This summer 2020 there will be four week-long workshops in Silversmithing, and Anticlastic Raising. there will be two pairs of workshops seperated by a week.

The Silversmithing workshop will focus on the making of hollow forms using the two main techniques, raising and sinking.

Anticlastic Raising is a technique which was explored, named, and exploited by Michael Good, a goldsmith from Maine in the USA. It is a technique with which one can create, with relative ease, forms based on the Hyperbolic Parabola. These forms can, on a small scale, be used as pieces of jewellery or as elements in a piece of jewellery, whereas on a large scale the forms can be elements of vessels or sculptures. In the anticlastic process, the centre of a flat sheet is compressed and its edges stretched so that the surface develops two curves at right angles to each other, moving in opposite directions. Brians intrest has been it the double helix and its association with the ancient gold ribbon torc


Participants in these workshops will learn all aspects of anticlastic raising. The projects will include an open seam earring, an open seam bangle, and a double helix. The exact number of projects completed during the workshop will depend on the working speed of each individual student. Please note, we do not accept beginners for these workshops, however beginners are very welcome at our Saturday Classes.

The dates for ths summer’s workshops are:

Silversmithing/ Anticlastic Raising, Mon27th - Fri 31st July 2020

Silversmithing/ Anticlastic Raising, Mon 3rd - Fri 7th August 2020

Silversmithing/ Anticlastic Raising, Mon 17th - Fri 21st August 2020

Silversmithing/Anticlastic Raising, Mon 24th - Fri 28th August 2020

Workshops run from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday. The cost is €650 per week this includes a €20 materials fee

The masterclasses take place in Brian’s fully equipped workshop, in the picturesque village of Ballinaclash, near Rathdrum in Co. Wicklow. (google maps). Students who do not live within driving distance are required to organise their own accomodation locally. We will transport students to and from their accommodation each day. We recommend the follwing B&B’s in Rathdrum, but please book early because beds are limited:

Jacob's Well B&B Stirabout Lane B&B

Please send your deposit of € 55.00 using PayPal to

Below are images of work in progress by students