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| Create your own personalised charm bracelet. |
Bring together a group of friends and spend an evening creating personally designed jewellery.
Or spend a weekend in the countryside, learning about silver clay in a lovely relaxing environment, away from stress and distractions.
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| STOP PRESS! All courses are on hold for slightly longer than planned. Our lovely new studio, is nearly ready. We're just sorting out the last touches, and then we will fling open the doors! The first class should be running in June. We can't wait to get started again. PS. We're still in the beautiful Corfe Castle! DS. |
At SilverClay we run jewellery making
courses and workshops; anything from an afternoon introducing you to the material, to advanced Art Clay Certifications.
Certificaiton courses are run by Petra, one of the first to achieve Senior Teacher Certification in the UK, who were taught directly by
Master Instructors from Aida Chemical Industries, Japan. Speciality classes are run by Petra, and/or Candy Chappill, our casting resin expert, as well as visiting world renowned guest artists.
courses are held right in the middle of the picturesque village of Corfe Castle. The classes are relaxed, and are kept small to ensure that each student gets
enough time to ask their questions and get one-to-one attention. Coffee, tea, cold drinks, plenty of biscuits (and the occasional chocolate cake), are included in
all the courses. For lunch you'll find a National Trust tea shop, three pubs, one restaurant, a bakery, and the corner shop, just outside the studio. You'll find more information on
Corfe Castle and Dorset here.
Our certification courses are based on the curriculum
developed in Japan by the DAC Creative Studios of Aida Chemical Industries. This ensures that your certification will be recognised worldwide. The certification
courses have been planned carefully to assure a quality programme. There are two levels of certification; Level 1 and 2.
New course dates are
added regularly. I would recommend that you don't wait too long if you find a date that suits you. The courses fill up fast. Any new courses, or last-minute free
spaces, will be announced in the newsletter. If you haven't already signed up for it, you can do so here: sign up for our SilverClay Newsletter.
We try to update the website regularly with
availability, but as sometimes the courses book up quickly, we can't guarantee a space until you receive a confirmation letter by email or post (this is not the same as
the confirmation of your order).
| || SilverClay course gift voucher |
If you want to treat someone to a course at SilverClay this is the ideal option. A open-dated gift voucher to attend one of our one-day
"Introduction to Art Clay" courses, allowing the recipient to chose his or her own date.
The voucher is valid for 6 months after issue date. It can't
be exchanged for money or other items.
|| VISITING GUEST ARTIST
MASTER CLASS - GORDON K UYEHARA - METAL CLAY HARMONY
One of my favourite metal clay artists, the amazingly talented, and very humble, Gordon K. Uyehara is back from Hawaii. Gordon is an award winning metal clay artist and instructor, whose beautiful creations stand out a mile. Don't take my word for it, see for yourself at www.honudreams.com
During this one day class let creativity be your guide as you express yourself with copper and bronze clay, combined with silver - all in one piece.
It'll be a playful experimental day, which will re-invigorate your inner muse - perfect if (like mine) your's has been hibernating for a while. You'll definitely be reminded of why you did metal clay in the fist place!
This is a one date only class, so please be quick as it will fill up extremely fast. If you're planning to take the bracelet class, this is a great warm-up day, which will definitely set you off in the right mode!
The course fee includes a total of 150gm Art Clay Copper and fast firing bronze, as well as 10gm Art Clay Silver clay. If you wish to use more of any of the clays, they'll be available to buy during the class. Non-stop coffee, tea, and biscuits are included, of course!
Friday 13 August.
9.30am - 6pm
|| VISITING GUEST ARTIST
MASTER CLASS - GORDON K UYEHARA - FABULOUS BAIL LINK BRACELET |
Another fantastic class with Gordon! This is aimed at intermediate to advanced metal clay artists - you need to be comfortable working with the silver clay. (Read more about Gordon in the description of the one-day class above.)
During this intense project-based two-day class you will design and build your own fabulous unique bail linked bracelet. Gordon will demonstrate the linking mechanism, construction approach, adding a bezel, setting a stone into a bezel setting, things to avoid, design aesthetics, estimating the size, creating and soldering on a catch, and finishing options - all techniques you will find use for again and again in your regular metal clay work.
The course fee includes a total of 50gm Art Clay Silver. Gordon estimates you will need about 30gm for the bracelet, so you'll have plenty to work with! Non-stop coffee, tea and biscuits is of course provided too!
Saturday and Sunday 14-15 August.
9.30am - 5.30pm
| || NEW - Bronze and Copper
clay Introduction Course
BronzClay is the newest exciting addition to the growing metal clay family. And it is exactly what it
sounds like; bronze clay. You use it like silver clay, but you end up with bronze, not silver. The whole process is very similar to silver clay, but there are
differences, in how it feels (both when wet and dry), and also how it fires.
There are some fabulous patina effects straight out of the kiln, you can
keep these for a antique 'dug-out-of-the-ground-artifact' look, or polish it up to a gorgeous high shine. Stunning combined with silver. The bronze clay is very
flexible when dry, you can really alter the shape in the dry stage. It carves very well.
