Participants will explore shaping and texturing metal into dimensional forms. They will then experiment with torch-fired enamel application to truly individualize their pieces. The class will include manipulating copper sheet through sinking, fold-forming, chasing/ repousse, and surface embellishment and coloring copper with painted and sifted torch-fired enameling techniques.
Felicia Szorad earned her BFA from Bowling Green State University and her MFA from East Carolina University. Szorad is currently a professor of art and metals program coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University.
Eyewear in particular has to facilitate use and can address a personal or political issue and innovate. Using traditional and contemporary jewelry techniques and processes, participants in this class will produce hand wrought eyewear of their own design. Innovation, individuality, and originality will be encouraged. Basic metalworking and soldering skills are required.
Sungyeoul Lee received a BFA from Kookmin University in Korea and finished his MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. After graduation, he worked as an artist-in-residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft for two years, and taught metals at Oklahoma State University. He is currently teaching metals at the Earlham College.
This workshop will focus on creating small molds from body parts. Participants will then use these molds to cast non-traditional materials such as plastic and rubber. These forms may then be used to create parts or settings for larger pieces.
Michael Gayk is a metalsmith and digital sculptor working with combinations of hardware and sensory data searching for novel ways to develop 3d form and meaningful context. He earned an MFA from University of Washington and a BFA from the College of Creative Studies. Currently, he is an instructor of digital design at York Technical College.
We will spend most of the first two days preparing metal for enameling. This will include raising small bowl or vessel form from sheet metal. If the class is interested, we will cover soldering for enameled pieces as well. We will spend the next two days learning a variety of enameling techniques using flat squares of metal for samples and working directly on our formed pieces. These will include grade sifting, wet packing with opaques, variations on dry sifting, stenciling and possibly cloisonné. The final day will be dedicated to finishing techniques.
Sarah Perkins received her BA at San Diego State University and her MFA at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and is a professor at Missouri State University. She is currently serving as a Board Member of the Enamelist Society and is also a member of the Collections Committee at the Ornamental Metal Museum. She has shown her work in the USA, India, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Her work can been seen in the books The Art of Fine Enameling, Contemporary Enameling, The Penlands Book of Jewelry, and The Art of Enameling, and she was the juror for the Lark Publications book 500 Enameled Objects. She has taught numerous workshops around the United States and abroad.
Working with re-purposed materials such as tin cans and found objects present special challenges and in this workshop will address these issues. Participants will learn how to bring different materials together to create a unified piece. They will also learn the techniques of forming, low-temp soldering, simple hinge making and image transfer using re-purposed tin cans.
Marlene True is a metalsmith. Marlene earned her MFA at East Carolina University and her BFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She maintains her studio and is the Executive Director for Pocosin Arts in Columbia, N.C.
Join Andrew Kuebeck as he offers a survey into traditional and experimental photographic techniques and their application in a jewelry and metalsmithing studio practice. Equally divided between contemporary techniques which are largely digital in nature and light-sensitive historical processes; Kuebeck will guide and help troubleshoot with participants as they explore numerous exciting processes including photo-embossed leather, cyanotypes, enamel decals, and more. He will also show participants how these techniques can be used without specialized equipment or facilities, and the many ways they can be adapted for any studio practice.
Andrew Kuebeck received his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and his MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2011. He works in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels. He has lectured and has taught workshops in the incorporation of photographic images in jewelry pieces and vessels.
Students will develop and alter templates for use in hand fabrication of small metal vessels, containers or objects using the assistance of Rhino (a CAD program) as a tool. This workshop will teach students easy ways to create templates and forms. These techniques are easily adaptable to the jewelers bench as well. What a unique opportunity to focus on and use layout templates!
Christopher A. Hentz is a professor in the 3-D area of the School of Art at LSU. He teaches jewelry/metalsmithing, CAD/CAM/RP and digital fabrication. He has taught workshops throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.