barrel polisher
  • Pickle
  • Expert silver clay tutor on hand to answer questions and provide one to one support


Can I use a different metal clay?
You are welcome to use silver Art Clay or PMC. We will not be accepting workshop attendees using other metal clays at this time because of the contamination of tools. If you are interested in working with other metal clays in the future please do let us know and we will consider scheduling a session if there is enough interest.


What if I can’t do 30th June but am still interested in attending?
As we are trialling this style of workshop it would be great if you could let us know if you would like to attend a guided workshop in the future. This would give us an indication if it’s worth adding more dates to the calendar. Please email us on info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk to let us know!

If you have any further questions about the guided workshop do get in touch by email or phone. I hope to see you there!

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