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Zoom Workshops – Metals

METALS & JEWELRY ZOOM WORKSHOPS
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Enameling: Textures & Surfaces Inlaid Seed Beads

Barbara Minor
Hours: 1:00-3:00 ET 

June 20 &  27        Class Sold Out
June 23 & 30         Class Sold Out
June 25 & July 2  Class Sold Out
July 11 &  18          Class Sold Out

Tuition: $95
Some experience with enameling required. 

SESSION 1 
This two hour Zoom workshop will demonstrate use of glass seed beads in combination with vitreous enamels on copper.  Information covered includes:

  • metal preparation
  • tools, supplies, safe practices
  • sifted enamel application methods 
  • application and firing of counter enamel and base coats
  • placement, inlaying and firing of seed beads for differing effects

The goal is for participants to understand enameling basics relative to the seed bead inlay process, to gain confidence while exploring and experimenting with this enameling technique and to achieve exciting surfaces that exceed expected results.  

IN-BETWEEN SESSIONS | Students apply the techniques demonstrated in Session 1 to prepare for the discussion in Session 2.

SESSION 2 
This two hour Zoom “Follow-up” workshop will continue with the subject of using glass seed beads in combination with vitreous enamels on copper. This class and is intended to allow participants:

  • time to work in their personal studios in-between the two sessions on techniques demonstrated during Session 1.
  • to share their individual results and receive feedback from each other and from Barbara 
  • to get thorough answers to their questions from Barbara
  • to have Barbara review the specific information covered during Session 1 demonstrations.

The goal for this session is for participants to solidify their understanding and confidence with this enameling technique so they can continue using the processes learned on their own.

Barbara Minor works from her studio in Louisiana where she utilizes the ancient technique of vitreous enameling to create her innovative enameled beads, distinctive enameled jewelry and unique enameled vessels. She began enameling during graduate school and continued developing her knowledge by exploring enamel processes while teaching a SUNY Geneseo. Barbara concentrates on researching, perfecting and documenting experimental or innovative enamel processes utilized in her skillfully crafted jewelry and objects. Barbara exhibits widely and teaches frequently across the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been pictured in 500 Enameled Objects, The Art of Enameling, and Art Jewelry Today.

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SAND CASTING: A TWO-Part Demonstration

Jesse Bert
Hours:  4:00-6:00 ET

July 18 & 19, 2020




Tuition: $115
All levels 

 

SESSION 1 
In the first section of this class, students will be given a step-by-step approach for using a sand/clay mixture to cast an object in metal using bronze or silver. 

Specific information or techniques included in the first section:

  • How to select an object for casting,
  • Preparing and molding your object in sand,
  • Selecting the proper tools for cutting your gates and vents in sand,
  • Preparing gates and vents so that the metal flows best during the pour,
  • Weighing out your metal to cast ,
  • Selecting a crucible, 
  • Casting your object with a torch.

The goal of this class is for participants to learn to basics to casting small metal objects in sand. I hope to provide a detailed approach through a step-by-step process. With special consideration for building a cleaner, crisper  and more effective mold. In the past this is where I have seen the biggest errors, which is one of the biggest keys to the whole process. Since a master object used for casting metal in sand is never damaged or lost, I also hope to instill in the participants what an extremely useful and verstile technique this can be to add to your studio practice.

IN-BETWEEN SESSIONS:
Students have the opportunity to work through the techniques demonstrated in Session #1 in their own workspace to prepare for discussion during session #2. Students are not required to make anything, however, if you they do, please see this supply list. 

SESSION 2:
This part of the online class with be a 2-hour follow-up. The topic of sand casting small objects in metal will continue with a short final demonstration, followed by a discussion. This part of the class is intended to offer the participants the following things: 

  • A basic demonstration for options to clean up your cast object
  • To share their individuals results and to recieve feedback both from each other and from Jesse
  • Recieve answer to their questions from Jesse
  • To have a review by Jesse of any needed information covered during class session #1

The goals of this class are for the students to get a deeper understanding of Sand Casting objects in silver or bronze.  I hope that they will gain a certail level of confidence which allows them to enjoy a fun new process while continueing to explore and learn more on their own. 

Studio Artist; Adjunct professor Technological Institute of Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico; Other teaching: workshops and courses taught in jewelry schools around the globe in places such as: New Orleans, NYC, Miami, Bogota, Holland, Portugal, Barcelona, Madrid, Collections: Racine Art Museum (WI).

