Darwin House Winter workshops
Visit us in the beautiful and historic Georgian home and grounds of the birthplace
of Charles Darwin.
Overlooking the River Severn that wraps round Shrewsbury, the studio extends a
welcoming, inspirational and calm environment in which to explore the creative you.
Feretia offers workshops in Silver and Bronze metal clay from
an introductory morning to a full weekend of exploration.
Happy to add - the silver used in the workshops is a recycled resource.
Enjoy an experience discovering the unique properties of precious and metal clays.
Handcraft something special from an evolving selection to choose from
- or to gift to one you love well!
Find us: 2 The Mount. Shrewsbury SY3 8PU
CHOOSE YOUR WORKSHOP
What is silver and bronze clay?
Silver (precious metal) and bronze (base metal) clay is a wonderful creative medium to work with.
As the name suggests, it is easy to manipulate and form, being soft and malleable. It allows access, with no previous jewellery making experience, in crafting rewarding designs in fine silver or bronze -
a memento, objet d’art, or piece of jewellery.
Originating in Japan in 1990, precious metal clay came first, followed by bronze and other alloys
in 2008. It is a material of tiny particles of these base or precious metals combined with water and an organic, non-toxic binder.
As the clay in its green form is soft, it can be shaped, sculpted, cut, moulded and textured.
Once a design is made, the water evaporates from the clay as it dries. Once dry, whilst more delicate, with care, most finishing of a piece is easier at this stage than to work on the hard fired metal.
With firing, the organic binder burns off and the metal particles bind together and form the metal you originally worked with in clay form: Gold, Fine Silver, or Bronze.
Whilst there is a percentage of shrinkage during firing, the beauty is, the design integrity is not affected, so reveals the results you are expecting.
Workshops are held in Feretia’s studio for you to come and have a go - and some fun - in expressing your creativity in a new way!