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Zoom Workshops – Metals

METALS & JEWELRY ZOOM WORKSHOPS

MASTERCLASS

Making Enameled Beads – Part 1 – Dome Beads

Barbara Minor

Session 1 –

Saturday, April 3 & 10 & 17, 2021

4:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET 

Session 2-

Wednesday,April 7 & 14 & 21, 2021 
12:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET  

Tuition $225

Registration Closed!

* This course is not intended for beginners and will not provide a beginning introduction to basic metalworking and/or enameling processes.   

* Participants should have an intermediate level of experience with basic metal working and forming processes, basic enameling techniques and kiln firing methods

Since the early 1990’s Barbara Minor has been making and selling her individually designed enameled beads.  Barbara Minor’s Enameled Beads are unique because….

– of her singularly individualistic application of enameling techniques to her variety of hand-made, enameled bead forms  

all of the parts for Barbara Minor’s Enamel Beads were made in her studio by cutting and forming flat copper 

and silver sheet metal into the bead parts that she enameled prior to assembly.  

– no pre-formed purchased beads were ever used.

This Making Enameled Beads Master Class is being offered exclusively at Pocosin Arts for the VERY FIRST time and is intended for those who have at least intermediate experience with tools and processes for both metalworking and enameling.

In the first of Barbara’s Master Classes on Making Enameled Beads, participants will learn to cut, form, enamel and assemble her earliest and most versatile bead shape – the “Dome Bead”. 

Participants will make their own enameled beads starting with flat sheet copper, enameling the bead parts and finishing the assembled beads. 

Barbara will take you through the many essential steps for making her enameled beads using copper and silver sheet metal including…

– choosing metal gauge

– precise measuring, cutting and forming the metal parts

– creating the dome for the bead form  and center hole from a shallow to a high dome

– specific considerations for enamel application on domed vs. flat bead parts 

– edge finishing on enamel parts

– making and finishing assembly elements

– assembling the bead parts

We will begin with using opaque enamels to achieve vibrant and colorful surfaces.  Use of transparent enamels is possible.  Students wishing to use transparent enamels should be familiar with transparent enamel preparation (grade sifting and washing).

Barbara’s demonstrations and examples will illustrate and delve into how to adapt and utilize decorative enameling techniques that add interesting details and individualized designs to the bead form such as graded color change, brush and dump, sgraffitto and stencils.  Other decorative techniques that can be included – based on time and interest – are use of silver or gold foil with transparent enamels, seed bead application and decal application 

In addition to principles, practices and decorative techniques for successfully completing making enameled beads this workshop will include, within the technical demonstrations, discussion on other essential topics…. 

– work area, tools, materials – choices, set-up and safe procedures

– metals and enamel types and techniques suitable for this technique

– fast and effective methods for cleaning metal prior enameling

– particle size choices and sifted application methods for three dimensional forms 

– purposes and guidelines for counter enameling 

– reasons for using graded individual sifters

– set-up and considerations for firing formed and high domed forms 

* By enrolling in this class, participants must acknowledge and understand that to get the best results they will need to have easy access to – or the ability to purchase – the specific tools suggested for making bead forms.

*  This is a “demonstration workshop”.  Students will work on making enameled beads in-between classes.  In order to work in-between class sessions on the techniques taught, participants will need to have access to a basic metalworking and enameling studio workshop equipped with relevant hand tools and materials. Completing the processes taught is not mandatory, but recommended in order to get the most from the class.  

* 2-4 weeks prior to the start of class, participants will receive a detailed and annotated list of tools, materials and suppliers directly from Barbara 

* During the week before class begins, participants will receive…

– process order outline with images of examples when relevant or possible

– access to a Private/Hidden FaceBook Group for asking questions, sharing your progress, discussion with the group and examples.

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

CATCH OF THE DAY

Tom Muir

April 15 & 22 & 29 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition $185

Class kit included with registration.
 
Please email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.

Tension pin catch with stainless steel pinstem and hinged joint. Create a unique and visually appealing pin catch that is easy to operate and functions exceptionally well. Engineering principles of pinstems, catches and joints will be discussed, along with useful fabrication strategies, which can be applied to numerous procedures in the jeweler’s and metalsmith’s studios. Through technical demonstrations, discussions, visual images and an examination of samples, special emphasis will be placed on creative applications useful to a variety of formats and approaches to pins, brooches and earrings.

Details:

Tom Muir is Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. Mr. Muir has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and The White House Collection of American Crafts, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. In 2009, Tom received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen for having made a major contribution to craft in Ohio.

ADVANCE COPPER ELECTROFORMING AND PLATING

Dennis Nahabetian April 16 & 23, 2021 
12:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition $145

Recommended Introduction to Electroforming Class.

Registration Closed!

In a simple, easy to follow tutorial, Dennis Nahabetian will demonstate Electroforming Copper onto a variety of materials including metal, plastic, glass, wax and silicone. Students will be shown how to make their own 5 gallon Copper bath for making larger work on a budget.

This class will also cover the process of creating an Electrotype, an advanced technique using a silicon mold to make an exact replica of an object in metal. Students will be encouraged to experiment and develop upon the techniques demonstrated in the Introduction to Electroform- ing Class.

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).

@dennisnahabetian

FLOURISHING FILIGREE

Lynette Andreasen

April 16 & 23, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition $165.50

Class kit included with registration.

Please email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.

This course is designed for beginners.  Former jewelry making experience is a benefit, but not necessary.  In the course we will cover techniques used in fabrication and construction of filigree in the Middle Eastern tradition with fine silver, sterling silver, and paste solder.  Learn how to create the framework for filigree designs, make your own filigree wire, and fill the framework with filigree for pendants, rings, earrings, chains, etc.  Students can expect to complete a minimum of 2-3 projects in the duration of this class.

