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Zoom Workshops – Metals

METALS & JEWELRY ZOOM WORKSHOPS
Polymer Clay & Surface Play

Jane Pellicciotto

July 21 & 28, 2021
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Polymer clay is the perfect canvas on which to experiment with a variety of surface treatments. It’s a forgiving, affordable and satisfying material to work with.

In this workshop, we’ll explore black and white image transfers, texturing and mark making in both uncured and cured clay, simple pattern slabs, adding pigments and more. (Cane making and faux surfaces won’t be covered.)

Throughout, I’ll cover tools, conditioning clay, curing basics, mixing colors, adding findings and more. There will also be a focus on design decisions that turn your idea into reality.

No polymer clay experience necessary.

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

Brooch Settings

Nikki Couppee

July 22 & 29, 2021
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

This workshop will focus on brooch techniques commonly used for setting various shaped found objects.  Students will learn how to make prong and turtle settings and brooch mechanisms, pin back, double pin back and a fabricated hinge on top of the piece.

Students need to have basic hand tools, soldering set up and flex shaft

Details:

Nikki Couppee is originally from Pensacola Beach, Florida and is currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She received an M.F.A. from Kent State University, Jewelry/Metals, Kent, Ohio, 2011 and a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, Jewelry/Metals, 2007.  Her work has been featured in publications including American Craft, Allure Australia, Marie Claire Australia, Metalsmith Magazine, Modern Magazine, Vogue Brazil, Dailycandy and Lark Book’s 500 Enameled Objects. She shows her work nationally and internationally through exhibitions, gallery representation, and fairs and collaborations with Australian designers Romance was Born for Paris Fashion Week. She has taught enameling and jewelry/metals techniques at Kent State University, The Cleveland Institute of Art, The Crucible, Mendocino Art Center, and Arrowmont School of Craft.

www.nikkicouppee.com

@nikkicouuppeejewelry

Graphic Graphite—It’s not just Black & White

Anne Havel –

July 26 & 30, 2021
12:30-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $155

Sold Out! If you would like to be added to the waitlist send us an email at [email protected]

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:

Anne has been an independent studio artist for 19 years, teaching 10-20 workshops a year and exhibiting in juried fine craft shows. Work is included in the permanent collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation as well as numerous private collections. Service is a critical part of my journey. I am a reformed CPA and now use my powers for good, as I like to say, explaining why the service on numerous boards of directors.

Recent accomplishments:
Contemporary Jewelry Design, by Loretta Lam, April 2020, Schiffer publication
The Art of Fine Enameling, Revisited, by Karen Cohen, November 2019, Globe Pequot Press publication
Presenter, ECU Symposium, January 2020
Juror, “Surface Matters: Grit or Gloss”, The Enamelist Society traveling exhibition, June 2020
Juror, Educational Endowment Scholarship, Society of North American Goldsmiths, May 2020
Permanent collection of Enamel Arts Foundation, Snail Mail Project, Jan 2019

Recent exhibitions:
Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
The Art of Enamelling/The Enamelling Technique, The Technical Museum in Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
Contemporary Enamel, traveled to Turkey, Italy, and North Carolina

crafthaus.ning.com/profile/annehavel

Scratching the Surface—Torch-fired Sgraffito

Anne Havel

Session 1 –

July 27 & 31, 2021
10:00-12:00 p.m. ET 

Session 2 –

July 27 & 31, 2021
3:30-5:30 p.m. ET 

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 affects 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:

Anne has been an independent studio artist for 19 years, teaching 10-20 workshops a year and exhibiting in juried fine craft shows. Work is included in the permanent collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation as well as numerous private collections. Service is a critical part of my journey. I am a reformed CPA and now use my powers for good, as I like to say, explaining why the service on numerous boards of directors.

Recent accomplishments:
Contemporary Jewelry Design, by Loretta Lam, April 2020, Schiffer publication
The Art of Fine Enameling, Revisited, by Karen Cohen, November 2019, Globe Pequot Press publication
Presenter, ECU Symposium, January 2020
Juror, “Surface Matters: Grit or Gloss”, The Enamelist Society traveling exhibition, June 2020
Juror, Educational Endowment Scholarship, Society of North American Goldsmiths, May 2020
Permanent collection of Enamel Arts Foundation, Snail Mail Project, Jan 2019

Recent exhibitions:
Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
The Art of Enamelling/The Enamelling Technique, The Technical Museum in Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
Contemporary Enamel, traveled to Turkey, Italy, and North Carolina

crafthaus.ning.com/profile/annehavel

Jewelry without a torch! Rivets and Cold Connections

Jim Bove

August 4 & 11, 2021
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Jewelry without a torch! In this workshop you will learn how to join metal and create complex forms using rivets. Cold connection techniques are great for alternative materials and when studio space or health concerns do not allow for a torch. We will also explore how to capture found objects and stones using cold connections.

The essential techniques we will learn are regular, flush, tube, and split rivets, along with staples and tabs, as well as how to create pin backings, and captures for stones.

