Weekend - May 18-20, 2018
Its Riveting: Intro to Small Scale Metals - $300
Learn to move metal and build skill to make unique pieces. Explore piercing images into metal, layering and using cold connections for assembly. Bring images that evoke emotion and/or small objects - we may be able to incorporate them into your work!
Connie Ulrich received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a full-time studio artisan, Ulrich has taught several workshops throughout the Southeast and has exhibited in the Huntsville Alabama Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. Her work was selected for the Best in Tennessee Craft, Biennial Exhibit and for the Best of Show award at the Tennessee Craft's Show.
Weekend - May 25-27, 2018
Beginning Cloisonné Enameling - $300
Learn cloisonné processes including base coating copper, bending wires, and filling and firing enamel. Use transparent and opaque enamels and learn the process from design to final firing. Time permitting, explore ways of setting the piece(s).
Susan Moody has a BA and MA in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. She shows her work nationally and has taught at Vanderbilt's Sarrat Art Studios as well as other venues.
Weeklong - June 3-8, 2018
Chasing and Repoussé - A Modern Approach with a Traditional Base - $550
Nancy Megan Corwin
Chasing refers to texturing and detailing the front of a work of metal with specially shaped steel tools, while repoussé is the process of punching out a form from the back of a sheet of metal using steel, wood, or plastic punches. Use the two processes together to create detailed volumetric artwork from thin sheet. Learn to use traditional as well as non-traditional tools (such as non-toxic PVC dies). Create multiple repoussé forms in sheet metal that can be worked individually from the front. This course includes making a minimum of two tools, several samples, and at least one finished piece. Materials fee: optional $25-$35 fee per chasing tool, payable directly to instructor and/or up to $17 for materials to create your own tools, payable to instructor.
Nancy Megan Corwin is a jeweler/metalsmith, teacher, curator and writer specializing in the ancient techniques of chasing and repoussé. Megan has artwork in private collections throughout the United States, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, the permanent collection of The State University of New Mexico-Las Cruces Art Gallery, and the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington. M?gan is the author of the book “Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern.”
Weeklong - June 24-29, 2018
Enameling on Vessel Forms - $550
Begin by raising a simple form from copper sheet metal (participants may bring completed copper forms with them). Learn both dry and wet application of enamels, focusing on different ways to achieve line in enamel and to mix colors. Attention will be given to achieving imagery that complements form. Some soldering for enameled forms and cloisonné will be taught if students are interested.
Sarah Perkins, MFA at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, is Professor Emeritus at Missouri State University. She is a past Board Member of the Enamelist Society and is currently a member of the Collections Committee at the Ornamental Metal Museum. She has shown in the USA, India, Canada, Europe and Asia. Her work can be seen in multiple professional journals and books. Perkins was the juror for the Lark Publications book 500 Enameled Objects. She has taught numerous workshops across the United States and abroad.
Weekend - July 6-8, 2018
High Relief Eastern Repoussé & Chasing Workshop - $300
Learn secrets for sculpting metal into any shape or design in high or low relief. Use Eastern repoussé and chasing, techniques favored by ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Scythian metalsmiths. Work in jewelry scale to gain a working knowledge of processes that can be used on metalwork of any scale, whether wearable, functional, or sculptural. Make two pieces suitable as pendants and one finger ring while learning how to achieve exquisite detail, unsurpassed depth, and multiple levels of relief. No tool making required!
Through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating, Victoria Lansford has generated an international revival of old world metalsmithing techniques. Her award winning artwork has been featured in numerous exhibits and publications, including Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist, the Lark 500 series, and Chasing & Repoussé, and in her internationally acclaimed video and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters.
Weeklong - July 15-20, 2018
Solid State Mokume Billets for Pattern Weld Knife Handles - $550
David Barnhill & Ric Furrer
Gain an understanding of both pattern welding and mokume. Rotate between the metals studio, creating mokume with David Barnhill, and the blacksmithing studio with Ric Furrer, creating pattern weld from 15N20 and 1095. The goal is to produce a small pattern welded knife with a mokume handle.
David Barnhill has been creating and studying mokume since 1999. Barnhill's work has been shown in Japan and throughout the United States in galleries, books, and museums.
Weeklong - July 22-27, 2018
Ring 360º - $550
Rings can symbolize love/marriage, evoke nostalgia, embody authority or status, and represent accomplishments or affiliations. Explore jewelry design, fabrication, basic stone setting, and assembling techniques that are related to the ring concept. Fashion rings of personal importance, expression, and adornment. Learn through lecture and demonstration with plenty of time for individual attention. Create rings that are unpredictable, honest, visually complex, bold, confident, simple, and beautiful.
Timothy Lazure is an Professor in the Metals Design program at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Lazure, with a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, shows his jewelry, silversmithing and furniture in national and international exhibits. He has pieces in permanent collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC, Gallery of Art and Design in Raleigh, NC, and the Racine Art Museum, Racine WI.
Weekend - August 3-5, 2018
Forged & Formed Silver Bangle - $300
Create a beautiful hammered bangle bracelet from a length of heavy silver wire. Gain experience forming the wire into a ring, soldering the ends together and using traditional smithing techniques to give the piece shape and form. Learn to file and polish the bracelet to give it an elegant sheen.
Novice-Beginner (Experience soldering recommended)
Corin Ryley Herzog is an emerging artist originating from Northern California. Herzog completed his undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, studied at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and received his MFA from Texas Tech University. He is currently the artist-in-residence in metals at the Appalachian Center for Craft.