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Bryan Petersen: Sustainable Jewelry From Recycled Materials

February 18-21, 2016


Workshop Description:   Learn how to create your own eco fashions. Work with Alternative Materials such as license plates, street signs, tin cans, bottle caps, and others that you choose. Move away from toxic processes and enter a world of post-consumer recycled materials and cold connections. Making work that is sustainable validates our creations in a throwaway age. The act of accessorizing doesn’t have to deplete the earth’s resources and pollute air and water quality.

Students will acquire the knowledge to combine various materials with low-tech methods. This class will prepare you to begin working with essential tools and a portable studio. Sustainable Jewelry is a great workshop for all metalsmithing levels. This workshop will review the basics of drilling, sawing, sanding and filing. We will cover cold connecting techniques such as: riveting with wire and tubing, pop riveting, and use of machine fasteners. It will also cover design strategies, patternmaking, primitive prong setting, fold forming, and sinking. Bring materials from your recycling bin and design unique and sustainable pieces.

Bryan Petersen

Bio:   Bryan Petersen received his B.A. in Metalsmithing at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and an M.F.A. in Metals, from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art-Metalsmithing at Montana State University.  He has taught at The Arthur Morgan School, Georgia Southern University, Arrowmont, Ghost Ranch, and The Bear Canyon School of Art and Craft.  His work is published in Lark Books,  Fabulous Jewelry From Found Objects and  Iron Wire Jewelry, Hollan Publishers, Mixed Media Collage Jewelry: New Directions in Memory Jewelry,  and A&C Black’s Jewelry From Recycled Materials. Learn more about Bryan at www.bryan-petersen.com.

Sustainable Jewelry: Student Supply List


Registration for Cabin Fever Reliever 2016

Materials fees assessed at time of workshop.
The Meal Plan includes lunch and dinner on Feb. 18th, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Feb. 19th and 20th, and breakfast and lunch on Feb. 21st. It includes nonalcoholic beverages only. Adult beverages will be available through the Old Salt Oyster Bar at dinners.
SO SORRY, THE LODGE IS COMPLETELY FILLED. There are alternatives . . . such as: the Brickhouse Inn in town, and the Dalton House Motel located across the river approximately 2 miles from campus. And, some of our neighbors have made lodging available in private homes, e.g., the Bulls Bay Cottage. If you are interested in attending and need help with lodging, please call us at 252 796 2787 and we will help as much as we can. Thanks.