In the Studio Jewellery School are delighted to announce that we are, at long last, moving our school to Alicante in Spain. Some of our old students have been aware for some time that this was going to happen and have already said they cannot wait to join us in the sun. So please bear with us while we organise the new courses and dates.
We expect the new course dates to be online and ready to book by the end of January and all those that are on out lists will be informed as soon as we have them. We intend that the first courses will take place in the middle to end of March when the weather will be better for those who do not like it too hot.
All our lecturers have agreed to fly out to Spain to continue teaching their wonderful skills to old and new students, in fact they are looking forward to it.
The courses will be slightly shorter days therefore enabling the possibility of family and friends to also enjoy some of your company should they want to join you. We have already been contacted by a company who are organising trips to bodegas and sightseeing should any students and friends want to join in with other things. Our intension is that all should leave with our usual high standard of skills learnt but also have a wonderful experience.
We won’t be able to offer the accommodation anymore but we have already made contacts in the area with people who will let rooms from 15 euros per night per person and will drive them to and from the school for the courses. We will be looking at more options for students as soon as we can. The closest beach of Guardamar is 15 minutes drive from us and Torrevieja 20 minutes, so if it’s a beach you are looking for it’s not far. Alicante airport is about 20 minutes away, we are located down a quiet country lane but close to villages and towns, nothing too far away.
We are hoping to have the course dates up and ready to book by the end of January with the courses starting middle to end of March.
Thank you all for your kind wishes on our facebook page, we really do appreciate them.
A very happy seasonal greeting to you all and a great New Year.
The course is a delight as Duncan is very passionate about passing on his skills to students. It is not for the faint hearted, however, as it is hard work. It will teach students how to use a hammer correctly to change the shape of the metal into something of beauty. The feeling of control of the metal is taught and many forgotten skills passed on by Duncan. It will benefit students to have used a torch prior to this course.
Duncan Edwards is a traditional spoon maker and expert cutler working in the industry, in Sheffield, for many years.
He now creates 'one off' contemporary pieces of flatware and cutlery for private collections and exhibitions.
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. Learn to forge a bar of copper using different hammers into a prototype spoon shape.
You then forge the bowl of the spoon using a traditional antique spoon block that was made and used in the cutlery industry.
Duncan then helps you to develop your finished spoon design in Britannia Silver for day two.
Day 2. The second day commences with forging your bar of Britannia Silver into your chosen design shape using all the techniques learnt on day one.
You then learn to finish your spoon using filing and polishing techniques.
How to manipulate metal in an immediate and visceral fashion
How to effectively use different shaped hammers to form silver and copper
Silver and copper forging techniques
Annealing metal to alter its characteristics
A prototype copper spoon
A Britannia Silver spoon, forged to your own design
The silver spoon is made in Britannia silver, which is charged at the time of the course with current metal price.