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Zoom Workshops – Metals

METALS & JEWELRY ZOOM WORKSHOPS
Repetitive patterns in enamels

Tanya Crane

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

Tuition: $125

 



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

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

Details:

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

Crane’s work is framed within a dual existence of prejudice and privilege having adapted to life amongst family in both the white suburbs and the urban center of South Central, Los Angeles. Crane is a recipient of the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award (2017), and was the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Emerging Artist presenter at SOFA in 2018. She is on the Haystack Board of Trustees and on the Collections Committee for the Fuller Craft Museum.  Her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the National Ornamental Metal Museum.

Set It Forget it 1

Jennifer Wells

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

Tuition: $145

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

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

 

Details:

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

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

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

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

steel earrings in a day

Maia Leppo

Jan. 10, 2021
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $120 (Class kit included) 

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


SOLD OUT!

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

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

Details:

Maia graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She received training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools, including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz.  She has participated in artist residencies at Arrowmont and Fallingwater and has taught around the country including Penland, Arrowmont, Pocosin, and Touchstone.  She currently works out of her studio in the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.

www.MaiaLeppo.com

@maialeppo

Everything you didn’t know about sgraffito

Jan Harrell

Jan. 13 & 20, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

SOLD OUT

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

Tuition: $125

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

Details:

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

www.janharrell.com

Liquid Possibilities!

Tanya Crane

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

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

SOLD OUT!

Tuition: $125

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

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

 

Details:

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

Crane’s work is framed within a dual existence of prejudice and privilege having adapted to life amongst family in both the white suburbs and the urban center of South Central, Los Angeles. Crane is a recipient of the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award (2017), and was the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Emerging Artist presenter at SOFA in 2018. She is on the Haystack Board of Trustees and on the Collections Committee for the Fuller Craft Museum. Her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the National Ornamental Metal Museum.

 

Make This Ring: Small scale advanced soldering with kinetics

Dana C. Fear

Jan. 17 & 24, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

 Tuition: $134 (Some items will be sent to students) 

Some experience with small scale soldering and fabrication.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

This workshop will guide students through the construction of a sterling silver ring with one kinetic element. Through construction of the ring with sheet, wire and tubing, students will learn tips and tricks for clean and precise fabrication as well as advanced soldering techniques using hard to extra easy solders. Tips for a uniform patina finish will also be covered. The kinetic element adds both a design and fabrication challenge that, with practice, will increase finesse and skill with the torch and at the bench

Details:

Dana is a studio metalsmith with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals from Ball State University where she first began her kinetic jewelry adventures. Three kids and many moves forced a break from her bench for a decade but she’s been back refining her craft for the past several years. She works from her studio/store in the small town of Cedar in the picturesque pinky of northern lower Michigan.
 
 
@danacfear
Scratching the surface- torch-fired sgraffito

Anne Havel

NEW DATES –

Jan. 26 &  Feb 02, 2021
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 

SOLD OUT!

Jan. 26 &  Feb 02, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

SOLD OUT!

Tuition: $125

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

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

Details:

studio artist approx 18 years

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

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

 crafthaus.ning.com/profile/annehavel

Graphic Graphite – It’s not just black and white

Anne Havel

NEW DATES –

Jan. 27 &  Feb 03, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET  

SOLD OUT!

Jan. 27 &  Feb 03, 2021
10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $125

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

Details:

studio artist approx 18 years

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

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

 crafthaus.ning.com/profile/annehavel

Enameling Essentials

Barbara Minor

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

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

 

Tuition: $145

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

 

Discussion and demonstration will include particulars such as…

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

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

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

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

Details:

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

Set It Forget it 2

Jennifer Wells

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

Tuition: $145

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

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

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

Details:

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

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

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

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

gold on a budget

Alex Boyd

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

Tuition: $325 (Class kit included)

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


SOLD OUT!

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

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

Check the materials list below for items Alex will send.

Details:

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

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

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

3d Enameling

Jan Harrell

Jan. 27 & Feb 3, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

SOLD OUT!

