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Zoom Workshops – Metals

METALS & JEWELRY ZOOM WORKSHOPS
gold on a budget

Alex Boyd

Jan. 23 & 30 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET) 2021

Tuition: $325 (Class kit included)

Solid soldering skills are a necessity. Intermediate to advanced students only

This workshop will teach students how to make the most of a precious resource. Topics covered will include making a gold sheathed silver ring, making a gold-rimmed bezel for a faceted stone, different techniques for attaching the bezel to the ring, making a gold-capped rod for flush setting small round faceted stones, making your own bi-metal as well as many other tips and tricks.

Check the materials list below for items Alex will send.

Details:

When Alex Boyd was a young boy he stole an enchanted ring from a powerful bruja.  That night his slumber was disturbed by a tapping at his window. When he slid the window open a huge raven rushed in, flew around the room and perched on his bookshelf. “I know what you have taken from me,”  the raven cawed.  “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Alex lied, hiding his bejeweled finger behind his back.  “No matter.  It is your problem now.  The wearer of that ring is indentured to create more talismans of power, either for 1000 years or until he makes something so sublime, so perfect and so beautiful that the spell is broken and he is freed.” “1000 years it is,” Alex said as he thrust the raven out the window and slammed it shut behind her.  He has been making jewelry ever since. 

Alex teaches monthly at the Boulder Metalsmithing Asssociation, several times a year at the Colorado Center for Metal Arts and private lessons out of his own studio. He used to teach around the country before the plague hit and will again someday when people learn to pull their masks over their noses.

Alex’s work is available at Balefire Goods in Arvada, CO, at Karats in Vail, CO, on his website www.alexboydstudio.com and by sliding up into his DMs.

Unexpected + versatile: Molding and casting with silicone

Emily Culver

Nov. 14 &  21 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET)

Tuition: $125

Beginners welcome

Using basic tools in collaboration with specialized materials, students will learn how to create molds and castings made of silicone. In this workshop, Emily will demonstrate various methods and techniques of working with the material, her personal tips and tricks, practical applications as well as discuss material compatibility and proper safety precautions. While great attention will be paid to working primarily with silicone, students are welcome to also create resin castings if they choose. Learn how to use this unexpected and versatile material in designs of your own creation.

Details:

studio artist; Instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VA); other teaching: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN), Baltimore Jewelry Center (MD)

https://www.emily-culver.com/

Introduction to Electroforming and Working with Wire Mesh

Dennis Nahabetian

Dec. 16 & 23 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET) 

Tuition: $125

Beginners welcome

In this class you will be shown how to get the most out of Wire Mesh (sometimes called Woven Wire Cloth), and successfully Electroform it with copper in an easy, cost effective way. You will be guided through setting up a small copper bath, using a DC power source to control and grow copper over your creations. Some of my most popular forms and patterns will be demonstrated in an step by step process. Various methods of planning and finishing an Electroformed piece will also be discussed.

Explore the endless possibilities of this pliable and tactile material from an artist with 30 years of experience Electrofoming wire mesh. in addition to mesh techniques, Dennis will demonstrate setting up a simple, easy to use copper bath to secure and strengthen your small wire mesh creation.

Details:

Dennis Nahabetian is a Studio Artist who has primarily worked with wire mesh for more than 30 years. He has taught at The University of Toledo, and given Lectures and Workshops on his innovative techniques at Colleges and Arts Organizations throughout the United States. Dennis has been featured in books, magazines and received recognition for his work through Artist Fellowship Grants from the New York Foundation of the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He has exhibited internationally and has been honored for his skill and artistry from prestigious shows including 4 Awards from Smithsonian Craft Show. His work is in many private and public collections including Racine Art Museum and The Honolulu Museum of Art (formally The Contemporary Museum).

www.dennisnahabetian.com

@dennisnahabetian

concretion

Michael Nashef

Dec. 5 & 12 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET) 

Tuition: $125

Beginners welcome

Explore the possibilities and processes of introducing alternative materials into jewelry and small object making. Gain skill using concrete/cement in conjunction with color dyes to create colorful pieces. Apply traditional and advanced mold making techniques with found objects/3-D printed materials and spend time exploring and creating unique designs.