Details:

Lynette Andreasen is a metalsmith currently living in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She has earned both a Bachelors of Fine Art and masters of Fine Arts, specializing in Metals and Jewelry. Lynette has exhibited her work at locations such as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, The society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Metals Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Her work has also appeared in publications such as American Craft Magazine, Art Jewelry Magazine, and in the books “500 Silver Jewelry Designs”, and “500 Necklaces”. Aside from maintaining her own studio practice, Andreasen also works as an educator and currently teaches jewelry making at a community college. She has also formerly taught at institutions such as Arizona State University, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Peters Valley Craft Center, and others. 

www.lynetteandreasen.com

@lynetteandreasen

Basics of 3-D printing: What do you need to know before you buy a 3-D printer 

Michael Nashef

April 20 & 27, 2021 
4:00-6:00p.m. ET 

Tuition $125

There’s never been a better time to try 3D printing. This workshop aims to familiarize you with 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing), and to go over the basics of 3D Printing, from choosing a 3D printer, to setting up, and troubleshooting. After surveying a variety of commercial 3D printing technologies (filament-based, laser sintering, and more), Michael Nashef will help you find answers such as, what printer do I need? Can I afford one? Should I use FDM or SLA (Stereolithography) printers? He will go over the most common mistakes/issues and troubleshooting problems that new users face.  This is a great workshop for both 3D printing novices as well as designers with existing modeling skills that want to enter the 3D printing marketplace.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • The participants will be able to: Understand what type of technology suits their studio, whether it’s a FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) or SLA (stereolithography)
  • Participants will be able to learn, understand, what budget needs to be set aside for such process.
  • Participants would be able to learn how to troubleshoot, what software could be used, materials and post processes.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • this is an informational workshop
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to 30 days.

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.

www.nashefdesigns.com      

@nashefm     

It’s All Gone Pear-Shaped

Alex Boyd

April 21 & 28, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition $160

Class kit included with registration.
 
Please email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.

In this class students will learn techniques for building bezel mountings for pear and trillion faceted stones and setting those stones in a pendant with file-worked accents. The techniques covered will enable the student to make settings for any angular faceted stone.

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 Association, 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,. www.alexboydstudio.com 

@alexboydstudio

BOTANICAL PAINTING ON ENAMEL

Mi-Sook Hur

April 25 & May 02, 2021 
1:00-3:00p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

SOLD OUT!

Please email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.

This workshop focuses on observing and painting floral objects with a modern approach. Students will learn drawing and painting skills with step-by-step instructions. Demonstrations will include how to create illusions of three-dimensional quality using lines, volumes, colors, and other details of plant species from photographic references. Various styles and techniques for drawing and painting flowers and leaves with overglaze paints on enamels will be presented. These techniques include mixing colors, making marks, building up layers, and adding fine details on enameled copper.

Details:

Mi-Sook Hur is an award-winning enamelist and metalsmith who is a professor at East Carolina University (NC). Her work focuses on the realistic images inspired by nature and she explores the modern studies of Limoges enamels. Most recently, she wrote a chapter about her painterly techniques in The Art of Fine Enameling by Karen Cohen.

She has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Newark Museum, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, EGNE (The Enamel Guild North East),
and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Her work is included in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, Racine Art Museum, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sunny & Gloria Kamm, and Arkansas Arts Center.

https://www.misookhur.com/

INTRODUCTION TO USING LIQUID ENAMELS:  GETTING IT DONE IN A SPRAY BOOTH

Barbara Minor

May 1, 8 & 15, 2021 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition $190

Beginning experience with enameling recommended

In this class, participants will explore a variety of exciting possibilities available to artists when using liquid enamels.   

We’ll begin by making an inexpensive spray booth with exhaust and setting up an affordable spray gun with a small (accessibly priced) air compressor. 

In our first explorations, we will begin by spraying white liquid enamel onto already enameled “campware” (a.k.a. graniteware) or “Black Board”.  You can choose to use copper forms or sheet if you prefer.  The sizes you choose will be determined by the size of your kiln.  My thinking in having you use the “campware” or BlackBoard is to allow you room to experiment – without the concern of having to make all of the forms to enamel for your initial process investigations.

We will get into creative methods for applying the liquid enamels.  Think dip, pour, brush, dab, sponge, stencil, mask, spatter, layer and more.   

Included will be the addition of decorative enameling techniques such as use of painting enamel media for color additions, graphite and other drawing media, silver/gold foils or mica pigments for some “glitz” and (one of my favorites) decals for a bit of fun or realism.

Finally, information about applying a ground coat (a.k.a. low carbon steel) and using liquid enamels on mild steel will be given attention.

As always in my classes, information about the following relevant, essential and fundamental information, along with skills for successful enameling beyond use of liquid enamels will be included as needed.

metal preparation

– work area and materials – choices, set-up and safe procedures

– metals and enamel types suitable for this technique

– fast and effective methods of cleaning metal prior enameling

– enamel preparation

– edge finishing

Main objectives for participants are….

– to understand how to use liquid enamels for their needs and to continue using the processes learned on their own.

– to gain confidence while exploring and experimenting with this enameling technique

– to achieve exciting surfaces that exceed expected results.  

 Students will receive 2-4 weeks before class a PDF that includes… 

– a detailed list of tools, materials and suppliers

Students will receive one week before class a PDF that includes… 

– process order outline with images where relevant and helpful

– invitation to a Private and Hidden Facebook Group 

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

–  to work in their personal studios in-between the three sessions on techniques demonstrated 

–  to share their individual results, ask questions and receive answers or feedback from each other and from Barbara in-between classes in a private FaceBook group

–  to view the class recording for one month after the last class ends.

–  to have fun while learning.

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

Born with a Silver Spoon

Sue Amendolara

May 2 & 8, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125
Through the process of sweat soldering and other traditional silversmithing techniques, participants will learn how to create a baby spoon.  We will explore various ways to create definition, form and detail.  Forming and planishing the bowl of the spoon will also be covered.  Sterling silver is necessary for a functional spoon but participants can use copper to learn the process for a non-functional piece.
 
