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Jewelry & Metals Week

Through the Jewelry and Metals workshops you will find an exciting creative outlet in which to apply your individuality and ingenuity. The program includes Metals Week (six workshops), Native American Jewelry and more – all designed for a range of abilities and interests.

*NEW in 2016

Metals Week Overview

Metals Week Overview

June 19–23

Coordinator: Deborah Jemmott

Spend a week in intensive metals studies with a master metalsmith instructor. Maximize your creative artistic experience through workshops, lectures and demonstrations delivered by a team of six experts.

You will work with one master instructor in an environment that encourages learning new techniques and creating work as well as networking with fellow jewelers and metalsmiths. Learn new skills, improve your techniques, and challenge yourself to grow as an artist working in metal. Lectures and demonstrations give you access to a variety of experts with different perspectives on metal and jewelry work. Small class size allows maximum interaction with your instructor.

Your week will also include:

Opening night faculty slideshow

• Faculty exhibit and reception

Two afternoon crossover demo sessions with other Metals Week instructors

• Potluck dinner

• Art Auction

• Culmination exhibit of participant work


*Metals Week: From the Smithy to the Jeweler's Bench: Blacksmithing Techniques for Jewelers

From the Smithy to the Jeweler's Bench: Blacksmithing Techniques for Jewelers

Tom McCarthy

June 19–23 Course # AAJW ØØA

One-week session

For centuries, blacksmiths have used specialized techniques to stretch, twist, split and manipulate metal. In this class, you will learn how to apply these techniques on a smaller scale to non-ferrous metals. Experiment with forging skills including directional stretching with hammers, splitting, drifting, twisting and using mortise-and-tenon joints as you manipulate silver and copper. Try your hand at the rolling mill as an adjunct to the hammer and learn how the various parts of an anvil can expand the range of your creative expression. Use your newfound or developing skills to add detail and distinction to your work. Learn to think like a blacksmith to open up new problem-solving opportunities, and make your work more dimensional, gestural and interesting. Explore, have fun, work out your aggressions with hammers.

Skill level: All metals students welcomed, but basic metal fabrication skills are helpful

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $70, includes silver, copper and bronze rods; use of tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You are encouraged to bring your own clearly marked metal and tools.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Tom McCarthy has been making jewelry for more than 30 years. He earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His work may be found in private and public collections including the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC. Tom teaches workshops throughout the country and has contributed a chapter to The Penland Book of Jewelry (Lark Books). In 2006, he received a Fellowship in the Arts from the State of Florida. www.tommccarthyjewelry.com




*Metals Week: Melt it...Cast it...Wear it!

Melt it...Cast it...Wear it!

Elise Preiss

June 19–23 Course # AAJW ØØB

One-week session

Do you have leftover pieces of silver or abandoned projects? Bring them back to life using exciting and straightforward casting techniques. Learn how direct casting – pouring molten metal directly into or onto a material to create decorative forms – can transform your materials. Delve into a variety of processes to safely cast dimensional forms in metal to create pieces that stand alone or become components for larger projects. Best of all, techniques are simple and require minimal equipment, so it’s a perfect way to integrate casting into your jewelry studio.

You will learn torch-handling and safety procedures for a variety of casting techniques, including direct casting into water, allowing for unexpected and organic shapes; carving charcoal or cuttlebone and casting, revealing unique form and texture; and Delft Clay Casting, which produces intricate three-dimensional forms from found objects. Additionally, you will review basic mold-making as well as finishing and fabrication methods. Expect to take home at least two finished pieces and the confidence to bring casting into your work at home. Let the melting begin!

Skill level: All metals students welcomed, but basic metal fabrication skills are helpful

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $70, includes charcoal block, cuttlebones, petrobond, use of basic and specialized tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You are encouraged to bring your own clearly marked metal and tools.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Elise Preiss earned her MFA with an emphasis in metal from CSU Long Beach, and a BFA in product design from Otis College of Arts and Design. She has received many awards, and her work has been exhibited at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and The Carnegie in Covington KY. In addition to making jewelry, she teaches at Otis and is a freelance design consultant for corporate clients. www.elisepreiss.com





*Metals Week: Powder Coating for Jewelry: Kitchen Style

Powder Coating for Jewelry:
Kitchen Style

Rachel Shimpock

June 19–23 Course # AAJW ØØC

One-week session

Color can be so seductive. Want a quick and inexpensive way to add color to your work? Have you considered powder coating? Learn how you can use powdered plastic that fuses in a home toaster oven to create the durable finishes you see on industrial items. The color range is extensive and the possibilities for manipulation are endless.

Explore how to apply powder coat to your metal, wood, glass, ceramic and other objects (provided they can tolerate 400 degrees in your home toaster oven). Rachel will de-mystify the process and show you masking and sgraffito techniques that can be applied to flat as well as dimensional forms. You will also learn how to shoot color with the powder-coating gun. Bring your heat tolerant objects (no larger than 4” in any direction) to be transformed with color. Use this exciting new tool in the jewelry world to enhance your toolbox of skills.