During this one day class we'll go through the basics about
BronzClay. We'll be working with textures, building 3D shapes, and moulds. We'll discuss some do's and don'ts about combining Bronze and Silver Clay, and we'll go
through firing. You'll have 200 gm of BRONZClay to work with, so you'll probably have some left to take home!
The course fee includes 200gm bronze
clay and loan of tools. And non-stop coffee, tea and biscuits.
11am ñ 5pm including lunch break
| || NEW - BronzClay
ONE-DAY Introduction Course |
A one-day class introducing you to BRONZClay, ideal if you can't take two days off.
As firing is done over night, so your pieces will be posted to you for finishing (we can tumble finish them for you before posting if you like). We
will demonstrate different finishes, and how to achieve them so you can do this at home after the class.
You'll have 100 gm of BRONZClat to work
with, so you'll probably have some left to take home. The course fee includes 100gm bronze clay and loan of tools. And non-stop coffee, tea and biscuits.
11am ñ 5pm including lunch break
| || Art Clay Introduction
This course gets you started with Art Clay and can be taken even if you have no previous knowledge of the material. After
the course you should feel comfortable working with the metal clay on your own.
Weíll be going through the basic techniques of handling the clay,
shaping and forming it, firing times and temperatures. Youíll also get to try the syringe and setting stones.
Youíll leave with up to 4 finished
pieces of fine silver jewellery. The course fee includes 17gm of Art Clay Silver 650 clay, a couple of lab-created gemstones, use of syringe, and loan of tools.
And non-stop coffee, tea and biscuits.
11am ñ 5pm including lunch break
| || Magical Moulds |
This course gets you started with Art Clay and can be taken even if you have no previous knowledge of the material. After the course you should feel
comfortable working with the metal clay on your own.
Moulds can be used for creating replicas of existing items, 3D silver shapes, and also for
making your own texture sheets.
In this class you'll learn how to make your own moulds, how to create high quality imprints, and how to capture the
mould in silver clay. We'll also briefly go through basic metal clay techniques. We'll talk about different types of moulding compounds, and how they're best used.
Bring your own interesting textures and shapes to make moulds from, like: old buttons, toys, dolls face, sea shells, nuts, fork handles, old
jewellery, stones, bark - anything with an interesting texture or shape. We'll also have items available for mould making here, together with ready-made moulds.
The course fee includes 20gm Art Clay Silver 650 clay, a couple of lab-created gemstones, use of moulding compound and loan of tools. And non-stop
coffee, tea and biscuits.
11am ñ 5pm including lunch break
| || UV Resin and Art Clay |
This fabulous one-day class will introduce you to UV resin - a fantastic way to add colour to your silver. UV resin can be used crystal clear,
or with added colour, transparent or opaque. It can be set on the fired silver, looking similar to enamel. You can set the resin in open sections of the silver,
creating a stained (or clear) glass effect. Just like normal resin, you can also trap items into the resin, creating wonderful mementos.
The UV resin
is different from normal resin in that it doesn't have to mixed to exact quantities, doesn't smell, and cures in minutes rather than hours! You'll have 10g of
silver clay to work with, from this you could make a large pendant, a pair of earrings, or several smaller charms. All the resin you need will be available for
use, together with a wide range of colours.
Weíll be going through how to use the resin, how to add colour, trapping items in the resin, curing
times, and finishing. You don't need metal clay experience for this day, if you're a complete beginner we'll just help you to make a simpler shape to use as your
base. But, the day is also perfect for someone who has worked with metal clay for a long time and want to add a new skill to their repertoire. You can also bring a
piece that you would like to add resin to, if you would like to make a more advanced piece of silver - as we have limited time in the morning.
not combine this with the enamelling class to make a whole colourful weekend out of it?
| || Keum-Boo, Silver and Gold
Keum-Boo is the traditional Korean Technique of fusing gold to metal, in this case silver. It is a lovely
technique to learn, fun to work with, and it allows you to decorate your silver whilst adding value to it.
We'll work with pure gold foil, which
we'll fuse to the finished silver. In the morning we'll make the base pieces from metal clay, and after lunch we'll add the gold using an UltraLite Kiln. We'll
also discuss how to use this technique with a torch, hotplate, or kiln. After the gold is added we'll finish the pieces and you can also work with Liver of Sulphur
to further enhance the piece.
You need metal clay experience for this class.
20g of Art Clay Silver, a sheet of 24ct fusing gold foil,
and findings (jumprings and a sterling silver necklace chain, or ear wires) are included. Tools and a library of inspirational metal clay books are available.
| || Fingerprint Charms
Make your own precious memory charms with fingerprints.
In this class we'll go through how to make your own fingerprint
jewellery. Fingerprint jewellery has become extremely popular over the last couple of years, and here we show you how to do it yourself. The fingerprint charms
made from childrens prints make perfect gifts to mum and dads and grandparents. Capture a print as a memory of a special occassion.