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


Tuition: $125

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

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

Details:

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

www.janharrell.com

Introductory / Intermediate CAD

Michael Nashef

Feb 2,9,16,23 & March 2, 9, 2021
5:00-7:30p.m. ET 

Tuition $305

Participants should have basic computer skills

Introductory and some Intermediate commands will be covered in this workshop, techniques and applications for the use of Rhino as a creative studio for jewelry design and product design. Participants will be introduced to the basics of Rhino software and how to articulate their designs in 3D.

Instructor will give several demonstrations – based on reinforcing basic CAD concepts, introducing techniques, and demos on demand. The pace of this class will be dependent on students understanding and command of the material covered.

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 basic Rhino program and produce basic designs from sketches.
  • Generate basic and intermediate 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     

Introduction to jewelry repair

Michael Nashef

Feb 4,11,18,25 & March 4, 11, 2021
5:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition $350

Intermediate metalsmithing skills and tools needed

Add the basics of jewelry repair to your metalsmithing toolkit in this workshop. Explore the first level of this skillset as you learn about common jewelry repairs and basic bench jewelry work.  tools and how to use them, styles of repair, soldering, different metals, and more.

Alternating between demonstrations and guided exercises, Michael emphasizes hands-on working time throughout the class. Practice sizing a ring up and down, soldering and repairing a chain, cleaning, polishing, and achieving a mirror finish on the surfaces of your pieces. Please have broken jewelry of your own. Some previous jewelry making experience is preferred. 

 

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     

Powder coating 101

Laura Wood

Feb. 5 & 12, 2021 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition $125

Basic metalsmithing skills will be helpful but are not necessary for learning the technique.

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:

studios 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)

laurawoodstudios.com

@laurawoodstudios

 

Juicy! Clear resin surface techniques for jewelry and small sculpture

Jillian Moore

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

Tuition $125

All levels welcome

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

The art of stamping


Matthieu Cheminee

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

Tuition: $125

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

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

 

Details:

Studio artist, teacher and writer.

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

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

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

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

 “ The Art of Stamping” 2020,  Brynmorgen press

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

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Getting started Part 1


Jennifer Wells

Feb. 6 & 13, 2021 
9:30 – 12:00 a.m. ET 

Tuition $145

All levels welcome

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

Details:

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

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

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

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

Enameling: textures and surfaces- Inlaid seed beads

Barbara Minor

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

Tuition: $185

 SOLD OUT!

Beginning experience with enameling recommended

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

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

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

Technical information presented includes….

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

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

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

The objective is for participants

  • to understand enameling basics relative to the seed bead inlay process
  • to gain confidence while exploring and experimenting with this enameling technique  
  • to achieve exciting surfaces that exceed expected results. 
  • to continue using the processes learned on their own.

Students will receive a PDF that includes…

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

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

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

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

Details:

Barbara Minor works from her studio in Louisiana where she utilizes the ancient technique of vitreous enameling to create her innovative enameled beads, distinctive enameled jewelry and unique enameled vessels.

         She began enameling during graduate school and continued developing her knowledge by exploring enamel processes while teaching a SUNY Geneseo.  

Barbara concentrates on researching, perfecting and documenting experimental or innovative enamel processes utilized in her skillfully crafted jewelry and objects.

Barbara exhibits widely and teaches frequently across the U.S. and abroad.  Her work has been pictured in 500 Enameled Objects, The Art of Enameling, and Art Jewelry Today.

www.barbaraminorenamels.com

Cloisonné Cabochon

Aurélie Guillaume

Feb. 11 & 18, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

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

SOLD OUT!

Students should have basic enameling 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. 

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

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

Details:

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

Matrix and Pancake Die Combinations

Lauren Kalman

Feb 19 & 26, 2021 
1:00-3:00p.m. ET 


Tuition: $125

In this workshop students will learn how to create a forming die with a matching cutting die. These dies will be used in a hydraulic press to create multiples for jewelry, objects, or installation. 

Using tool steel students will learn how to layout and hand cut pancake dies used for cutting a silhouette in copper, brass, or other nonferrous metal. We will then create a corresponding acrylic silhouette die to press dimensional forms that can then be quickly cut with the pancake die. Lauren will also share how she uses these tools and processes in her work.