Details:

Michael Nashef earned a B.F.A. in Metals/Jewelry Design from Kendall College of Art and Design and M.F.A. in 3D studies from Bowling Green State University. Throughout his career, Michael Nashef has managed a jewelry store, worked as a CAD designer, and launched his fine jewelry company Intersecting Hearts. Michael had taught at Kendall College of Art and Design and worked as the area coordinator and lecturer at Towson University in Maryland, and currently he is an instructor at Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

 

https://www.nashefdesigns.com/

steel earrings in a day

Maia Leppo

Jan. 10 (4:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET) 2021

Tuition: $120 (Class kit included)

Basic metalsmithing skills are all that is necessary for this class.

Explore the use of steel as an affordable, lightweight alternative material for a variety of earrings.  Learn, experiment with, and apply different soldering and fabricating methods with 20g-10g steel wires.  Personalize your earrings with handy, non-toxic finishing techniques and added accents of your choice.  

Details:

Maia 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 School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz.  She has participated in artist residencies at Arrowmont and Fallingwater and has taught around the country including Penland, Arrowmont, Pocosin, and Touchstone.  She currently works out of her studio in the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.

www.MaiaLeppo.com

@maialeppo

2-part Epoxy Dies and Molds

Lauren Kalman

Dec. 6 & 13 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET) SOLD OUT

Tuition: $140 (Some items will be sent to students)

Some experience with sawing and annealing required. Is using a vice or hand pumped press there is some degree of physical strength needed (this will vary depending on the students press).

In this workshop students will learn how to create an 2 part forming die made out of epoxy and steel. These dies will be used in a hydraulic press to create multiples for jewelry, objects, or installation.

Using a found, modeled, or fabricated objects students will learn how to prepare a part for casting and make an epoxy mold that can be used in a hydraulic press to form copper, brass, or other nonferrous metal. These molded dies are great for capturing detail and complex contours. Lauren will also share how she uses these tools and processes in her work.

  • This class will cover:
     Preparing a part for molding
  • Mixing and pouring epoxy dies
  • Prepping and modifying the die
  • Using the dies in the hydraulic press
  • Optional silicone mold to cast a part from precious found objects

*While results are uncertain, we can experiment with a standard vice as an alternative to a hydraulic press.

Some items will be shipped to you directly from Lauren

Details:

Lauren Kalman is a visual artist based in Detroit and an associate professor at Wayne State University. She has taught at a range of institutions including Penland, Rhode Island School of Design, and Brown University. Her works are in the permanent collection of the Korean Ceramic Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute of Art, and Museum of Arts and Design.

www.laurenkalman.com

@laurenkalman

Setting Options for Enamels: You’ve Made It Now What? Part 1: Tabs, screws, rivets

Barbara Minor

Nov. 11, 13 & 18 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET) SOLD OUT

Nov. 14, 21 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET) & 19 (4:00-6:00 p.m. ET) SOLD OUT

Tuition: $145

Participants are encouraged to have previously made (or make new) enamel pieces to create settings for using the techniques demonstrated . The idea is to practice and innovate in-between classes with the methods demonstrated. “Practice settings” can be made in sheet silver, copper or bronze.

So, you’ve made all those lovely enamel pieces….now what?

In this three part class, Barbara will demonstrate a variety of ways to transform your enamels into jewelry or objects by making use of cold connection methods such as tabs, miniature nuts/bolts and rivets. An introduction to soldering commercial pin backs will be included in this class.

Examples and demonstrations will illustrate options to consider for setting an enameled piece and the steps that must be taken before enameling the metal begins. While examples and demonstrations in this class will be jewelry scale, the principles can be applied to larger scale works.

Information included in this class:
– Sawing and piercing shapes for settings and tabs
– Drilling holes for screws or rivets
– Making wire and tube rivets
– Assembling pieces using miniature nuts/bolts
– Tab setting options
– Finishing edges and surfaces
– What needs to be done to your enamel piece BEFORE enameling

The objective is for participants to solidify their understanding and confidence with setting options demonstrated so they can continue practicing, using and innovating on their own.

The structure and components of this class are intended to allow and encourage participants:
– time to work in their personal studios in-between sessions on techniques demonstrated.
– to share their individual results and receive feedback from each other and from Barbara on a Private Facebook Group

– to get thorough answers to their questions, from Barbara, during time allotted during class and in the Private Facebook Group.