Details:

Sue Amendolara was born in Youngstown, Ohio, USA.  She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry Design/Metalsmithing from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  She teaches Jewelry Design/Metalsmithing at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and served as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.  Her metalwork has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in galleries and museums and is part of the permanent collections of The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. and the White House Collection of American Crafts, Washington D.C.

http://sueamendolara.com

@sueamendolara

 

Intermediate CAD

Michael Nashef

May 04, 11, 18 & 25, 2021 
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $375

Intermediate Rhino 3D commands and few advanced commands will be covered in this workshop, techniques, and applications for the use of Rhino as a creative studio for product design. Participants will follow along with the instructor to create/build/articulate objects in Rhino 3D software.

Instructor will give several demonstrations – based on reinforcing basic CAD concepts, introducing intermediate techniques, and demos on demand. The pace of this class will be dependent on students’ understanding and command of the material covered. Basic knowledge in Rhino 3D software commands and layout is recommended with this workshop.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • The participants will be able to: Understand and differentiate between fundamental CAD/CAM concepts and processes.
  • Participants will be able to learn, understand, and differentiate between nerbs, curves, surfaces, and solids which are the building blocks of CAD design.
  • Participants would be able to operate intermediate Rhino program and produce basic designs from sketches.
  • Generate basic, intermediate, and somewhat complex CAD models using Rhino.
  • Converse in the vocabulary of CAD/CAM.

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.

www.nashefdesigns.com

@nashefm

Fred Ball Experimental Techniques Part 3: Foil and Mesh Structures

Judy Stone

May 5 & 12, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

SOLD OUT!

Please email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.

All students must have some knowledge of liquid enamels

Part 3: Foil and Mesh Structures builds on Ball’s experiments with liquid enamels. It is important that all students have some knowledge of liquid enamels and have done some enameling before registering for this workshop.

Because he wasn’t a metalworker per se , Ball tended to work with light weight metals such as copper foil, mesh, and wire which he could easily form to make dimensional objects. The book also delves into non-precious uses of precious materials such as gold foil and gold leaf. This workshop will explore the various ways Ball used these materials to create beautiful collaged wall pieces as well as 3-dimensional sculptural objects. All enameling will be done on a copper base.  Some of the things we will experiment with besides the basics of using liquid enamel:

  • Using enamels as “glue.”
  • Creating dimensional structures and collaged wall pieces using copper foil, mesh and wire
  • Embedding this copper sheet, mesh and wire into enameled surfaces
  • Using precious metal leaf and foils in final firings

Ball’s book introduced an exciting way to introduce dimensionality into enameling without the enamelist needing to be a metal worker.

In addition to the materials list which is part of this workshop description a PDF file with additional suggested tools and supplies will be sent to registrants 2-3 weeks before the workshop. Ball’s book, although out of print and quite expensive if purchased through Amazon, can be borrowed to read online at https://archive.org/details/experimentaltech00ball   To learn more about Ball and Judy Stone’s relationship to his book please go to https://enamelcenter.org/how-now-fred-ball/  The Enamel Arts Foundation also has a large collection of Ball’s work which can be viewed at https://www.enamelarts.org/fred-uhl-ball/ 

Details:

Judy Stone has been a professional enamelist since 1972. She has served on the board of the Northern California Enamel Guild and The Enamelist Society. She is the founder of the Center for Enamel Art and enamel dept. head. at The Crucible, (Oakland, CA). She has taught workshops all over the US and abroad. She lives in El Cerrito, CA.

 Powder Coat Champlevé

Amanda Bergman

May 6 & 13, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

 
Want to take your powder coating skills to the next level? Students will learn how to inlay multiple colors into their metal designs. In this workshop, we will adapt the traditional champlevé enamel technique to the industrial powder coat system (ESD). Students will create soldered brass forms and learn how to use powder coat in multiple firings. We will also cover how to combine these forms with handmade sterling silver elements, such as posts, chains, and ring bands. Time will be allotted for questions and problem solving for personal projects at the end of the workshop. An earring/necklace template will be provided before class for students to complete with the workshop demos.

Details:

Amanda Bergman earned her BFA in Jewelry and Metals from Ball State University in 2014 and an MFA in 3D Design from Bowling Green State University in 2017. Her work has been published internationally in Autor Magazine and exhibited in Emerging Artists 2018 at the Ohio Museum of Craft. Bergman served as an assistant curator for the GLOSSY exhibition featuring 25 international contemporary jewelry artists for JCK Las Vegas and NYCJW in 2019, and she continues to exhibit her work while working as a studio jeweler, educator, and gallery manager for Ombré Contemporary Jewelry Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

amandabergmanjewelry.com

@amandabergmanjewelry

Enamel Painting

Gillie Hoyte Byron

May 7 & 14, 2021 
9:30 – 12:00 p.m. ET 

SOLD OUT!

Tuition: $176

NEW SESSION! 

June 4 & 11, 2021 
9:30 – 12:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $176

Beginner-Intermediate : You will learn to use onglaze pigments with water-based medium to suit your own artistic style and how to fire enamels successfully in the kiln. Colour washes will be combined with pen line to produce blocked colour.  

Intermediate-Advance: Enamel paint combined with oil medium will be applied in painterly layers by bold brush strokes and using miniaturist techniques to produce fine paintings including portraits.  

There will be guidance in trouble shooting. 

All students will receive a copy of Gillie Byrom e-Pub version: “The Practice of Painting in Enamel”

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • You will receive an email with an updated material list in the next couple of weeks.
  • please see the suggested materials list here
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to 30 days.

Gillie Hoyte Byrom studied enamel painting in miniature at the Llotja School in Barcelona, Spain in 1990 and has played a major role in reviving this rare medium.  She has written the first book to detail traditional methods together with her own innovative techniques.  Gillie is renowned for her enamel portrait miniatures, commissioned by private clients and most of London’s top jewelers and has won many national and international prizes for her work.  She is a qualified and enthusiastic teacher with experience of workshops in enamel painting in the U.K. and abroad. 

www.enamelpainting.co.uk

#gilliehb

Complex Mesh Forms and Patterns to Electroform

Dennis Nahabetian

May 14 & 21, 2021 
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition $155

Nahabetian will demonstrate some of his most complex techniques in forming and patterning with bronze mesh. You will be shown his innovative intersecting plane technique to create forms featuring a woven wire edge. Diagrams outlining which specific wires to manipulate in developing some of his most visually dynamic patterns will be provided as a handout.

