Our course is completely hands-on and student-led.
Everyone will design their own project, set their own working pace, and go home having made an item (or perhaps several items) of original metalwork sculpture.
The day is facilitated by my two highly experienced female metalworkers, who will coach you through technical processes as well as offering creative guidance.
WTF Workshops (Women Teaching Fabrication) offers a one-day intensive course, suitable for all levels of experience. Consecutive days can be booked if you'd like to do a larger or more complicated project, or if you'd like to gain a higher level of proficiency.
There will be a huge variety of interesting pieces of scrap metal to choose from, most of which are included in the course price. Lamp parts, Edison bulbs and clock movements can be purchased at cost price on the day.
We can also advise on equipment choices for those who really get the welding bug! We often have people return to us having set themselves up with the kit, and want extra tuition to get the results they want.
Tools available include:
- MIG welders
- Plasma Cutter
- Angle Grinders
- Cut-off Saw
- Pillar drill
- Brazing equipment
- Oxy-propane torch for heat bending and cutting
...and many hand tools!
Group sizes are between three and six participants to two facilitators.
Apart from the skills and creativity, we aim for us to all have a really enjoyable day! We hope to hear from you soon.
WTF (Women Teaching Fabrication) Workshops is run by two female artisans with a broad range of skills and experience as freelance fabricators in the Arts industry, from events, theatre, TV and film to retail display.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
- Materials and consumables are included
- All tools, equipment and PPE (personal protective equipment)
- Tea, coffee and snacks.
We ask you to come along wearing suitable non-synthetic clothing with long sleeves and closed-toe, solid footwear. We also recommend you bring a packed lunch.
This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
I have wanted to do sculpting using metal for sometime and found this one day course in Bristol. It was a really enjoyable day and Annie and Felix were excellent tutors. They gave an overview of all the tools and equipment and then we were invited to choose from loads of different scrap metal to use in making our sculpture. Once we had chosen our 'metal' we were then given a brief one to one instruction on how to use whichever machine/technique we wanted to use first. They gave a quick demonstration, if needed, and then we were left to have a go. I am very much a 'hands on' person, l only learn by doing and invariably getting it wrong! They let me go through my process offering support or advice or further instruction where needed but not in an overbearing way and they never took over. The perfect balance for someone like me. I am really pleased with what l created, although l realise that it could be improved. I am going to go back to do the 'Kiss My Glass' 2 day workshop, where l hope to make a lamp.
Response from WTF Workshops:Thanks so much Margaret
What a great day I had today with the WTF peeps. Clever, helpful & they know their stuff! Looking forward to booking another day workshop & will recommend to everyone I know. Thank you Felix & Annie
Response from WTF Workshops:We also enjoyed the day a lot! Your piece is totally stunning, and we loved your steady and open minded approach to the work.
Superb course run in a relaxed yet very informative way. The instructors had a great way of letting the participants learn by offering an environment where they provided a healthy level of guidance prior to letting us use the various equipment within the workshop. I have always wanted to get to use and understand the principles of MIG welding and this course not only met my personal requirements but I left feeling confident to go and set up my own workshop at home. The icing on the cake was the items I created whilst on the course - I was there for 2 days but could easily have filled another day in just doing stuff. Loads of metal and bits to weld and create and all part of the great experience.
As a parent, (kids now considerably older than being at school), but if you have a child interested in doing creative welding, or just building the confidence and you are interested in learning together I reckon this would be a fantastic time spent - and you can take home not only something you have made together but learnt towards a new skill.
Great value for the money in my opinion.
Thank you for your time and support.... B
Response from WTF Workshops:Thank you so much! :)
Absolutely amazing course! These two young women have huge amounts of knowledge, skill, and fun! You are well supervised, but also given free rein to try things out independently. I have now, well and truly got the welding bug thanks to these amazing women. (Wish I could move in!) VS
As a novice to welding, both Annie and Felix, the course instructors were patient and informative. They allowed me to be independent with my work and instructed when I sought help. Both were knowledgeable and advised on the minimum equipments needed and the manufacturers to avoid to set up a workshop in my garage.
As a total beginner this workshop proved to be just what I was looking for, providing a safe introduction to the type of tools and techniques available to use in creating metal sculptures. There was plenty of equipment and scrap metal raw materials to choose from, and advice, instruction and creative suggestions were provided when needed to help everyone achieve their chosen metal project. A very enjoyable and productive couple of days....
Good facilities for metalworking, friendly and informative tutors. Thoroughly enjoyable with everybody achieving their vision of a sculpture/piece.