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Zoom Workshops – Metals

METALS & JEWELRY ONLINE WORKSHOPS
Forming and Enameling Bronze and Copper Screening
Barbara Minor

January 8, 15 & 22,  2022
12:00-2:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $190

Registration Closed

In this three part class, you will learn how to create and enamel three dimensional forms made from bronze window screen and various sizes of copper wire mesh using liquid and powdered enamels.    

We’ll be creating volume and three dimensional forms – using bronze window screen and various sizes of copper wire mesh – working with methods such as gathering, pleating, folding, creasing, forming, stretching, stitching and “freehand” manipulation to achieve lightweight, volumetric forms suitable for enameling jewelry or objects.  

Once the forms have been created we will enamel them using dipped, brushed or sprayed applications of liquid enamel in combination with and separate from sifted applications of powdered enamel.  

Additional information on decorative techniques – such as the application of gold or silver foil, gold leaf and glass seed beads and information on setting up an inexpensive spray booth – will be included. 

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.

https://www.barbaraminorenamels.com

@barbaraminorenamels

Designing in Multiples
Donald Friedlich

January 9 & 16,  2022
3:00-5:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Registration Closed

This class will cover a wide array of creative approaches to designing a production line. I’ll provide diverse examples of inventive problem-solving ranging from hand fabrication to subcontracting to industry for processes such as casting, plating, commercial photo etching, laser and water jet cutting, spinning and more. The goal is to expand your palette of options and profitability. While we’ll focus primarily on jewelry processes, artists in other mediums and scales will also benefit. No knowledge of digital technology is needed. An extensive list of resources will be provided. I’m happy to act as a consultant on your production designs.

Details:

A leading figure in contemporary jewelry, Don Friedlich received his BFA from RISD and served a term as President of the SNAG. He has lectured at conferences and universities and taught workshops all over the world. In 2016 he was the keynote speaker at the SNAG conference in Asheville, NC and was a Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist speaker at the Smithsonian. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Corning Museum of Glass and many others.

https://www.alexboydstudio.com/

@donfriedlich

Creative Combinations with Cloisonne´ and Precious Metal Foils
Ricky Frank

January 13, 20 & 27,  2022
3:00-6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $285

Enameling with transparent colors and precious metal foils enables you to create layers of reflective light within your cloisonne´ pieces. Combining foils with wires adds depth, contrast, and as a result, excitement to your enamel pieces. Foils become a new voice in your enamel vocabulary.

Students will learn…Basic Foil Techniques

  1. Preparation
  2. Application
  3. Firing
  4. Transparent color layers
  5. Integration with cloisonne´ wires and cells

Design

  1. Think  in “Reflected Light”
  2. Create lines, shapes, and patterns
  3. Consider design principles: repetition, variety, contrast, movement, focal points.

Some enameling experience is required; simple cloisonne´ techniques will be demonstrated and are not a prerequisite for this class. Samples can be made without using the cloisonne´ technique. A kiln or torch can be used.

Details:

I am a self-taught cloisonne´ jewelry artist who has sold my enamel jewelry at craft shows and retail stores for over 45 years. My teaching experience includes classes in my home studio, workshops at The Enamelist Society Conference, and classes at many craft schools across the USA. In 2014, after teaching several in-persons at Rio Grande Jewelry Supply, I helped them create a popular enamel YouTube video series. My academic background is in Psychology; my undergrad time (Emory Univ.) was spent “learning how to learn”. That was especially valuable after graduation when I taught enamel and made jewelry. In graduate school (West Georgia College) my focus was on peak performance and creativity. Upon graduation, my enameling took a giant leap as I applied the many lessons that I had learned to my own art-making process.

www.rickyfrank.com

@rickyfrank32

Enameling on folded and manipulated copper
Sally Aplin

January 20 & 27,  2022
7:00-9:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $130

I will teach methods for manipulating, folding and hammering thin copper sheet to create small objects. 

I will share my ideas for shaping forms and an expressive and playful approach to enameling including unconventional firing.  You will be encouraged to experiment in creating objects which may be worn or assembled in a construction. Composition, balance, structure and surface will be discussed.  We shall consider introducing disparate materials with your enameled pieces. 