** This is a general list of tools/supplies needed for this class. Barbara will send a detailed and comprehensive supply and tool list to registrants at least one month prior to the beginning of this class.

Details:

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.

Setting options for enamels: you’ve made it now what? Part 2: Soldered frame + back tabs, front tabs and adhesives

Barbara Minor

Dec.  5, 10 & 12 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET) SOLD OUT

Dec. 9, 11 & 16 (1:0-3:00 p.m. ET) SOLD OUT

Tuition: $145

Participants are encouraged to have previously made (or make new) enamel pieces to create settings for using the techniques demonstrated . The idea is to practice and innovate in-between classes with the methods demonstrated. “Practice settings” can be made in sheet silver, copper or bronze.

So, you’ve made all those lovely enamel pieces….now what?

In this three part class, Barbara will demonstrate a variety of ways to transform your enamels into jewelry or objects by using a combination of soldering methods, miniature tabs and epoxy glue for making a frame around your enamel piece. An introduction to soldering commercial pin backs will be included in this class.

Examples and demonstrations will illustrate options to consider for setting an enameled piece and the steps that must be taken before enameling the metal begins. Examples and demonstrations in this class will be jewelry scale. Some of the principles may be applicable to larger scale works.

Information included in this class:
– Sawing and piercing shapes for soldered settings
– Drilling holes as needed for frame opening
– Silver soldering parts together
– Soldering on a pin finding
– Finishing edges and surfaces
– What needs to be done to your enamel piece BEFORE enameling

The objective is for participants to solidify their understanding and confidence with setting options demonstrated so they can continue practicing, using and focusing on innovative development of unique settings for enamel pieces in jewelry and small objects.

The structure and components of this class are intended to allow and encourage participants:
– time to work in their personal studios in-between sessions on techniques demonstrated.
– to share their individual results and receive feedback from each other and from Barbara on a Private Facebook Group

– to get thorough answers to their questions, from Barbara, during time allotted during class and in the Private Facebook Group.

** This is a general list of tools/supplies needed for this class. Barbara will send a detailed and comprehensive supply and tool list to registrants at least one month prior to the beginning of this class.

Details:

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.

 

Enameling Essentials

Barbara Minor

Jan. 20 & 27 (12:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET) 2021

Jan, 23 & 30 (12:30-3:00 p.m. ET) 2021

Tuition: $145

Learn and understand fundamental and essential information about vitreous enameling that will allow you to successfully enamel on metals and forms of your choice. The focus in this class will be on creating a foundation of basic information, providing resources and addressing individual questions.
The demonstrations, discussion and information provided are all intended to help participants – at every level of experience – successfully move forward with their enameling practice. Topics include enamel types and properties, enamel preparation and application techniques, kiln options and accessories, and much, much more!

 

Discussion and demonstration will include particulars such as…

  • enamel types and purposes
  • metals to enamel onto
  • metal and enamel preparation
  • opaque vs. transparent colors
  • grain size choices – when to use which size grain for which purpose
  • sifted vs. wet packed applications
  • kiln options
  • what’s important and how to choose a kiln
  • the importance of test tiles and options for making them
  • accessory tools needed – trivets, firing racks, and other helpful tools
  • supplemental enameling materials
  • information about enamel “behavior and interactions” – a.k.a Fusion
  • Flow/Softening Point/COE
  • how to achieve successful results and reduce the number of pieces that end up in a scrap box
  • suppliers for enamel and other useful tools/materials

While there will be demonstrations that can be replicated in your own studio, it is not essential that you already have (or purchase) enameling equipment, tools and materials in order to benefit from what is presented. 

This class will provide the novice participant with solid information so they can confidently begin enameling – and – the individual who has been enameling for a while with knowledge that solidifies their practice.

There will be time for questions and a Private Face Book page for questions, answers and further discussion between classes and for two weeks after class is over.

Details:

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.

Liquid Possibilities!

Tanya Crane

Jan. 17 & 24 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET) 2021 SOLD OUT

Feb. 10 & 17 (1:00-3:00 p.m. ET) 2021 

Tuition: $125

Liquid enamel is a versatile medium which can be used in a myriad of applications. In this workshop, we will explore the qualities of liquid form enamels as a base, as an adhesive and as texture. I will cover prepping and applying liquid form enamels as well as embedding material, the sgraffito method, color gradation, spray application and dipping. We will also examine and compare W.G. Ball liquid form enamels against Thompson’s liquid enamels in an effort to extract the most potential for your projects.