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).

@dennisnahabetian

Paper weaving exploration: From memories of childhood techniques to 3D objects.

Francesca Vitali

May 07, 2021 
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $90

This course is designed for beginners. Former jewelry making experience is not required. During  the workshop we will explore a braiding technique based on lanyard making (who hasn’t done a  keychain with plastic strings back in camp?). We’ll start by diving into the material. Students will  learn the ideal weight of paper for folding and how to choose the right kind of paper depending  on the project (recycling vs new paper vs handmade paper). We will then talk about different cutting techniques. And we’ll conclude by braiding the paper, paying particular attention on to  those details (how to start a project and weaving tension) that will transform each piece into a  wonderful object. Students may or may not have a finished piece at the end of the workshop, but  they will definitely have all the tools to embark in the world of 3D woven paper.

Details:

Francesca earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Besides  her passion for science, she worked with paper since she was a child in Italy, but it was only  when she moved to the US and took a class at Penland School of Craft that she decided to take a  leap of faith and left her science career to begin making paper jewelry full time. She is now a  studio jeweler since 2010 and has been showing her work in the most prestigious shows all over  the country.  

In her work Francesca strives to transform paper, a humble and ordinary material, into precious  objects of unique and modern design. “Paper affects everyday life continuously and in multiple  forms: magazines, maps, shopping bags, etc. therefore I love the idea that fragments of our  lives will remain trapped in my paper jewelry”. 

francescavitalipaperjewelry.com

@francescavitalipaperjewelry

Complex Fabrication for Sculptural Jewelry

Lauren Markley

May 15 & 22, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Taking an architectural approach to jewelry, we will work through several fabrication techniques, including spliced construction, pin construction, and scoring and folding, improving soldering skills along the way. We will explore three-dimensional forms to create wearable sculpture while honing order-of-operations and problem-solving skills. Students will come away with the skills and knowledge to create samples and finished pieces in their own time. Open to all levels, but basic metalsmithing skills (piercing/sawing, basic soldering, etc.) will be helpful.

Details:

Lauren Markley was born and raised in Kansas. She earned degrees in anthropology before going on to study metalsmithing in 2007. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC, where she is a studio jeweler and educator. Sha had taught at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, the Boulder Metalsmiths Association in Boulder, CO, and the Pullen Arts Center in Raleigh, NC. She exhibits in numerous craft shows and exhibitions throughout the year, and her jewelry can be found in galleries and boutiques around the United States.

laurenmarkleyjewelry.com

@laurenmarkley

Introductory and Intermediate hand-fabrication techniques for adornment and small sculpture

Holland Houdek

May 16 & 23, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Requirements:

  • Basic soldering and annealing skills 
  • Basic metalsmithing skills/fabrication would be helpful
  • This class welcomes beginners to intermediate students.
  • While the course does not require a lot of physical strength, students will be working with hammers throughout the workshop. This could involve some of the following: forming, sinking, raising, forging, planishing, etc.

In this workshop, participants will learn fabrication skills to achieve a greater three-dimensional form in adornment or small sculpture. The workshop will cover spiculums, synclastic, and anticlastic raising techniques. Participants will leave the workshop with several self-made samples and inspiration for using these techniques in their own studio practices. The instructor will give several demonstrations and will emphasize hands-on learning throughout the course. 

Participants can expect a collection of handouts to guide future practice and in-depth visual presentations on contemporary artists who use these techniques in their own work. Holland facilitates an open learning environment and encourages questions about process and technique so all can feel welcome and inspired to incorporate their new skills into future projects and experimentation.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Learn and/or enhance fabrication skills and techniques
  • Learn and/or enhance forming/forging and potentially raising skills and techniques
  • Learn and/or enhance soldering skills and techniques
  • Develop awareness of other contemporary metalsmithing artists and related trends in the field
  • Generate a set of samples that can be used for inspiration and guidance for future projects
  • Learn the necessary vocabulary, safety protocols, and other helpful tips for continuing to build on and communicate about these newly acquired skills after the workshop’s culmination
  • Make connections with other artists with similar interests during a time of social distancing

Details:

Holland’s work focuses on medical implants, the body, and embodied experience.  Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Arts and Design (MAD) in New York, the Fuller Craft Museum, and many other museums and galleries throughout the world. Her work has been published in Metalsmith MagazineAmerican Craft, two Lark Books’ 500 SeriesOn Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, SNAG’s A Body AdornedContemporary Jewelry in ChinaCAST, and elsewhere. Holland is the recipient of numerous best in show and other competitive awards, and she was a finalist for the inaugural Burke Prize at MAD. She is a former John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry resident, was the 2014-2015 Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the University of Iowa, and has also participated in artist residencies in Morocco and Berlin. Working closely with the medical industry, Holland has formed professional partnerships with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, MedWish International, Cleveland Clinic, and others. She holds an MFA from Syracuse University, BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stout, and is currently an assistant professor and art gallery director at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.

Holland has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

hollandhoudek.com

@HollandHoudek

Make a Silver and Prong-set Enamel Ring or Pendant.

Jane Pellicciotto

May 19 & 26, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Who says the focal point of a ring or pendant needs to be a gem stone? In this workshop, we’ll  design and fabricate a piece of jewelry that uses an enamel piece—either prong-set or riveted— as a focus or accent. Blending enamel with sterling silver or other metals opens up all sorts of  design possibilities. Sketching and design will be emphasized in creating a piece that reflects  your vision and aesthetic.  

Basic metalsmithing skills are required, including sawing and soldering. No enameling  experience is necessary. We’ll be doing torch-fired enamel. No kiln required.