It’s about your imagination 

Some knowledge of applying enamels is required

Details:

I live and teach in Sydney, Australia and have explored enamel processes for many years. I have a free and expressive approach to enameling copper. Working in two and three dimensions, I form constructions using multiple objects with mixed materials. Seedpods and tree growth interest me, with their natural irregularities and decomposition. Structure, surface and interpretation are important. My background is sculpture, painting and drawing with Fine Art degrees from Bristol and Cardiff, UK. 

I have held solo exhibitions in England and Australia. My work has been exhibited widely, in Europe, Australia, USA including The Enamelist Society.

sallyaplinart.net

 

Back-Setting For Found Objects and Cabochons
Jill Baker Gower

January 21 & 28,  2022
3:00-5:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

In this workshop students will learn to design and fabricate a back-setting for a cabochon or found object. Setting cabochon stones or objects from the back allows for creation of interesting decorative frames, pierced elements over the stone or object, a heavy bezel look from the front, and/or a double-sided feature. This type of setting is sometimes used to set fragile stones, enamels, or 2D artwork/photographs under acrylic sheet, so that no pushing, hitting, or setting happens from the front. Alternatively, tabs will be used to set the object or stone from the back.

Details:

Jill Baker Gower is a metalsmith and educator who resides near Madison, WI. She is originally from the Chicago area, received her BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and her MFA in Metals from Arizona State University. Prior to relocating to Madison in 2018, Jill was an Associate Professor and head of the jewelry/metals program at Rowan University in New Jersey for over a decade. Jill’s work has been included in many juried and curated exhibitions nationwide and has been published in Metalsmith magazine and books such as 500 Enameled Objects, CAST, and Little Dreams in Glass and Metals: Enameling in America 1920 to the Present. Jill is a former resident artist of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN (2006/2007) and was a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2015). In 2019 Jill had a solo exhibition at the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN as a part of the Tributaries Series.

http://www.jillbakergower.com

@jillbakergower @jillkathleendesigns

Making a brooch with Bronzclay
Lorena Angulo

January 22, 23 & 29,  2022
3:00-5:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $190

In this class the students will explore the basics of sculpting, stamping and carving Bronzclay (bronze metal clay) to be able to create a brooch or brooch/pendant. 

The students will learn how to create the findings for the brooch and learn how to combine a bail to have the two options in the same piece of jewelry.

We will be covering the basic techniques for working with metal clay, from rolling the clay, texturing it and carving it to attaching pieces together and reinforcing the joints.

The class will also cover how to fire the bronze clay inside a kiln and how to finish the piece after it has been fire.

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 where she was introduced to metal clay by the hand of Claire Holliday. Since that day she fell 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 online 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.

http://www.lorenaangulo.com

@lorenaangulo

Wood Jewelry Basics

JULIA HARRISON

January 23 & 30, 2022
12:00 -2:00PM ET

Tuition: $125

Beautiful, versatile and widely available, wood is an ideal alternative material for jewelry. In this class we’ll learn to make the most of wood’s palette of colors and textures using tools and techniques appropriate for use in almost any kind of workspace. Topics will include basic shaping and finishing, simple surface embellishments, and adding findings. Students will make several samples and finish at least one pendant or pair of earrings. Our time together will be demo-heavy; students will be encouraged to do some work on their own between classes and to check in with any questions.

Details:

  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Check out the list of additional supplies you will need for this workshop here.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferable with a $25 fee.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask  questions. Participants will also receive a recording of the demonstration to use for up to 30 days.

Julia Harrison has been using wood as a jewelry material for more than 20 years. She earned an MFA from the University of Washington with a thesis piece of 30 carved and painted figurative wood brooches. Julia was the Jewelry/Metals manager at Pratt Fine Arts Center for 5 years and is now a Resident Artist at the Penland School of Craft. Her work is currently on display at the Center for Art in Wood. 

www.juliaharrison.net

@byjuliaharrison

HOME MADE PATINAS
Lorena Lazard

February 3 & 10,  2022
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $130

This workshop will be taught in English

Did you always wanted to use patinas but you were afraid of using some chemicals?

