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One - Day Taster Course: Sculpting Silver Jewellery using Precious Metal Clay

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Key Information:
Class Size: 3 - 12 people
Destination: Ireland  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Decorative arts, Metals, Sculpture  
Season: May
Courses Per Year: 1
Course Level: Beginner
Min Price: 80 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 80 Euro (EUR) per person

Come and experience the exciting possibilities of silver clay by designing and creating your own beads and unique silver jewellery, with Michael Ray. For the first time, it is possible to make real silver jewellery without the need for expensive tools and equipment or knowledge of traditional silversmithing. Silver Clay is made from a fine powder of pure silver, mixed with water and an organic binder to make a thick paste which has the consistency and properties of traditional clay. It can be rolled, stamped, textured, folded and moulded to create an endless number of shapes and designs. Once dry, the clay is fired, leaving a perfect design in pure, fine, silver. Course includes 7g of silver clay.

Faculty Information:
This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts.

Other Activities:
The school is located close to Kinsale town, about 15 minutes walk from the harbor. Accommodation is available in the town at various levels of quality and price, and there are several bed and breakfasts mid-way between the town and the pottery.

Facility Information:
This school provides arts and crafts courses for adults and children, specializing in pottery, jewellery-making, glass fusing and stained glass, and mosaic-making. We run weekly morning and evening classes, weekend breaks, summer schools and tailor-made workshops for corporate groups and private parties. There are three teaching rooms, each of which can accommodate up to 20 people, so a group of 50 can be booked.

We can accommodate up to 20 people in one class and up to 50 in a group, or as few as two or three at a time. All our courses suit beginners, enthusiasts and professionals, using a wide range of facilities and techniques. The pottery includes electric and raku kilns, stoneware and earthenware clays, and we teach throwing, hand-building and all varieties of glazing.

The school is situated just 20 minutes from Cork Airport, close to the center of the beautiful historic harbor of Kinsale, famed for its restaurants and shops. The pottery is in the converted stables of the home farm for Ballinacurra House, and the gallery is in the eaves of its coach house, which dates back to 1795.

Since 2001, we have provided classes and courses to suit all levels of skill and experience ranging from the complete beginner through to exhibitor standard and the school has become the largest and most established center of its kind in Ireland. We stock a wide selection of clays and glazes, our pottery courses cover the full range of ceramics and sculpting techniques.

Kinsale is internationally renowned for its cuisine, its cosmopolitan style and the beauty of its harbor. There are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the town, as well as a wide range of art and craft shops. What better place to learn a craft, or take a break.

Price Includes:
- 7g silver PMC and firings (more PMC is available at cost)
- The day includes a 90 minute lunchbreak, allowing students to visit one of Kinsale's many wonderful eateries.