Blacksmithing and Garden Sculpture – Outdoor Work Adult Courses

Bedales are delighted to announce the launch of the Traditional Heritage Craft Week which will run from July 8-12, 2024. During this week we’ll be offering three courses for adults:

  • Blacksmithing and Garden Sculpture
  • Willow Weaving and Basketry
  • Oak Timber Framing

Over the five days you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a heritage craft and learn from expert tutors. Each course will run in and around the beautiful timber framed barnyard of the Bedales Outdoor Work department. Catering and all materials are included in the price. Further details of the Blacksmithing and Garden Sculpture course are outlined below:

Blacksmithing and Glass Garden Sculpture Course
This practical course introduces students to forge work and fused glass techniques, in order to create a garden sculpture of steel and glass.

Aim of the course: Each student will complete a sculpture of their own design for their garden, plus some sample pieces created whilst learning the required techniques.
What will you learn: The course combines a wide range of skills involving working with steel and glass. Initially we will cover the main skills needed to create a piece of fused glass. We will then move on to the skills of blacksmithing; to draw down, upset, bend, twist, hot cut and punch using hand tools.
The course is suitable for: All abilities, including complete beginners. Physical strength is not a priority, the most important thing is commitment to your project and curiosity about technique and process. The focus is not just mastering blacksmithing and fused glass techniques, but also responding in a creative way to both a design challenge and the properties of the materials.
Why choose this course: This is an ambitious course covering a comprehensive range of skills. You will be tutored by Lucille Scott, a highly experienced professional who has used glass and steel in her sculptures for many years. There will be extra support from Elisa Dodd, fused glass artist, on the initial days with the glass work, whilst Martyna Ciucka, apprentice at Little Duck Forge, will be assisting with the forge work.
All materials are provided.

Timetable
This is subject to change, depending on progress, but expect the week to look like this:
Monday – Friday, 9.30 – 4:30pm. Lunch is included. Early finish Friday.  NB: we will be in contact in May to gather any dietary requirements.

Day 1 – Creating a coaster with basic glass techniques for fused glass. Basic forge work skills including making a hook.
Day 2 – Continuing forge work skills and starting to look at design options.
Day 3 – Development of your design and making the glass element.
Day 4 – Mainly forge work, working on final sculpture.
Day 5 – Mainly forge work, completing your sculpture.

Your tutor
Lucille Scott, owner of Little Duck Forge and part-time blacksmithing tutor at Bedales. Lucille has a Bachelor of Education in Design and Technology, has taught design for over 30 years, and has 15 years’ experience working as a blacksmith.
If you have any questions please email Lucille at lucillescott@btinternet.com.  Further information can be found here Little Duck Forge

Summary... Bedales are delighted to announce the launch of the Traditional Heritage Craft Week which will run from July 8-12, 2024. During this week we’ll be offering three courses for adults: […]

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