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)

Learn to enamel

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Today I have had a lovely day teaching Denise a little bit about enamelling on copper. She brought with her a small enamelled picture of trees by Harry Nicholson that she had bought some time ago and was intrigued by. She began by learning to sift thin layers of enamel onto small pieces of sheet copper, drawing into the layer of powder before firing it in the kiln at 800 degrees centigrade. Initially she used flux and white, using the copper oxides that form where the lines are drawn through the first layer to create patterns. Having established the basis of patterns she then added coloured enamels on some of her pieces. Denise finished with the largest piece where she allowed the view of the dale looking out through my studio window to inspire her and created this wonderful little landscape panel.

I know she enjoyed her day here and I always enjoy seeing how creative people can be within such a short time. I am sure this will be just the beginning of her adventure with enamel!

Make your own Wedding rings

I have been asked on a few occasions to help couples to make their own wedding rings. Here in my studio near Whitby on the North York Moors I have all the tools and equipment you need and can help you to create your own special and unique rings for each other. On Saturday I spent a lovely day helping Nicole and Jamie make each other a wedding ring in sterling silver.

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We began the day with coffee and a discussions about the width, thickness and finish of the rings and then Nicole and Jamie learned how to use a piercing saw to cut their silver strip, working out the required length and cutting and filing it. They annealed it and while the silver strips were in the pickle they had a few attempts at stamping a little star punch into copper sheet – and then onto the silver strips. They annealed and pickled them again before forming the basic ring shapes and soldering the join with silver solder

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Once they were happy with the soldered seams they filed and sanded all the surfaces.

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After getting them to their chosen finish Nicole decided to oxidise the ring Jamie had made her to make the star punch marks stand out more

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Here are their lovely rings – I am now going to send them off for hallmarking ready for their big day at the beginning of May. Thanks to them both for a thoroughly enjoyable day and best wishes to them for their future together.

Landscape into Enamel

On Saturday 27th April 2013 I will be hosting a wonderful workshop – Landscape into Enamel with Tilly Wilkinson here in my studio on the North York Moors.
It will be £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.

Tilly is a former Chair of the Guild of Enamellers and an inspiring teacher of this fascinating medium. Email Lynne for more information and to book your place.

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Silver Birches, enamel on copper by Tilly Wilkinson

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Memories of Scampston, enamel on copper by Tilly Wilkinson

Make your own wedding rings

Over the past couple of years I have run the occasional workshop for couples to make their own wedding rings. This began when I was asked by a couple of friends, who then recommended me to their colleagues. I now offer this as part of my regular schedule as a one day workshop for couples to spend the day in the jewellery studio with me and make rings for each other, from start to finish.

I will take you step by step through the process and by the end of the day your rings will be beautifully finished and you will be impressed and happy with your results. Even if you have never done any jewellery making before, you will be able to make perfectly finished rings, adding a little extra meaning to your wedding day knowing that you have created these for each other.

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My experience shows that simple wedding bands, made and finished perfectly are the most satisfying. If you would prefer something a little more complicated, it is possible, but please contact me to discuss your ideas to ensure they are possible in one day.

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The standard workshop is £350 per couple and this includes sterling silver for two rings. If you would like to make your ring in gold then I am happy to discuss your requirements but the gold will be an additional cost. Please be aware that gold prices fluctuate on a daily basis and I would require payment in advance before ordering your materials. I would suggest that perhaps you make an appointment to visit the studio and discuss your requirements in greater detail if you want to make your wedding rings in gold.

I include tea and coffee throughout the day but you will need to bring your own packed lunch.

If you would like more information or to make a booking please email me

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What could be more special and romantic than spending a day creating your own rings? My workshop is located in the beautiful landscape of the North York Moors near to Whitby, perfect for a romantic weekend away. This is a fun and relaxed day for anyone planning their unique handmade wedding – even complete beginners.

Terms and conditions

The studio is not currently wheelchair accessible and students with disabilities should enquire about the suitability of the courses prior to booking. If you book a class and you know you have mobility or other issues which may impact on your ability to attend, then subsequently cancel, no refund will be given. It is your responsibility to ensure you fully understand our accessibility limitations before you book.

Wedding Rings – 50% deposit is required to secure the date to make your own wedding rings and is non-refundable. If you subsequently cancel the booking, no refund will be given. If you have made arrangements to make your ring in gold then payment for the metal for your rings will be required in advance. If, for any reason you cancel your booking No cash refund will be given for metal if it has already been purchased. If the metal has not been purchased a full refund will be given for the metal price quoted.

If you are booked on a class, wedding ring day or course and you do not turn up on the day for any reason, no refund will be given. If you turn up and are considered to be incapable of working safely due to alcohol, drugs or general ill-health or fatigue, you will be excluded from the class with no refund. I reserve the right to exclude any student I feel may be a danger to themselves or other students.

If due to unforeseen circumstances a course has to be cancelled by me, you will be offered an alternative date or a refund. You will be given as much notice as possible, however, I cannot be held responsible for your travel or accommodation costs.

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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

Colourful Carnival Masks workshop with Joy Funnell

I am still working on my class schedule for 2013. One exciting event will be a two day workshop by Joy Funnell and I am taking bookings now and this class is booking up, so get your booking in quickly.
29th and 30th June 2013 – Colourful Carnival Masks with Joy Funnell
£385 per person including materials

Joy Funnell is well known for her colourful silver and enamel Venetian carnival mask pendants. On this 2 day workshop you will learn how to create your own unique silver mask using Art Clay Silver. Then we will cover how to add wires to the mask for decoration before enamelling them to create your very own colourful carnival mask pendant. You will learn tips and tricks including creating the best surface on the silver for the enamel, making a three dimensional mask shape, making bails and decorating the reverse of your piece including setting small stones. Once the masks are fired and polished you will learn Joy’s unique Enamelled Accents technique for adding wires to make free standing cells for enamel. After covering how to prepare the enamels to get the brightest clearest colours you will learn how to wet lay them onto your piece and how different colour enamels can be used and blended together. Finally we will use patination to accentuate the bright enamel colours and the textures. During this workshop you will have a rainbow of enamel colours to use that you will be able to take home with you afterwards. Some previous experience with silver clay is necessary.

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Terms and conditions £100 deposit required to confirm a place, a further £100 payable two months before the commencement of the class and the balance payable by cheque or cash 14 working days prior to the first day of the class. 14 days notice of cancellation is required so that I can resell the workshop place. In the event of cancellation more than 14 days before the class the deposit can be carried over to another mutually convenient class. 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. My studio is based in the beautiful village of Glaisdale on the North York Moors, approximately 12 miles inland from Whitby. I can recommend B&B accommodation locally – email me for details and the booking form.

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