Do I need to attend a workshop? While wetplate isn't inherently difficult troubleshooting can be difficult. I would recommend going on a workshop if you can. Before attending a workshop I would recommend you ask and check with the tutor what will be covered. How many people will attend a workshop? (I teach a maximum of four on my own or six if I am assisted). Will chemistry be covered explaining what each individual component does? Will you get a comprehensive manual? Does the tutor have experience in teaching? Will you get to make images of different sizes? Will the tutor explain the different types of cameras and lenses suitable for wetplate and will you get to try them? Is the tutor a practicing wetplate artist? Can the tutor show you his or her work first hand or on a website? Is the workshop two days or longer? (In my opinion wetplate cannot be learnt in one day). If the answer to any of these is no I would recommend not going on that particular workshop.

Manchester workshops are held at my Manchester studio for a maximum of 4 students and cost £275. London workshops are held at Double Negative Darkroom, 178a Glyn Road, Hackney. London workshops are for a maximum of 6 students and cost £330.

I believe my workshops are the most comprehensive available in the UK and I provide full support to my students who wish to practice wetplate on their own. The workshops are held over two days and cover:

• Cameras and lenses (old and modern)
• Other equipment needed
• Chemistry, including health and safety
• Substrates: both traditional and contemporary such as glass, metal and acrylic
• Preparing, exposing, processing and finishing plates

You will be given a 30 page workshop manual.

Students will have the chance to make positive images on glass (ambrotypes), metal (tintypes) and acrylic (acrylotypes?!) plates of different sizes using a variety of cameras and lenses.

I supply collodion kits and silverboxes to students at a 10% discount. (No discount on silver nitrate).

There are several hotels in Manchester at varying prices and this one is close to my studio. I can pick up and drop off students from Manchester Airport, Piccadilly Railway Station and hotels. On street parking is available outside the studio during weekends.

The nearest bed and breakfast to Double Negative Darkroom in Hackney, London is which I highly recommend but book early as this is a popular place.

Manchester dates

November 1st & 2nd (FULL)

For further information or to book Manchester dates click here.

London dates

2015 dates will be announced soon.

To check availability and to book London dates contact Sebastian Sussmann

A deposit to secure a place will be required.

I can also tailor workshops to your individual needs including one to one tuition and am happy to travel throughout the world. Please contact me with your requirements here.

I have taught over 550 students worldwide from every continent. Blogs from previous students:
Kirstin McKee and Tom Standage
Jon Rowe
Jackie MacRae
Casey Carlin
Suzi Livingstone
Loughborough University
Tim Ingmire
Martin Saint
Tony Platt
Tamara Kuzminski
Gareth Gardner
Anita Farkas
Films Not Dead
For further information and to book please email me via my contact page here.

I also run gum bichromate, cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown workshops. Please contact me here. for rates.

I have:
• COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health certification).
• Enhanced CRB check.
• Insurance.
• PTLLS teaching qualification.