Details:

Jim Bové is a practicing artist and educator living just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a board member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and currently serves on the board of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. His artwork has been featured in several books and magazines and resides in the National Ornamental Metal Museum and in private collections throughout the US and abroad. His artwork has been in the Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea, the Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition and was selected for Schmuck in Munich, Germany.

www. jimbove.com

@jimbo_ve

Drawing With Depth

Jessica Calderwood

August 4 & 11, 2021
4:00-6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Working from personal sketches and reference images, learn how to incorporate chiaroscuro drawing  techniques into vitreous enamel. This class will allow you to use metal as a dimensional canvas, while  pushing what transparent and opaque enamels can do to create depth and luscious surfaces. Starting  with copper sheet, demonstrations will be given on metal preparation, enamel sifting, stencils, use of  painting oils, underglazes, overglazes, and seed beads. Students should plan to come away with a  handful of working samples that can be informative for future works or used for small wearables. Basic  enameling skills are preferred. 

Details:

Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University; other teaching: Arrowmont School of  Craft (TN), , The Carpenter Enamel Foundation (KY), Cleveland Institute of Art (OH),  Penland School of Craft (NC), The Enamelist Society, The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (WI); public collections: Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University  (AZ), Central Arizona College (AZ), Central College (IA), Enamel Arts Foundation (CA),  Ferro Corporation (OH), John Michael Kohler Art Center (WI), Kohler Company (WI),  Kamm Foundation (NC), Mesa Contemporary Art (AZ), National Ornamental Metal  Museum (TN), Racine Art Museum (WI)

www.jessicacalderwood.com 

@calderwoodjessica

Foldforming Core Skills

Charles Lewton-Brain

August 5, 12 & 19, 2021
12:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $285

This is an introduction to foldforming, dealing with line folds, scored and bent folds and some T-folds. This is a chance to learn the tricks and techniques at the core of foldforming from the inventor, explore exactly how to hold and prepare the special forging hammer shape for successful foldforming,  learn hammering technique, holding tricks, hand manipulation of foldforms and much more. We will cover over 15 folds, including basic line, tight line, pinched line, centered line, forged line folds, forged line fold bracelet, forged open side leaf with ruffle, Rueger folds and basic star folds. We will address techniques for scoring and bending, and do a touch of T-folds. This is a chance to get all your questions answered. See foldforming.org for links to the Lewton-Brain Foldforming competition to see how it has been applied.

Details:

Charles Lewton-Brain learned and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States.  His work is concerned with nature and structure. His jewelry and research into compositional systems for metal working has been published internationally. He invented and disseminated foldforming, a system of working sheet metal new to the field. He received Canada’s highest honor for Craft, The Saidye Bronfman Governor Generals Award. Charles co-founded the Ganoksin.com Project with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in 1996, now the worlds largest educational website for jewelers. He has over 1000 pages of his writing there.

www.brainpress.com

Working with Polymer Clays

Steve Ford & David Forlano

August 5 & 12, 2021
4:00-6:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $310

Based on student feedback from our first class, students will learn the many qualities that make polymer clays an ideal material for jewelry, and personal expression. Students will learn the basics about different brands of polymer, how they are different and when to use each. Techniques about mixing colors by hand and machine, building canes, reducing complex cane shapes, curing, and finishing treatments will be covered, with an emphasis on adapting techniques from other media.  Both Steven and David will be teaching from their respective studios in Philadelphia and Santa Fe.  David will be demonstrating his approach to building organic pattern canes for use in “transparent layering”.  He will show some ways to explore the use of these canes as surface treatments.  David will also be demonstrating working with polymer dust as a surface treatment.  Steve will teach the techniques of vertical cutting and reduction with a roller-hand process that minimizes waste, as well as a different kind of “transparency”; that is, a caned illusion with high-key and low-key color palettes.  In between demos, there will be power point presentations about Ford/Forlano’s jewelry and how it’s evolved over the last 32 years. Each day will conclude with a question-and-answer period.

Details:

Albuquerque Museum (NM), Arkansas Art Center (AR), Ballinglen Museum of Art, Ireland, Cleveland Museum of Art (OH), Detroit Institute of Arts (MI), Fidelity Investments (MA), Pennsylvania Convention Center (PA), Fuller Craft Museum (MA), DesignMUSEO, Helsinki, Finland, LA County Museum of Art (CA), Microsoft, (WA), Mingei International Museum (CA), Museum of Art & Design (NY), Museum of Fine Arts (MA), Newark Art Museum (NJ), Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA), Racine Art Museum (WI), Tacoma Art Museum (WA), Target Corporation (MN), US State Department (DC), Wharton School of Business (PA), Woodmere Art Museum (PA) 

www.fordforlano.com 

@fordforlano

Introduction to opaque cloisonné  

Aurélie Guillaume

August  6 & 13, 2021
1:00-3:00p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

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.

  • This workshop is not appropriate for beginners. 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.

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.

www.aurelieguillaume.com

@mlleguillaume

Introduction to Grasshopper3D for Jewelry Design

Richard Elaver

August  6, 13, 20  & 27, 2021
4:00-6:00p.m. ET 

Tuition: $250

This course will introduce the fundamentals of the Grasshopper plugin for Rhino3D software, developing a clear understanding of the software so that participants can continue to build their skills beyond this workshop.  