 

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 was the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Emerging Artist presenter at SOFA in 2018. She is on the Haystack Board of Trustees and on the Collections Committee for the Fuller Craft Museum. Her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the National Ornamental Metal Museum.

 

Repetitive patterns in enamels

Tanya Crane

Jan. 3 & 10 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET) 2021

Tuition: $125

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 was the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Emerging Artist presenter at SOFA in 2018. She is on the Haystack Board of Trustees and on the Collections Committee for the Fuller Craft Museum.  Her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the National Ornamental Metal Museum.

Everything you didn’t know about sgraffito

Jan Harrell

Jan. 13 & 20 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET) 2021 SOLD OUT

Jan. 14 & 21 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET_ 2021

Tuition: $125

One of the most basic building blocks of enamel mark-making is scratching through grains of glass and hoping it stays on the metal. This class will cover 4 different ways of approaching this wonderful but often overlooked process. Learn how to apply the enamel to get the best possible detailed drawings – realistic or abstract. Sgraffito can be an all over pattern or used in combination with other techniques.

Details:

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

3d Enameling

Jan Harrell

Jan. 27 & Feb 3 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET) 2021 SOLD OUT

Jan. 28 & Feb 4 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET) 2021

Tuition: $125

Enamel loves to snake around a surface – but there are some techniques and rules that can help you become a master snake charmer!

Each participant can work at their chosen scale with the limitations of their kiln. There is so much to learn about how enamel behaves when working volumetrically. There will be demos on applying pattern and design as well as firing tips and tricks. How exciting spun or raised forms become when they are fired with ground glass!

Details:

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

Set It Forget it 1

Jennifer Wells

Jan. 9 & 16 (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET) 2021

Tuition: $145

Basic metalsmithing skills are all that is necessary for this class.

Learning to design and fabricate your own settings is a great way to liberate your making process.  In this workshop we will explore the wonderful world of making settings for stones, coins, ceramic shards, your child’s first lock of hair and many other beautiful objects that are so special they deserve to have a home built for them. Part one of this workshop will cover bezel, tab, frame, and basket settings. Students will be working with copper and/or silver depending on their piece and individual desires. Some basic metalworking skills such as sawing, filing and soldering will be needed in this workshop. I will demo step-by-step processes and have a cheat sheet PDF available for students to reference later in their own work.

 

Details:

Jennifer Wells, MFA, has completed artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY and has worked for several U.S based Craft Schools, in a variety of roles.

As an educator, Jennifer has taught for and been a visiting Artist at Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. Currently she serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S.

Her work is in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, the Racine Museum and Private Collections.

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

Set It Forget it 2

Jennifer Wells

Jan. 23 & 30 (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET) 2021

Tuition: $145

Basic metalsmithing skills are all that is necessary for this class.

In this part II of Set it and Forget it, we will build off of what you learned in the first class taking steps forward into more complicated settings. Focusing this course on settings for faceted stones. We will cover: tube and prong settings and variations of both of these that add a unique touch to your work. I will demo step-by-step processes and have a cheat sheet PDF available for students to reference later in their own work.

Some basic metalworking skills such as sawing, filing and soldering will be needed in this workshop.

Details:

Jennifer Wells, MFA, has completed artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY and has worked for several U.S based Craft Schools, in a variety of roles.

As an educator, Jennifer has taught for and been a visiting Artist at Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. Currently she serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S.

Her work is in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, the Racine Museum and Private Collections.

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

Enameling: textures and surfaces- Inlaid seed beads

Barbara Minor

Feb. 7, 14 & 21 (12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET) 2021 COMING SOON

Tuition: $185

Beginning experience with enameling recommended

Learn to accent any of your enamel designs by incorporating glass seed beads!!

Working on flat or very slightly formed copper in combination with opaque (or transparent) enamels, you will be able to achieve detail, texture and pattern through the integration of tiny glass seed beads.

Technical information presented includes….

  • metal preparation
  • sifted enamel application methods
  • application and firing of counter enamel and base coats
  • placement and firing of seed beads for differing pattern and textural effects
  • surface grinding to create flush inlay “dots” in your design
  • edge finishing

This workshop will include essential and fundamental information and skills for successful enameling beyond seed bead inlay such as….

