MONDAY EVENING COURSE: Metalwork Techniques
Dates: 30 October 2023 to 04 December 2023
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
£200 (inc. materials & tools)Book Here
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Price includes all materials, tools and tuition.
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The Farmer’s Arms, Lowick Green – LA12 8DT
Join Debbie Noble for this six-week introduction to metalwork. All abilities are welcome from absolute beginners to those already familiar with metalwork.
Taught by award-winning designer and maker Debbie Noble, over six-weeks students will learn coppersmithing, working with sheet and rod copper to create small vessels and spoons.
You’ll be guided through the making process from start to finish, taking home your finished products at the end of the course. The craft incorporates numerous techniques including hand piercing/cutting, annealing, hammer forming copper sheets, blocking out, filing, planishing, forging copper rod, soldering and riveting.
The skills you’ll develop will enable you to work on other metalwork projects as coppersmithing draws on the skills of the blacksmith, silversmith, turner, spinner, sheet metal worker and tinsmith.
History of Coppersmithing
Coppersmithing in the UK dates back to the Bronze Age, with the production of copper goods for functional and decorative purposes. Ornamental copperware flourished in the UK during the Arts and Craft movement, however, coppersmithing as a hand skill began to decline during the first and second world wars as men and metal went to munitions. It began to decline further in the 1970s when much of the coppersmith’s work was taken on by he sheet-metal trade.
There had been centres and schools of ornamental work in both Keswick and Newlyn, Cornwall, each with a distinct style and places to study the craft.
Session 1: 30th October, 6 – 8pm
An introduction into working with copper and learning how to pierce and cut
Session 2: 6th November, 6 – 8pm
Annealing and hammer forming the copper sheet
Session 3: 13th November, 6 – 8pm
Forging copper rod
Session 4: 20th November, 6 – 8pm
Making a copper spoon. Soldering and riveting
Session 5: 27th November, 6 – 8pm
Forming a copper bowl
Session 6: 4th December, 6 – 8pm
Completing all elements or pieces to conclude 6-week introductory course
About the tutor:
Debbie Noble grew up in Windermere and held a passion for metalwork clicked during her Art Foundation in Carlisle. She then studied 3.D Design Metalwork/Silversmithing at Camberwell College of Art, but sought experience of working with precious metals – something which wasn’t included in her BA. Debbie worked for Dinny Hall for 2 years learning all about batch produced silver jewellery.
Debbie was accepted onto a masters in Goldsmithing/Silversmithing/Metalwork/Jewellery at The Royal College of Art. She then moved to Bournemouth to teach on a 3D Design BA in 2000. She has received a multitude of awards, exhibitions, commissions and publications over the years and now runs La’al Sauna – a woodfired, woodland sauna which she built.