We will focus on jewelry applications of the software, using ring forms as the primary subject matter. Once we establish an understanding of the interface and workflow, we will go beyond basics and investigate complex pattern development, variable forms, and exporting for 3D printing. Individuals who complete this workshop should be capable of creating their own jewelry designs using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Details:

Richard Elaver is a designer and metalsmith working in the overlapping spheres of art, design, and craft.  In his work, Elaver integrates the tools of industrial design with the craft of metalsmithing.  He develops computer simulations of biological phenomena, and uses them to create design objects.  Elaver received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  In 2006, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands where he worked with Droog Design.  Following several years of professional experience both as a jeweler and industrial designer, he is now an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

www.richardelaver.com

@richard.elaver

Working with PMC3

Lorena Angulo

August  7, 14 & 21, 2021
4:00-6:00p.m. ET 

Tuition: $190

During this class the students will explore the basics of sculpting, stamping and carving PMC3 metal clay to be able to create a unique piece of jewelry. 

The students will learn how to roll the clay, texture it, carve it, etc. 

Nowadays there are a lot of new tools and equipment to work with metal clay, but I want you to know that you do not necessarily need all this to be able to make a wonderful piece of jewelry that will represent your own creative voice.

Details:

Lorena grew up in Mexico and the time she spent there amongst the beautiful and traditional Mexican Folk Art shows in her amazing body of work that she loves to create. Each of Lorena’s intriguing creations seems to hold an untold secret that keeps you guessing its true meaning with each glance.

Lorena started taking metalsmithing classes at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio; it was there were she was introduced to metal clay by the hand of Claire Holliday. Since that day she felt in love with this new wonderful medium and has been creating most of her work with it. Nowadays Lorena is an adjunct faculty member at Southwest School of Art in the Metals department.

She has become a very active artist in wearable art. Her work has been featured in several books, magazines, and publications and countless on line articles and industry websites. Her work has also been part of gallery exhibitions in the USA and Europe.

Lorena is the author of a book called Behind the Brooch published in May 2014 by Schiffer Publishing.

A pin she made for Bob Ebendorf is in the permanent collection of the Racine Art Museum.

Lorena was part of an exhibition at the Racine Art Museum in 2016/2017; Made in México: Contemporary Art Jewelers with Mexican Heritage.

www.lorenaangulo.com

@lorenaangulo

Fred Ball Experimental Techniques Part 3: Foil and Mesh Structures

Judy Stone

August 19 & 26
4:00 – 6:00pm ET

Tuition: $125

  Fred Uhl Ball (1945-1985) was an enamelist who lived and taught in Sacramento, CA. Once viewed as highly unorthodox, Ball’s techniques and approach to enameling nonetheless created a firm basis for current contemporary enameling. The techniques he wrote about in his out-of-print Experimental Techniques in Enameling (1972) included working with fire scale, creating collages, using liquid enamel and other materials associated with the porcelain enamel industry. Because he also experimented with materials used in ceramics and glass art, it seemed natural for him to broaden the experimental scope of his enameling to the use of all kinds of materials not previously used with the medium.  His techniques encouraged enamelists to leave the tight restrictions of classical enameling to embrace looseness and self-expression 

Explore a wide range of Ball’s techniques and recent developments that Ball would have loved with Judy Stone, whose own work was greatly influenced by Fred Ball’s book. Stone has created 3 separate online workshops based on Ball’s book. Although these workshops are stand alone, students registered for Part 3 will want to have some enameling experience and some knowledge of the use of liquid enamels. As a whole the workshops represent the gift of Ball’s legacy to the world of enameling.


Part 3: Foil and Mesh Structures builds on Ball’s experiments with copper foil and copper mesh. 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 way Ball used these materials to created 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
  • 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.

Intuitive Small Scale Kinetic Construction

Alexis Spina

August  20 & 27, 2021
1:00-3:00p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Planning and metalsmithing are often taught hand in hand. However, allowing space for intuition in the making process can produce magical results. In this workshop, we will cultivate room for chance by allowing planning to take a back seat. Along the way we will learn how to problem-solve throughout the construction process, different ways of implementing movement into sculptures and jewelry, when to utilize spot soldering, and how to connect complex small sections to larger areas of metal. If you have a knack for going ‘off course’ while making, this workshop is for you.