Sharon Massey - Signet Ring Workshop At Pocosin Arts
Hollow Fabrication: Signet Rings

Sharon Massey
Hours: 1:00-3:00 ET

July 17 & 24, 2020

Tuition: $115
Experience with sawing & filing is preferred.

In this online workshop, students will learn how to fabricate a hollow signet-style ring from sheet metal. This popular ring style can be modified in many ways and is a good introduction to hollow construction. Skills covered include: forming the body of the ring, soldering the parts together, and various modifications to make your work unique.

Details:

Studio Artist; Associate Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP); other teaching: Haystack (ME), Contemporary Craft (PA); collections: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Racine Art Museum (WI), Enamel Arts Foundation (CA).

www.sharon-massey.com

REPETiTIVE PATTERNS IN ENAMEL,
A TwO-Part Demonstration

Tanya Crane
Hours:  1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

July 23 & 26 – Class Sold Out
July 29 & August 5 – Class Sold Out

 Tuition: $115
Basic Metalsmithing Experience Required, Some Enameling Experience Preferred

 

This class will introduce students to various techniques for creating patterns for enamel surfaces including stencils (both handmade and purchased), sgraffito, and pen work. Tanya will cover the use of overglazes and oils for both her sgraffito and limoges techniques. Sifting will also be covered.

Information on how to prep a sample square will be provided before class so we can concentrate on the surface decoration. In between classes, students will try the techniques. In the second class, students will have a chance to show their progress and have their questions answered while seeing what the other attendees have tried. 

Details:

Tanya Crane is a Southern California native living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a Professor of the Practice in Metals at the School Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Crane received her MFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, and her BFA in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz. 

Crane’s work is framed within a dual existence of prejudice and privilege having adapted to life amongst family in both the white suburbs and the urban center of South Central, Los Angeles. Crane is a recipient of the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award (2017), and her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the National Ornamental Metal Museum.

www.tanyamoniquejewelry.com

Embossed Brooches
All That Glitters
Using Patterned/Embossed/Burnt Gold Foil in Enamel

Jan Harrell

July 21 & 28 (1 – 3 p.m. ET) – Class Sold Out

 Aug 19 & 26 (4-6 p.m. ET)  Accepting Registrations

Tuition: $115
While this class can accommodate almost any level, the techniques are best utilized by someone with basic enamel knowledge and experience.

In this workshop, students will learn a cost-effective way to incorporate gold into enamel projects by capturing gold foil under and over glass. Jan will demonstrate three specific techniques using a single sheet of Japanese gold foil.  Many samples will be shown, along with finished projects.

Jan’s goal is to provide students with a better understanding of the ways in which gold foil can be manipulated to create exciting, high-impact textures and patterns (While silver foil can be used, the results will not be as crisp, because of the difference in the foil’s thickness.)

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform dowloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • students are encouraged to work in between sessions, please see the suggested materials list here
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Jan Harrell is a metalsmith, enamelist, and educator with over 25 years of energetic
teaching at the Glassell School of Art. Her love for the glass / metal medium was
fueled by her early childhood years in Japan and then grew into her college and grad school vocation and passion.
Jan teaches workshops across the country and participates in invitational and juried
exhibitions. Her work is in the IAH permanent collection, the Kamm Teapot Collection, The Enamel Arts Foundation and several private collections. Her work is in over 15 books and publications.
Jan received her BFA from Texas Tech University and her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston.

www.janharrell.com

Concrete Champlevé

Marissa Saneholtz
Hours: 1:00 -3:00 p.m. ET

August 7 & 8, 2020

Tuition: $115
Open to all skill levels – However, if you do not know how to saw and file an introductory video led by Marissa will be made available 

Enthralled with color but don’t have an enameling kiln? In this workshop we will learn the basics of traditional enameling techniques, but instead work with custom pigmented cement to create interesting designs that are similar to champleve artworks. Participants will work on a jewelry scale and get an introduction to pigmenting and working with cement in a champleve style. 

 

  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform dowloaded on a computer or phone to participate. Download here.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • students are encouraged to work in between sessions, please see the suggested materials list here.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask Marissa questions.
  • Students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks.