*While not nearly as effective a standard vice can be used as an alternative to a hydraulic press.

*This workshop can also be pared with the epoxy conforming die workshop to make cutting dies that can be used with the epoxy dies.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Layout and cutting of pancake die
  • Layout of corresponding acrylic dies
  • Using the dies in the press
  • Variations with inserts

Details:

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

www.laurenkalman.com      

@laurenkalman

Getting started Part 2


Jennifer Wells

Feb. 20 & 27, 2021 
9:30 – 12:00 a.m. ET 

Tuition $145

All levels welcome

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

Details:

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

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

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

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

Beginning Chasing and Repoussé: Form and Texture

Nancy Mēgan Corwin

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

Tuition $125

Students will need to know how to anneal copper. They will need a basic studio set up with a heat source for annealing, pickle pot, copper tongs, firebricks for annealing and for burning off pitch, etc.

You will learn to create wonderful textures and forms in sheet copper using the ancient and still contemporary techniques of chasing and repoussé. Chasing refers to detailing the front of a piece of metal with specially designed steel tools. Repoussé is the process of creating levels of relief from the back of the sheet using steel and wood punches. The first week will focus on learning the tools and techniques by creating sample plates with exciting textures and fun forms. The second week we will take a design from beginning to end, with an emphasis on creating the illusion of the raised design floating on the back plate (undercutting). Samples and finished pieces will be discussed.

Details:

Nancy Mēgan Corwin received her MFA in Art Metals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.  Since leaving her position as Head of Jewelry and Metals at the University of Oregon-Eugene in 1994 to focus full time on her studio work, Mēgan has been teaching workshops and credit classes in metals around the United States and overseas. Her area of expertise is chasing and repoussé, and she has written a technical and gallery book on the subject, “Chasing and Repousse: Methods Ancient and Modern published by Brynmorgen Press, Portland, ME in 2009.

 

Mēgan has one-of-a-kind jewelry and metalwork in many private collections around the United States and in the following: The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, Washington State’s Tacoma Art Museum’s permanent collection and in the State University of New Mexico Art Gallery at Las Cruces Gallery’s permanent collection. She is represented by Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, https://facerejewelryart.com (now part of Green Lake Jewelry Works). View her work at

www.nancymegancorwin.com.

Captures & connections

Jesse Bert

Feb. 28 & March 7, 2021 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET  

Tuition $125

All levels welcome

SOLD OUT!

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

This class will focus on techniques for perforating, connecting, and mounting fragile materials including glass enamel, and Mother of Pearl. In addition we will talk about incorporating versatile organic materials such as coconut shell. Familiar tools will be used to cut, carve, and shape, then we’ll jump ahead into the use of diamond burrs, discs, and files for extra precision. The instructor will share insight and consideration for unique, functional mounting captures, and connections between different materials. You’ll learn the instructor’s personal techniques for creating solid, and lasting connections with wire and tube rivets to attach dissimilar materials without risk of fracture or breakage. Come to understand the benefits and drawbacks of working with both organic and rigid materials. The instructor will encourage participants to ask questions about use of captures and cold connections, with the hopes that it might benefit their own work in futures pieces, experimentation, or projects.

Details:

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

www.jessebert.com

@jessedanielbert

enameling on formed metal: preformed beads to bowls

Barbara Minor

March 3, 10 & 17, 2021 
12:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition $185

Beginning experience with enameling recommended

COMING SOON!

Please email [email protected] to be notified when the class is open for registration.

Dramatically curved, steep vertical and spherical forms present unique challenges for successful completion of a variety of enameling techniques. 

We’ll use opaque and transparent enamel colors to create vibrant and colorful surfaces as we work with sifted and wet application methods –  along with other decorative enameling techniques – on a variety of formed metal surfaces that range in size and function from beads to bowls and beyond.  

You can begin with pre-formed beads, small spun bowls or other pre-formed copper pieces.  The importance of working with pre-formed copper pieces is that one can learn to successfully enamel on those complex curved, vertical and completely rounded 3D forms without having to “make” the form first.

