About Pocosin Arts

Metals & Jewelry Workshops
at Pocosin Arts

Metals & Jewelry
Workshops at Pocosin

Our jewelry and metals studio is going to see a lot of action in 2018. We have a ton of programming on the calendar – with amazing instructors coming to share their craft with you. Learn studio hacks from innovators, come solder and rivet away. Work on many projects or walk away with a unique handmade piece of artwork. Whatever you choose, it will be fun!

Thomas Graham Tin Can Collage example image

Thomas Graham

Thomas Graham

Tin Can Collage

Tin Can Collage

Have fun learning to make collages from old tin cans, little bitty nails and plywood. Topics will include preparation (deconstructing and flattening tin cans), pattern layout, cutting shapes in tin, assembly, reassembly and how to do this safely. Learn about the simple tools that make this all work. Students  can expect to complete one to two collages.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs March 23 – 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$190 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
THOMAS GRAHAM began playing with tin following Hurricane Fran in 1994.  He studied Tinsmithing with Harry Kruppenbach and Tin Can Art with Bobby Hansson and Robert Villamagnas.  Most of his collages feature birds, possibly due to his life long love of birds or because shiny printed tin lends itself to avian imagery.

$225

Melissa Manley

Melissa Manley

Beginning Jewelry Making

Beginning Jewelry
Making

Learn the basics of metalsmithing to make simple silver jewelry. You will learn to pierce with a jeweler’s saw, imprint texture and solder. You will leave with a pair of earrings and a bracelet or necklace. This class is geared toward total beginners so if you’ve never touched metal this is a great class to dip your toe into metalworking!

ALL LEVELS

Session runs March 23 – 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$190 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
MELISSA MANLEY holds a BA in Studio Art from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and an MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. Her work has appeared in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, The Fine Art of Enameling by Linda Darty, Making Connections by Susan Lenart Kazmer and 500 Enameled Objects by Lark Books. She is the author of Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations and Explorations in Metal. She has taught workshops in a variety of media at art retreats around the country and currently teaches metalsmithing at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC.

melissamanleystudio.com

$225

Annemarie Pomp Wire Knit Bracelet example 1

Annemarie Pomp

Annemarie Pomp

Wire Knitted Bracelet

Wire Knitted
Bracelet

Using 26 gauge gold tone wire, beads and simple knitting techniques students will create beautiful and unique bracelets. Participants will also make simple clasps, jump rings, and learn how to attach clasps and toggles to make the bracelets functional. A knowledge of knitting is advisable but not required.

ALL LEVELS
some knitting experience helpful

Session runs June 15-16, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$190 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
ANNEMARIE POMP is a retired art teacher in Hertford, NC. She is originally from New Jersey, she relocated to North Carolina in 2006. Annemarie creates in many mediums – paint, clay, fiber, and metal. She continues to share her love of the arts and finds inspiring others to create to be very important.

$225

Jeffrey Georgantes

Jeffrey Georgantes

Rocks, Rings & Pendants

Rocks, Rings
& Pendants

This class will explore the special qualities necessary to make large cabochon cocktail rings and pendants. Students will learn about bezel and prong setting larger cabochons.  Use of found objects will also be explored. Both low-tech and high-tech fabrication and soldering skills will be emphasized and will include training in precision micro arc welding.

ALL LEVELS
some soldering experience helpful

Session runs June 26 – 30, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
JEFF GEORGANTES has a MFA in Jewelry/Metals from California State University, Fullerton and a BA in Art and a MA in Sculpture, both from California State University, Humboldt. He taught art at the College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA, for 15 years and has taught numerous visiting artist workshops across the U.S.  He helped develop and coordinate the Jewelry/Metals program at the Mendocino Art Center from the early 1990s until 2005, when he started his position as head of the Jewelry/Metals program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

www.jeffgeorgantes.com

$505

Mary Hettmansperger jewelry with wire example

Mary Hettmansperger

Mary Hettmansperger

Wire And Alternative Surfaces

Wire & Alternative
Surfaces

Students will explore copper and silver sheeting with a variety of fiber stitching, weaving techniques, patinas, embossing, rusting, and torch fire enameling while using unique design approaches to create one of kind jewelry. Learn assembling, fold forming, layering, bezels, hinges and cold connections. Endless embellishing techniques will be given in this fearless approach to playing with jewelry!

