Coastal inspiration

My recent move has taken me much closer to the wonderful Yorkshire coast and, even though it’s the middle of winter, I have had some lovely walks with Lucy, my dog. The way on to the beach at Hunmanby gap has some small gabions at the top of the beach. I think these are to break and filter the power of the sea, but they seem a little small to my inexpert  eye.  They do provide a little inspiration and I may produce a small series of pieces related to coastal protection. At this point in the year, after recent record rainfalls, there is more chance of coastal erosion especially along the clay cliffs here locally, the rain running rapidly off the land is constantly washing down chunks of cliff.

Exciting new masterclass in PMC Sterling silver clay

Overgrown Garden Vessels with Lesley Messam
7th and 8th September 2013,
£385 per person (including materials)

Lesley Messam is an inventive and highly skilled artist and jeweller. She has reached Level 4 in the Metal Clay Masters Registry, only the second person in the world to achieve this. She is constantly experimenting and exploring techniques in construction and is an experienced and generous teacher.

I am delighted that she has agreed to teach here in North Yorkshire and to share her techniques for creating a small vessel with a threaded closure. In this workshop you will learn how to use PMC Sterling* silver clay to construct a very beautiful hollow formed vessel with a clever screw threaded lid, embellished with a cabochon of glass or stone, set after firing.

Sterling silver does have some advantages over fine silver, its additional strength is great for pendants on long chains that could be accidentally knocked and also for rings where durability is important.

Lesley will teach us how to make a screw thread in various sizes at minimal cost. Her method does not use gadgets or kits; works every time; is cheap and works to make the thread in many different sizes.

She will also show you how to add texture your vessel without the use of commercial texture sheets so that you can add embellishments of your own unique design or, if you would prefer to make little roses she will be happy to show you how.

*Art clay silver is an option if you prefer – indicate on the booking form
Please comment giving your email address if you would like a booking form (I won’t publish your comment)

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Local B&Bs include Bank House Farm http://www.bankhousefarmhostel.co.uk/
Beggars Bridge B&B http://www.beggarsbridge.co.uk/
Red House Farm B&B (and holiday cottages) http://www.redhousefarm.com/
And there are others – leave me a message via the comments if you would like more information or to book (include your email address, I won’t publish it)

Happy new year and lots of new classes

There are all kinds of exciting classes for 2013 so please keep checking as you will need to book early to secure a place.
Introduction to enamel on copper £140 with Lynne Glazzard Wednesdays by arrangement from January 23rd, 2013 Learn to create your own small copper panels, this course runs from alternate Wednesdays by arrangement and includes a small amount of copper and enamel, additional copper will be available to purchase on the day. It is also available as either a morning or afternoon session. This class is also scheduled for Sunday 10th March 2013 £140

Sunday 24th March 2013 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £155 with Lynne Glazzard
Thursday 28th March 2013 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £155 with Lynne Glazzard
Sunday 21st April 2013 first day of Art Clay Silver level 1 certification with Lynne Glazzard.
This is run by me as a four day course following the syllabus set out by Aida Corporation and can either be four consecutive days, two pairs of two days or four separate days within a one month period. I only run this twice a year at the moment so please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested.

Saturday 27th April 2013 Landscape into Enamel with Tilly Wilkinson £150 per person plus cost of copper available to purchase on the day. Using a range of enamel techniques produce a landscape based wall panel from your own images. You will incorporate a range of techniques including sifting, scrafitto and stencilling to produce your own personal response to a landscape that you love. You will learn how to prepare, counter enamel and finish your copper. A range of enamels are included in the price. Copper in various sizes will available to purchase on the day.

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Silver birches by Tilly Wilkinson

Saturday 25th May 2013 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £155 with Lynne Glazzard
Sunday 26th May 2013 Introduction to enamel on silver clay £170 with Lynne Glazzard

Saturday 1st June Introduction to enamel painting with Tilly Wilkinson £175 per person including all materials – During this 1 day class you will learn how to create your own miniature piece of enamel painting. You will be provided with pre prepared copper bases and a range of stimulus material to work from. You will look at techniques for transferring your chosen design onto the fired enamel surface prior to painting. Using finely ground enamel pigments you will be shown how to prepare them for your palette and how to apply them to your prepared base. No experience is necessary but some interest or ability in either oil or watercolour painting will be helpful.

On the weekends of 8th & 9th June and 15th & 16th June Lynne will be taking part in North Yorkshire Open Studios so the studio will be open to visitors (Enamelling Wednesdays will be available during the period of open studios, advanced booking essential)

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29th & 30th June 2013 Carnival masks with Joy Funnell £385 per person, including materials (see previous post for more details) Advanced booking is essential and this class is filling up.

Saturday 13th July 2013 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £155 with Lynne Glazzard
Sunday 14th July 2013 Rings in silver clay £170 with Lynne Glazzard Sunday 28th July 2013 Introduction to enamel on Art Clay Silver £170 with Lynne Glazzard

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September 2013 Art Clay Masterclass with guest tutor, more details to follow soon

21st & 22nd September 2013 Enamel painting with Tilly Wilkinson £325 per person including materials During this 2 day class you will learn how to create your own miniature piece of enamel painting. We will cover how to press form and prepare a suitable base from copper shim, how to apply a suitable enamel layer on which to paint and how to fire it. In addition we will look at techniques for transferring your chosen design onto the fired enamel surface prior to painting. Using finely ground enamel pigments you will be shown how to prepare them for your palette and how to apply them to your prepared base. Enamel painting is suitable for representing a range of imagery from representational portraits to abstract designs. This class would be most suitable for those who already have a reasonable level of ability in either oil or watercolour painting and some enamelling experience.

