Summer School Weekend: Material / Process / Technique

Level Beginners
What you'll make Pewter objects, Jesmonite coasters, Decorative Mandala wood block
Skills you'll learn Metal casting, Jesmonite casting, wood carving and decorative techniques
Duration 1 x weekend
Summer School Material Process Technique (2)

Join us for a weekend escape of making as you explore a variety of techniques across a range of contemporary and traditional materials. You’ll have the opportunity to test out three different processes using Pewter, Jesmonite and hardwoods creating unique pieces to take home.

8 places available.


Saturday – Pewter Casting and Jesmonite Casting
10.30am – 4.30pm

The weekend will begin with an introduction to Pewter Casting. Using a technique that dates back to the Vikings, you will carve into a cuttlefish shell, and pour molten metal into your very own unique mould. You will be shown how to melt the Pewter – a malleable metal alloy that has a low melting point. There will be the opportunity to cast two small objects, using specialist metalwork tools and finishing techniques.

Bring along ideas or drawings to carve. Learn this simple metalworking process and create a pendant or a keepsake to take home. Perfect for beginners or those with some experience of metalwork. Your tutor Lauren Wilson is an experienced sculptor and metal fabricator and is a resident member at Blackhorse Workshop.

After a break for lunch you will join designer Daniela Rubino and learn how to cast terrazzo effect coasters using Jesmonite.  Jesmonite is a versatile gypsum based resin and is non-toxic making it safe to work with. Design your colour palette, then learn how to mix and add pigment to Jesmonite making the chips to cast into the mixture. Finally you will sand and finish your drinks coaster. You will produce two coasters to take home with you, with felt pads to finish the design.

To allow for social distancing, the class will be split into two groups of four people and then you will swap to the other class after lunch. The on-site cafe Wood Street Coffee will be open until 3pm doing take away food and drinks, or you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch with you.


Sunday – Wood Carving
10.30am – 2.30pm
On Sunday you will join woodworker and furniture designer Lua Garcia for a decorative wood carving class. Working with Walnut, a beautiful hardwood from our in-house timber store (award winning Saunders Seasonings), you will learn how to carve using different carving knives. You will be shown the techniques to safely and effectively carve your very own Mandala wood block, a beautiful design that can be used across many decorative woodworking projects. Learn about different finishes to treat your piece before taking it home.

Social distancing
We are ensuring limited numbers of people on site at all times and carrying out social distancing measures with additional cleaning in place. All of our teachers will receive training in our new rules and we will be making all attendees aware of how to safely take part at the workshop. If you have your own face covering please bring this with you. We will have some disposable masks should you need one.  We will not be providing refreshments so please bring your own soft drinks and/or snacks. The cafe will be open on Saturday but will be closed on Sunday. If you don’t feel well or need to self-isolate, please don’t come to the workshop but let us know as soon as possible and we can discuss options with you.

Refunds and/or changes to ticket are available up to 7 days before course date.