Delve into Copper

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This course is aimed at people who want to explore the art of copper and make beautiful objects.

This is a 3 week evening course running on the following dates between 6- 9pm: DATES ON HOLD DUE TO COVID. Please get in touch to express an interest.



No booking fee, booking via email and bank transfer

All materials included (to make 3 copper objects)

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to learn about the beauty of copper and introduce you to some of the fundamental metal work processes you can access at Seagulls Life House Workshop. The course suits people at any skill level who want to further their knowledge and practical ability in a structured learning environment.

This is a hands on, practical copper workshop delivered by the passionate artist Leon Varga. Leon will help you explore a range of silversmith techniques so you can design and make your own copper creations.

No previous experience or qualifications are required for this course. Suitable for complete beginners or more experienced art makers who want to expand their knowledge of practice of metal work.

Leon will demonstrate:

Week 1

Fundamental copper working techniques

In week 1 you will learn how to make beautiful organic or geometric forms using anticlastic raising and basic fold forming techniques. You will learn how to manipulate copper metal directly and find yourself producing the most amazing natural shapes and forms that can then be turned into an art object. Techniques covered:

  1. Decorate metal surfaces with texture and pattern
  2. Anneal and pickle metal
  3. Saw and pierce
  4. Silver solder
  5. File and finish

Week 2

Copper etching

During week 3 we will consider all types of etching. This is an intensive practical workshop involving measuring, making, texturing, colourising and finishing with a copper etched artwork to take home.

Loads of tips, hints and plenty of background information from our fully trained & experienced silversmith.


Week 3

Copper bowl making

With guidance from your tutor, you will learn how to heat metal and form a flat sheet by blocking/sinking using a specialist hammer and sandbag. You will then learn how to form the metal as much or little as you wish to create a bowl that is truly unique. Finally when you reach your desired shape you will learn how to planish the piece to give a lovely even hammered surface.



Workshop Social Distancing

  • MAX of 4 people on the course
  • Face coverings
  • Sanitise hands when you walk in the building
  • Tables, chairs and high use areas will be sanitised between before and after workshops
  • You must NOT attend the workshop if you feel ill or have been asked to isolate.
  • Please bring your own drink and snacks
  • Specific safety instructions will be discussed at the beginning of each workshop

Cancellation policy

  • If you start the course but can’t complete it due to isolating we will book you on to other sessions.
  • If you have paid for the course but aren’t able to attend the first workshop you will have the option of booking a later course or a full refund.