Jewellery artists Charmayne Dobbs and Ingrid Schloemer are holding their inaugural Summer Silver Retreat in Haumoana, Hawke’s Bay on 15 and 16 January 2011. Over the two days, they’ll give tuition in the creation of silver jewellery using precious metal clay.
The cost of $275 includes tuition, use of tools, firing service and materials (10g silver plate + wire, 14g silver clay and two cubic zirkonias). A BBQ dinner will also be provided on the Saturday night, and drinks and nibbles will be supplied throughout the weekend.
This is a fabulous opportunity to learn traditional ways of working with metals: sawing, filing, soldering, wire work, using hammers and pliers – as well as learning to work with a new contemporary material, precious metal clay: shaping, sculpting, cutting, sanding, drilling, setting stones, polishing, and maybe create some filigree work.
Places are limited to 12 people, to allow Charmayne and Ingrid to work closely with each student. You will be working in a group of six with one of the artists, and swap the following day to learn with the other. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends, and I can personally vouch for it being a lot of fun!
A creative weekend in beautiful Hawke’s Bay would also make an amazing Christmas present for a crafty person – Ingrid will happily supply a printable voucher to give on Christmas Day. Secure a place at the Summer Silver Retreat now!