Friday, 26 July 2013

Rubber stamped enamel

Over the past 12 months in Small Metals alot of enamelling samples have emerged...still using the same powders and processes but worlds away from 'traditional' enamelling.
We are calling it 'image transfer with enamel' and the above image shows some of the results.
Using the simplest of processes such as stencilling and using water-based pens to 'glue' the enamel onto the metal. The most exciting samples (faces in centre of the image) have been produced with laser cut rubber stamps which means that absolutely any image/photo/design can be turned into a stamp and used to apply enamel to metal...this could become very popular over the coming year...

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Laser tests with Unfired ceramics

Ceramics tech dem steve bourke has been trying to see what detail you can achieve with the laser on unfired clay

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Summer Show...

The HCA Summer Shows showcased some awesome work again this year...the Small Metals workshop was well represented...;-)
Below is a diverse selection of jewellery and metal from a wide range of FE and HE courses including Extended Diploma, Foundation, Contemporary Applied Arts and Jewellery Design.

George - ED 

Mirren - ED

Tom - CAA

Tom - CAA

Poppy - Foundation 

Holly - Foundation 

Holly - Foundation 

Adam - Jewellery Design 

Adam - Jewellery Design 

Liv - Jewellery Design 

Liv - Jewellery Design 

Robyn - Jewellery Design 

Robyn - Jewellery design 

Charlotte - ED 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Summer Show...

Just a quick sneaky peek at the Extended Diploma Textiles Summer Show - Looking good Ladies!

Gracie Elmes

 Amber Song                                                                                      Chloe Cameron

Isla Middleton - Winner of Overall Outstanding Student Award 2013

  Isla Middleton                                                                                     Isla Middleton

    Michelle Smith                                                                                  Michelle Smith

Melanie Coskun                                                                             Molly Anderson  

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Mike Gell
There was a good turn out in Small Metals last week when Mike came in to give his anual chat about 'Alloy' which is a Herefordshire based group of jewellers that he co-founded. Alloy has a graduate placement scheme which a number of HCA students have and still are benefiting from.
To find out more about Alloy visit the website at

Friday, 24 May 2013

Oh my gosh Lasers! Pewpew pewpewpew!
... a few examples of what we've created recently in the 3D Workshop with the Laser Cutter...

Thursday, 23 May 2013


Here is a selection of prints produced by two FE students. The dramatic linocut prints of people in blindfolds were created by Corinne Benniman (Foundation) and the rather fine drypoint prints were created by Owen Rose (ED1).