  • work area and materials – choices, set-up and safe procedures
  • metals and enamel types suitable for this technique
  • metal doming procedures for this technique
  • fast and effective methods of cleaning metal prior enameling
  • enamel preparation
  • purpose and guidelines for counter enameling
  • edge finishing

The objective 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  
  • to achieve exciting surfaces that exceed expected results. 
  • to continue using the processes learned on their own.

Students will receive a PDF that includes…

  • a detailed list of tools, materials and suppliers
  • process order outline with images of examples

The structure and components of this class are intended to allow and encourage participants…

  •  to share their individual results, ask questions and receive answers or feedback     from each other and from Barbara in-between classes on a private FaceBook page.
  • to work in their personal studios in-between the three sessions on techniques        demonstrated
  • to view the class recording for two weeks after the class ends.
  • to have fun while learning.

** A general list of tools/supplies needed for this class can be found here. Barbara will send a detailed and comprehensive supply and tool list to registrants at 2-4 weeks prior to the beginning of this class.

Details:

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.

www.barbaraminorenamels.com

Graphic Graphite – It’s not just black and white

Anne Havel

Jan. 20 & 27 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET) 2021

Tuition: $125

Using a torch, line creation and imagery using graphite within your enamel piece will be demonstrated. We will start by sifting an opaque base and from there, material to be covered includes:  graphite drawings on several different surfaces—matte (acid-etched, stoned, sandblasted, etc), painted, and sugar-fired, and how to fire the piece to maintain the full integrity of the drawings. Metal prep, forming, counter enameling for strength, torch safety and options, tip sizes, multiple firing station set-up options, and heat containment will all be covered.

Details:

studio artist approx 18 years

other teaching: Arrowmont (TN), East Carolina University Symposium, Touchstone, Eureka Springs School of Art, Peters Valley, Metal Arts Guild of Georgia, Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Craft Guild of Dallas, Alaska Metal Arts Guild, Campbell Folk School, etc

Collections: Enamel Arts Foundation (CA); many private collections

 crafthaus.ning.com/profile/annehavel

Scratching the surface- torch-fired sgraffito

Anne Havel

Jan. 19 & 26 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET) 2021

Tuition: $125

Ever wanted to try enameling without a kiln? Turn off that electricity and join us! (although all of this CAN be done in a kiln) You will learn how to use liquid enamel for sgraffito techniques, wet-packing transparent enamels, firescale, under and over-firing for particular desired effects in the final piece. Metal prep, forming, counter enameling for strength, torch safety and options, tip sizes, multiple firing station set-up options, and heat containment will all be covered.

Details:

studio artist approx 18 years

other teaching: Arrowmont (TN), East Carolina University Symposium, Touchstone, Eureka Springs School of Art, Peters Valley, Metal Arts Guild of Georgia, Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Craft Guild of Dallas, Alaska Metal Arts Guild, Campbell Folk School, etc

Collections: Enamel Arts Foundation (CA); many private collections

 crafthaus.ning.com/profile/annehavel

The art of stamping

Matthieu Cheminee

Feb. 6 & 13 (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET) 2021 COMING SOON

Tuition: $125

Basic metalsmithing skills are all that is necessary for this class.

Attendees will learn to recognize the proper steel to use to create a life long lasting tool. They will learn different ways to transform old chisels or files into stamps, as well as being shown the different heating processes, annealing, hardening and tempering. During the first two hours, we will see the making of at least 2 stamps from start to finish. On the second call, we will be making a third stamp and witnessing some stamping demonstrations. We will also see how to lay out patterns, hold the stamp, choose the right hammer, anvil and how to have the right set up.

 

Details:

Studio artist, teacher and writer.

Teacher at the École de joaillerie de Montreal and at the École des Métiers du Sud Ouest in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Other teaching: Haystack (ME).

Saul Bell award winner (2nd place Silver in 2017, 1st place Silver in 2018)

Collections: Musée des Maitres et Artisans du Québec, Montréal, Canada, Musée des Civilsations de Québec, Québec, Canada.

Author of: “Legacy, jewelry techniques of West Africa“ 2014, Brynmorgen press

 “ The Art of Stamping” 2020,  Brynmorgen press

Co- founder of the Toolbox Initiative, along with Tim McCreight of a non-profit organization that helps jewellers in West Africa through the gifts of donated tools.