Details:

Alexis Spina is an artist working primarily in small-scale metal sculpture and installation. Her work is constructed through an extensive body of research rooted in architecture, governmental injustices, global politics, and the exploration of truth in the age of disinformation.  Alexis was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and obtained her BFA in metalsmithing from Edinboro University in 2015, and her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2018. She is currently the metals artist in residence at Pocosin School of Fine Craft.

www.alexismspina.com

@spinalexis

Enameling Plique-à-Jour – A pierced approach

Cheryl Eve Acosta

August  22 & 29, 2021
1:00-3:00p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Plique-à-jour means applied daylight. It’s the only enameling technique that uses transparent glass without a backing creating a stain glass window effect! In this workshop, you will learn how to create your first plique-à-jour piece using the pierced approach in sterling silver, fine silver, or copper. We will explore how to design a pierced metal pattern and discuss the importance of designing a framework that will hold kiln enamel glass in place using temporary backings over a flat surface. We will cover options for three-dimensional objects using surface tension from this wet packing technique.  Students will learn about building color layers to create a watercolor effect, mixing colors and achieving clear enamel surface.  We will discuss finishes between firings, surface finishes on flat, three-dimensional, textured surfaces and common enameling failures. Torch firing techniques will be discussed as an alternative option.

This course is designed to introduce students with different methods of creating pierced plique-à-jour, with a modern approach. Through a demonstration workshop, students will have the opportunity to experiment with a process of their liking. Basic metalsmithing background is encouraged with a prior understanding of soldering, sawing, filing and metal finishes. Students are encouraged to have had prior enameling experience and firing but it’s not mandatory. Once registered, a resource list of materials, tools and suppliers will be emailed to registrants before the workshop.  If not already owned, students are welcome to purchase the tools and materials for this workshop, but it’s not required. Feel free to contact me if there are questions.

Details:

Cheryl Eve Acosta’s art lives between the realm of sculptural décor, jewelry, and fashion. Her abstract designs are inspired by marine ecology and the Cycle of Life. She is known for her unique copper fused glass collection and textured edge jewelry.  Cheryl Eve is a full time metalsmith based in the Kansas City Arts District in Kansas City, Missouri. She holds a master’s in fine art in Jewelry & Metals from the Rhode Island School of Design, a bachelor’s degree from the New Mexico State University in metalsmithing and CAD/CAM design certificate from the Gemology Institute of America (GIA). Cheryl’s fine art has been featured in international, national, and regional exhibitions including Heavy Metal / Women to Watch exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Art’s in D.C., Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia Museum, SOFA Chicago, Wayne Art Center, Sarasota Art Center, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Le Arti Orafe, among others. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including SNAG Magazine, 500 Earrings, Dreaming Jewelry and Art Jewelry Today 3, and published her book Hidden in NatureCheryl Eve has taught private jewelry and metalsmithing workshops to every age group including her studio, at summer camps, universities, and cruise ships.

www.cheryleve.com

@cheryleveacosta

Exotic Plating Techniques

Dennis Nahabetian

August 22 & 29, 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

Cuttlefish Casting

Barbara Mann

September 2 & 9, 2021 
4:00-6:00 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

Juicy! Clear Resin Surface Techniques for Jewelry and Small Sculpture

Jillian Moore

September 3 & 10, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

In this workshop we will be using a basic, slow-cure polyurethane resin (Envirotex-Lite) to  create new and dynamic surfaces for jewelry as well as small sculptures by applying multiple  successive layers, trapping materials in between. This process results in the creation of a thick,  juicy shell that allows for vibrant colors and distinct patterns. Students will learn how to  troubleshoot applications for individual forms and materials with the goal of applying this  process to their own unique studio practice. This material is designed and marketed for home  hobbyist use. It is very approachable for the home studio. We will discuss how to handle it  safely and responsibly!

Details:

Jillian Moore is a full-time studio artist and some-time writer living in Iowa City, IA. Working predominantly in the field of contemporary jewelry and small sculpture, Moore is known for her biological forms using a variety of “new materials”. She is also a regular workshop instructor on her use of various resin surface applications (Seattle Metal Arts Guild, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Galerie Beyond in Antwerp, Belgium.) Her work is in the permanent collection of the Racine Art Museum (WI).

www.jillianmoore.net 

@phlaznatch

Watercolor and mixed media experimental techniques on textile and metal

Raquel Bessudo

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

Tuition: $125

This workshop will be a space for exploring various pictorial techniques applied to textiles. You will work with watercolors, acrylics, gesso, charcoal, pastel, and metal leaf application, studying and registering how they apply to the different kinds of fabric. We will explore how to add sewing and embroidery techniques as well as integrating metals into your work.

This workshop will be a space for experimentation, allowing you to be open for unexpected come-outs and encouraging you to develop concepts as a guide to your work and how it will reflect on what kind of media works better for it.

Materials:

  • The range in brands for art materials is substantial, feel free to work with your preferred one.
  • When buying fabric, I prefer to go to the shop and feel each fabric I choose. If you can,  I suggest you do as well.

             Things I look for: variety in density, translucency and the tone, for example        

Details:

Raquel Bessudo is a  Contemporary Jewelry artist based in Mexico City; she was part of the selection for Shmuck 2020, participated in a group exhibition on the occasion of Paris Prcours Bijux 2020 and by Association Alliages as part of  Painful Hope exhibition. 

