Workshop coming in August




Casting in Portugal


I can’t believe that I’ve been back from running the casting workshop in Portugal for over a week. This was where we did our casting (except on the evening when we had pizza). The pizza wood ash came in handy as parting powder for our sand moulds; the location was splendid and we had a great time (though I say it myself)aquaworkshop

A selection of tools on the table tennis table.


A wire bound mould ready to pour.


We used natural finds including these bits of pine cone, cast in both cuttlefish and oilsand.


and these lobster claws worked well in oilsand casting.

I hope to run this workshop again next year, so do let me know if you are interested.

Workshop preparation continues


I have wire wrapped the small dogs to make earrings and a necklace charm.

Some castings – like shells – will work better with small holes to attach them to wires/chains, so we will drill those.

I haven’t cleaned these castings as I want to be able to demonstrate the effect of different casting media.


I had a fun morning  showing Kat and Trisha how to sand-cast. I managed not to take pictures, but they both made bowls and shell pieces.

We worked outside as it was a stunning day (still is)


Just popped out for proof!


Anyway it reminded me that I have two further workshops scheduled for this year:

8th August Plantlore and Jewellery as part of Pittenweem Arts Festivalbroochlichen

This is a brooch made at an earlier Plantlore workshopworkshop


and a week long sand casting workshop in The Algarve 13th to 20th November at Aqua Ventura.


Casting Workshops

I ran a casting workshop on Sunday. In the morning we used cuttlefish and in the afternoon we did oil sand casting. We achieved some good outcomes as well as learning from our mistakes. Rachel is going to send me some pictures, meantime here’s one I did earlier.


It whet my appetite for the week long workshop at Aqua Ventura in November (13th-19th) where we’ll combine these techniques with local forays to find materials and inspiration. There should be sun, Violetta’s great cooking, walking, countryside and seaside, the quinta, new people and enough time to make at least one piece of silver jewellery. Why not check your diaries and see if you can join us?

Non stuff festival

Earlier in the year Craft Scotland put out a call for musicians and artists to share their art at the first Non Stuff festival. I went and did 2 workshops in up-cycled jewellery. On the Saturday we repurposed catfood tins and charity shop fabrics; wiston10

This is Anne Philbrow’s fabric and berry brooch.


on the Sunday we used organic materials. This is Wendy Grubb’s work in progress.

I met some lovely people, made candles and woven fish, learned how to make cans into soap dishes and tasted raw chocolate.


another autumnal necklace worn by its creator.