In this workshop you will learn how to make and use patinas in a safer way using only house products on copper, brass and silver. 

The course will cover how to prepare and clean the metals, factors that affect the result of the patinas like environment, types of metal, and types of application, we will also discuss how to incorporate the patinas on jewelry.

We will cover a variety of methods of application: brush, gas, spray, wrapped, and buried, and we will also cover how to seal them once they are achieved.

In the workshop you will also learn how to make various patina recipes using products like salt, ammonia, and vinegar.

Details:

Lorena Lazard is a Mexican artist and educator.

She is the Coordinator of the Contemporary Jewelry Program at the University Centro in Mexico City. Since 1995, she created and is the director for the school “Atelier Lazard” of contemporary jewelry and has taught various workshops online to Spanish speaking students.

She was granted Second place in the Latin American Biennale of Contemporary Jewelry in Argentina.

Her work has been shown in various Museums worldwide and at art fairs such as Schmuck, SOFA and Sieerad. 

She has curated various exhibitions, including “La Frontera” at the MAD.

Her pieces have been published in Metalsmith and Ornament Magazine, and in the 500 Lark books series. 

https://klimt02.net/jewellers/lorena-lazard

@lorenalazard

Reticulation
Matthieu Cheminee

January 29 & February 5,  2022
12:00-2:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $130

Sold Out! To be added to the waitlist please contact [email protected] 

This virtual workshop is about discovering and understanding the beautiful process of reticulation. Participants will learn to make the desired alloy as well as the different steps to obtain the wavy, unique textures that reticulation offers. This course will also elaborate on how to form, incorporate, solder and rivet reticulation without damaging its texture.

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.

http://www.matthieucheminee.com

@matthieuCheminee

Pin-Set Gemstones: Basics and Beyond
Michelle Pajak-Reynolds

February 4 & 11,  2022
12:00-2:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Pin-setting gemstones allows for a broad range of design possibilities and ease of wear. Unlike other stone-setting methods that lock a gem in a fixed position and limit how it can be viewed and enjoyed, pin-setting allows each gem to move independently to capture light and shimmer from every angle. You’ll learn the basics for creating elegant gemstone elements containing a single pin-set gemstone bead or full drilled pearl and explore methods for making earrings, necklaces, and bracelets with clusters of shimmering gems/pearls. Techniques for creating your own headpins without needing a jewelry torch will also be discussed.

Details:

Award-winning jewelry artist Michelle Pajak-Reynolds’s creations are elegant and ethereal art to wear that stirs the soul. Based in Stow, Ohio, she handcrafts small collections of one-off designs featuring unique gemstones and ethically sourced precious metals. Her signature jewelry collections have been featured on the red carpet at the Primetime Emmy Awards, the runways of New York Fashion Week, aboard the United Nations Peace Boat, and in numerous publications and gallery exhibitions. Michelle earned her BFA in Jewelry from Kent State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baldwin Wallace University.

michellepajakreynolds.com

@michellepajakreynolds

Decals and Transfers – From Yesterday’s to Tomorrow’s Technologies
Pat Nelson

February 4 & 11, 2022
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET 

Sold Out! To be added to the waitlist please contact [email protected] 

We will cover decals and transfers and how they fire on a variety of surfaces, including transparent and opaque enamels. We will fire on previously decaled enameled surfaces so complex layers are produced. Firing techniques and temperatures, and ways to obtain or make decals will be covered, including commercial decals, laser printed monochromatic decals, and inkjet full color decals made with your own images. Silkscreened decals will be demonstrated, and I will cover the various pigments and colorants that can be used for screening decals.

Details:

Pat Nelson was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her education in metalsmithing and enamels began at the University of Washington and continued at the State University of New York at New Paltz where she received her MFA. She landed at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, where she taught for three plus decades, covering all aspects of metals and design. She is currently President of The Enamelist Society. Pat has been experimenting with decals for several years now, and has been lately pushing  the boundaries of  combinations and permutations of decals.

