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I had always wanted to try silversmithing and when I moved to Derbyshire in 2011 I was delighted to discover a course run by the Derbyshire Eco Centre. I had no previous experience of working with silver or metal and had never even heard of the lost wax casting process which was one of the techniques being taught on the course. After the first term had finished I knew I was hooked and immediately signed up for the next term and have been a return learner ever since.
The process of mastering new skills is exciting and very rewarding and with each term I discover more methods and techniques which in turn fuels and inspires ideas for new creations. David Mason, the course tutor, works tirelessly to help the students on the course realise their ideas in a friendly atmosphere where the students also share their own knowledge with each other. I feel that I can progress my skills at my own pace and David is always there to answer my many questions and demonstrate new techniques which I can then add to my skill set.
I have a background in design and illustration and have worked in the creative sector for over 15 years but the course has given me a new and refreshing route for my creativity and I have found it a great inspiration to self-motivated learning. I’m so pleased to have returned to my passion for tactile art which I felt I had lost after working for a long time in the digital and computer arts industry. The silver craft course has literally forged me a new career path as I now sell my jewellery online on my website www.rockpapersilver.co.uk . I particularly enjoy making bespoke items for people as it delights me to know they are getting something that they will treasure and that I have enjoyed creating with such a passion.