We'll show you
the very basics of metal clay to create a simple charm, and then how to capture a fingerprint, and also how to add names and dates if wanted.
Suitable for beginners.
Included in the class kit is 10g of Art Clay Silver and a sterling silver necklace chain.
| || NEW!! - Paper Type
Lantern Charms |
Use Paper Type silver to make two adorable little lantern charms, the perfect size for earrings. We'll be
using traditional origami techniques to fold the Paper Type, to fold a piece which shows of the Art Clay Silver Paper Type to its real beauty, whilst still
produces a very strong result. We'll decorate the finished piece with beads and silver wire.
Weíll be going through how to use the Paper, firing, and
finishing, and also simple wire working skills. You don't need metal clay experience for this day. But, the day is also perfect for someone who has worked with
metal clay for a long time and want to add a new skill to their repertoire. You'll leave with a completed pair of earrings (or if you prefer, two separate charms).
You need to bring pliers, flat nose, round nose and cutters. If you don't have any tools, please get in touch and we'll try to help. The photo shows
one version of the lanterns, wihtout the beads added.
| || Ring Making Workshop |
If you have a little metal clay experience and want to learn something new, this is the perfect full-day workshop for you. It is also suitable
for confident beginners! Making rings is a little trickier than rolling out clay and making flat shapes, but with a little hand-holding even a beginner will be
You'll learn about sizing, forming and joining a ring shank. Weíll be going through the basic techniques on handling the clay, shaping and
forming it, drying, decorating, firing and polishing to a professional finish. During the day you'll make two rings, using two different techniques.
leave with two finished fine silver rings, ready to wear or give to someone special. A total of 14gm silver clay (7gm Art Clay 650 Slow Dry and 7gm Art Clay 650)
10pm - 5pm
| || Enamelling for
This specialist workshop will introduce you to the fascinating world of enamels. Add colour and depth to your
jewellery by fusing coloured glass to the surface. We'll start by making a pendant base, and after a relaxed lunch we'll apply the enamels.
going through the basics about enamelling, how to prepare your enamels, how to prepare the silver, applying the enamel, firing, and finishing.
with a finished piece of enamelled fine silver jewellery, ready to wear or give to someone special. The course fee includes 10g of Art Clay 650, selection of
enamels (there should be some left to take home), sterling silver findings (pair earring hooks or a necklace chain, and jump ring), loan of tools, and written
information. And non-stop coffee and tea.
To get the most out of this day you need metal clay experience.
10pm - 5.00pm
| || Level 1 Certification Course
The Level 1 Art Clay Instructor Certification course runs over three days and provides a wide base of knowledge. When you finish this
very intense course, you should have a good working knowledge of the different Art Clay Silver products available, the basic techniques on how to work with them,
embellishing your pieces with stones and findings, firing temperatures and times, and how to give your work a professional finished look. You will learn about
making rings, creating hollow shapes using cork clay, adding fine silver findings, setting stones and pearls, using the syringe for filigree work, and how to
burnish and polish your pieces. After successfully completing seven projects you will receive your certificate, which gives you a 20% discount on silver clay
from us. If you do not successfully complete your 7 certification pieces in the class, you are required to re-do and submit pieces after the class. The
certification also entitles you to teach Art Clay Introductory Courses with the support of Art Clay World UK.
Course cost includes all material, a complete
tool kit to keep, and the Art Clay Silver Basics book.
To get the most out of this course, you must have metal clay experience. If you don't feel comfortable working with metal clay you will struggle to complete the
pieces to a high enough standard in the allocated course time. If you have worked a lot with the clay, you'll be able to enjoy the class, absorb and learn new
techniques - you won't be struggling with the clay, trying to achieve a certain shape.Please note that just taking a beginner's class or two will not be enough,
you need to have worked further with the clay.
10am - 5.30pm including lunch break
| || Level 2 Certification Course
If you are serious about teaching, or just want a really good knowledge of working with metal clay, then Level 2 is for you. This course
runs over four days and, after completion, you can run your own Introduction, Level 1 and Level 2 Certification Courses with support of Art Clay World UK.
This course builds on what you learnt in Level 1; we go through more advanced techniques, and more about decorating your Art Clay pieces with other materials, such
as gold foil, glass, and bezel setting of natural stones. We'll do some simple glass fusing, and you'll also work with Art Clay Gold Paste.
It is the perfect course for someone who is Level 1 certified and who has been running classes, or produced metal clay jewellery for a while after the first
To complete your Level 2 Certification you need proof of access to a kiln, and you are required to submit three certification pieces after the course. Level 2
Certification gives you a 30% discount on the silver clay.
The course cost includes all material; Silver Clay, glass, lab-created and natural stones,
findings, and a small additional toolkit to build on your level 1 kit, and the new Art Clay Advanced Book.You need to have completed Level 1 certification to
take this course. We also recommend you work with the clay more after the Level 1 certification. This is an advanced techniques course, and you must be comfortable
working with metal clay.
10am - 5.30pm including lunch break
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