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Silversmithing in Canberra?

By Katietonia - 17 September 2010 7

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Would anyone be able to advise me of a place in Canberra that offers courses in Silversmithing?

I am looking at the ANU right now but I don’t really want to go through the process of trying to enroll in a degree/diploma when I am only interested in doing practical units. Any ideas?

This list I found online does not look promising.

Thanks in advance.

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Silversmithing in Canberra?
Mr Evil 11:19 pm 21 Sep 10

Just to clarify things: if you undertake a Diploma in Arts at the ANU, you do not undertake Art Theory as part of the program.

CIT used to run courses with a German woman named Ulrike Kolb; but I’m not sure if she is still teaching them any more.

In my opinion the Gold and Silver workshop at the Art School has slipped quite a bit since Ragnar Hansen left some years ago.

Katietonia 12:19 pm 17 Sep 10

samson13 said :

Not sure what you are after. I did a silverwork/jewery course at the Brain Gym (Phillip) a few years ago that was very good.

I was interested in it from a cheap metal work point of view. Others were interested more in the artistic side. I think it suited everybody very well and the diversity of people helped.

The course started out with an excersize project that got people introduced to lots of important techniques.. Make a simple ring… Started with sheet metal and a guillotine, measurement, sawing, filing, polishing, temper (or was it anneal), pickling, soldering with the different temperature solders.

From then on it was free project. The teacher was very experienced and could help you with whatever you wanted to do. I extended on the ring and her assistance and insight into how to plan and assemble it was invaluable.

Others moved on to gem setting and what ever. There were lots of people doing the course again and some of their projects were quite impressive.

Looks like the brain Gym isn’t currently offering this course but maybe it is now running at Erindale.. http://www.erindalecep.com.au/silw.html

I just called them and the silver work course is starting up in Oct. Thank you very much for this suggestion.

Katietonia 12:14 pm 17 Sep 10

samson13 said :

Not sure what you are after. I did a silverwork/jewery course at the Brain Gym (Phillip) a few years ago that was very good.

I was interested in it from a cheap metal work point of view. Others were interested more in the artistic side. I think it suited everybody very well and the diversity of people helped.

The course started out with an excersize project that got people introduced to lots of important techniques.. Make a simple ring… Started with sheet metal and a guillotine, measurement, sawing, filing, polishing, temper (or was it anneal), pickling, soldering with the different temperature solders.

From then on it was free project. The teacher was very experienced and could help you with whatever you wanted to do. I extended on the ring and her assistance and insight into how to plan and assemble it was invaluable.

Others moved on to gem setting and what ever. There were lots of people doing the course again and some of their projects were quite impressive.

Looks like the brain Gym isn’t currently offering this course but maybe it is now running at Erindale.. http://www.erindalecep.com.au/silw.html

This sounds like the exact type of thing I am looking for thank you. I will contact them.

Katietonia 12:13 pm 17 Sep 10

Holden Caulfield said :

I take it this is not what you are after?

http://soa.anu.edu.au/gold-and-silversmithing

If not then ask Johannes Kuhnen, if you don’t want to ask through the ANU ask him the same question indirectly via Workshop Bilk.

http://www.workshopbilk.com/classes.asp

Thanks I have already asked the ANU but in order to do Silversmithing I need to be enrolled in the whole degree or diploma and study art theory etc. I’m not really interested in art history/theory studies at the moment more so just the practical side of it. I am awaiting a response from Johannes at the moment.

Holden Caulfield 11:29 am 17 Sep 10

I take it this is not what you are after?

http://soa.anu.edu.au/gold-and-silversmithing

If not then ask Johannes Kuhnen, if you don’t want to ask through the ANU ask him the same question indirectly via Workshop Bilk.

http://www.workshopbilk.com/classes.asp

The Nexus 11:18 am 17 Sep 10

Workshop Bilk in Quenbeyan…they are a little pretentious,and I’m told a have a waiting list for classes, but apparently, they are good at what they do.

samson13 10:56 am 17 Sep 10

Not sure what you are after. I did a silverwork/jewery course at the Brain Gym (Phillip) a few years ago that was very good.

I was interested in it from a cheap metal work point of view. Others were interested more in the artistic side. I think it suited everybody very well and the diversity of people helped.

The course started out with an excersize project that got people introduced to lots of important techniques.. Make a simple ring… Started with sheet metal and a guillotine, measurement, sawing, filing, polishing, temper (or was it anneal), pickling, soldering with the different temperature solders.

From then on it was free project. The teacher was very experienced and could help you with whatever you wanted to do. I extended on the ring and her assistance and insight into how to plan and assemble it was invaluable.

Others moved on to gem setting and what ever. There were lots of people doing the course again and some of their projects were quite impressive.

Looks like the brain Gym isn’t currently offering this course but maybe it is now running at Erindale.. http://www.erindalecep.com.au/silw.html

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