Course Description: During this four-day course, you will be introduced to basic benchwork techniques such as piercing, sawing, filing, and sanding. With the use of hand tools, you will design and create earrings, a pendant, a band ring or two and a King’s chain bracelet. Various textures and basic forms will be explored. You will learn how to solder with the acetylene torch. Buffing and polishing techniques will ensure your work is well finished and ready to be worn.
About the Instructor: Winner of the 2022 Governor General’s Bronfman Award, silversmith Brigitte Clavette has been Head of the Jewellery and Metal Arts Studio and taught at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton since 1985. She has also taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Nunavut Arctic College, the Haliburton School of Arts and the Community College of New Brunswick in
Dieppe. Her hollow ware and silver works have been shown internationally and are held in private and public collections across the country and internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Clavette became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2000, won the Excellence Award for Craft from the Province of NB in 2002, the prestigious Strathbutler Award in 2006, and in 2022 the Governor General’s Award. She has been a regular and highly regarded contributor to Sunbury Shores programming for many years.