About this event

After a two-year absence, the 34th annual Pewter Live 2022 returns to Pewterers’ Hall this year on 17th – 19th May for three days of workshops, exhibitions and competitions celebrating pewter crafts and design.

For the first time Pewter Live will host a series of unmissable free live workshops in person on contemporary pewter craft hosted by accomplished designers and industry experts. The event will open its physical and digital doors on Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th May.

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Programme

Tuesday 17 May 2022

13:00 Workshop: Gill Clement

An exciting class full of experimenting and unexpected results. Materials needed for class are included free of charge, Tea & coffee will be provided. All attendees will walk away with a goodie bag including something in pewter.

Gill Clement is a jewellery designer, who studied at Sir John Cass School of Art in the City of London, 1978-1982 and is currently working from her studio/shop in Mumbles, South Wales. Gill works with pewter for jewellery collections, bridal pieces, through to repousse mirrors for interiors.  This workshop will illustrate her work, currently being developed for bridal collections and formal wear using pewter foil ivy leaves and rock crystal. Gill is creating ethereal pieces influenced by Welsh mythology and nature; The Lady of The Lake , Llyn y Fan Fach. During the workshop Gill will show the various stages of making from ideas and drawings to the finished pieces and illustrate with photographs of previous collections. Attendees will have the opportunity to work at their own pace under Gill’s expert guidance.

15.30 Workshop: Fleur Grenier

This workshop a great way to discover just one of the many ways in which pewter can be used. Materials needed for class are included free of charge. Tea & coffee will be provided. All attendees will walk away with a goodie bag including something in pewter!

Casting Pewter into a Rubber Mould

Fleur will give a brief introduction and demonstration for casting pewter, following which each attendee will select one of the available pre-made rubber moulds and experience pouring molten pewter to make a pewter casting that they can takeaway with them.

Fleur is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers, has worked as a pewtersmith for over 20 years, combining traditional pewtersmithing skills with modern design, to create contemporary pewterware, as well as bespoke commissions and sculptures. Fleur studied at The Royal College of Art in London and has run her practise from her studio in West Sussex. Fleur also works as a sculptor her current series of work is ‘Home’, where she explores what home is and uses pewter and cast concrete in these pieces.

Wednesday 18 May 2022

13:00 Workshop: Ella McIntosh

A truly exciting opportunity to discover the properties of pewter and to celebrate contemporary pewter and metalwork through Ella’s unique designs. Tea & coffee will be provided. All attendees will walk away with a goodie bag including something in pewter!

Join Ella McIntosh as she presents her new series of work, showcasing at Pewter Live 2022. Having recently undertaken a period of Arts Council Development for creative practice, Ella emerges from this opportunity having developed her pewtersmithing skills leading to this new body of work. Ella will talk through the project, her inspiration behind the work with a show/tell style presentation. Get hands on with Ella’s samples, development pieces and discover how Ella takes her ideas from concept through to final realised pieces.

Ella produces her award-winning contemporary pewter, from her studio based in Manchester, established in 2012. Her award-winning pieces for home and table are inspired by her urban environment, the properties of the material she works with and pushing the boundaries of pewter.

15:30 Workshop: Trish Woods

A truly unmissable opportunity to learn about Trish Woods distinctive techniques and her research into colour that made her creations unique, with patinated highlights that add contrasts of colour and texture to each pewter piece. Tea & coffee will be provided. All attendees will walk away with a goodie bag including something in pewter!

Trish, a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers, studied for a PhD in Design at Plymouth University researching new methods for patinating pewter. This research culminated in the development of a unique process for colouring pewter which is now a signature of her work. She has presented numerous papers on the subject both nationally and internationally. Trish received a number of honours and awards, the Fulbright Scholarship for Education, The Alex and Patricia Neish Award for Innovation and Design and The Harold Hyam Wingate Scholarship for research in Art and Design.

Thursday 19 May 2022

11:30 Talk: In Conversation with Industry Experts at Pewter Live

This is a rare opportunity to listen to engaging experts in conversation about heritage, traditions, modern pewter and innovation.

Pewtersmithing has been around since medieval times, however the biggest challenge is finding young people prepared to learn about the craft. Our industry experts will be talking about their personal experience and will share some of the stories and ideas behind their careers. Further themes will be the interactions between modern and antique techniques, and the growth of academic interest in pewter throughout the century.

This will be an unmissable opportunity to help students and aspiring designers decide which creative career they would like to pursue in the future.