For more information and booking details email

Planning new classes

I am just in the process of planning new classes for the autumn and for Spring 2013. I will be inviting some guest tutors to run classes here in my beautiful studio in North Yorkshire and classes will include jewellery making, learning to enamel, enamelling silver jewellery, bead making and art clay silver, metal clay or PMC.

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There are still a few places left on the following workshops

Saturday 22nd September 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

Saturday 29th September 2012 – Rings in Art Clay Silver at ArtisOn, Masham

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2012 Cloisonne enamel on art clay silver £350
A two day workshop. On the first day you will design and make a silver pendant, learning about design for enamel. On the second day you will prepare and apply wire patterns followed by thin layers of enamel, firing each layer in turn. You will then learn methods for finishing the piece to a high standard. The course includes small amounts of enamel, enough to complete the project.

Saturday 27th October 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2012 – two day workshop. Glass and art clay silver combination beads with Lynne Glazzard £360. On the first day you will learn to apply a variety of art clay silver products to the surface of glass beads before firing and annealing them in the kiln. On day two you will make some art clay silver beads to complement the glass beads before finishing them all to a high standard. Some glass beads are included in the course fee but not the art clay silver. A detailed materials list will be supplied in advance but you will need approximately 20g Art Clay 650; 10g Syringe type, Art Clay Silver Overlay paste

Other dates by arrangement. Booking essential. Dates book up quite quickly so please get in contact if you are wanting a place.
For more information, booking, prices and terms please go to metal-clay.co

There are still a few dates available for one-to-one workshops, please contact me if there is something you would like to do

Art Clay Level 1 certification – Dates by arrangement and price on application – subject to the prices of kits required to make the projects chosen. This is a four day course following the syllabus set by the Aida Corporation (manufacturers of Art Clay Silver). Seven projects are made over the four day period, including rings, earrings, pendants and a brooch. The course fee includes the materials to make the seven projects and the use of tools and equipment. The projects are assessed and if completed successfully an application for the certificate will be made to the Art Clay UK Guild. If any of the projects are unsuccessful then arrangements can be made to ‘remake’ them at additional cost to the student.
Email Lynne to book

Terms and conditions 50% deposit required to confirm a place, balance payable by cheque or cash 7 days prior to the first day of the class.

7 days notice of cancellation is required so that I can resell the workshop place.
In the event of cancellation more than 7 days before the class the deposit can be carried over to another mutually convenient date.
Cancellation by the student less than 7 days prior to a workshop will result in forfeit of your deposit and course fee
Each class has a maximum number of places available and a minimum number before it can run. If I have to cancel a workshop I will give as much notice as possible and a place will be offered for an alternative workshop at a future date. Refunds will be given in the event of tutor illness or insufficient numbers booked for a workshop.
I reserve the rights to vary these terms and conditions at any time.

The studio is based in the beautiful village of Glaisdale approximately 12 miles from Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors.

My studio is based in the beautiful village of Glaisdale on the North Yorkshire Moors, approximately 12 miles inland from Whitby. I can recommend B&B accommodation locally if you wish to take two or more classes or extend your stay and enjoy the area.

North Yorkshire Open Studios

I am ready for the second weekend of North Yorkshire Open Studios and looking forward to welcoming more visitors over the next 2 days. On Saturday I will demonstrate a bit of fold forming, the art of folding and hammering metal to create beautiful sculptural shapes.

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I will have a variety of hand made charm style glass beads for sale

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together with some of my new range of little secret places, silver jewellery inspired by buildings

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Visitors will also get a preview of my recent enamelled panels based on Whitby Abbey with moths

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I have been working on these in preparation for the forthcoming exhibition of work by members of the Guild of Enamellers at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby (but will post information on this later).

I hope to see plenty of people tomorrow and, if it stops raining for long enough, will be putting so e pretty bunting up around the studio door to add to the feeling of celebration in this fantastic event.

Day 2 of Open Studios

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Day 2 and I am about to go and open up early. I have a few jobs to finish and want to do a bit of tweaking to my displays. I finished off a few silver cores to some new charm beads yesterday so need to display them in pride of place. I also want a bit of time to set up today’s demonstration on my work table.
I will be also open on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012 and also be open during the week 11th to 14th June by appointment. During Open Studios I will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during the day, starting at 11am – including making unique silver jewellery using art clay silver.

The road from Egton to Glaisdale is going to be closed near Beggars Bridge for three weeks during the period of Open Studios. To get to Glaisdale you will have to approach via Lealholm or Rosedale. This affects anyone intending to visit – but it will be worth the trip to see my wonderful new studio, watch demos and buy something from my new ranges of work.

Open Studios and more Whitby Abbey enamels

I will be open on Saturday 9th June, Sunday 10th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012 and also be open during the week 11th to 14th June by appointment. During Open Studios I will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during the day, starting at 11am – including making unique silver jewellery using art clay silver.

The road from Egton to Glaisdale is going to be closed near Beggars Bridge for three weeks during the period of Open Studios. To get to Glaisdale you will have to approach via Lealholm or Rosedale. This affects anyone intending to visit – but it will be worth the trip to see my wonderful new studio, watch demos and buy something from my new ranges of work.

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Here are to more of my enamelled panels of Whitby Abbey, one with a moth and the other without. I have really enjoyed working on these and they are for sale here in my studio this weekend.

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There are plenty of other new things available too, from hand made lamp-work glass beads with silver cores to jewellery inspired by pressed flowers and flying things such as bats, moths and birds. My cabinets are all set up and filled and the studio is looking lovely with all this work on display.

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I look forward to meeting lots of new people and hopefully some old friends too over the coming weekend.