Crafting a Silver Spoon
When: Weekends 10:00am – 4:00pm
Duration: 6 hours (30 minute lunch break)
Class size: Maximum 6 people
Have you ever wanted to make a silver spoon? Perhaps a keepsake spoon, a gift for a newborn baby or happy newlyweds? A coffee scoop for morning rituals or perhaps you really need a fancy spoon to stir your Friday night Negroni?
This full day hands-on workshop is a lot of fun and will give you the opportunity to make your very own spoon in sterling silver.
This workshop is a great gift idea and is suitable for the absolute beginner or for someone who would like to upscale their jewellery making skills to small scale functional objects.
The humble spoon was one of the earliest examples of cutlery and the use of silver spoons goes back to the ancient Greeks when it was normal to carry a spoon and drinking vessel when dining away from home! Today, a silver spoon is still a traditional gift for a new baby or a wedding present. Tutor Erin Pearce invites you to spend a day forging and fabricating your very own Copper and Fine Silver spoons.
Delving into the values of reciprocity and the sharing of the skills, space and time, we invite you to experiment with techniques and designs in copper, before creating a Fine Silver teaspoon.
Let’s see what you can bring to the table!
These classes are not designed for silversmiths; they are for people who just want to experience and understand the skills of the craftsmen and women who create beautiful silverware. Students will be required to have a basic understanding of annealing and soldering metal, and will need to be comfortable with repetitive hammering for long periods of time.
Using hammers and stakes, we focus on traditional silversmithing techniques to manipulate silver into 3D form. Learn how we stretch, thin and shape metal to create elegant forms. In the process of making your spoon you will learn how to anneal, forge, form and solder.
These are some of the techniques that you will be guided through:
Annealing, Forging, Forming
Complex solder joins (for both fine jewellery and standard jewellery connections)
Industry standard finishing/polishing
New materials knowledge and understanding through application
Chemicals and their uses
This course is an excellent introduction to working with metals. Using traditional tools and methods to transform a piece of silver using hammering and forging – a process known as hand raising – into a simple utensil.
Everyone will complete one silver spoon.
You will complete this course having increased your skills set and you will leave with the understanding and confidence to continue making basic utensils.
Tuition fee includes all materials, tools and enough silver to make one spoon. You will be provided with copper to sample, sterling silver, consumables – saw blades, solder, emery paper, industry standard polishing equipment, notes, trade connections.
All the tools you need for the course will be available at the venue; including an apron.
For health and safety reasons, please bring along with you the following
Hair tie: If you have long hair, please bring along something to tie it back with.
Closed in shoes: We will be working with hot, sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes, which will protect your feet. Avoid wearing loose flowing garments.
Sketch book/note book/ pen and/or pencil: Please bring along a notebook for your own notes and design ideas. Notes will be provided to complement the techniques you will be learning but you may wish to make your own notes.
Remember: If you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along.
Please read our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation and Refunds Policy carefully prior to enrolling.
What you will learn
- Whether you are in the process of growing your own brand, taking on commissions or you just want to make something lovely for yourself, this course will delve into the metallurgical world of the noble metal Gold, and attempt to demystify this precious metal by enabling you to feel confident when choosing to work with it in your designs. Working within a modern, light-filled workshop, our jewellery teachers have advanced knowledge in both traditional and contemporary design techniques. Having spent more than a decade working with all golds, your tutor for this class is the very best person to have at your side when first working with gold.
What you will get
- This class develops your skills to be able to use both 9ct and 18ct Gold - you may prefer wearing one over the other. These are some of the techniques that you will be guided through: Metallurgy Complex solder joins (for both fine jewellery and standard jewellery connections) Industry standard finishing/polishing New materials knowledge and understanding through application Temperature control Chemicals and their uses Design planning
Entrance to Joynton Avenue Creative Centre is via Hansard Street. If you are driving, there is plenty of parking located on and around Portman Street and Hansard Street.
Please note that there is NO PARKING on Joynton Avenue.
The Bench at JACC is close to train and bus. The closest train station is Green Square, and is only a 10 minute walk. There are buses travelling to and from the Eastern Suburbs, the Inner West and Sydney CBD. Please use Tripview or Google Maps to find your best route.
Alternatively contact The Bench for assistance.
What to bring
- Copper and silver are provided.
What to wear
For health and safety reasons, please bring along with you the following Hair tie: If you have long hair, please bring along something to tie it back with. Closed in shoes: We will be working with hot, sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes, which will protect your feet. Avoid wearing loose flowing garments. Remember: If you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along.
Students will be required to have an understanding of annealing and soldering metal, and will need to be comfortable with repetitive hammering for long periods of time.
The Bench is a modern, industry standard workshop focusing on education and training for the industry and community. Director and principle tutor Erin Keys established The Bench because she wanted a place for a community to grow together and share their knowledge and experience. With little start up money and no regular funding, we raised funds to build a relaxed and friendly place to learn traditional and contemporary jewellery techniques, a space to develop ideas and projects such as ring making, silver jewellery and stone setting gems. We provide concept based jewellery classes to the absolute beginner, the aspiring maker and to the professional jeweller.
The Bench offers the community the following:
Jewellery Classes, jewellery specializations, professional jewellery development, private jewellery lessons, corporate team building and jewellery related activities.
Why learn to make jewellery at The Bench?
When you become a student at The Bench you are contributing to the viability and sustainability of our workshop, including the general maintenance. By learning to make jewellery at The Bench, you are supporting the establishment of a creative community, and are helping The Bench to evolve & experiment with new programs.
The Bench Jewellery School and Workshop is dedicated to building an unparalleled jewellery centre that delivers quality programs for the betterment of the community and the jewellery industry. The Bench is an open window to learn, design and share by creating experiences and fostering the next generation of makers. It is a place to learn, work, and discuss ideas and share knowledge, a laboratory for the creation of jewellery.
The Bench is a safe working and learning environment, complete with a wide inventory of tools and equipment. The Bench cultivates inclusive, creative and accessible spaces for everyone to have the opportunity to feel safe and welcomed. Our programs and activities offer opportunities for artists and audiences with disability to engage and participate.
Established in 2020, The Bench is located at the exquisite historic site, Joynton Avenue Creative Centre in Green Square. The former South Sydney Hospital comprised a group of brick buildings dating from 1911. Within the precinct, the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre occupies the Esme Cahill building, which was the nurses’ accommodation block, opened in 1938. The Joynton Avenue Creative Precinct by Peter Stutchbury Architecture (PSA), in association with Design 5 – Architects as heritage consultant, completed for the City of Sydney. Easily accessed by Bus, Train, Ride, Walk and with Wheelchair accessibility.
Cancellations & Refunds
You are entitled to a full refund.
- A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
- A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
No changes will be allowed after these times.
We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.
Terms & Conditions
Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at The Bench or organised by The Bench must agree to these terms and conditions.
1.) LIABILITY WAIVER
I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by The Bench. We take your health and safety seriously. The following are general guidelines when you participate in a class.
Always follow the instructions of the teacher at all times. Do not touch or operate any equipment you have not been shows how to operate. If you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along. If you have long hair, please bring along something to tie it back with.
We will be working with hot, sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes, which will protect your feet. Avoid wearing loose flowing garments. Eye/ ear and face masks that are required for a class will be provided and you must wear them at all times if instructed to do so. Please advise if you are pregnant prior to a class.
2.) PHOTO & VIDEO
I agree to give The Bench unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at The Bench classes and events or on The Bench premises. (For use of The Bench marketing materials).