Details:

Jane Pellicciotto creates playful sophisticated jewelry with an industrial elegance. Her work is a  culmination of a lifetime of looking and seeing and playing with different mediums in her spare  time while running a graphic design studio. Liberated and motivated to put a personal body of  work into the world, she took up metalsmithing in 2015 and hasn’t looked back.  Jane works in a variety of materials, including sterling silver, enamel, wood, polymer clay and  found materials, and enjoys the creative challenge of combining disparate parts. She sells her  work in galleries, and participates in regional and national juried craft shows and exhibitions.  She also delights in helping fellow makers and artists tackle their branding and marketing  efforts.

https://janepellicciotto.com/

@jane_pellicciotto

Concretion

Michael Nashef

May 20 & 27, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

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.

www.nashefdesigns.com

@nashefm

INTERCONNECTED

Tanya Crane & Elliot Keeley

May 22 & 29, 2021 
9:00 – 12:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $380

An optional kit is being offered for this class

This team-taught workshop will cover construction methods and techniques for copper and steel in preparation for enamel.  Slotted construction, mortise and tenon, and scoring and bending are a perfectly set-up for enamel. This dynamic workshop will cover all aforementioned techniques as well as liquid enamel preparation and application, enameling on mild steel, hot sifting, and dry sifting. Class one will cover construction methods with Elliot, and in the second class, students will learn to enamel on their constructed forms with Tanya. Students will receive pre-cut steel blanks to work from and will purchase the rest of the materials from the material list as needed.

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.

Elliot Keeley is an artist and metalsmith from Raleigh, North Carolina. He holds a BFA with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry design from Appalachian State University. In 2016, he was selected to participate in the two year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Craft. While at Penland, he was able to broaden his skills, participating in workshops ranging from ceramics to drawing and painting, while maintaining and discovering a broader practice in metal. He is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland where he is a Studio Manager with the Baltimore Jewelry Center.

Cuttlefish Casting

Barbara Mann

May 22 & 29, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

This workshop will give participants the skills and inspiration to cast jewelry or a small-scale object in sterling silver. Using the ancient technique of cuttlebone casting, students will learn to make molds into which molten metal will be poured. Within minutes after casting, the molds are opened and the metal objects are ready for finishing. Students will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw, hand files, abrasive paper and how to patina metal and use a rotary tumbler for polishing. 

The cuttlefish is a squid-like creature whose skeleton can be found on the beach.  It is soft enough to carve and has a beautiful wood grain-like pattern which yields a rich texture on the surface of the cast metal. There are several ways to prepare the molds from the cuttlebone, including direct carving, making a mold cavity by pressure (pushing something hard into the soft surface of the mold) or by creating a negative space in a sheet of mat board which is placed between the two halves of the mold.  This may sound complicated, but it is not. The process is fun and students should be able to create one to two pieces during the day. 

During the workshop we will talk about other methods of casting, alloying metal, when to cast and when to fabricate a metal project.

Details:

Barbara Mann has 50 years’ experience as a metal and jewelry artist and educator.  She holds an MFA and BFA from the University of Georgia where she taught for many years in the Lamar Dodd School of Art and with the Continuing Education Program. She has taught in Italy, Costa Rica and at many schools, arts centers and museums. She has an extensive exhibition record and is in several museum collections. As a studio artist she has created artwork for a wide range of clients and organizations around the world. For details, see BarbaraMannStudio.com

BarbaraMannStudio.com

Explorations in Bi-Metal

Juan Carlos Caballero

May 23 & 30 , 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Students will learn how to maximize the design potential of bi-metal (silver/copper or silver/gold) to create metal objects and jewelry.  We will cover processes for fusing fine and sterling silver with copper for making bi-metal sheet. We will also explore various techniques, such as photo-resist etching and photo resist plating on copper and silver bi-metal for creative and decorative design opportunities.  Utilizing the flex-shaft for carving and scoring gold/silver bi-metal sheet for pattering configurations to create patterns for design possibilities will be taught as well.

Details:

Professor in the Metals & Jewelry Design Program at Rochester Institute of Technology since 2001. He received his MFA and BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts.  Carlos is a New York State Foundation of the Arts Fellowship Recipient, Craft Alliance of New York State Career Development Grant Recipient. His work is in several publications including On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets Breaking Ground: A Century of Craft Art in Western NY and 500 Bracelets. Work includes the creation of one of a kind jewelry as well as sculpture, including work installed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY, Pieters Family Life Center, Henrietta, NY, ArtWalk, Rochester Institute of Technology, both in Rochester, NY and Fairport Public Arts Committee, Fairport, NY.

Efficiently Forged

John Rais

May 21, 28  & June 4, 2021 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $190

Learn efficient ways of forging with minimal tools, relying on how to move steel quickly. We will hammer with a power that is derived from good form rather than brute force.  Topics will include tapers, leaves, and various finial that can be applied to anything from jewelry  to furniture and architectural work. 

Details:

John Rais has been engaged in the field of metalsmithing and applied design all of his adult  life. He has a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and in 1998, received an MFA in  Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills Michigan. From there, he was Department Head of Blacksmithing at Peters Valley Craft Education Center in Layton, New  Jersey. John has operated his own studio business since 1998, where he designs and creates one  of a kind furniture, sculpture and architectural metal art. John’s work is shown, commissioned  and collected internationally. He has had solo shows at many places including Purchase College,  The National Ornamental Metals Museum, and Massimo Bizzocchi NYC. He has designed and  created works for many architecturally significant buildings including a Frank Lloyd Wright  home, Louis Kahn home, Addison Mizner home, and many others. His work is regularly featured  in various publications including American Craft, Departures, Ritz Carlton, and a cover article in  Metalsmith Magazine, as well as numerous books. John has taught at many universities and  schools such as SUNY Purchase, SUNY New Paltz, University of The Arts and Penland School of  Craft. He lectures on his work and applied design throughout the U.S. He was awarded an Arts/ Industry Residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. In 2007 he was a Windgate Artist in  Residence in applied design at SUNY Purchase. In 2012, John Installed a large series of  decorative panels for the main staircase at Yale University Art Galleries. This project was a  museum acquisition for their permanent collection. The following year, he moved to  Philadelphia, PA, where he has grown his studio to include typically several highly  skilled employees. These employees move from all parts of the U.S to work for him. Most  recently, John hired to design nearly all of the metalwork for a massive renovation project for a  famous Addison Mizner Home in Palm Beach Florida. He and his elite group of artists made and  installed the work in 2015. In 2019 John co created and co chaired Looking  Forward,Contemporary Iron Symposium at Bryn Athyn College. He is always busy with  commissioned work as well as new speculative pieces that continue to be shown and collected  internationally. 

