Exmoor silver smith Cat Mills leads an enjoyable, practical day-workshop to make beautiful and individual hanging copper Christmas decorations.
Cat will guide you through the process of creating and finishing your creative pieces. You’ll begin by looking at sample designs, before learning how to forge your own – cutting, heating and hammering recycled copper into shape, before finishing and polishing your decorations. Having explored the process in the morning, you’ll have time in the afternoon to make further pieces either for yourself, or as lovely gifts for family and friends.
Places are limited to 8. If there is demand we may add a second workshop day.
Who’s it For?
Suitable for novice makers and those also interested in developing skills that are transferable to silverwork and other metal work.
No prior experience is necessary, but you’ll be working in a workshop environment with hot metal and sharp hand tools; come prepared for an environment that will be noisy (hammering copper is not quiet – bring ear defenders oft is is of concern to you) and where manual dexterity is an advantage. You’ll be sent a Health and Safety form to read and sign before you come.
Materials are included.
We are delighted to welcome Exmoor silversmith Cat Mills to Halsway to lead a number of traditional Silversmithing and Copperwork courses. Cat has over 10 years’ teaching experience, including day courses and regular evening classes at her workshop deep in the heart of Exmoor, as well as travelling with her mobile workshop to deliver workshops at festival street fairs and events.
In her work she is a strong advocate of recycle and re-use, mixing new with recycled metal and tapping into waste as a resource.
“Taking scrap sterling silver, I melt it down and ether cast it into my designs, or forge into organic shapes. To this I add recycled copper and brass, these base metals giving contrast and colour to my work. My handmade jewellery is made using traditional hand tools and avoiding harmful chemicals, packaged in recycled boxes.”