Making the (Cold) Connection – A two workshop experience (Part 1)
Jan Harrell

February 5 & 12,  2022
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Sold Out! To be added to the waitlist please contact [email protected]

When we consider connecting enamel, metal, and other materials, soldering is a fundamental technique. Sometimes, however, we need to look further. For the enamellist who has already mastered basic soldering, sawing, and metalsmithing skills, cold connections are the logical – and exciting—next step. These workshops, led by renowned enamel artist, instructor, and explorer Jan Harrell, will inspire you to consider sophisticated treatments that go beyond basic push-over bezels and prongs to provide elegant and secure connections that become an intrinsic part of your artwork. 

Cold connections allow temperature sensitive, breakable, or fragile objects to be incorporated into works of all kinds, from jewelry to small objects to larger sculptures. Cold connections permit artists to combine materials, finishes, and patinas that might not withstand high heat. In addition, cold connections give artists the flexibility to disassemble or even change out components without affecting the piece as a whole. While Jan has developed these techniques with enamel in mind, they can be used with any delicate, irregularly shaped, or heat sensitive component. They are particularly relevant to multi-media approaches.

 In order to provide students with the largest possible toolkit, Jan will be leading two workshops on cold connections. Each covers a different set of techniques and can be taken individually, although taking the two in succession will provide the most benefit. As cold connections are meant to supplement but not replace basic metalworking techniques, these workshops are best utilized by students who are already comfortable with soldering, sawing, and other metals skills.  

 Workshop 1 will cover alternate bezel treatments, including:

  • Standard rivets and rivet modifications 
  • Tubing rivets (large and small)
  • Telescoping tubing for connections
  • Trap setting
  • Non-load bearing bezels

In each workshop, students will create several homework samples to master the work being covered. As always, Jan will provide many tips, tricks, and inspiring examples, using some of her favorite tools and materials.

Details:

Jan Harrell is a metalsmith, enamellist, and educator with over 25 years of energetic teaching at the Glassell School of Art. Her love for the glass / metal medium was fueled by her early childhood years in Japan and then grew into her college and grad school vocation and passion.

Jan teaches workshops across the country and participates in invitational and juried exhibitions. Her work is in the IAH permanent collection, the Kamm Teapot Collection, The Enamel Arts Foundation and several private collections. Her work is in over 15 books and publications.

Jan received her BFA from Texas Tech University and her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston.

Rust Or Bust

Eleanor Rose

February 5 & 12, 2022 
4:00pm-6:00pm ET 

Tuition: $125

Starting a tool collection can be daunting and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Students will learn how to search for, buy, and restore old tools. The instructor will share tips and tricks for finding and purchasing old but redeemable tools. She will show you how to negotiate your way through the swaths of over priced items on ebay and how to tell a pile of rust from a diamond in the rough. She will also go over how to clean, de-rust, and remake missing parts for an antique block plane and combo square and demonstrate her processes for making them look and work like new.

Details:

  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Check out the list of additional supplies you will need for this workshop here.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferable with a $25 fee.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask  questions. Participants will also receive a recording of the demonstration to use for up to 30 days.

Eleanor holds a BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and an MFA from UW Madison

 

She makes and refurbishes tools in conjunction with her studio practice. She is a practicing machinist, avid bronze caster and wooden pattern maker, tailor, and woodworker.  Currently obsessed with windsor chairs and hammers.

Ladieswhoblank.com

@off_artisan

Hinges and Joints: Standard and Invisible
Tom Muir

February 10, 17 & 24,  2022
11:00-2:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $285

Optional Kit: $20

*For inquiries on international kits, please email [email protected] 

This workshop will focus on two types of basic hinges for the jeweler and metalsmith: an integral hinge(aka invisible or hidden hinge), and a standard three to five knuckle hinge. Through technical demonstrations, discussions, slides and an examination of various samples, special emphasis will be placed on problem-solving and creative applications for a variety of formats and approaches. Engineering principles of hinges will be discussed, along with useful soldering and fabrication strategies which can be applied to numerous procedures in the jeweler’s and metalsmith’s studios.

Basic sawing, filing and soldering skills are necessary for this workshop.

