Alice Whish


Griffith University
Queensland College of Art
Master class
Jewellery and Small Objects

Blanking Dies for the Hydraulic Press
with Alice Whish

Alice Whish is an established and respected jeweller who lives and works in Sydney . She has presented solo exhibitions throughout Australia and New Zealand and has been an active participant in group exhibitions, nationally and internationally since 1984. Her work is represented in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney . Alice holds a Bachelor of Visual Art from Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University , a Master of Art, Fine Art in Gold and Silversmithing from RMIT and a Master of Higher Education from the University of New South Wales .
Course Outline:
Alice Whish will lead a focused 1 day Master Class which will introduce and explore the potential of blanking dies in the hydraulic press. Participants will make their own blanking die suitable for cutting metals such as silver, copper, gold and brass.
Designed For:
Experienced jewellers and metalsmiths interested in learning how to make and use Blanking Dies for the Hydraulic Press.

Course Content:
The class will introduce the use of blanking dies for cutting repeats in metal.
Examine the practical considerations of both technique and design.
Types of steel and tools required.
Details of suppliers.
Course Outcome:
Upon completion of this course participants will have made a blanking die of their own design and will have an understanding of the possibilities of the method, and the potential for its use in their own work. Particularly in combination with solid die forms, constructed from brass and nickel sheet.

Participants will need to supply their own hand tools. Metal for the cutting dies will be available at the workshop at market rates as will copper, brass and sterling silver for testing.

Sound skills in jewellery and or non ferrous metalsmithing.

Enrolment Details:
If the course is cancelled the fees will be refunded in full; no refunds once the course has commenced. Cancellations less than 5 working days prior to course commencement incur a fee equal to 50% of course fee. The course is limited to 12 participants, 5 of these places are reserved for QCA students.

Fees (inc GST):QCA STUDENT $77.00 JMGQ MEMBER $110.00 Non QCA, Non JMGQ $132.00

Date: Saturday 12 May 2007

Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm (includes 1 x 15 minute break and 1 x 45 minute lunch break)

Venue: The Gold and Silversmithing Department Queensland College of Art

Griffith University ,
226 Grey Street,South
Bank Brisbane.
For further information please contact Elizabeth Phone: 3735 3153 Email:
Proudly supported by the The Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia Queensland Chapter Inc.

Arhnem Land Workshops
In July 2007 Alice will be working in Arnhem Land with a group of Aboriginal women necklace makers. Documenting techniques, materials, and forms and experimenting with catches and steel threading cables, in both Maningrida and Elcho Island communities.

All images and copy © 2006 Alice Whish

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