Sun 22nd July 2-5pmEnamelling is the art of fusing glass to metal at high temperatures, using a kiln. We’ll be exploring enamelling step by step, learning to fuse finely powdered enamel onto the surface of copper to create a beautiful glossy glassy surface. These ancient techniques were first used by the Chinese, Greeks, Celts and Egyptians to decorate metal and add colour to metal jewellery and other precious objects. During the half day taster session, we will experiment with a range of simple decorative techniques to create your own one-off pieces to make your own unique jewellery or small pictures. Lynette and Ann will demonstrate and guide you through the processes involved.
You will learn the basics of enamelling, including
● Cover health and safety and the kiln firing process
● Prepare copper for enamelling
● Applying a counter enamel.
● Explore the use of opaque and transparent enamels
● Use decorative inclusions (e.g. frit, glass threads, millefiori, and copper wire)
● Explore colour, and surface designs with stencils, printing and drawing
You will Design at least one final piece to finish and mount on jewellery findings by the end of the day
What’s included in the price?
● Use of all tools, equipment and a wide range of materials.
● One copper blank – which you can make either into a pendant, earrings, key fobs and more. Or use it to produce a small picture. You will have a choice of different copper shapes
● A supply of silver-plated jewellery findings will be available on which to mount your sample pieces
● Plenty of tea and coffee and biscuits will also be provided, enamelling is thirsty work!
● Information will be provided on suppliers of enamelling equipment and jewellery findings should you decide you want to pursue your new hobby.
We limit each workshop to a maximum of 8 people to ensure individual attention and faster learning.
Lynette is based in Shropshire. Her work is hand crafted using a range of techniques including traditional silversmithing and enamelling. She works with both silver and copper. She has recently begun to expand her collection to include pieces with vitreous enamel on copper, applying layers of enamel, often high fired to create spectacular colours resulting from the interaction with the copper oxides.Lynette studied at the Shrewsbury College of Arts. She is a member of the Guild of Enamellers and achieved craftsman through the guilds selection process. Her work includes a range of jewellery, wall panels, and 3D pieces. A key theme of Lynette’s work is texture, and nature. She develops collections in her Shropshire based workshop, drawing upon the wonderful ever-changing country side around her.
Ann is also Shropshire based. She began Enamelling is 2012 and became complete captivated by the effects achieved by firing enamel on copper. Ann works is inspired by a variety of different artist and mediums, she loves to use abstract effects in her enamel work.
Ann is a member of the guild of enamellers and as has achieved associated craftsman through a selection process. One of her passions is help others to enjoy the many and varied areas of enamelling.
After a visit to the TITANIC exhibition at SM&AG ceramicist Stephanie Kelly will guide you through the process of sculpting and glazing your own mini Titanic complete with icebergs ! Your finished work will be fired ready for you to collect and display with pride. Suitable for adults and children 6+
In this half day workshop you will learn to make a wet felted bowl/ vessel. At the end of the workshop you will leave with your own creation.
No experience needed. All materials provided.
Suitable for all, children must be accompanied by an adult. Suggested minimum age 11.
Sunday 29th July 10am – 1pm
£25 per person.
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://theprolificcrafter.co.uk/i/events
We will meet at 12pm outside the cafe at Burford House, Tenbury Wells. The course starts there with a 20 minute introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes where they relate to foragers.
We will then set off for a slow walk around the grounds beside the beautiful river Teme taking in the riverside, some woods, hedgerows and fields we’ll then walk across to St. Mary’s Church. We will identify the different edible and poisonous plants, flowers, fruits and mushrooms that we come across.
There will be a break along the way for some lovely homemade refreshments such as our wild food soup. After roughly a 2.5 hour walk we’ll head back to Burford House to enjoy a tasty wild food lunch based on what we have found.
There are limited spaces available so please book your place online.
We are thrilled to announce our first ever ReCreation Day! The free, fun filled, family event will take place on Saturday 22 September 2018 at Dale End Park, Ironbridge, TF8 7EG from 10am to 4pm.
The event is being hosted by Telford & Wrekin Council and Veolia, the recycling and waste contractor for the borough. The ReCreation Day will showcase local talented artists who give items a new lease of life! There will also be local food and drink on offer and plenty of activities to entertain children.
There are a series of free workshops for children, including Whack It Smack It, who make musical instruments from recycling and rubbish. And Scrappies who do crafts from recycling and rubbish.
We hope you can join us for a fantastic day out.
An 8-week introduction to mindfulness
Morning and evening classes available
Mindfulness is the process of being fully present and aware of our experience on a moment-by-moment basis, without judgement. The act of paying attention in this way is simple, but not always easy. It can be trained and developed over time through meditation – the formal practice of mindfulness. This practice literally rewires our brains and changes how we relate to experience, brings more calm and happiness into our lives, makes us more effective and efficient, and connects us with our inherent creativity, wisdom and capacity for full potential living across all dimensions of life.
The course is highly participatory, supportive and structured. It comprises 8 weekly 2.5 hour group sessions that predominantly involve guided mindfulness and meditation practices as well as group work & discussion. The course is challenging and life-affirming and will provide you with a firm understanding of this life-changing practice.
For more information and to book a place, visit www.open-space.co.uk