Details:

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

https://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/school-of-art/faculty-staff/tom-muir.html

Electroforming and Enameling
Chloe Darke

February 12 & 19,  2022
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $190

This workshop covers enameling electroformed objects. We will start with carving a wax model. Participants will learn to make a two-part rubber mold of their models to easily produce wax multiples. Mold making is also a great way to electroform an organic or found object without risk of contaminating the electroforming solution or damaging the original object in the bath. Demonstrations will cover painting the wax piece with a conductive copper paint to prep it for plating and removing wax from the electroformed piece, so you are left with a hollow copper object. We’ll focus on tips for enameling on three dimensional surfaces and using enamel to layer color and create different surface textures.

Details:

Chloe Darke is originally from Groveland, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in Metalsmithing & Jewelry from Maine College of Art in May 2011. Chloe was employed as a silversmith at Old Newbury Crafters in Amesbury, Massachusetts from October 2011 to August 2016. She and her coworkers are featured in an episode of the PBS television series Craft in America entitled “Forge.” She received her Master of Fine Arts in Metals from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2019.

Chloe was an artist in residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft from June – August 2021. Her work is currently part of AdornAxis’ online exhibit Remote Viewing. Additionally, she recently participated in Contemporary Connections: Mastery in Metal at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Disrupt at the Craft Council of British Columbia, and In Residence: 14th Edition at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She is currently based in Upperville, Virginia.

www.chloedarke.com

@Chloe.darke

Small Scale Steel Welding
Jess Tolbert

February 18 & 25,  2022
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Using steel wire and steel sheet, students will be introduced to micro-welding using the Smith Little Torch. Working with steel can provide the freedom to experiment with scale, form, and multiples without the burden of cost found in precious metals. We will cover proper set-up and safety of using the Smith Little Torch in your studio, and then jump into the application of oxygen/acetylene micro-welding. Emphasis will also be placed on the basic use of steel as a material in jewelry from design considerations, finishing, to historic and contemporary artist examples. Students can expect to gain knowledge and confidence in using this versatile torch and material while working on several samples and elements to incorporate into their work. 

Details:

Jess Tolbert is a contemporary studio jeweler, visual artist, and Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Texas at El Paso. She received her MFA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her BFA from Texas State University, both with a focus in jewelry and metalsmithing. Jess’ work is recognized nationally and internationally and has been exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France, Brooklyn Metal Works, Beijing Design Week, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to name a few. She was recently selected as a Finalist for the Loewe Craft Prize in 2020, as well as the prestigious Preziosa Young 2020 award. She is a co-founder of the curatorial group Secret Identity Projects, which has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary jewelry in the US and abroad. Jess’ work is represented by Gallery Loupe (Montclair, NJ) and Gallery 2052 (Chicago, IL).

jesstolbert.com

@jessietolb 

Beginning Chasing and Repoussé – make a piece from beginning to end
Nancy Mēgan Corwin

February 18 & 25,  2022
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

This workshop will introduce students to the exciting and long established processes of chasing and repoussé. The term repoussé refers to forming sheet metal from the backside with rounded steel, brass, plastic or wood punches to create raised areas on the front side in low to high relief. Chasing refers to detailing the front side of the piece using tools with specific shapes and sharper edges to texture, stamp, undercut and refine the surface. Megan will take you through the step-by-step process of creating several versions of a design using these techniques. Each version will have a different textural surface, and an undercut edge which creates the illusion that the design is separate from the background.

Recommended basic jewelry/metals experience

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)

www.nancymegancorwin.com.

@nancymegancorwin

PATINAS Caseras
Lorena Lazard

Marzo 3 y 10,  2022
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET 

Matrícula: $130

Este curso será presentado en Español

¿Siempre quisiste usar pátinas, pero tenías miedo de usar algunos químicos?

En este taller aprenderás a hacer y usar pátinas de forma más segura utilizando únicamente productos domésticos sobre cobre, latón y plata.

El curso cubrirá cómo preparar y limpiar los metales, factores que afectan el resultado de las pátinas como el entorno, tipos de metal y tipos de aplicación. También discutiremos cómo incorporar las pátinas en piezas de joyería.

Cubriremos una variedad de métodos de aplicación: pincel, vapor, aerosol, envuelto y enterrado, y también cubriremos cómo sellarlos una vez que se logren.

En el taller también aprenderá a hacer varias recetas de pátina utilizando productos como sal, amoniaco y vinagre.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • Lista de los materiales para el curso
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to 30 days.