 johnraisstudios.com

@johnraisstudios

Introduction to Electroforming and Working with Wire Mesh

Dennis Nahabetian

May 28 & June 04 , 2021 
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET

Tuition: $180

Class kit included with registration.

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).

@dennisnahabetian

Powder Coating 101

Laura Wood

June 2 & 9 , 2021 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Powder coat is a terrific way to achieve uniform and long lasting color on the surface of metal. This course will provide instruction for setting up powder coating for a home or shared studio and powder application using electrostatic spray deposition (ESD). We will cover the introductory information you will need to get started, tips on how to fabricate for the process, and surface altering techniques. There will be time allotted for questions and problem solving for personal projects at the end of the class.

Details:

Studio artist; other teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Penland School of Craft (NC), Southwest School of Art (TX); collections: Enamel Arts Foundation (CA), Mint Museum (NC), Racine Art Museum (WI), Gregg Museum (NC)

https://laurawoodstudios.com/

Instagram: @laurawoodstudios

Sculpture: Fabrication and Finishing

Andrew Hayes

June 2 & 9 , 2021 
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $155

In this workshop I will walk through my process for creating hollow steel forms, welding, and finishing steel with paint and patina.

Details:

Andrew Hayes, born in Tucson, AZ studied sculpture at Northern Arizona University. He left school to learn more about metal fabrication by working in the industrial welding trade. Eventually Andrew sought to develop his artistic voice and applied to the Core Fellowship at Penland School of crafts. During his time as a Core Fellow, Andrew explored a variety of materials and techniques; the book became a big part of this exploration. In the fall of 2014 Andrew returned to Penland as an artist in residence where he continued working with book forms and fabrication. In early 2018 Andrew set up a studio in Asheville where he creates sculpture exhibited nationally including solo exhibitions at: Seager Gray Gallery, Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ and Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN. His work is included in a number of collections including Yale Art Museum, Black Mountain College, and Wingate University.

Andrew-hayes.squarespace.com

@Andrew_Hayes_Studio

Pattern-Formed Enameled Vessels

Nash Quinn

June 3 & 10 , 2021 
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $175

Class kit included with registration.

SOLD OUT! 

In this workshop, we’ll explore the ways that a flat sheet of metal can be transformed into a
volumetric object using nothing but a jeweler’s saw and a carefully-designed template. Once
formed, these vessels can be enameled using low-tech methods for adhering enamel to
vertical surfaces. Finally, we will cover strategies for enhancing the finished enameled vessel, including basic silver fabrication, cold connection methods, and small-scale wood carving. This class focuses on design, technique, and craft. It is suitable for students of all skill levels.

Details:

Nash Quinn is a metalsmith who works with a variety of materials, techniques, and formats. Originally from Wyoming, he received his BFA from the University of Wyoming, and his MFA
from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He was a faculty member at Rowan University and
Munson Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, and has worked, taught, and exhibited artwork at craft schools and jewelry academies nationwide.

www.nashquinn.com 

Instagram: @nash.quinn

Chain making without solder

Matthieu Cheminee

June 3 & 10 , 2021 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Transform tweezers and round nose pliers into more practical chain making tools.

Discover tricks to pull and anneal thin wire as well as twist them together between two pieces of wood to create a textured wire that is used in some of the chains.

We will go through the fabrication of five different chains.

Chain #1- “double S”

Chain #2- “Kona”

Chain #3- “Double Kona”

Chain #4- “Twist”

Chain #5- “Yao”

Each chain will be made out of thicker copper wire than usually used, as well as bigger loops. This will help to visualize and understand the chain structure. We will then make a thinner and smaller version in silver (approximately one inch long).

 

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.

 

Kind of Like Magic, but Real: Raising, Chasing, and Repoussé Pewter

Logan Woodle

June 5 & 12 , 2021 
9:30 – 12:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $155

Pewter is like magic, but real. An affordable and food safe metal that anneals at room temperature, pewter allows metalsmiths to explore forming processes with a sense of play and gesture that is nearly impossible in silver. This workshop will introduce students to the unique plasticity and ductility of pewter and focus on how its unique attributes can be used in conjunction with traditional silversmithing processes. Students will learn to produce effective and affordable tools, raise, hammer form, and chase pewter. 

Details:

Logan Woodle is a metalsmith, educator, and the 7th generation to live on his family farm in Conway, SC. He earned an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and a BFA from Winthrop University in 2009. Currently, Logan is an Associate Professor of Art at Coastal Carolina University where he also serves as Coordinator of Studio Art.  His work has been exhibited across the country, and he was chosen to participate in the Metal Museum’s exhibition, 40 Under 40: The Next Generation of American Metal Artists in 2019.

LoganWoodle.com

@loganwoodlemetalsmith

MASTERCLASS

Making Enameled Beads – Part 2 – Frontal (a.k.a. lentil) Beads

Barbara Minor

June 5, 12 & 19, 2021
1:00pm-3:00pm ET

Tuition: $210

Since the early 1990’s Barbara Minor has been making and selling her individually designed enameled beads.  Barbara Minor’s Enameled Beads are unique because….

– of her singularly individualistic application of enameling techniques to her variety of hand-made, enameled bead forms  

all of the parts for Barbara Minor’s Enamel Beads were made in her studio by cutting and forming flat copper and silver sheet metal into the bead parts that she enameled prior to assembly.  