“By referencing housewife ideals that were reinforced during the Early and Mid 20th Century and putting a modern twist on vintage graphics, my work is an attempt to converse about my views on current gender issues and my search for identity in today’s society.  The closer I get to defining my own character, the less idealistic I become. In the world of comic books and fairytales, the good guy always wins and Prince Charming saves the damsel in distress. This work attempts to reference those ideals with cynicism and sarcasm.”

Check out her website.

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Three Stone Settings: Bezel, Tube, & Prong

Molly Sharp
Hours:  1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

August 14 & 17, 2020 

Tuition: $115
This class is appropriate for those who have had some knowledge in fabrication of
metals. Good eyesight or magnification is required.

In this class, students will learn three stone setting techniques including a basic bezel setting for round or oval stones, a simple prong setting for irregular stones and a tube setting for a 3mm faceted stone. Students will be required to provide all their own supplies and materials.

Details:

  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform dowloaded on a computer or phone to participate.
  • Students are encouraged to work in between sessions, please see the suggested materials list here.
  • Students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks.

Molly continues to be a full time jeweler and educator, teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC; North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN; Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, MX; Cornwall School of Art Craft and Jewellery in St. Austell, UK; Miami University in Oxford, OH; Appalachian Center for Crafts in Cooksville, TN; Flux Metal Arts in Mentor, OH and Ignite Jewelry Studio in Asheville, NC as well as her own home studio in Zirconia, NC.  Her work is meticulously fabricated from sterling silver and gold. Over the years she has developed a style of textured and oxidized pieces, often with the use of constructed hollow forms, hinges and the incorporation of tiny, unpolished pebbles. Her work can be found in several galleries and on her website at mollysharpmetalsmith.com.

Forming And Enameling Copper Screening

Barbara Minor
Hours: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

August 15 & 22 – Class Sold Out
August 18 & 25 – Accepting Registrations

Tuition: $125
Some experience with enameling required.

In this two part class, you will learn how to create and enamel three dimensional forms made from copper screening. Yes, the type used for windows and also other larger and smaller mesh sizes.

Part One: We will be creating volume and form using assorted sizes of copper screening – working with methods such as gathering, pleating, folding, creasing, fold-forming, stitching and “freehand” manipulation to achieve lightweight, volumetric forms suitable for jewelry or
objects. A brief introduction to enameling the screen forms will be included.

Part Two: In depth demonstrations on techniques for enameling the screen forms will include dipped and brushed applications of liquid enamel in combination with and separate from sifted applications of powdered enamel. Additional information will include – inclusion of gold or silver foil, glass seed beads and a PPT illustrating how to set up an inexpensive spray booth.

Details:

  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform dowloaded on a computer or phone to participate.
  • See the abbreviated materials list here.
  • Students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks after the second class is over.
  • This demonstration includes office hours with Barbara to answer questions after both of the two class sessions.

Barbara Minor works from her studio in Louisiana where she utilizes the ancient technique of vitreous enameling to create her innovative enameled beads, distinctive enameled jewelry and unique enameled vessels. She began enameling during graduate school and continued developing her knowledge by exploring enamel processes while teaching a SUNY Geneseo. Barbara concentrates on researching, perfecting and documenting experimental or innovative enamel processes utilized in her skillfully crafted jewelry and objects. Barbara exhibits widely and teaches frequently across the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been pictured in 500 Enameled Objects, The Art of Enameling, and Art Jewelry Today.

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DRY AND WET SCREEN PRINTING WITH ENAMELS: Making and Using the Image Screens

Barbara Minor
Hours: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Class Sessions: September 15 & 22, 2020
Office Hours: September 18, 2020

Tuition: $125
Some experience with enameling required.

More information coming soon!

Details:

  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform dowloaded on a computer or phone to participate.
  • A suggested material list will be available soon.
  • Students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks after the second class is over.
  • This demonstration includes office hours with Barbara to answer questions inbetween sessions.

Barbara Minor works from her studio in Louisiana where she utilizes the ancient technique of vitreous enameling to create her innovative enameled beads, distinctive enameled jewelry and unique enameled vessels. She began enameling during graduate school and continued developing her knowledge by exploring enamel processes while teaching a SUNY Geneseo. Barbara concentrates on researching, perfecting and documenting experimental or innovative enamel processes utilized in her skillfully crafted jewelry and objects. Barbara exhibits widely and teaches frequently across the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been pictured in 500 Enameled Objects, The Art of Enameling, and Art Jewelry Today.