Join Ella McIntosh, one of the studio residents at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, for an introduction to pewtersmithing, using lead free pewter. Ella describes her relationship with pewter as ‘Love at first hammer’, having trained as a silversmith and graduated to become a creator, facilitator and maker of all things pewter related. This particular workshop is 4 hours of learning a new skill whilst unleashing your metallic creativity to craft a metal vessel. The pewter vessel can be used as a pen or paintbrush holder, mini plant pot or as an ornament. In the workshop, you will use a traditional metalwork rolling mill in combination with various textured items to decorate your pot. Anyone can take part regardless of previous experience or ability, however, those with interests in Jewellery making or other heritage crafts may be more familiar with some of the techniques involved. Ella will guide you through the process of bashing and soldering the main body before adding the finishing touches to your vessel. Pewter is a very hands on material, but also a lot of fun to work with. There is no feeling quite the same as taking home a piece of art and craft which you can take pride in having made yourself.
You will be learning these new techniques within the naturally lit and open space of Manchester Craft and Design Centre, have a go at bashing metal in this peaceful surrounding. It is a welcoming and warm environment, perfect for trying out a new craft or learning a new skill. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided in the session, as well as all the materials and tools that you’ll need. Be sure to check Manchester Craft and Design Centre’s website for more of their artist and maker workshops, as well as Ella’s website for the full variety of Workshops she facilitates with Pewter and crafting.