Gobbins Crafts

Gobbins Crafts was founded in 2016 by Heather McFadden to provide classes in a range of crafts such as Silversmithing and Encaustic Painting.
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About Heather

Heather originally studied 3D design at Belfast art college and after graduating specialised in Goldsmithing. She undertook further studies in Kilkenny and Copenhagen before establishing a successful Goldsmithing Business in Newtownards. During a career break to raise a family Heather began teaching silversmithing in what is now Belfast Metropolitan College and over time diversified into a range of other crafts. During her time at BMC her students won a number of key UK awards for their work. Additionally Heather has worked as a part time consultant for City & Guilds in the development of Goldsmithing courses/exams for the international market.

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Heather leverages her extensive technical knowledge and teaching experience to provide a range of courses that are structured to maximise progress for each student’s individual requirement and capability. Courses cover the full range from beginner through intermediate to bespoke classes on more advanced techniques of silver and goldsmithing. Class size is typically limited to 4 students to ensure that each participant gains the maximum benefit from the experience.


Heather’s Workshop

Heather’s workshop is set in a restored, stone built, former pighouse dating from the early 1830s. It has been fitted out as a dedicated training facility with “goldsmith” benches and a comprehensive range of metalworking equipment. From her workshop Heather runs a range of craft courses, with a particular emphasis on fine metalworking in copper, silver and gold.

workshop interior

The courses are “hands on” and take students through a range of techniques culminating in the production of a ring, pendant or other item. Images of the typical sample pieces are shown in our gallery.