Her work has been exhibited in Mexico, Argentina, the USA, Australia, and Europe.  Some of which include   II Contemporary Jewelry Latin-American Biennale 2018, “Neighbours,” where she received a special mention from the jury.  “Huellas” Museum Juan del Carral Colombia  “La Frontera” Encounters along the border MAD, NY, USA, and Museum Franz Mayer Mexico. “The US-Mexico border” Place Imagination and Possibility” CAFAM September 2017 L.A., USA. VEOVEO promise objects for everyday use, Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne city library, Australia August 2017.  Contemporary Jewelry  Latin-American Biennale 2016, “Bridges”  “Lo Inesperado de lo Cotidiano” Collective exhibition, Symposium “En Constuccion”, Valparaíso Chile Sept 2015. Publications of her work include: Metalsmith Magazine, Vol 40 No.3, Artist in flux by Rachel Reichert, JAMS, publish by SNAG, The jewel Book, Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium, Joya magazine, Mexico City.

This year, she joined the Garland Magazine as a Member of the editorial board and will be part of Cluster Contemporary Jewellery, 2021.

[email protected]

@raquelbessudojoyeria

INTERCONNECTED

Tanya Crane & Elliot Keeley

September 4  & 11, 2021 
4:00 – 7:00 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.

Intermediate and Advanced Enamel Painting

Mi-Sook Hur

September 4, 5 & 11, 12, 2021 
12:30-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $315

Sold Out! If you would like to be added to the waitlist send us an email at [email protected]

This 4 session Intermediate/ Advanced Enamel Painting workshop is for those seeking to explore and  develop their enamel painting skills using overglaze paints. Students should have prior experience with  enamel painting processes, as the workshop intends to give as many hands-on learning experiences as  possible. Ideally, the students may work along with the instructor, but are not required to. The class will  work on four projects – Two-Toned Flowers, Patterns in Nature, Insect with Transparent Wings, and Leaves –  within and between class sessions. Through these projects, students will learn about blending colors,  achieving layers, creating see-though effects, defining shapes, and adding details.

  • Students should have prior  experience with enamel painting processes. Not a beginners class

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/ 

Set your work apart:  Elevate your enamels

Anne Havel

September 15, 18, 22 & 25, 2021 
1:00-4:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $375

Anne will build the setting pictured, start to finish.  She will discuss thought process/troubleshooting and then demonstrate each step, technique, and process until the piece is complete.  Multiple connections for the frame will be covered.  Only the setting will be covered and you must be able to solder, use a flex shaft, and pierce independently, although how choices are made will be discussed.  A facebook group will be created for questions between sessions.

Details:

Anne has been an independent studio artist for 19 years, teaching 10-20 workshops a year and exhibiting in juried fine craft shows.  Work is included in the permanent collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation as well as numerous private collections.  Service is a critical part of my journey.  I am a reformed CPA and now use my powers for good, serving as treasurer on several boards of directors.  Anne is the creator of the Project Mesh Residency.

www. annehavel.com

Setting Irregular Gemstones

Carin Jones

September 17  & 24, 2021 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Stepping outside setting regular smooth or faceted gemstones can open up a much wider world of creativity in your studio. Setting minerals, crystals and fossils can make for such unique pieces. In this class we will discuss many types of setting options including but not limited to bezel, tab, & prong settings. We will go over choosing the best design and how prep your mineral to ensure it’s protected. We will focus on completing a thick walled prong setting as your first piece! 

Details:

Carin Jones (Kuh-rin) is a Seattle area based artist that derives her inspiration from a zoological background, particularly years of collecting and cataloging specimens. As an architect’s daughter, she obsessively studies shapes and their interactions, notably those of elements not paired in nature.

In her Mineral & Marrow Series, Carin concentrates on an unexpected coupling of discarded bones and high end gemstones. While, at first glance this may seem contradictory, the partnership challenges the audience’s inclination to undervalue one material and overvalue the other. It clarifies the equality of elements – born of stardust and returning to stardust –  and emphasizes the true value of the natural world.  

Crafting materials commonly regarded as disposable into treasured pieces of wearable art challenges society’s perspective and, moreover, assists in realigning the audience’s standpoint.

www.jonesingforjewelry.com 

@Jonesingforjewelry / @j4jcastings

Material Mimicry

Märta Mattsson

September 19 & 26, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Material Mimicry – Creating illusions and making faux materials 

Do you want to make a piece of jewellery that visually looks heavy like a rock but feels light as a feather? Or make a fake pearl shaped like a doughnut? How can we deceive the eye and make one material look like something it is not? In this course I will show you examples of how to manipulate alternative materials into imitations of other materials. I will be showing demos of how I use things like crushed stone, clay, pigments, wood, glue, paint and sand to create faux materials in my own jewellery practice. I will share some of my material secrets and we will be focusing on manipulation of materials with an emphasis on surfaces and finishes, encrusting, textures and small castings with materials like epoxy glue and plaster in silicone putty. 

