In-person course

Cuttle fish casting with Anna Watson



Cuttlefish casting is an ancient technique, using dried cuttlefish bones to make moulds for casting silver. The technique creates highly textured pieces, an aspect that can be utilised in your design. It can be a wonderfully experimental way to work, creating interesting, organic forms in silver with strongly grained surfaces. In this course, you will learn how to create a mould using a dried cuttlefish bone. You will be shown various methods for creating different forms, including using impressions as well as direct carving. You will have the option to clean up the pieces on the day, or use the whole day for casting and clean up the pieces in your own time. Whilst this technique is ideal for jewellery, it is also a perfect way to make replicas of existing objects. Suited for the beginner and experienced alike, this fun one-day workshop will appeal to any with an interest in creating 3D work. Anna Watson graduated from the University of Brighton with a First Class degree in Materials Practice where she specialised in woodwork and metal. Anna Watson's work is experimental and playful with hidden depths and darkness. She is inspired by materials, colour, religion, foreign travel, found artefacts, film, horror, photography, walks, strange encounters, memories, books, dramas, popular culture and much more. She uses jewellery as an art form through which to express these inspirations. In 2018 she did a residency in Athens and has since exhibited in Germany, Greece, Portugal and China. Anna particularly enjoys teaching and encouraging students to develop their designs and ideas.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments will be available during the class. A delicious lunch will be served by one of our neighbouring businesses. Each student will be provided with 10g of silver casting grain (enough for a chunky ring). Additional grain will be available for purchase on the day. Students should bring: - A collection of visual reference material. - A sketchbook and pencil to take notes and take down ideas. As we work through your project any relevant health and safety considerations will be highlighted at the time. Outside of this: - Please wear sensible shoes that fully cover your feet – no open-toes, sandals, flip-flops or high-heels. - If you have long hair, please tie it back. - Feel free to dress for the weather otherwise, but avoid manmade fibres and exposed legs.


1 day (9:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Atelier Beside the Sea

with Craft Courses since 2021

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165 Kings Road Arches, , BRIGHTON, East Sussex, BN1 1NB

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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