Lorena Lazard is a Mexican artist and educator.

She is the Coordinator of the Contemporary Jewelry Program at the University Centro in Mexico City. Since 1995, she created and is the director for the school “Atelier Lazard” of contemporary jewelry and has taught various workshops online to Spanish speaking students.

She was granted Second place in the Latin American Biennale of Contemporary Jewelry in Argentina.

Her work has been shown in various Museums worldwide and at art fairs such as Schmuck, SOFA and Sieerad. 

She has curated various exhibitions, including “La Frontera” at the MAD.

Her pieces have been published in Metalsmith and Ornament Magazine, and in the 500 Lark books series. 

https://klimt02.net/jewellers/lorena-lazard

@lorenalazard

Cold Connection Chains
Heather Nuber

March 3 & 10,  2022
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Tuition: $125

No torch, no tank… no problem! You don’t need heat to make it hot, or should we say cool chains. Learn the basics, and then build on them with your own interpretations. We will take a look at classic cold connection chain methods, and explore ways to create variations. Great for beginning chain-makers to acquire knowledge and grow your skills, or for more advanced jewelers to push your chain vocabulary further and create a unique chain that carries your design aesthetic throughout each piece. And for those of you with torches, you can always translate these ideas into soldered chains…giving you even more possibilities! 

Details:

I am an interdisciplinary artist and instructor, in the Twin Cities. I received my BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and MFA from Indiana University, studied at various craft schools, and participated in several residencies. I have been invited to teach workshops at Peninsula School of Art, Penland School of Craft, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, and Touchstone Center for Craft, taught multiple disciplines at the Indianapolis Art Center, and exhibited work nationally and internationally.  My work focuses on the dynamics of personal relationships and social interactions through the exploration of form and material.

heathersnuber.com

@heather.s.nuber

Enameling and Fabricating with Enameled Components
Lauren Markley

March 4 & 11,  2022
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

 

Day 1: Enameling: We will cover the basics of enameling, including cleaning the metal, counter enamel, fire scale protection, and top coats. We will then spend time on a variety of techniques including the use of stencils, water slide decals, graphite, and lusters. We will also play with dimensional forms such as domed or angular pieces. Troubleshooting, dealing with trivet marks, and proper safety will also be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to make many samples, as well as components that could be used in earrings, rings, or pendants.

Day 2: Fabricating with Enameled Components: In this class, we will cover several ways to incorporate enamel elements into finished pieces of jewelry such as rings, earrings, or brooches. We will learn about tab, bezel, and prong settings in various contexts, as well as methods of linking enamel components for necklaces and earrings. Students will hone their soldering and fabricating abilities along with their order-of-operations skills. Students will come away from the class with a variety of samples and finished pieces.

Details:

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

 laurenmarkleyjewelry.com

@laurenmarkley

Intermediate Chasing and Repoussé/Die Forming for Repetitive Repoussé and Unique Chased Textures
Nancy Mēgan Corwin

March 4 & 11,  2022
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

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)

www.nancymegancorwin.com.

@nancymegancorwin

Kitbashing Knuckledusters & Wearable Art/Statement Jewelry
Rebecca Rose

March 5 & 12,  2022
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

Small jewelry is so last season! Up your jewelry making game by creating statement pieces people notice from a ballroom away. Learn how to kitbash found objects into wearable pieces infused with storytelling, symbolism, and the flair to wear. Well make the burnable prototypes fit for casting studios that turn your sculptural work of art into precious metals!

Details:

Rebecca’s body of work, Sculpturings, has graced the pages of Vogue & American Mensa, exhibited during Art Basel Miami Beach & The Whitney Museum, & has received multiple grants sponsored by Halstead Co., Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Willem de Kooning Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, CERF+, & Bloomberg Philanthropic.

www.sculpturings.com

@sculpturings

Surface Embellishment Techniques

Kelly Parker

March 11 & 18, 2022
12:30pm-2:30pm ET 

Tuition: $125

Surface embellishment is a way to add visual interest and value to your work.  It can be used to differentiate good work from work that is truly remarkable. Can apply to small scale wood jewelry. 

