Silversmithing - Designing & Making Silverware
This course is suitable for new learners, however, anyone with prior experience will be supported to pursue individual projects following discussion.
In the first term, beginners will learn basic skills in piercing, forming, soldering and finishing via a 'bezel box project'. Those with experience (or booking onto further blocks) will focus on creating a small (yet more complex) sculptural and individualised piece, incorporating techniques such a spress-work, forging, mitering and scoring.
Candle-holders or culinary utensils are suggested projects. Whilst silverware is commonly perceived as 'shiny and polished' there will be an emphasis on considering surface finish, embellishment and decoration.
During your journey you will also gather some contextual awareness of makers in the field and sources for materials to further your personal learning.
Brighton is renowned for its creativity and our creative industry facilities live up to that reputation. Our extensive range of specialist art studios and workshops are spacious and well equipped. Our digital arts facilities are top-of-the-range and include a graphic design suite, 3D multimedia suite with motion capture, video studio and equipment, plus traditional dark rooms for photography. We also have Brighton’s cheapest art shop right here on campus.
There will be an initial one-off cost of approximately £30-£60 to purchase your materials. You may choose between silver and copper and they will be priced differently.