– no pre-formed purchased beads were ever used.

This Making Enameled Beads Master Class is being offered exclusively at Pocosin Arts for the VERY FIRST time and is intended for those who have at least an advanced beginning or intermediate experience with tools and processes for both metalworking and enameling.

In the second of Barbara’s Master Classes on Making Enameled Beads, participants will learn to cut, form, enamel and assemble her second and very versatile bead shape – the “Frontal (a.k.a.lentil) Bead”. 

Participants will make their own enameled beads starting with flat sheet copper, enameling the bead parts and finishing the assembled beads. 

Barbara will take you through the many essential steps for making her enameled beads using copper and silver sheet metal including…

– choosing metal gauge

– precise measuring, cutting and forming the metal parts

– creating the dome for the bead form  and the side holes to accommodate tubing to line the hole

– basic enamel application to bead form

– edge finishing on enamel parts

– making and finishing assembly elements

– assembling the bead parts

We will begin with using opaque enamels to achieve vibrant and colorful surfaces.  Students wishing to use transparent enamels should be familiar with transparent enamel preparation (grade sifting and washing) and application.

Barbara’s demonstrations and examples will illustrate and delve into how to adapt and utilize decorative enameling techniques that add interesting details and individualized designs to the bead form such as graded color change, brush and dump, sgrafitto and stencils.  Other decorative techniques that can be included – based on time – are use of silver or gold foil, seed beads and decals.

In addition to principles, practices and decorative techniques for successfully completing making enameled beads this workshop will include, within the technical demonstrations, discussion on other essential topics…. 

– work area, tools, materials – choices, set-up and safe procedures

– metals and enamel types and techniques suitable for this technique

– fast and effective methods for cleaning metal prior enameling

– particle size choices and sifted application methods for three dimensional forms 

– purposes and guidelines for counter enameling 

– reasons for using graded individual sifters

– set-up and considerations for firing formed and high domed forms 

* This course is not intended for beginners and will not provide a beginning introduction to basic metalworking and/or enameling processes. 

* Participants should have an intermediate level of experience with basic metal working and forming processes, basic enameling techniques and kiln firing methods.  

* By enrolling in this class, participants must acknowledge and understand that to get the best results they will need to have easy access to – or the ability to purchase – the specific tools suggested for making bead forms.

*  This is a “demonstration workshop”.  Students will work on making enameled beads in-between classes.  In order to work in-between class sessions on the techniques taught, participants will need to have access to a basic metalworking and enameling studio workshop equipped with relevant hand tools and materials .  Completing the processes taught is not mandatory, but recommended in order to get the most from the class. 

* 2-4 weeks prior to the start of class, participants will receive a detailed and annotated list of tools, materials and suppliers directly from Barbara 

* During the week before class begins, participants will receive…

– process order outline with images of examples when relevant or possible

– access to a Private/Hidden FaceBook Group for asking questions, sharing your progress, discussion with the group and examples.

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

Designing with Pattern

Raissa Bump

June 5, & 12  2021
4:00 -6:00pm ET

Tuition: $125

Our primary focus so often has to be on technique and execution; this class is an opportunity to take time to have fun with the design process itself. Using accessible at home, mostly analog, hands-on design and development methods that translate well to basic sheet metal fabrication, we’ll experiment with scale, layout, proportion, manipulation etc. to incorporate pattern in your jewelry. Paper models will be first, then metal samples, and finally to the design and decision making process of creating a wearable piece of jewelry showcasing your chosen pattern. Whether you respond to organic forms or geometric structure, your personal inspirations will be your starting point.

Details:

Raïssa Bump is a studio artist who exhibits widely, teaches workshops at Penland, Haystack & Arrowmont, and is Chair of the Board of Directors at Art Jewelry Forum. She studied jewelry at Rhode Island School of Design and Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewelry. She’s skilled at making both intricate one-of-a-kind pieces and beautiful edition collections. Her works are part of many major private collections.

 www.raissabump.com

 @raissabump

Working with sheet steel

Maia Leppo

June 6 & 13, 2021
1:00pm-3:00pm ET

Tuition: $125

Optional Kit: $60

Optional International Kit: $75

Explore the use of steel sheet in earrings, brooches, and a simple prong setting.  We will be working with 20g mild steel sheet and silver, tubing, and steel wire to create work.  Follow along from image transfer on the to the sheet to a finished piece of work. 

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

Anthropomorphic Raising

Logan Woodle

June 11 & 18 & 25, 2021
4:00pm-6:30pm ET

Tuition: $235

Metal doesn’t have to be cold and lifeless. In this 3-week course students will investigate how to bring life, emotion, and movement to hollow formed metal. Using pewter’s unique working properties, this course will cover a wide range of raising and forming techniques with an eye towards applying them to anthropomorphic forms. This workshop will focus on raising and hammer forming processes, but will also cover chasing, pattern making, casting, and forging. 

* Techniques covered in this workshop may be adapted to any nonferrous metal.

Details:

Logan Woodle is a metalsmith, educator, and the 7th generation to live on his family farm in Conway, SC. He earned an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and a BFA from Winthrop University in 2009. Currently, Logan is an Associate Professor of Art at Coastal Carolina University where he also serves as Coordinator of Studio Art.  His work has been exhibited across the country, and he was chosen to participate in the Metal Museum’s exhibition, 40 Under 40: The Next Generation of American Metal Artists in 2019.

LoganWoodle.com

@loganwoodlemetalsmith

Tool making made simple for chasing and texturing

Nancy Mēgan Corwin

June 11 & 18  2021
1:00 -3:00pm ET

Tuition: $125

Students will learn simple methods for making steel tools for chasing and texturing metal. Liners, running punches, undercutters, and a variety of texturing tools will be demonstrated with a combination of in-person instruction and PowerPoint presentations. Various types of high carbon tool steel will be discussed. Students will learn about adapting found steel tools (such as hardware store center punches and nail sets). The instructor will demonstrate her approach to the processes of hardening and tempering steel tools (necessary for maintaining durable, sharp textures and edges on chasing tools).

