Award-winning silversmith Bryony Knox is travelling to Crafted Vancouver from Scotland. Bryony teaches the ancient art of Chasing & Repousse, where metal is formed & embossed using steel tools, whilst held in pine pitch. During the day you will learn how to form sheet copper from front and back, whilst making a figurative plaque.
In this exciting year, Glasgow School of Art commemorates the 150th anniversary of renowned Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth. Bryony also has a special interest in low relief chasing as it was used so widely in Mackintosh’s interiors and amongst the main artists of the Glasgow Style.
OVERVIEW OF DAY:
• Introduction to Chasing & Repousse: You will be covering the main techniques in the morning, whilst working on a figurative plaque or brooch. After lunch, Bryony will show how to chase ‘in the round’ on a bowl and you will continue working on the plaque. Copper for chasing the plaque (approx 8 x 8 cm) and drawing materials will be provided.
• Tools provided: You will be chasing low relief on boards with pine pitch. Bryony will provide copper and the steel chasing punches used in this workshop.
Suggestions from Bryony
• Designs: I find that if students get the chance to think about designs before the course, then this gives them more time to play on the day of! I tend to work with figurative imagery, such as animals, birds and plants, but abstract pattern and shape also work well. I suggest looking for a simple line drawing of your idea, and then we can make it more elaborate as we chase.