Details:

Märta Mattsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1982. She received a Master degree from the Royal College of Art in London in 2010. She also received a Bachelor degree in jewellery art from HDK – Acadamy of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg and has been an exchange student at Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and at Hawaii Pacific University. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally since 2006 in over 20 solo exhibitions and in many group exhibitions. Märta has given workshops and lectures around the theme of her work in countries like China, Belgium, Mexico, Thailand, Sweden and Latvia and she is currently employed as a lecturer at HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts in the department for jewellery art. In 2016 Märta was awarded the prize Young Applied Artists 2016 in Sweden and her pieces can be found in prestigious Museum collections like MAD – Museum of Art and Design in New York and National museum in Stockholm.

www.martamattsson.com

martamattsson_jewellery

Photographing your Artwork 101

Michael F. O’Neill

September 19 & 26, 2021 
4:00-6:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $155

In today’s world, having great photographs of your artwork is critical if you want to reach a larger audience. This class will cover all the basics for photographing your work, from lighting and backgrounds to cameras and post production. Will will be creating examples using cell phone cameras as well as DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, and compare the results. This class will include demonstrations on photographing 3D work such as Jewelry, Ceramics and Wood. 

No experience is required, students will need to have artwork to photograph and access to a camera, links will be provided and we will discuss software options including Adobe Lightroom.

Details:

Michael O’Neill is an educator and fine art photographer in Charlotte, NC and earned his MFA from New Mexico State University in 2007. His work has been exhibited at Notre Dame University, The Palace of the Governor’s in Santa Fe, NM, and in juried and group shows internationally. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including Bechtler Museum of Fine Art and the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He specializes in Infrared, Large Format and Pinhole photography and has been creating commercial photographs, specializing in architecture and art documentation for over 20 years.

http://michaeloneillphoto.com

@professoroneill

@mfophoto

 

Tube Settings: Basics and Beyond

Charity Hall

October 1 & 8, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Optional US Kit – $35

Optional International Kit – $40

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

Tube settings for faceted stones add delightful pops of brilliance and color to your jewelry. In this class, we will make tube settings for round faceted stones. Once you have mastered the basics of cutting and setting stones in traditional tube settings on both flat surfaces as well as ring shanks, we will explore how tube settings can be used in novel ways. For example, learn how to make a non-traditional, but fully functional hinge using tube settings. We will also explore examples of other creative applications for tube settings.

Students should have basic sawing and silver soldering skills as well as good eyesight or magnification.

*Kit contains the most essential materials needed for this workshop in the correct sizes. (6” sterling heavy walled tubing, Lynx setting bur, Lynx round bur, 20 practice stones in assorted colors) Other items are required for the workshop that are not included in the kit. Please refer to the student supply list.

Details:

Charity Hall is an enamelist and metalsmith in Blacksburg, VA. Using metal, enamel, found objects and gemstones, she creates a diverse array of biologically inspired jewelry. As a former botanist, Hall is interested in the intricate relationships between art and science. She completed her MFA at East Carolina University in 2008. She teaches jewelry and enameling workshops at John Campbell Folk School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Penland School of Crafts, and many other locations around the United States. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

www.charityhall.com

@metalbug00

Freedom of Granular Spray, Sgraffito and Watercolor enamels

Alisa Looney

October 1, 8  & 15, 2021 
4:00-6:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $235

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

Experience the freedom of Granular Spray! Apply white liquid enamel with the granular spray technique, resulting in a powdered finish that allows you to sgraffito (scratch) clean lines with ease and control – no more chipping! Experiment with several sgraffito tools (make a pin-pen tool!) to create varied line qualities and thicknesses in mark making, cross hatching, stippling, brushing, lettering and combing.  Work in any style: expressive or detailed, then add depth and color, layering watercolor enamels and lusters. Live zoom demos and instruction using pre-enameled steel panels and copper, designing flat and dimensional jewelry elements. Kiln required, firing techniques covered.

Details:

Best known for her award winning outdoor sculptures, Alisa Looney has exhibited in the U.S. and Canada. Her work is in a multitude of private and public collections, including Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA, and several U.S. cities in the Northwestern United States. Her enamel on steel sculptures have been exhibited in The Enamelist Society’s International Biennial Exhibitions: Alchemy 4 & 5, and published in The Art of Fine Enameling, Second Edition. Alisa expresses her ideas through sculpture, dance, painting and enameling in her Bend, OR, studio that she shares with her husband, woodblock printer Wade Womack.  She fell in love with metal arts as a silversmith in her early years, received her BFA in Design from Boise State University in 1983 and began welding in 1998.  Alisa returned to Idaho in 2010 to study enameling with her past BSU Professor Emeritus, John Killmaster. This created the opportunity for her to merge metal sculpture and narrative imagery into what she considers her most precious work to date. With John’s blessing, Alisa teaches these enameling techniques in her studio and in online classes for enamellists near and far.

Enamel Sculpture

@alisalooney

Die Forming and Enameling
Kathryn Osgood
 

October 2  & 9, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

Learn an easy low-tech method to create dimensional forms to enamel. Students will learn a simple method for creating acrylic silhouette dies and die forming copper using hand tools. A variety of ways to alter and enhance our die formed pieces will be demonstrated, including  piercing, texturing and forming techniques. Enameling on a 3 dimensional surface, creating a textured enamel surface through sugar firing, and building a rich colorful surface by layering opaque and transparent enamels will be demonstrated. Solutions for setting die formed enamel pieces will be discussed.

