10:00 - 17:00 - The Stables Causeway, Cromarty IV11 8XS
Transforming a sheet of silver into a piece of jewellery can be a fulfilling and exciting creative process. This intensive three day course will introduce you to the traditional techniques and tools used to make jewellery. The aim of this course, using demonstrations and structured guidance from highly regarded tutor and contemporary jewller, Jo Pudelko, is to instil confidence as you learn techniques such as sawing, soldering, annealing, filing, texturing and shaping to create a piece of silver jewellery during the course and when you continue making afterwards. You will start by using copper (which has similar working properties to silver) to practice on, then progress to using silver for your final piece. This course is an ideal introduction if you are taking your first steps in jewellery making or suitable for returning students looking to build upon their existing knowledge to create more complex pieces. Copper, a small amount of sheet silver and all tools will be provided. Extra silver can be purchased at cost during the course if needed. The weekend is designed to be as flexible as possible, allowing you to create your own designs and work on your own project at your own pace. Students can expect to complete 2-3 finished pieces depending on the complexity of their chosen designs. Held in the light, spacious Stables venue in Cromarty, this course is an opportunity to immerse yourself in jewellery making under expert tuition. £230 includes delicious, home-made lunch each day, copper and all tools. Silver will be extra, charged at cost price (exact amount to be confirmed). We require 25% deposit to reserve your place - email or tel 01381 600354.
‘Learn to make a right use of your eyes’, advises Cromarty’s favourite son, Hugh Miller. Join us for a weekend workshop of quiet reflection and meditative exploration of our creative responses to our environment using clay. During the weekend there will be periods of walking meditation, short breathing spaces and time to explore the seafront and the woods, being with ourselves in nature and working in a way that will encourage our experience of hearing, seeing and touching in a simple direct way. This is an opportunity to explore various hand building processes such as coiling, slab building, and pinch pots and there will be three different types of clay available to use: earthenware, paper clay and a stoneware raku clay. Once the work is leather hard we can begin working using a variety of slip techniques to add colour and interest to our pieces. The work will be fired for you and, if you choose, a transparent glaze applied. Completed work will be available for collection within 2 to 3 weeks. Workshop will be led by Kathleen Madigan, a retired psychotherapist who has practiced Zen meditation for over 16 years and taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses for 10 years. £125 includes all materials and a delicious, home-made lunch each day. We require a 25% deposit to reserve your place - email or tel 01381 600354.
10:00 - 16:00 - The Old Brewery Burnside Place, Cromarty IV11 8XQ
An intensive, six-day workshop in cutting fine lettering in stone. The focus will be equally on tools and cutting technique, and essential drawing skills. The object of the course is to give students a firm foundation in letter carving in stone. Through drawing and carving, the students begin to understand the structure of letter forms and the relationship between these two fundamental aspects of fine lettercutting. The course will also cover the beginnings of a sense of good spacing and touch on laying out an inscription. Stone and all tools will be provided. Tutor Robbie Schneider studied sculpture at Camberwell and Byam Shaw Art Schools in London and later specialized in lettering. He is a full member of Letter Exchange and of the Scottish Lettercutters Association and an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Robbie exhibits widely and does many public and private commissions. His work can be found throughout Britain, from Kent in the South to Shetland in the far North. Robbie works primarily in stone but he also works in wood, metals and other materials. £515 includes delicious, home-made lunch each day, all materials and tools. If you wish to purchase your stone at the end of the course, this costs a further £35. We require a 25% deposit to reserve your place - email or tel 01381 600354.
09:30 - 17:00 - The Stables Causeway, Cromarty IV11 8XS
This masterclass is suitable for those who have completed the Beginners Sewing weekend or who are comfortable with a sewing machine and looking to improve their sewing skills. We will work together to produce a pair of pyjama trousers and a messenger or handbag with zipped pockets and adjustable strap. In addition to this we will take time to look at other techniques and also how to make adjustments or add pockets to existing clothing (Please feel free to bring along items of your own clothing) Skills that you will learn: Measuring yourself and choosing the correct pattern size Cutting out patterns & fabric accurately Sewing pockets Sewing zipped pockets Buttonholes Sewing Bias Binding Adjustable straps Time allowing I will introduce you to applique and adding embellishments to garments also. After this class you will be able to apply these different techniques to all those projects you have lined up! The Basic Sewing Kit It would be helpful to have a basic sewing kit for this course, but not essential as there will tools available for use. Fabric scissors Seam ripper Dressmaking pins Hand sewing needles Threads Dressmaking tape measure Sewing gauge Bobbins, zipper foot and buttonhole foot suitable for your machine Temporary markers - this could be tailor's chalk, fade or wash-away pen Sewing Machine You will be required to bring your own sewing machine (which can be left securely overnight within the sewing room) this allows you to learn and become familiar with your own machine. There will also be a limited amount of extra machines available if you do not have your own machine please enquire upon booking. Fabric Fabric will be supplied however you may decide that you would like to pick your own fabric for your pyjama trousers and/or your bag. If this is the case please advise when booking and we will send you details of requirements. £100 - includes tea & coffee and most materials. Please bring a packed lunch each day. We require 25% deposit to reserve your place - email or tel 01381 600354. Please note, this course is also running on 5 & 6 May.
10:00 - 16:30 - The Old Brewery Burnside Place, Cromarty IV11 8XQ