Hot and Cold Sheet Metalwork Course – Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I went on a 5 day “Hot and Cold Sheet Metalwork” course at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in May 2014, run by Brian Fell and Owen Cunningham.

I hadn’t gone there very prepared, thinking that they would run through various techniques and we’d have a few days to come up with a project. However, after a quick demonstration of some of the kit, it was straight into it.

My first project was a metal standing stone, cut and riveted together and then decorated with ground lines on one side, and a map of Baras on the other (drawing from my printmaking work I have done using maps of this location).

Shaping the metal

Shaping the metal

Adding the rivets

Adding the rivets

Cleaning it up

Cleaning it up

Monument to Baras - Steel - 88cm x 28cm x 28cm

Monument to Baras – Steel – 88cm x 28cm x 28cm

After that, I did a quick piece for “consequences”, an art project I am starting with my family where we each start a piece, pass it on to another family member to work on, then on to another family member to complete (more of this later hopefully!). The thinking behind this piece is a rolling hillside with footpaths over it, with holes drilled at the ends and middle to allow threads/material to be attached (if that is what the next person decides to do – who knows!).

Untitled (as yet) - 35cm x 13cm x 7cm

Untitled (as yet) – 35cm x 13cm x 7cm

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Then I started work on a couple of pieces for “residencies – homes for unknown creatures” an idea I have been mulling over for a while. Neither of these are complete at the moment, but I will post images of them again when they reach that stage.

Hanging cage - steel - 54cm x 27cm x 16cm Cage in tree - steel - 30cm x 22cm x 19cm

Hanging cage – steel – 54cm x 27cm x 16cm
Cage in tree – steel – 30cm x 22cm x 19cm

The course was excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Brian and Owen were both very friendly and helpful, there was plenty of material to choose from and kit to work with. A few images of the workshop and people at work:

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