Acclaimed artist to bring her Metal Club to Makerspace

Hull Makerspace at Hull Central Library. Photo: Jerome Whittingham, @photomoments

Makerspace Hull is proud to host Tool Appreciation Society founder, artist Linda Brothwell for a series of her Metal Club workshops.

Metal Clubs aim is to provide professional and inspirational guidance to reconnect to the benefits of hand making with metal. Usually based in her Bristol art studio, these evening & daytime sessions are part of her Metal Club on Tour – especially created for Hull’s Library Makerspace .

“I’m really happy to be returning to Hull to work with the community that was such a fundamental part of both The Tool Appreciation Society exhibition and our Handmade in Hull BBC4 doc.  It’ll be a great few days making with different groups including some our the fantastic Hull2017 volunteers within the Makerspace.” 

Each Metal Club session is focused on a particular hero skill; perfect for stand-alone learning or built together for a strong foundation of fine metalworking skills.

Groups are small with a relaxed & friendly atmosphere. Equally perfect for beginners or those wishing to get back to the bench after a break. If you have some jewellery making experience you can make your design more advanced with a bit of guidance on the day.

MakerspaceHull’s Development Manager, Matt Soare said “This is a unique opportunity for makers in the city to work with an internationally renowned artist and maker. Her work as part of the Tool Appreciation Society in 2017 was extra-ordinary and we are thrilled to welcome her back to Hull Libraries and our state of the art makerspace”

The Tool Appreciation Society. Photo: Jerome Whittingham, @photomoments

In addition to her internationally acclaimed art practice, Linda is a lecturer at Royal College of Art in the Jewellery and Metalwork department. Creating ‘The Tool Appreciation Society’ exhibition for Hull 2017 and BBC4’s ‘Handmade in Hull’, Brothwell is now returning to the city for this week of workshops. Brothwell has an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery from the Royal College of Art (2009) and a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Metalwork at Sheffield Hallam University (2005).

Her work is housed in the V&A Museum and the Royal College of Art collection.

To book places on these free workshops go to the Hull Libraries’ Eventbrite page, which can be found online at

Other info:

Participants must be over 18. If you wear reading glasses please bring them along as much of the work will be close-up.

All tools and materials are provided, just bring yourself.

Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Dates / Times

Metal Club – Hero skill: Piercing

19th June (6pm-8pm) / 21st June (10am-12pm) / 22 June (10am – 12pm)

With piercing as our hero skill you can choose between making a brass letter pendant or brass letter keyring.

You will be supported at every step, from choosing a design, practicing working with the tools to getting comfortable working in metal. Once you’re happy we’ll move on to your final piece by piercing, filing and polishing before taking home.

We have lots of lettering examples on hand for you to find your *perfect* design or if you’re feeling particularly artistic you’re welcome to draw your own within the size.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Saw frame set-up tips and tricks
  • How to apply an image onto metal
  • How to pierce straight and curved lines (inc. lots of test pieces!)
  • Filing
  • Burnishing for best effect
  • Hand polishing techniques & finishes

Metal Club – Hero skill: Blocking

20th June (6pm-8pm) / 22nd June (1.30pm-3.30pm)

With blocking as our hero skill on Thursday you will be making a small copper dish to take home.

You will be supported at every step, from cutting out your metal to using the hammers and mallets to form the shape of your shallow dish.

We will have a selection of Linda’s own texturing hammers for you to use to create your unique dish.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to cut out shapes in metal
  • Texturing tips and tricks
  • How to pierce straight and curved lines (inc. lots of test pieces!)
  • Filing
  • Forming metal to create shallow forms

Metal Club – Hero skill: Tools

21st June (6pm-8pm)

In this session you will learn how to make some simple kitchen tools in a variety of metals. We will have a range of ideas for you to choose from, from a spatula or stirrer to a teaspoon. The emphasis in this session will be for you to design a tool unique to your life. After talking and designing together you will then be guided in how to make your design into metal.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to cut out shapes in metal
  • Some simple cold joints
  • Filing
  • Basis of tool design
  • Basics of fold forming

[Matt Soare – Makerspace Hull]