I’ve only just gotten a chance to sort out my photos from the workshop I attended in Birmingham. I took lots of photos of all the different processes we used during the week. I think this set of pictures illustrates best the various stages of hand raising and will hopefully give you an appreciation for how slow a job it can be!
When practising hand raising we began with a flat disc of gilding metal. This was marked with a series of circles which we would use as a guide when hammering. Then using our raising hammer and stake we began hammering from the inner most circle.
As the metal moves up the form starts to develop. I played around with the angles and curves of the bowl and brought it to this stage. I’ll post more photos when I have completed the finished piece.