ALL LEVELS

Session runs July 10 -14, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
MARY HETTMANSPERGER is the owner of Gallery 64. Mary teaches in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK and Singapore, internationally and across the US at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, and private Guilds for 30 years. Mary has authored and illustrated 4 books – Fabulous Woven Jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet, and Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop, and Heat, Color, Set and Fire, all published by Lark/Sterling. Mary has had work exhibited at private galleries, SOFA, and invitational exhibits. She does segments for the PBS programming, on-line workshops and You Tube segments – with Beads Baubles and Jewels, Make it Artsy and Quilting Art and has had her work published in many magazines, including, Quilting Arts, Art jewelry, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Shuttle Spindle and Dye Pot, and Crafts Report.

www.maryhetts.com

$505

David Clemons

David Clemons

Making Spoons

Making Spoons

This workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of eating ice cream and for that we will need SPOONS. Discussion and visual presentations will address historic and contemporary ideas of function, ergonomics, and formal aesthetics of the spoon. Each student will be guided through a series of procedures including fabrication, forging, stretching, sinking, planishing, and polishing to make spoons. We will need to test our new wares so I’ll bring the ice cream maker.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs July 10 -14, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
DAVID CLEMONS is originally from El Paso, Texas and spent much of his early life in Austin. He currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. He received his MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from San Diego State University. His work embraces the craft of Metalsmithing and it’s collected history of techniques and objects as a means to communicate ideas. The resulting objects rendered in metal, mixed media, and hand-made illustrated artist books are vehicles to discuss racial identity, prompting discussion about the development of racial identity and the impact mass media has on its development.

www.davidclemons.com

$505

Jennifer Wells enameled vessel

Jennifer Wells

Jennifer Wells

Enameling Basics

Enameling
Basics

This workshop will cover sifted and liquid enamels, watercolors and china paints. We will explore layering  enamels, playing with color and pattern, torch and kiln firing at different firing temperatures. Participants will work on ready to go forms to focus on the enameled surface. Expect to take home samples and many exploratory pieces of enamel.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs July 28 -29, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$190 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
JENNIFER WELLS completed her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design at East Carolina University in 2010. After graduation she spent a year at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, TN, as a Resident Artist. She completed short-term residencies at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY. She has taught numerous workshops across the country and in 2012 and 2013 she was a Summer Assistant at Haystack, Maine. In 2013 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She has taught Jewelry and Enameling in Italy with East Carolina University’s Italy Intensives program, and at Western State Colorado University, and returned to Indiana University as an Adjunct Professor in 2017.

www.jenwells.com

$225

Janet Harriman

Janet Harriman

Metal Clay: Jewelry & Design

Metal Clay
Jewelry & Design

Learn to work with BRONZclay, Precious Metal Clay (PMC), fine silver, and Onefire PMC sterling metal clay. Create metal clay jewelry from start to finish in this exploratory workshop. Techniques such as texturing, forming, carving, setting stones, enameling, and adding final touches to leather-hard clay. Firing metal clays, hammering, finishing, and patinas will be covered.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs August 1 – 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
JANET HARRIMAN has been making jewelry and winning awards for 40 years. She has been working with Precious Metal Clay and BRONZclay for almost 10 years and has developed state-of-the-art techniques for using these new materials. She was invited to the National PMC Conference in 2008 and 2010 at Purdue University to demonstrate her methods. An article about her work was published in the national Glass on Metal magazine and her jewelry was included in three PMC Guild Annual Exceptional Work in Metal Clay books and also in Contemporary Metal Clay Rings by Hattie Sanderson. Janet has taught many workshops including at Wildacres in North Carolina.

www.harrimanjewelry.com

$505

Janet Harriman Metal Clay jewelry example
Janet Harriman Metal Clay jewelry example 2

Maia Leppo

Maia Leppo

Steel Jewelry

Steel Jewelry

Explore the use of steel as an affordable, lightweight alternative material for a variety of jewelry. Learn, experiment, and apply different soldering, micro-welding and riveting methods. The course will also explore basic hydraulic press use and non toxic- finishing methods as well as incorporating other metals into your designs.  Simple mechanisms for pin backs, clasps, and earring wires will be covered to help make your piece complete.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs August 1 – 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
MAIA LEPPO graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She received training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools, including Arrowmont, Pocosin Arts, Penland and Haystack. She received her MFA from SUNY New Paltz. She is currently a resident artist at the Brew House Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.

www.MaiaLeppo.com

$505

Deb Karash

Deb Karash

Surface Beyond Polish

Surface Beyond
Polish

Learn to create jewelry with character and warmth by focusing on the surface of the metal.  We will examine how a variety of techniques can be used in new ways to enhance your designs.  We will discuss design elements such as volume, layering, and edges.  Using paste solder and rivets we will combine simple techniques to create a complex piece of jewelry.

