Summer School Weekend: Material / Process / Technique, Blackhorse Workshop

  • London
  • crafts, combined arts, interdisciplinary arts, visual arts, Other, woodwork
  • Blackhorse Workshop


Summer School Weekend: Material / Process / Technique
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August
£150 per person
8 places available


Join Blackhorse Workshop 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.

Saturday – Pewter Casting and Jesmonite Casting
10am – 4pm

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.

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.

Sunday – Wood Carving
10am – 2pm

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.