Cloisonné Cabochon

Aurélie Guillaume

Feb. 11 & 18 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET) COMING SOON

Tuition $163 (Includes class kit. Additional shipping fees may incur)

Students should have basic enamelling skills such as sifting, know about the different tools, how to properly fire a piece etc. They should also have a basic to intermediate knowledge of metal working ( sawing, filing, polishing etc.). We will be using pliers and tweezers to bend wire so dexterity and attention to details are important. 

During this workshop you will learn step-by-step how to create a colorful piece of opaque cloisonné enamel that will look like a delicious piece of candy. Participants will learn how to form cloisonné wires to fit their designs as well as wet packing, sanding and polishing.
Aurélie will demonstrate various techniques to enhance the surface and add details with the use black underglaze and metallic lusters. Additionally she will take you on a journey through her process and share her best tips and tricks about cloisonné.

Details:

Aurélie Guillaume is a French Canadian studio jeweller and enamelist currently living and working in Montreal. Her work celebrates the history of enamelling and its longstanding tradition of storytelling. She seeks to revive cloisonné enamelling through a contemporary context fuelled by street art, comics, pop art and counterculture. Over the years Aurélie has participated to numerous exhibitions throughout north America, Europe and Asia. Her pieces have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation (CA) , the Museum of Art and Design (NY), and the Pureun Culture Foundation in Seoul, Korea, as well as many major private collections.

Getting started Part 1

Jennifer Wells

Feb. 6 & 13 (9:30 – 12:00 p.m. ET) COMING SOON

Tuition $145

All levels welcome

This is the first section of the Getting Started workshop series. In these two classes I will walk participants through how to set up a basic jewelry making work area and introduce everyone to the tools and skills needed to get started. Our focus will be on learning technique and getting comfortable with our new tools. We will work together creating samples that will help to refine skills and understanding of: soldering, filing, sawing, hammering, and cold connections.  Multiple techniques and approaches will be covered for each skill and participants can expect a collection of handouts to accompany each class. If you are just getting started in jewelry or looking for a refresher course, this is for you.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • please see the suggested materials list here
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Jennifer Wells, MFA, has completed artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY and has worked for several U.S based Craft Schools, in a variety of roles.

As an educator, Jennifer has taught for and been a visiting Artist at Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. Currently she serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S.

Her work is in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, the Racine Museum and Private Collections.

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

Getting started Part 2

Jennifer Wells

Feb. 20 & 27 (9:30 – 12:00 p.m. ET) COMING SOON

Tuition $145

All levels welcome

In this section since participants have developed their experience with soldering, sawing and filing we will move onto completing our first jewelry pieces. We will make multiple ring bands using both wire and sheet metal with the option to add textures to the bands. Next I will demonstrate how to create a bezel setting for cabochon stones, coins, beach pebbles, or a lock of hair under watch glass. You will then choose if you wish to have your bezel setting mounted to one of your ring bands, or turned into a pendant for the next section when we make a chain. Demonstrations will cover how to attach a bezel setting to a ring band and also how to create a bail to turn your bezel setting into a pendant. Participants can expect a collection of handouts to accompany each class.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • please see the suggested materials list here
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Jennifer Wells, MFA, has completed artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY and has worked for several U.S based Craft Schools, in a variety of roles.

As an educator, Jennifer has taught for and been a visiting Artist at Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. Currently she serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S.

Her work is in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, the Racine Museum and Private Collections.

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

Getting started Part 3

Jennifer Wells

March 6 & 13 (9:30 – 12:00 p.m. ET) COMING SOON

Tuition $145

All levels welcome

In this section, we will be looking at how chains are made and will try at least three styles before selecting one to create a full-length chain from. A chain of course needs a clasp so we will cover multiple clasps that are appropriate for necklaces and bracelets. In addition to chains and clasps we will also cover making your own ear wires, posts and dangles with closures, soldered and not.  Participants can expect a collection of handouts to accompany each class.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • please see the suggested materials list here
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks

Jennifer Wells, MFA, has completed artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY and has worked for several U.S based Craft Schools, in a variety of roles.

As an educator, Jennifer has taught for and been a visiting Artist at Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. Currently she serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S.

Her work is in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, the Racine Museum and Private Collections.

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

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