Despite the striking quality of the work, this course is actually suitable for people of all skill levels.
You will be surprised at what you can achieve.
The Chasing and Repoussé technique involves sculpting the metal using a hammer and Chasing tools. It is a historic, visceral technique that allows you to create strikingly beautiful designs.
Fabrizio Acquafresca is an internationally renowned teacher, who comes from a long line of Florentine artisans. He upholds his family tradition and travels the world teaching the art of Chasing and Repoussé.
He has been working professionally in this medium for over 25 years, creating gold and silver bible covers for the Vatican and the trophy for the San Marino Formula One Grand Prix.
The course is limited to six places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.
Day 1. You will sculpt a copper plate into a dragonfly, a beautiful form specially designed by Fabrizio to teach you the core Chasing and Repoussé techniques, including how to use the tools effectively. You will learn to work with pitch block, a hammer and handmade Chasing tools. Fabrizio will help you to refine your own design, which you bring to work on during the second day.
Day 2. You will use Chasing ad Repoussé techniques to fashion your own design in your choice of silver or copper.
Day 3. You will continue to refine your work. You are given the opportunity to suit the time to your requirements. You may turn your design into a finished item, such as a plaque, name plate or cuff bracelet.
How to sculpt silver or copper
How to use Chasing and Repoussé tools effectively
How to soften and harden silver or copper
How to transform your design into a beautiful form
How to work with Italian pitch as a base for your metal plates
A beautiful copper dragonfly plate
A silver or copper plate, plaque or cuff bracelet, sculpted to your own design
You are welcome to purchase the metal during the course, or you may bring your own.
If you wish to purchase the metal during the course, please advise us of the size of your design far enough in advance.
If you bring your own metal, please remember that the size should be the same size of your design, with at least 1cm added to every side.