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Category : SSW Courses

2 people bend down to tip a large crucible of molten iron into a series of moulds. It is dark and the orange glow from the iron reflects on their visors, helmets and leather jackets. Two others lean in to observe, also wearing full PPE. In the background the barrel-like iron furnace spews sparks and a powerful green flame from the top.Iron pour at SSW's 40th anniversary celebrations (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Courses: Iron Intensive

Course Leader: SSW Senior Technician, Eden JollyPlaces: 4 (Beginners+)Cost: £650 residential / £550 non-residential (includes tuition, materials and consumables) Dates:11 – 15 September 2022 Booking: Book online below or phone SSW on 01464 861372. Further information:If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to accessibility at SSW, please get in touch and we will make every effort to support you to visit. Our Courses Terms and Conditions are available here. This unique course draws from SSW’s 30 year history of working with iron. […]

A woman with bleached blonde hair wears an apron and leans over a half constructed clay form on a banding wheel in the ceramics studio.

Courses: Large Handbuilding

Course Leader: SSW Ceramics Technician, Beth BidwellPlaces: 6 (Beginners+)Cost: £250 residential / £225 non-residential (includes tuition, materials and consumables) Dates:5 & 6 November 2022 Booking: Book online via this form or phone SSW on 01464 861372. Further information:If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to accessibility at SSW, please get in touch and we will make every effort to support you to visit. Our Courses Terms and Conditions are available here. Develop and refine your hand-building skills with our experienced Ceramics Technician […]

Three messy shelves on the wall. Stacked high with miscellaneous tubs containing glazes, labelled with handwritten stickers. Various test tiles hang from the front of the shelves in lots of colours and textures.SSW's experimental glaze selection and testers. Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Courses: Glazing Intensive

Course Leader: SSW Ceramics Technician, Beth BidwellPlaces: 6 (Intermediate+)Cost: £650 residential / £550 non-residential (includes tuition, materials and consumables) Dates:20 – 24 March 2023 Booking: Book online via this form or phone SSW on 01464 861372. Further information:If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to accessibility at SSW, please get in touch and we will make every effort to support you to visit. Our Courses Terms and Conditions are available here. An in-depth course exploring experimental and sculptural glazing. Glaze is a […]

One person wearing PPE hammers a metal bar on an anvil while another looks on and offers adviceCommunity Making Sessions, SSW is 40! (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Courses: Two-Day Blacksmithing

Course Leader: SSW Technician, Michael HautemullePlaces: 4 (Beginners+)Cost: £250 residential / £225 non-residential (includes tuition, materials and consumables) Dates:10 & 11 December 2022 Booking: Book online below or phone SSW on 01464 861372. Further information:If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to accessibility at SSW, please get in touch and we will make every effort to support you to visit. Our Courses Terms and Conditions are available here. A two-day blacksmithing course designed to give participants the skills, experience and confidence to […]

Glowing molten bronze pours out of a crucible into tin-foil covered sand moulds. The metal steams and splashes.

Courses: Introduction to Bronze Casting

A pair of white hands hold a metal bar in a large flame, with tongs. The metal bar glows white with the heat.Community Making Day (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Courses: Introduction to Forge and Foundry

Course Leader: Eden Jolly & Michael Hautemülle, SSW TechniciansPlaces: 4 (Beginners+)Cost: £200 (course costs include tuition, materials and consumables) Dates:29 October 20224 February 2023 Booking:Book online below or phone SSW on 01464 861372. Further information:Some people can be sensitive to the some of the materials used. We provide full PPE but if you have had reactions to silica, oil-based compounds, plaster or such like, please advise us beforehand. If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to accessibility at SSW, please get in touch […]

A bucket of sand is poured around a smouldering paper kiln.Paper kiln. Photo: Studio RoRo/ Ross Fraser Maclean

Courses: Alternative Firings

Booking Book your place on the Alternative Firings course below. You will receive a booking confirmation email to the provided address once your booking is complete. Please read or listen to our Courses terms and conditions before making your booking. If you require accommodation, please book this below. For information on SSW’s accommodation, follow this link.

Flames come out of an iron furnacePhoto: Ross Fraser McLean / Studio RoRo

Introduction to Iron Casting

A cylindrical clay furnace sits amongst grass with two bellows leading off the left hand side of the image. Flames come from the top of the furnace.Bronze Age Casting at SSW

Courses: Bronze Age Casting

Booking Book your place on the Introduction to Blacksmithing course below. You will receive a booking confirmation email once your booking is complete. Please read or listen to our Courses terms and conditions before making a booking. If you require accommodation, please book this below. For information on SSW’s accommodation, follow this link.

3 day course: Running an Iron Cupolette Furnace led by Prof. George Beasley

Last weekend at SSW, we ran a course on how to run and maintain an iron cupolette furnace, led by the very talented Professor George Beasley. George’s vast knowledge of iron and instinctive approach whilst running iron furnaces is thanks to many years of experience and experimentation. He was born in Ironton, Ohio in 1943. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cranbrook Academy of Art and began teaching at Georgia State University in the Fine Art Department in […]