In this action-packed technique class students will learn a variety of ways to embellish their work.  Students will be encouraged to play and explore as they learn to take their work to a whole new level of WOW! 

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

  • ebonizing 
  • gilding
  • pyrography
  • creating textures
  • using milk paint
  • color with texture
  • texture with gilding

*PLEASE NOTE Students are responsible for procuring materials and supplies for this workshop. Check out the suggest material list below: 

Details:

  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Check out the list of additional supplies you will need for this workshop here.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferable with a $25 fee.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask  questions. Participants will also receive a recording of the demonstration to use for up to 30 days.

Kelly Parker is a designer and maker of contemporary studio furniture and sculpture.  After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry she worked in the corporate world for 18 years before taking a rather circuitous route into art.   Her award-winning work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Australian Wood Review, and Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture.  Kelly’s work often incorporates other materials such as metal, glass and acrylic.  She is a passionate advocate for the craft and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.

woodsongstudio.com

@kellyparker2017 

Virtual Passports Workshop: Add and Subtract – The pleasures of Mark Making in Enamel 
Elizabeth Turrell

March 13,  2022
10:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET 

SNAG Member $150

Student SNAG Member $120

Non-SNAG Member $195

To investigate the development of an exciting series of enamel surfaces, using the basic vocabulary of mark-making familiar to all visual artists. 

Starting by mark-making/drawing through a fine layer of (wet-process) unfired enameil. This technique is known as Sgraffito and is creating using a variety of tools for making fluid and spontaneous forms of drawing.  Sensitive and delicate lines can be achieved as well as bold and strong marks, ranging from the very subtle to the most sumptuous. After the first firing this process is repeated until the surface is complete. 

The enamel surface is further enhanced by abrading and stoning.

Details:

  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • please see the suggested materials list here Coming Soon!
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to 30 days.

Elizabeth Turrell studied at the Central School of Art and Design, London. She is artist, maker, teacher and researcher. Her studio is in Bristol, she works with artists; exhibits national and internationally and taught workshops and lecture in the UK, USA, Sweden, Australia, the Netherlands, Taiwan and India.

@elizabeth.turrell

Dip, Dry, Draw, & Fire: Color From White Liquid Enamel  
Ken Bova

March 18 & 25,  2022
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

In this 2-part introduction workshop students will experience the possibilities available  with white liquid enamel to create colorful and graphic imagery for jewelry and small  vessel forms. We learn how to dip, brush, pour, paint, draw with, and torch fire this  versatile form of enamel on copper. We’ll cover some tips, tricks, and techniques for  achieving multiple colors and patterns using the torch as our “paint” brush. 

Details:

Ken Bova is Past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Professor  Emeritus of East Carolina University where he served as area Co-coordinator and  received the university’s Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. His work is in the  permanent collections of the Smithsonian, Racine, Tacoma, Philadelphia, and Georgia  Art Museums among others. He has presented workshops nationwide in places such  as Haystack, Penland, Arrrowmont, Peter’s Valley, John Campbell Folk School and  many others. He currently divides his time between homes in Radford Virginia and  Anaconda Montana.

kenbova.com

 

Pattern-Formed Enameled Vessels
Nash Quinn

March 18 & 25,  2022
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

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

This class focuses on design, technique, and craft, and is suitable for students of all skill levels.

Details:

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

www.nashquinn.com

@nash-quinn

Making the (Cold) Connection – A two workshop experience (Part 2)
Jan Harrell

March 19 & 26,  2022
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

When we consider connecting enamel, metal, and other materials, soldering is a fundamental technique. Sometimes, however, we need to look further. For the enamelist who has already mastered basic soldering, sawing, and metalsmithing skills, cold connections are the logical – and exciting—next step. These workshops, led by renowned enamel artist, instructor, and explorer Jan Harrell, will inspire you to consider sophisticated treatments that go beyond basic push-over bezels and prongs to provide elegant and secure connections that become an intrinsic part of your artwork. 