ALL LEVELS
Session runs September 5 – 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
DEB KARASH is a transplanted Midwesterner, who lives and works in the mountains of North Carolina, surrounded by natural beauty and a vibrant craft community. She holds a MA degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Northern Illinois University. Her work is sold in galleries and in high end craft shows throughout the US. While she spend most of her time as a studio jeweler, she also loves teaching workshops. She loves to travel and often travels to see interesting architecture. Deb’s work is fueled by a fascination with detail, pattern, and surface; lichen on trees, flaking paint on rusty old metal, the texture and pattern in vintage fabrics and architectural details, just to name a few.

www.debkarash.com

$505

Deb Karash surface design on metal jewelry example 1

Barbara Minor

Barbara Minor

Enameling with Foils: Getting Clear Results

Enameling with Foils
Getting Clear Results

Learn to prepare, apply and fire powdered enamels on to copper, fine silver or steel for gorgeous, clear, transparent colors and clean, smooth, opaque colors. Work with silver/gold enameling foil; embossed ginbari foil; and gold leaf to increase your enameling color palette and achieve an “organic” gold look. Settings options for enamels will also be covered.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs October 4 – 7, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$375 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
BARBARA MINOR concentrates on experimental work and research in enameling. She is well known for her innovative enameled beads, her distinctive enameled jewelry and her unique enameled vessels. Barbara has exhibited widely and teaches frequently across the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been pictured in numerous magazine articles and books, including 500 Enameled Objects, The Art of Enameling and Art Jewelry Today.

www.barbaraminorenamels.com

$410

Chris Hentz

Chris Hentz

Beautiful Lines

Beautiful Lines

This class will introduce designing and making unique hand fabricated chains. Fabrication possibilities, soldering challenges, physical mechanics and proportional aesthetics for creating hand-made chains will be address. Emphasis will be placed on achieving visually effective results and efficient chain fabrication through creative use of hand tools, mechanical jigs, unusual fabrication techniques, and many of Chris’s “tricks.”

ALL LEVELS

Session runs October 4 – 7, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$375 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
CHRISTOPHER HENTZ received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is Professor Emeritus of Art (jewelry/metalsmithing, digital fabrication) at Louisiana State University. As a self-employed artist Chris has shown in numerous galleries and prestigious craft shows (Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show). Chris has been researching concepts and methods for fabricating chains for jewelry from historical and contemporary perspectives for over 20 years. A former student commented, “His knowledge and expertise in fabrication methods is vast, his information is clear and his teaching is marvelous. A true Jedi Metal Master.”

www.christopherhentz.com
www.chrisscables.com

$410

Demitra Thomloudis

Demitra Thomloudis

Hollow Cement Jewelry

Hollow Cement
Jewelry

In this workshop, students will learn to create hollow, lightweight objects using cement, and apply these techniques within the format of jewelry. Silicone mold making, resin, and acrylic surface techniques will also be covered. Metalworking skills are encouraged but not required.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs October 26 – 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$190 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
DEMITRA THOMLOUDIS is a studio jeweler, visual artist and an Assistant Professor in the Jewelry and Metalwork area at the Lamar Dodd School of Art located at the University of Georgia. Her work is recognized nationally and internationally. She has been invited to exhibit, lecture, and teach at institutions/fairs/events such as SOFA Chicago, Athens Jewelry Week (Greece) and Penland.

www.demidemi.net

$225

Jen Allen

Jen Allen

Ceramic Jewelry

Ceramic Jewelry

This two-day class is a crash course in ceramic jewelry making. Utilizing high temperature wire, we will problem solve how to design jewelry throughout the ceramic process. Participants will learn basic clay hand-building and key wire-bending techniques in order to create ceramic components. We will explore useful cold connection techniques to complete your jewelry pieces. You will leave the class with unique, ready to wear accessories.

ALL LEVELS

Session runs October 26 – 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days.
$190 tuition + $35 registration fee

Artist Bio:
JEN ALLEN received a BFA (2002) from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a MFA (2006) from Indiana University, Bloomington.  From 1998-2002, she worked as a production assistant to Kris Bliss at Bliss Pottery in Anchorage, AK. In March 2008, the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) recognized Jennifer as an “Emerging Artist.”  Among other awards, she was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT.  In addition to keeping a home studio, Jennifer currently teaches ceramic classes at West Virginia University.  She lives in Morgantown, WV with her artist husband Shoji Satake, their two kids, Annelise and Finn and their three dogs, Billie, Ella and Jungle.

jenniferallenceramics.com

$225

Jen Allen ceramic feathers jewelry