NEW Botanicals Workshop September 2022


a Botanical journey In SteeL ...

This unique workshop, only offered at Waterside, is ideal for people wanting to introduce freeform blacksmithing into their practice. Don't miss out, this specialised course is offered infrequently and we do not anticipate the next one being run until 2024.

Nature offers great forms and textures and throughout history has been the starting point for many fine creative works. This workshop will focus on our Australian flora and support participants in developing their skills in observation, documentation, design and forging of botanically inspired forms. Pete Mattila, one of Australia's finest artist blacksmiths and a great teacher, will be leading the workshop with the assistance of our dedicated Waterside staff.


DAY 1: Saturday 10 September
Meeting in the morning at the Royal Botanical Gardens, students will learn techniques to draw and produce images of the observed flora before returning to the studio. Armed with a wealth of information, sketches, rubbings and inspiration, they will explore design options, techniques and tooling required to forge a botanically inspired sculpture.

DAY 2 & 3 : Sun 11 to Mon 12 September
The next 2 days, students will design and forge their own botanical form/s in Waterside's fully equipped workshop.


Workshop days will be held at Waterside Metal Art Studio (60 Maribyrnong St, Footscray) on the following dates/times:

  • Sat 10 September, 8:00am-5:00pm (Starting at Botanical Gardens)
  • Sun 11 September, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Mon 12 September, 9:00am-5:00pm

The workshop is suitable for experienced practitioners including former Waterside students who practice regularly.
Please get in touch if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

Minimum age for students is 15.

Cost per participant $1450 / $1305 (student under 24)

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