Participants can also utilize other copper forms that they have made via methods of their choosing such as – raising, dapping, fold forming, die forming, repousse, etc.  Barbara’s demonstrations will address specific considerations for enamel application and the incorporation of decorative techniques on pieces that exemplify these metal forming techniques as well as those that participants may have made.

We’ll delve into the adaptation of a variety of other enameling techniques that add interesting details and individualized designs to colorful enameled surfaces.  Barbara’s demonstrations and examples will illustrate possibilities for many decorative techniques that can be added to formed pieces – some of which are sgrafitto, stencils, decal application, use of silver or gold foil, drawing media and seed bead application – to formed surfaces.

In addition to principles, practices and decorative techniques for successful enameling in the round this workshop will include fundamental information such as….

  • work area, tools, 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 – transparent vs. opaque – washing vs. grade sifting
  • particle size choice for sifted applications on curved forms
  • purposes and guidelines for counter enameling – or – inside/outside balance
  • color choices – which TR do/don’t work well directly on copper or fine silver
  • reasons for using graded individual sifters
  • sifted and wet enamel application methods for three dimensional forms
  • set-up and considerations for firing formed and completely round forms
  • decorative techniques adapted– such as decals, foils, seed beads, stencils, sgrafitto, drawing media
  • simple altering of spun bowls
  • edge finishing

 

*Students will receive the following from Barbara 2-4 weeks prior to the start of class…

  •  a detailed and annotated list of tools, materials and suppliers
  • process order outline with images of examples
  • access to a Private/Hidden FaceBook Group for questions, discussion, examples and exchange between    classes

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

Getting started Part 3


Jennifer Wells

March 6 & 13, 2021 
9:30 – 12:00 p.m. ET

Tuition $145

All levels welcome

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

Details:

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

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

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

 

www.jennwells.com

@jennwellsstudio

Etruscan chain fabrication: perfected

Chris Hentz

March 6, 13 & 20, 2021
12:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition $185

Some soldering experience necessary

 
COMING SOON!

Please email [email protected] to be notified when the class is open for registration.

Learn to easily and perfectly fabricate an Etruscan Chain that is supple, of museum quality and has consistently  precise proportions regardless of wire diameter.  

Chris has perfected his research on how to make an Etruscan Chain that is as close as possible to the proportions  seen in Etruscan and Etruscan Revival examples found in museums. Instructions in other available publications do  not come close yielding the precise results that Chris’s methods and variations will allow you to achieve. 

Instruction and demonstrations will include Chris’s highly researched and innovative methods for accurate and  repeatable measuring, cutting, forming, soldering and assembling the wire loops used for making Etruscan  Chains. He will also share methods and measurements for varying the proportions that can be easily understood  and utilized. 

Included within the principles, practices and techniques for successful Etruscan Chain Fabrication this workshop  will cover the following and more…. 

  • work area, tools, materials – choices, set-up and safe procedures 
  • metals types suitable for this technique – and why 
  • metal types that are “possible” but make the work difficult  
  • fast and effective methods for preparing metal to make jump rings 
  • wrapping, cutting, shaping and placing jump rings for efficient soldering 
  • methods and principles for soldering silver wire jump rings reliably and successfully – without  melting. 
  • how to get rid of excess “solder globs” on jump rings – without filing 
  • shaping and preparing jump rings for assembling an Etruscan Chain 
  • introduction of the brand NEW – Chris’s Etruscan Chain Tool Set – and how to use each  component 
  • detailed information about the wire diameter size in relation to the loop inside diameter size  necessary to achieve the highest quality results. 
  • how to understand what happens when you change the proportions of wire size to loop size. The  goal being for you to be able to make consistent and informed choices in the future. 
  • what happens if/when you increase and/or decrease the wire diameter size and/or loop size without intention 

Participants will have the opportunity to work with following Etruscan Chain Link Combinations. Chris recommends  using fine silver wire to make samples, bracelets and/or a necklaces. * 

– single link/single axis – thin and simpler linking 

– double link/single axis – a thinner “rope like” chain 

– single link/double axis – larger simpler linking 

– double link/double axis – a thicker “rope like” chain 

* If you want to economize, you will be able to begin with copper wire to make samples before deciding if there is a “version” you prefer to make in fine silver.