Basic metalsmithing skills are helpful, but all levels are welcome.

Details:

Kathryn Osgood is a metalsmith, enamellist, and Associate Professor at College of The Albemarle in Manteo, North Carolina. She received her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. Her work is included in the collections of the Gregg Museum, Racine Arts Museum, and The Enamel Arts Foundation. Publications include The Art of Enameling, 500 Necklaces, The Art of Jewelry: Wood, Contemporary Enameling: Art and Techniques, Steel Wire Jewelry, The Art of Fine Enameling, and Metalsmith magazine.

 thrynosgoodstudio.com

Images and Patterns in Enamel

Jan Smith

October 9  & 16, 2021 
4:00-6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

This workshop focuses on techniques allowing you to achieve images, patterns and marks in vitreous enamel. Emphasis in this workshop will be on creating both rich surfaces and compositions through exploration of both traditional and non-traditional enameling processes. Using copper the demonstrations include stencils, sifting, sgraffito, ceramic oxides, over-glaze/china paints, under-glaze pencils, graphite pencil and other experimental techniques.  

The goal of the workshop is to explore methods of creating images and designs whilst developing an understanding of the materials.   Ideally students will create a series of samples to allow them to develop a broad range of directions for their work.

Basic enamelling preferred but not essential

Details:

Jan Smith is an artist working primarily with metal and enamel.

She received a BFA from NSCAD in Halifax, N.S. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. Her work has been published in New Earrings: 500+ Designs from around the world, On Body and Soul: Metalsmith Magazine: Exhibition In Print, Behind the Brooch, the Lark 500 Series, Color on Metal and the Art of Enameling.

Jan loves the diversity and seductive qualities of the enamel and enjoys sharing an understanding of the material with students.

@jansmithartist

https://jansmith.ca/

Ferrous to Fine

April Wood

October 3  & 10, 2021 
4:00-6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

This class focuses on the use of steel, typically considered a non-precious metal, in combination with precious metals for the fabrication of jewelry. Participants will learn about the working properties of steel and what makes it similar, but yet different from working with non-ferrous or precious metals. Demonstrations will be given on sawing several types of steel, as well as soldering steel wire and sheet with gold and silver solder for construction as well as surface embellishment. Patinas for steel and other color methods will also be discussed.

Details:

April Wood is a metalsmith living and working in Baltimore, MD. She is a co-founder of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, a metals + jewelry community education space in Baltimore city, where she is Studio Manager, Exhibitions Director, and an Instructor. She received her BFA in Studio Art, concentrating in Metals/Jewelry from Texas State University – San Marcos and her MFA from Towson University. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Towson University. Her work has been featured in Metalsmith, Surface Design Journal, and Sculpture. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally.

aprilwoodmetalsmith.com

@fiddlebackfern

Sculptural Hollow Forms

Sandra Enterline

October 7  & 14, 2021 
12:00-2:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

In Sculptural Hollow Forms, Sandra will guide students through hollow construction in thin-gauge metal using forming and fabrication. She will cover three different hollow forms (spiculum, cone, and double-sided) that will open the door for students to make more advanced sculptural forms. Sandra will share her vast paper and metal template collection to demonstrate how simple 2D shapes can become exciting 3D forms. She will also cover stick soldering, patination, finishing techniques that utilize a variety of abrasives and common hand tools, and simple mechanisms that can transform hollow forms into functional, wearable jewelry. 

Details:

Born in Oil City, Pennsylvania in 1960, Sandra Enterline has long been inspired by the collision of the industrial and natural worlds. Her work is best known for its many hand-drilled holes. Sandra holds an AA in jewelry and metalsmithing from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a BFA in metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design. Her award-winning work has been exhibited throughout the world, included in international museum collections, and featured in leading craft publications. In addition to her artistic work, which she creates from her studio in San Francisco, Sandra gives lectures and conducts metalsmithing workshops.

andraenterline.com

@sandraenterline

 

Paintings and Overglaze with Enamel 

Jamie Bennett

Session 1 –

October 16  & 23, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Session 2 –

November 6  & 13, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

This workshop will cover various methods of using enamels and overglazes for “Limoges”, painting processes. Emphasis of fine detailing and control will be covered.  The properties of various oils and oil recipes will be described.  Also, when is water better. A variety of methods of application will be demonstrated as well as finishing techniques. Methods of fabrication and settings for jewelry will be discussed.  Finished examples of work will be shown as well as a tour of my studio and its layout.  The follow-up week will review work completed as well as refresh techniques from the first week.  

Sources for materials will be provided. 

Students must have experience in enamelwork and some metal working ability. 

Details:

Studio artist working in High Falls, NY.  Professor Emeritus of State University of New York at New Paltz.  Has taught workshops in enamel internationally with residencies in Taipan, Taiwan,  Tokyo, Japan and Istanbul, Turkey as well as others.  Work in the collections of over 30 museums internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum, NY, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Pinacoteca Modern, Munich and The Hermitage, Moscow.  Represented by Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA,  Mauer/Zilioli Gallery, Munich.

