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Specialist jewellery workshop develops new skills

Twelve pupils from Hazel Grove High School enjoyed exploring our exciting Art, Design and Technology facilities and using state of the art kilns donated by our patrons The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

The session started with a series of demonstrations by our staff who introduced the visiting pupils to a range of different enamelling techniques, including the use of templates and stamps to produce patterns in the enamelled copper.

The budding designers then got the opportunity to experiment with the processes they had seen.

The Fourth Year girls and boys enjoyed utilising their creative skills and working with the equipment and jumped at the chance to use the most up to date kilns.

Miss Kim Kress, Head of Design and Technology at Hazel Grove High School, said: “Myself and the Year 10 students had a fantastic time with Mr Young and the Technology team. The students were having so much fun creating their enamelling samples, they didn’t want to leave! A truly enjoyable day learning about a range of processes. Thank you so much for the enrichment opportunity.”

The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London and they are keen for local pupils to experience jewellery making. Our Design Technology staff have received specialist training at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. The workshop with Hazel Grove High School follows a previous jewellery workshop with Bramhall High School and continues our programme for local schools. We are grateful to The Goldsmiths’ Company for their support.