I was pretty sad this week to 'graduate' from the metalsmithing course I have been enjoying for the last 6 months. It's been a lot of fun spending evenings with such creative people, learning new skills. I have become quite adept at wielding a blowtorch and sawing metal - even in straight lines! But now, equipped with my box of begged, borrowed, brought and inherited, tools and a head crammed with words of wisdom, I'm pleased to be able to add the basics of working with silver and copper to my 'artists skills' and am excited to be planning several new sketching with silver projects at home. Luckily I have the support of the fabulous teachers at 318 Ceramics, who run the evening courses and I hope will not mind my popping back every now and again and asking lots of questions, as I'm sure all metalsmiths out there would agree, a 6 months stint of tuition is just dipping a toe into the possibilities of working with these fantastic and adaptable materials.