Artists at INTRA

Silver Clay Jewellery – The Skiving Scholar

silver clay fish by Sara WordleySara Wordley aka The Skiving Scholar brings her wonderful silver clay courses to INTRA most months and oh do we love them! This magical substance can be sculpted just like clay, but when it is fired in Sara’s kiln, the binder burns away leaving 99.9% real fine silver! After a whole lot of fun sculpting and some polishing and finishing tricks, you’ll make some really beautiful pieces to wear yourself or give as presents. It’s completely gratifying being able to make impressive pieces of jewellery so quickly, and Sara is so generous with her teaching that you learn all sorts of pro-tips in her day courses.

As well as the regular taster sessions where you can make simple pendants etc., Sara has developed some special new courses this year. An enticing series of themed silver clay workshops begins with ‘Beachcomber‘ in August. There will be shells, clay pipes, worn sea glass, seaweed and old china on hand from mudlarking trips and wanders along the shore, or you can bring along your own found objects. You’ll learn how to make moulds from these treasures, incorporate them into your pieces of jewellery, or press their textures into the clay. Sara is a marine biologist in her other professional life, so this theme is close to her heart!

In September ‘The Secret Garden‘ will see us finding inspiration in our gardens and the local countryside, creating handmade moulds from our garden ‘finds’ and using tiny cutters to help with the shaping. Garden herbs, acorns, twigs, seeds, leaves, flowers and anything garden-related with interesting shapes or textures will be collected prior to the event for potential moulding. These will then be used to cast fine silver versions and to make lovely nature-themed jewellery.

In October we’ll be very excited as we always host a Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos celebration, following the Mexican tradition of honouring the dead in colourful and joyful ways. So we’re delighted that Sara has come up with a silver clay ‘Day Of The Dead‘ workshop to create unique pieces of fine silver jewellery. We’ll be looking for inspiration in sugar skulls, marigolds, crosses, ofrendas, skeletons and papel picado – the hand-cut tissue paper decorations that are everywhere in Mexico during this month.

Have a look at Sara’s website for course dates and bookings, her kiln firing service.

Silver clay jewellery by Sara Wordley

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