Details:

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

Christopher A. Hentz is the Emeritus Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Louisiana State University where he taught for 39 years.  He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. 

As a college professor, researcher and self-employed artist Chris’ career has been focused on perfecting a variety of basic and advanced processes, techniques, methods and concepts that have earned him the title of “Jedi Metal Master” – a title given to him by his advanced jewelry and metalsmithing students. 

His abilities and expertise combined with an endless curiosity, vast knowledge and analytical thinking about process has provided Chris with the ability to develop new information and tools in order to make “work” easier and more efficient with better results.

Chris has shown his work and taught workshops across the U.S. and abroad.  He currently lives, conducts his research and creates new work in Louisiana.

 

www.christopherhentz.com

www.chrisscables.com

www.chrishentz.com

https://www.facebook.com/christopher.hentz.9

 

INTRO TO POWDER COATING

Brie Flora

March 7 & 14, 2021 
4:00-6:00p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Are you looking for ways to add pops of color to your work besides enameling? Do you love enameling and are interested in learning another technique that produces pops of color while also offering more durability and flex?

In this class you will get to experiment with color and surface designs you can get from powder coat. Powder coating is a type of coating that is typically applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The coating is typically applied electro statically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin” around the piece/part being coated. In this class we will learn both how to spray the powder on our work and we will also go over sifting on powder, dipping into powder, and drawing on the powdered surfaces.

Brie will go over safety and various tips/tricks for working with these tools/materials. Using some pre-recorded videos and in person demos, Brie will go over how to set up, break down, and store powder coating at home. Students will work on creating samples squares by spraying, sifting, and dipping. Students will work on this in-between the two classes and will be encouraged to also design & create a finished powder coated pair of earrings, pin, or pendant.

Details:

Brie Flora creates work that has whimsical moments and excessive repetition. She pulls inspiration from nature & fantasy to fabricate unique sculptural objects and wearable art. Flora uses traditional metalsmith techniques including piercing & soldering and applies the industrial finish of powder coating to add pops color. Adorn your body and/or space with handcrafted one of a kind and limited-edition work that will bring a little bit of magic into your everyday.

Brie Flora has been featured in over 10 group exhibitions, recently including “Bling: Jewelry Invitational” in the main gallery at Blue Spiral 1 – Asheville, NC. She also created and curated the first vol. of “Guidelines – A contemporary jewelry project” that featured works by 15 jewelers and makers including herself. “Guidelines” was on view during Adorned Spaces at the 2019 SNAG Conference in Chicago, and up for a month-long exhibition at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. For more information and updates on future Guidelines projects, follow @guidelines_jewelry on Instagram.

Jeweler, Artist, Educator currently living in east Tennessee and graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2015; Other Teaching: MassArt (MA), Metalwerx (MA), Cambridge Center for Adult Education (MA), Lexington Arts + Crafts (MA), Appalachian Center for Craft TTU (TN); Residencies + Leadership positions: President of the TN Craft Plateau Chapter (TN), Emerging Artist at Salem Art Works (NY), American Craft Council Emerging Artist program (MD, GA, MN), Studio Tech at Haystack (ME),

Stockists: Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery (MA), Moraine Shop & Studio (MI), Fuller Craft Museum Gallery (MA)

brieflora.com

@brie_flora

BOTANICAL PAINTING ON ENAMEL

Mi-Sook Hur

March 12 & 19, 2021 
4:00-6:00p.m. ET  

Tuition: $125


Some experience with sifting required

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/

Aqua-resin: not what you think/more than you know

Jillian Moore

March 18 & 25, 2021 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 


Tuition $125

In this workshop we will learn about a variety of uses for Aqua-Resin, a non-toxic composite (opaque/structural) resin that is safe to use in your home studio. Imagine a safer cousin to fiberglass for building forms merged with a stronger cousin to plaster for making durable objects. We will learn how to use AR to generate shapes, build dynamic surfaces, incorporate color, and create complex finishes. AR can be used in both wearable and sculptural applications. At a time when many of us are limited to our home studios, it is helpful to have a dynamic new material in your arsenal to experiment with that does not require ventilation, volatile solvents, or complex safety equipment. Bonus: you can incorporate/upcycle a lot of things you already have lying around!

