Specialist – The Form – Workshop 3 – Elastic Form

1 Day Workshop


IDEAS WORKSHOP - “Learning new ways to be CREATIVE”


This workshops will be led by internationally renowned silversmith Simone Ten Hompel and will explore various aspects of THE FORM within the context of jewellery and silversmithing.  We will look at THE FORM as a solid, weightless and elastic object in relation to the body.

The creative process will begin with exploring the changeable nature of objects in the studio. By doing this, the student will be able to translate the structure of the object into another materials capturing different textures and surfaces. This will/may lead on to hands-on experimentation using tools in the studio such as punches, hammers and a fly press.

In this workshop, we are not aiming for finished pieces but instead a series of experimentations, ideas, developments and new processes that the student can take away and develop further into your practice. The experimentation and process is as important as any final objects that might be created as by forming models, pieces become tangible evidence of thinking through making.

Students will be asked to bring in something they have made or an object they love as a stimuli for conversation about their interests.


Who is it for:

The workshops are aimed at makers who are in their mid-career (specialising particularly in the making of jewellery or other small scale/ hand-held objects) as well as making enthusiasts looking to inject new ideas, develop new approaches to their work and adhere their own personal elements to their creative process.





10:00AM - 4:30PM (Sunday)


Course completion certificate on request

About Simone Ten Hompel


German-born Simone ten Hompel has been working with metal for over forty years, originally as a locksmith she then studied jewellery and silversmithing at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, Germany.  It wasn’t until studying in London for an MA at the Royal College of Art however that it became clear that metalwork was her calling. Since then ten Hompel has carved out a distinguished career as one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed craftspeople.


As a practicing metalworker, ten Hompel has contributed to numerous group exhibitions around the world and presented her work in solo exhibitions in the UK and Internationally. She is frequently invited to speak on craft, making and the language or vocabulary of metal and has led a number of collaborative and curatorial projects.


At The Cass, Simone ten Hompel is Reader in Metal and is a studio lead teaching subject specific techniques and theory for jewellery, silversmithing and metal. She is also active as a key member of the supervisory team for MA by Project and supervises a number of PhD students supporting their individual projects and research.


Winner of the Jerwood Prize: Metal in 2005 – the most prestigious prize in British contemporary applied art, and the State of Bavaria award in 2012, IHM, Munich.


Public collections include: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; V&A Museum, London; Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland; and the Crafts Council Collection, London.

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