@jbennett

Color Fully: Powder Coating for Personal Adornment

Laritza Garcia

October 22  & 29, 2021 
12:00-2:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

 Learn the process of Powder Coating to fully saturate your metal work with color. Powder Coat is a type of thermoplastic coating applied as a free flowing, dry powder. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint, mainly used for industrial applications. In this workshop, we will explore the medium’s possibilities within the field of personal adornment. Instructor will demonstrate variations on application process, share tips on working with multiple pieces and safety information. Students will learn techniques for layering color, masking and using specialty powders to explore the potential of powder coating. 

 Basic metalworking skills recommended

Details:

Laritza Garcia is a Latinx metalsmith and educator. Graduate of East Carolina University where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2012. Currently, a lecturer in the Metal Design program at Texas State University. 

Laritza’s practice is underpinned by the integration of illustration, color and metalsmithing techniques to create body-oriented artwork. She’s presented at the Yuma Fine Arts symposium and Joya Barcelona. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum, Arkansas Art Center, and Racine Art Museum. The work is featured in; American Craft and Metalsmith Magazine, 500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretation of Timeless Form, and New Earrings: 500 Designs from Around the World.

https://www.laritzagarciajewelry.com/

@lartizagarciajewelry

FOS – The Found Object Sandwich – Personal Photographic Pin Making

Thomas Mann

October 22  & 29, 2021 
3:30-6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $155

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

Thomas Mann began making wearable photo construction pieces in the 70s when  he was fascinated with using found materials to create objects of quiet meaning.  That fascination eventually led to the creation of a design direction that became 

Techno-Romantic Jewelry Objects™, marking a pivot point in Mann’s success as  an artist. Immersed in an age of ever expanding info and technology, it’s hard to  remember that we’re human. Techno-Romantic jewelry objects are everyday  talismans that talk about our connection to, and separation from, technology.  

Our experience in this pandemic is one where many of us have lost loved ones,  or collectively has had us reflecting on loss and meaning. If that is your personal  experience as well, you might find the making of a celebratory photographic  wearable memorial pin to be a loving redemptive exercise. It would be Tom’s  distinct honor to guide you in the process as you learn several unusual and  useful metalsmithing techniques intrinsic to Mann’s Found Object Sandwich  making process.

 * Sawing is the most critical skill needed going into this workshop. If your sawing  isn’t great, OR you have a bad attitude about it, consider Tom’s Learn to Saw  instruction for a MENTAL & MANUAL tune-up about THE most important tool in the  jeweler’s repertoire

Details:

A self-described artist working in the medium of jewelry & sculpture, highlights of  Mann’s career include being a featured artist for Peabody Award winning PBS  television series “Craft in America” (which additionally was streamed to launch  the PBS Online Arts Portal); Competing on Food Network’s “All Star Academy”;  Having his artwork in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute’s  Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. as well as the Museum of Art and Design in  New York; and creating his traveling exhibition “Storm Cycle – An Artist Responds  to Hurricane Katrina” which was shown nationally at museums and galleries including Bellevue Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Ferrin  Gallery at SOFA Chicago.

www.thomasmann.com 

@thomasmanndesign

NBC: Necklaces, Bracelets and Clasps

Jennifer Wells

October 23 & 30, 2021 
9:30-12:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $155

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

In this workshop we’ll cover the essentials of fabricating your own necklaces, bracelets and clasps.. oh lá lá! Being able to create your own unique chain is a great way to enhance your making, complimenting pendants or as a bracelet with attachable charms. We’ll begin with simple round wire and jump ring construction, then move onto other material and fabrication possibilities. We will explore multiple variations you will be able to achieve using basic tools. Demonstrations will also cover multiple styles of clasps that are suitable for necklaces as well as well as bracelets. This course is great for people who have experience with sawing, soldering and finishing and are looking to expand their skill set to allow them more freedom in making.

Students should be able to saw, file and solder comfortably. They will need a soldering and pickle set-up for this workshop.

Details:

Jennifer Wells is a studio artist and educator originally from the U.S, currently living in Italy. She holds an MFA, in Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design and has completed artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts and the Jentel Foundation. 

As an educator, Jennifer has taught for and been a visiting Artist at Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs. She teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S. In recent years she has curated multiple international exhibitions focused on jewelry and enameling.

Her works are in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, the Racine Museum, the All Russian Museum of Decorative Arts and Private Collections. 

[email protected]

@jennwellsstudio

Pin Back Perfection

Marissa Saneholtz

October 24  & 31, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Registration will open – July 30th at 5:00 pm ET

In this workshop, students will learn the basic anatomy of a successful pin back as well as the difference between a left-handed and right-handed mechanism. Students will learn how to make both single and double stem pin backs. The mechanisms that will be shared are simple and clean solutions that can easily be integrated into any design.

Open to all levels

Details:

Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm. She is co-founder of the Smitten Forum, an annual traveling residency program and currently teaches at Bowling Green State University. Saneholtz’s work has been published in several books including Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin and Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn. Her work can be found in the collections of the Racine Art Museum and the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles.

www.marissasaneholtz.com

@saneholtzm

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