 Cold connections allow temperature sensitive, breakable, or fragile objects to be incorporated into works of all kinds, from jewelry to small objects to larger sculptures. Cold connections permit artists to combine materials, finishes, and patinas that might not withstand high heat. In addition, cold connections give artists the flexibility to disassemble or even change out components without affecting the piece as a whole. While Jan has developed these techniques with enamel in mind, they can be used with any delicate, irregularly shaped, or heat sensitive component. They are particularly relevant to multi-media approaches. 

In order to provide students with the largest possible toolkit, Jan will be leading two workshops on cold connections. Each covers a different set of techniques and can be taken individually, although taking the two in succession will provide the most benefit. As cold connections are meant to supplement but not replace basic metalworking techniques, these workshops are best utilized by students who are already comfortable with soldering, sawing, and other metals skills.  

 Workshop 2  – focuses on tap and die, the process by which the artist can create custom threaded screw and nut applications. Jan demystifies tap and die, allowing students to take advantage of its unparalleled strength and security. The workshop also covers the use of commercial threaded screws and micro bolts, and ventures into practical construction techniques applying these processes.

In each workshop, students will create several homework samples to master the work being covered. As always, Jan will provide many tips, tricks, and inspiring examples, using some of her favorite tools and materials.

Details:

Jan Harrell is a metalsmith, enamellist, and educator with over 25 years of energetic teaching at the Glassell School of Art. Her love for the glass / metal medium was fueled by her early childhood years in Japan and then grew into her college and grad school vocation and passion.

Jan teaches workshops across the country and participates in invitational and juried exhibitions. Her work is in the IAH permanent collection, the Kamm Teapot Collection, The Enamel Arts Foundation and several private collections. Her work is in over 15 books and publications.

Jan received her BFA from Texas Tech University and her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston.

New Precious Everyday Materials
Criselda Lopez

March 24 & 31,  2022
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET 

Tuition: $125

The pandemic has taught us many lessons, one that it has taught me is to appreciate what I have at home and to creatively find ways to  reuse what I can .  This class will push you to use all the creativity in you, to see mundane objects with a new eye.  You will be exposed to examples of artists using mundane materials in their practice and will experiment working with several to push your own boundaries and create something new using everyday materials in a new way.  We will begin with small warm up exercises to get your ideas going on the materials you have available at home and have not noticed before.  Then we will come up with different techniques to work with this new material and ways to integrate it into our practice.

Details:

Criselda Lopez, is a Chihuahuan Desert based artist living in the border between the US and Mexico with a BFA in Fine Arts and a MaEd in Education.  She primarily works with unconventional materials found at home and is fascinated by finding beauty in the mundane.  In her latest project 100 Bracelets she uses shampoo bottles to create 100 contemporary bracelets derived from the same structure and each are one of a kind.  Some of these bracelets have been part of exhibitions such as Joya Barcelona and New York Jewelry Week.

www.criseldalopez.com

@criseldalopezstudiojewelry

Tetrapods at the Beach - Ankon Mitra

Paper Folding Curves

Ankon Mitra

March 26 & April 2, 2022
11:00pm-1:00pm ET 

Tuition: $130

Basics to Intermediate of Folding Curves on Paper ; (1) How to draw curves to create foldable creasing patterns, (2) How to score and fold curves (3) Types of Curve Geometries – strips, continuous tessellations, convex and concave modules and tentacles / arms, (4) Working with paper thicknesses, (5) Metal armatures and supports for larger works , (6) Basic introduction to lighting the sculptures ;  

  • I will be providing a detailed list (A Virtual Kit) with instruments to buy and downloadable pdfs of patterns which can be printed off for the classes. 
  • This technique could apply to small forms such as Jewelry 
  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Check out the list of additional supplies you will need for this workshop here.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferable with a $25 fee.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask  questions. Participants will also receive a recording of the demonstration to use for up to 30 days.

Ankon Mitra is an architect and internationally acclaimed artist of the technique of folds. His folding studio is Oritecture = Ori (folds) + Architecture. He firmly believes the Universe is made and unmade from acts of folding. His works are in museums and private collections of all the continents; His 8 year old son hates folding and loves to tear paper. 

@ankonmitra

Set Your Work Apart:  Elevate Your Enamels
Anne Havel

May 5, 10, 12 & 17,  2022
12:00  -3:00 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.

annehavel.com

 

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