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

Intermediate chasing and Repousśe/die forming for repetitive repousśe and unique chased textures

Nancy Mēgan Corwin

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

Tuition $125

This class is appropriate for beginners who have had some experience with pitch and chasing tools and intermediate students.

Die forming for chasing and repoussé is the process of pressing or hammering metal into a cut-out design in a hard, resistant material. The result is a puffed-out shape that can be repeated many times. The die is then flipped over, filled with pitch, and chased from the other side for making uniquely textured and designed hollow forms, multiples and mirror image designs. The main die material we will be using is a non-toxic PVC that is easy to cut and can be hammered without cracking. Using a hydraulic press and acrylic dies will also be covered. There will be a lot of instruction in chasing the resulting die-hammered forms, including making finished pieces.

 

Details:

Nancy Mēgan Corwin received her MFA in Art Metals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.  Since leaving her position as Head of Jewelry and Metals at the University of Oregon-Eugene in 1994 to focus full time on her studio work, Mēgan has been teaching workshops and credit classes in metals around the United States and overseas. Her area of expertise is chasing and repoussé, and she has written a technical and gallery book on the subject, “Chasing and Repousse: Methods Ancient and Modern published by Brynmorgen Press, Portland, ME in 2009.

 

Mēgan has one-of-a-kind jewelry and metalwork in many private collections around the United States and in the following: The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, Washington State’s Tacoma Art Museum’s permanent collection and in the State University of New Mexico Art Gallery at Las Cruces Gallery’s permanent collection. She is represented by Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, https://facerejewelryart.com (now part of Green Lake Jewelry Works). View her work at www.nancymegancorwin.com.

Rubber Molds 3 Ways: Block, Brush, and Blanket Molds

Lauren Kalman

March 26 & April 2, 9, 2021
1:00-3:00p.m. ET 

Tuition: $165

This workshop explores 3 methods for creating rubber molds: block molds, brushed molds, and blanket molds. Rubber molds are an exciting way to replicate forms making it possible to produce multiples or transform an original object into a new material like resin, plaster, or wax for casting and electroforming. The three techniques covered will provide students with options for a variety of shapes and sizes of objects to mold. We will be using a silicone rubber for this workshop, but we will also discuss other molding material options.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Preparing objects for molding

  • Choosing an appropriate molding methods

  • Mixing material

  • Pouring or paint rubber

  • Building mother molds

  • Safe material handling

Details:

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

www.laurenkalman.com      

@laurenkalman

Gluetastic! -Cold connections for mixed materials

Marta Mattsson

March 27, 2021 
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET 2021

Tuition Info:

SNAG member $145

Student $115

Non-member  $190

COMING SOON!

Please email [email protected] to be notified when the class is open for registration.

I use different kinds of epoxy glue in every single piece that I create and it is my one favorite material. I started out as a traditional silversmith but over my twenty year long practice of making jewelry I have always had a massive interest in working with mixed materials. Since I create wearable pieces made from materials like insects, resin, stone, metals, fabric, seashells and silicone I have figured out many ways of connecting materials through chemically bonding them without the need of adding any heat. In this workshop I will show you how to use epoxy glue in unexpected ways. It is a perfect material for creating cold connections for mixed media but also for casting, encrusting, coloring and repairs. I will share all the little tricks that I know and show demos on the different ways I use glue in my work. I will also demonstrate how to attach metal brooch backs, chain and earring posts to alternative materials.

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, USA, Sweden and Latvia and she is currently employed as a lecturer at HDK-Valand -academy of art and design 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.

‘My jewellery deals with the tension that lies between attraction and repulsion. I take seemingly inappropriate materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar.’ – Märta

View her work at www.martamattsson.com.

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