by Dr Ailsa Holland
According to my mum, Gran loved an evening class. This box is from one she took in pewter beating, while she was working in the civil service in Edinburgh — before she was married and had to give up her job. I can’t decide whether the shapes are flowers, butterflies or moths, but I love the movement in it.
Wooden box covered in beaten pewter
Gran also took classes in cookery — with a French chef! — and leather work, from which I have a pair of fine leather and pewter bookends. During the war she and my mum went to craft classes at their local community hall in Denton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where they made brooches out of cardboard and sealing wax. Sadly but predictably, none of these brooches has survived the intervening years.
(Copyright: Ailsa Holland, 2022)
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