We will have a full schedule of workshops available for booking in 2024. Information will be released in due course.
About this event – 2023
During Pewter Live 2023 we ran a series of free workshops and talks on contemporary pewter craft hosted by accomplished designers and industry experts.
We are delighted to announce the workshops and talks have been recorded, and are available to watch on our YouTube channel.
Watch the opening video here
Watch the awards presentation here
Day 1 – Tuesday 16th May
13:00 to 14:00
Workshop: Gill Clement
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 in Mumbles, South Wales. The workshop will be a great introduction into repousse work. This is an unmissable opportunity for the participants to work under Gill’s expert guidance at their own piece, that they will also get to keep!
During the workshop participants will be designing and making a unique handcrafted bold statement necklace with Gill Clement. The pendant will be circular and on a choice of 18 “ or 30 “ chain. All materials will be provided, and participants will be drawing the pattern on reverse of pewter foil, wrapping around a circular base, and antiquing to enhance the pattern.
15:30 to 16:30
Workshop: Fleur Grenier
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 into it to make a pewter casting they can takeaway with them!
Day 2 – Wednesday 17th May
13:00 to 14:00
Workshop: Sharon Dickinson
A degree in silversmithing led Sharon to set up her own studio. Her work explores texture, pattern and colour. She is best known for her pewter edged mirrors and artwork which are made using embossing, repousse and etching techniques. Sharon will demonstrate using a rolling mill to texture and transfer a pattern to pewter. Participants will then be able to choose to make a bangle or a pair of earrings using the pattern plates available.
Once the metal has been put through the mill and textured, Sharon will help participants to drill any holes for ear wires and form the bangles by hammering round a wooden former. Sharon will help participants to give their jewellery a hand polish. This is an unmissable opportunity for the participants to take home an item of jewellery that they have made for themselves!
15:30 to 16:30
Talk: Trish Woods
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. Throughout history colour, in one guise or another, has been used on pewter. Trish will take you on an illustrated journey through the many aspects and examples of colour on pewter looking at both historical and contemporary practices and provide a few hints and tips on how colour can be added to pewterwork.
Day 3 – Thursday 18th May
11:30 In conversation with our guests of Honour
A truly inspirational panel with Dr Rebecca Struthers, Watchmaker, Historian & Co-founding Director of Struthers Watchmakers and Varuna Kaur Kollanethu is the Founder, Director, and Curator of London-based Ruup & Form, a contemporary material-led art, design, and craft gallery.
The discussion will look at how authors and designers approach their creative process. A truly inspiring conversation that cannot be missed!