Sand casting classes for 2021! (so far)

I have been very busy since 2019 travelling all over Australia teaching the sand casting technique with cast in place rough sapphire. It has been a great success with many happy students who are hopefully inspired to continue casting.

This year I will be offering three UnEarthed sand casting classes. The beginner introduction to sand casting class, which is suitable for complete novices as well as practising jewellers. The advanced sand casting class for sand casters who want to learn some tricks in the clay and become more efficient, focusing on how to cast- in-place faceted stones! This class is for perfect for previous students or sand casters who want to broaden their knowledge and skill in the sand. I am now offering a sand casting cutlery class! During 2020 lock down I had a solid few months of experimenting and exploring casting cutlery. Now I am ready to share my knowledge and bring the joy of cutlery to more creators around Australia. 

Check out the class information below to see which class suits you and your skill level best. 

 

 

Beginners UnEarthed class

In my one day workshop I will guide you through the process of designing and sand-casting your very own sterling silver jewellery pieces with cast-in-place sapphires. This workshop is specifically designed to cater to both novices with no previous experience, and more advanced jewellers who are interested in adding to their skill set. You will leave the workshop inspired with a sense of accomplishment, your pieces polished and ready to wear.

I will be providing 30g of sterling silver and a variety of rough sapphires sourced from the Coolamon Mine in Queensland, and the North East rivers of Tasmania. Sand casting can be used to replicate almost any hard object and turn it into precious jewellery, I offer an extensive array of objects to mould and cast, but you can bring along your own hard objects. You also have the option of bringing your own silver and sapphires to add a more personal touch to the experience. The materials provided will allow you to make up to 3 pieces of jewellery.

Really all you need to bring is yourself! Snacks, tea and coffee are also offered. Please arrive dressed appropriately: closed in shoes, long pants, hair tied back; note that we are working with clay, so it can get a little messy. The classes are limited to 6 students to ensure a guided, attentive experience. I look forward to creating with you!

 

 

 

 

Advanced UnEarthed class 

If you have done one of my workshops or you are a sand caster then this is the class for you!!

In my one day workshop I will be teaching more advanced techniques like resizing and adding findings in the sand, casting with multiple spues, making a flat back mould, casting multiple objects in one go. While focusing on how to cast-in-place faceted gemstones!

This workshop is specifically designed for more advanced creators who are interested in increasing their knowledge and skill in sand casting. You will leave the workshop inspired with new techniques to practice at home. Unfortunately there wont be much time to clean up all your pieces during class. You will need access to a studio for finishing your castings.

I will be providing 30g of sterling silver and a variety of synthetic stones with the option of buying faceted and cabochon sapphires. Sand casting cut stones can be tricky so best to start out with the synthetic stones I supply before using real gemstones. I offer an extensive array of objects to mould and cast, but you can bring along your own hard objects. You also have the option of bringing your own metal, and gemstones to add a more personal touch to the experience. Any gemstone that is 7.5 or higher on Mohs hardness scale should be suitable for the cast in place process. The materials provided will allow you to make up to 3 pieces of jewellery. If you need more than 30g of silver there will be an option to purchase extra on the day. Cash or card accepted.

Really all you need to bring is yourself! Snacks, tea and coffee are also offered. Please arrive dressed appropriately: closed in shoes, long pants, hair tied back; note that we are working with clay, so it can get a little messy. The classes are limited to 6 students to ensure a guided, attentive experience. I look forward to creating with you!

 

Cutlery UnEarthed class

In my one day workshop I will guide you through the process of conceptualising and casting your very own silver and copper pieces of cutlery. We will be making two items, one copper and silver regular sized piece, and one smaller copper piece. Wither that be it a spoon, cheese knife, olive fork or serving utensil, it’s up to you! This workshop caters to all skill sets, including novices with no previous experience. That means everyone is welcome! You will leave the workshop with your two pieces of cutlery finished and ready to use!

I will be providing 30g of sterling silver and 50g of copper. I offer an extensive collection of cutlery and objects to mould and cast, but you are welcome bring along your own cutlery to mould.

You also have the option of bringing your own metal to add a more personal touch to the experience. The materials provided will allow you to make two pieces of cutlery. If you require more material there will be an option to purchase more on the day.

All you need to bring is yourself! Snacks, tea and coffee on offer. Please arrive dressed appropriately: closed in shoes, long pants, hair tied back; note that we are working with clay, so it can get a little messy. The classes are limited to 6 students to ensure a guided, attentive experience. I look forward to creating with you!

 

 

Cost: $435-$485 

Duration: 7 hours over one class 

 

Workshop location: Workshop6,  486 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland 1021, New Zealand 

 

Workshop location: Workspace Studios, Toi Pōneke, 61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand 

 

Workshop location: Claw Creative Studio, 120-122 Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy Melbourne

August the 7th, and September the 4th for Beginners

August the 8th, and September the 5th for Intermediate

 

Workshop location: Mayben Artisan Jeweller, Suite 9 115/113 Main Rd, Moonah Tasmania

 

Workshop location: Square Peg Studios, 10 Junction St, Marrickville NSW 2204

July the 17th, 18th & 20th, and November 6th & 7th for Beginners

July 19th for Intermediate 

July 16th July for Cutlery

Workshop location:  Hodak & Young, somewhere in the hills and valleys of Wildes Meadow, NSW 

 

Workshop Location: Kin Gallery, G06-27 Lonsdale St Braddon, Canberra ACT

 

   

Workshop Location: CQ University, 554-700 Yaamba Rd, Norman Gardens, Rockhampton, QLD