Details:

Nancy Mēgan Corwin is a jeweler/metalsmith, teacher, curator and writer in the field of art metals specializing in the ancient techniques of chasing and repoussé. Feature articles on her work have appeared in numerous books and magazines including Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament, and “Art Jewelry Today” by Dona Z. Meilach. Mēgan has artwork in a number of private collections as well as The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the permanent collection of The State University of New Mexico-Las Cruces, and at the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington.

www.nancymegancorwin.com

Cold Connections: Beyond the Bezel

Jan Harrell

June 17 & 24, 2021
1:00pm-3:00pm ET

Tuition: $125

Learn imaginative ways to incorporate enamels and fragile found objects into your jewelry and small fabrications.

Instead of being limited to the traditional bezel, this fast-paced workshop will introduce you to the use of alternative cold connections – using taps and dies to create threaded connections, rivets, tubing and trap settings, micro screws – to name but a few.

These exercises will be especially appropriate for adding enamels to metal components but can also be used for any hard to set or fragile material. The many tips and tricks should make the fabricating process more pleasant or, at least, less painful. There will be a demo of each technique and then the student will be encouraged to practice that technique.

Some metals experience is helpful. The student needs basic metal fabricating hand tools. A supply list with additional tools will be provided.

Details:

Jan Harrell is a metalsmith, enamellist, 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.

janharrell.com

@jan.harrell.33

Exotic Plating Techniques

Dennis Nahabetian

June 17 & 24, 2021
4:00pm-6:30pm ET

Tuition: $155

Learn how make highly detailed, contrasting metal surfaces with ease. If you have a
DC Rectifier and a Copper plating bath, you are “good to go”.
Dennis Nahabetian will also demonstrate Precious Metal Plating by hand using the
Brush and Pen method. Less costly than immersion plating and more direct, you will
see results in minutes.
If you have experienced the amazing possibilities of Plating with Copper, this class will
help propel you to the next level and beyond.
A Facebook Group will be made specifically for this class to help answer questions
and provide addition information not covered during the Zoom instruction. It is
recommended that you have had at least an Introductory Electroforming Class with
Dennis Nahabetian prior to taking this class.

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).

@dennisnahabetian

Rings: Forged, Wrapped and Set!

Tim Lazure

June 19 & 26, 2021
4:00pm-6:00pm ET

Tuition: $125

In this workshop, you will learn a few techniques that will add elegance and depth to your ring bands.  We will first look at forged rings, in which we manipulate the profile of silver wire to give a ring band a unique contour. We will next explore layered bands that consist of a ring band wrapped with a second layer to emphasize textural contrast. I will also cover tube setting a faceted stone – to add some bling to your ring!

Details:

Timothy Lazure is a Professor and Area Coordinator for the Metals Design program at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He received his BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology and his MFA at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Tim shows his jewelry, silversmithing and furniture in both national and international exhibits.  He has pieces in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC, Gallery of Art and Design in Raleigh, NC, and the Racine Art Museum, Racine WI.  Images of his work has been published in 1000 Rings, 500 Brooches, The Art of Enameling, and The Craft of Silversmithing (Lark Books).

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Unexpected+Versatile : Molding and Casting with Silicone

Emily Culver

June 23 & 30, 2021
1:00pm-3:00pm ET

Tuition: $125

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; Visiting Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University (VA); Other Teaching: Instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VA), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN), Baltimore Jewelry Center (MD)

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Virtual Passports Workshop: Making Gold Wires

Giovanni Corvaja

July 18, 2021
10:00am-12:30pm ET

Coming Soon! 

For me, transforming gold into an invisible fibre is an addictive process. It has started very simply with the curiosity of seeing how it is drawing down a piece of wire to the smallest hole of the draw plate and then, over the years finding a way to make thinner and thinner wires. I studied how it is done industrially, how those processes can be adapted to alloyed gold, platinum or silver, how, on a low budget, we can attain fibre in a small scale workshop. My research was driven both by the curiosity of making a new material and by the necessity, to attain that material to give shape to the objects that I had in mind.

During the 2 and a half hour workshop I will explain, and show how to handle a long thin wire, I will tell about the main issues that one can find. I will explain how I overcame those problems and, out of the many solution which I found most suitable

We will also talk about the advantages of making our own wire,  the differences between various materials (gold, silver, platinum and their alloys) we will talk about the tools, I will give some information on who can supply small draw-dies and think about the most cost effective equipment.

Given the time and distance, I will mix live demonstrations with some pre-recorded short videos and slides. It will be an interactive workshop, questions are welcome.

Details:

Born in Padua , Italy in 1971, he commenced in 1985 his studies in Metalwork and Jewellery at the “Pietro Selvatico” School of Art in Padua, under the teaching of the master goldsmith Francesco Pavan and Diego Piazza. During his years of study in Padova he worked privately in the workshop of both Francesco Pavan and Paolo Maurizio. It is during this period that his first works in titanium and gold emerged (1988-’89) followed by the first pieces he made in gold wire, using a  technique of three-dimensional knitting of his own creation (1989-’90). At the “Pietro Selvatico” School of Art that he obtained first his “Diploma di Maestro d’Arte” in 1988 and then in 1990, his “Maturità d’Arte Applicata”. In 1990 he went to the Royal College of Art in  London. After obtaining a Master of Arts Degree in 1992, he returned to Padua  where he decided to pursue the career as jewelry artist on a full-time basis. In 2001 he transferred to Todi in central Italy. He works as a freelance goldsmith artist in Todi and runs his private workshops/masterclasses. Giovanni’s jewelry are all one-of-a-kind pieces entirely made by himself. He works alone and carries out every process of the making, often using innovative techniques developed by himself.  His work is in the permanent collections of  several museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Museum of Scotland , the Museè des Art Decoratifs in Paris and many others.

www.giovannicorvaja.com
@giovannicorvaja

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Cost: $12