Jewellery: Contemporary Spoon Making
What you will learn
Traditionally, spoons were made by forging, but sometimes a spoon design might call for a different process, especially if using unconventional materials or if you want something that has a more contemporary feel. This course will explore different ways of making and constructing spoons using simple silversmithing techniques
By the end of the course you will be able to
- How to prepare hammers ready for using with simple silversmithing techniques
- Alternative methods to construct a spoon
- To raise a three-dimensional bowl from a flat sheet of metal and connect to a handle of your choice to form a spoon.
- To use doming, blocking and planishing hammers, doming punches, metal flat-plates and sand bags.
Class format and activities
You will learn about different techniques that contemporary silversmiths use to create spoons using images, examples and a presentation. You will learn how to use hammers correctly to dome the bowl part of the spoon and how to use doming punches and small stakes to planish the metal to a smooth hammered finish. You will use copper to make models of your spoon bowl and to practise the techniques that have been demonstrated.
Discussions both with the group and the tutor, on a one to one basis, will take place to discuss your ideas for the connection between the handle and the bowl.
You will then create your bowl for the finished spoon and create the fitting to attach the handle. Throughout the course there will be demonstrations of different techniques and the tutor will be at hand to help demonstrate where direct help is needed.
This is a practical course and will involve the use of hammers so a certain amount of arm strength will be required. The emphasis of the course is on individual tuition. Each stage of the process will be demonstrated both to the group and to individuals as appropriate.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This is an intermediate course. Previous experience of these techniques is not necessary as all techniques will be demonstrated. However, familiarity with the jewellery studio environment and the use of hand tools and annealing metal would be beneficial.
What you need to know before you enrol
The jewellery studio is on the 3rd floor of the main building, there is lift access.
This is a practical course and will involve the use of hammers so a certain amount of arm/ hand strength will be required. It may also be noisy, therefore use of earplugs/ear defenders may be advised. These will be available to use. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy.
Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant and they will advise you as to necessary precautions.
What you will need for your class
Before the course starts, your tutor will email you with an ideas sheet and suggestions for what your spoon handle could be made from. You will then need to research, find or make your spoon handle before the course begins and bring it to the first lesson.
• Apron, sketchbook, handle/s for the spoon in whatever your chosen material is.
• A choice of designs which the tutor will assess with you on the first lesson.
• Copper sheet will be provided for models and the finished piece, but if you wish to use any other materials such as silver, you are welcome to email the tutor to discuss your ideas before the lessons commence and Diana will be able to recommend the thickness you will require.
• Please wear sensible shoes- no open toed sandals. Please tie long hair back
What you can do next
The course provides an excellent start to silversmithing or a refresher or taster of new techniques. You could continue to beginner, intermediate or advanced jewellery making classes at Morley College
Diana Greenwood teaches the Jewellery Certificate Level 2 -VJE070A