Skill Level: All metals students welcomed, but basic metal fabrication skills are helpful

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $55, includes Basic Powder Coating Kit, use of vast selection of colors, instructional booklet, use of general and specialized tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You are encouraged to bring your own clearly marked metal and tools.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Rachel Kassia Shimpock is an adjunct instructor of metals and jewelry at CSU Long Beach and an instructor and lab technician at Long Beach City College. She earned her MFA in jewelry and metals at San Diego State University and her BFA from CSU Long Beach. Her work has been shown extensively, is part of the collection in Oregon Museum of Contemporary Craft and published in Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin. www.rachelshimpock.com



*Metals Week: High-Relief Eastern Repoussé and Chasing

High-Relief Eastern Repoussé and Chasing

Victoria Lansford

June 19–23 Course # AAJW ØØD

One-week session

Learn the secret of texturally sculpting metal into any shape or design of high or low relief with the technique of Eastern repoussé and chasing, used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Scythian metalsmiths. You will make up to three pendants and one finger ring while learning how to achieve exquisite detail, unsurpassed depth, and multiple levels of relief that are exclusive to this type of repoussé. The techniques you learn will be applicable to any type of design, regardless of scale or whether pieces are wearable, functional, or sculptural. Through the ring project you will learn Victoria’s method of creating cuff bracelets in a fraction of the time. Explore how to use repoussé with alternative materials, such as mokume gane and bi-metal. You will leave with written instructions and information on tool-making.

Skill level: Basic jewelry making experience and familiarity with metalsmithing and silver soldering terminology

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $10, includes use of equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You are encouraged to bring your own clearly marked metal and tools. Use of Swiss-machine replicated sets of the instructor’s tools, with option to buy for $195 at end of class.

Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Victoria Lansford has generated an international revival of nearly lost, old world metalsmithing techniques through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating. Her award-winning artwork has been featured in many exhibits and publications, including Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist, Lark 500 series, and Chasing & Repoussé, and in her internationally acclaimed video and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters. www.victorialansford.com




*Metals Week: Soldering Big and Little

Soldering Big and Little

Joanna Gollberg

June 19–23 Course # AAJW ØØE

One-week session

Learn all about soldering with a torch using two gasses (either oxy/acetylene or oxy/propane) and essential information on safe torch set-up and operation. Explore specialized techniques you can apply with confidence to big and little metal objects. Expect to complete at least two projects: one large (over 3”) sheet metal project and one tiny wire (under 1”) project.

Start thinking now so you will come prepared with ideas. Dream up something big and something little to solder. You will discuss hollow forms, appliqués, simple wire filigree, and building the prong setting—all within the context of successful soldering techniques.

Skill level: All metals students welcomed, but basic metal fabrication skills are helpful

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $10, includes the use of tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You are encouraged to bring your own clearly marked metal and tools. Special soldering block will be available for an additional $5.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Joanna Gollberg is a studio jeweler in Asheville, NC. She exhibits and sells her jewelry nationally, and she teaches jewelry making at craft schools and for metalsmithing groups. Joanna is the author of The Jeweler’s Guide, Making Metal Jewelry, Creative Metal Crafts, and The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry. www.joannagollberg.com




*Metals Week: The Stories We Tell, The Jewelry We Make

The Stories We Tell, The Jewelry We Make

Sarah Doremus

June 19–23 Course # AAJW ØØF

One-week session

Art is about storytelling. And everyone has a story. Explore myriad techniques that encourage the expression of your story. You will begin with a few keepsakes that you want to make into a wearable piece. Consider such things as your grandfather’s army buttons, a cherished family watch, your child’s tooth, or a rock from a favorite vacation. Transform that special treasure into something wonderful by integrating it into a piece of jewelry to tell a story. Using non-traditional techniques and the flotsam and jetsam of your life, you will turn everyday objects into narrative or concept-based art. Plan to bring a collection of “stuff” meaningful to your life, along with some extra bits to trade or share. You will work with copper, brass and silver, as well as employ cold connections including rivets, tabs, prongs, screws and resin. Experiment with galvanic etching to transfer words and images to metal and diamond drills to integrate stone and glass. Use your peers to develop ideas and get advice. Finished pieces may not be confined to jewelry, but you will strive to create a formal composition that tells a story in wearable form.

Skill level: All metals students welcomed, but basic metal fabrication skills are helpful

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $40, includes PnP paper, chemicals for etching, rivets , spring wire, screws, nuts, washers, mini-wrench, basic and diamond drill bits, tap and die, spiral saw blades, plexiglass, epoxy resin, pigment, use of tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You are encouraged to bring your own clearly marked metal and tools.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Sarah Doremus lives and works in Deer Isle, ME. She has taught workshops for children and adults throughout the country, including Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Peters Valley, and Metalwerx. She earned her BS in art history from Northeastern University and a BFA from the Massachussets College of Art. Sarah is an active sculptor and metalsmith, and her work has been shown in many publications and galleries throughout the United States. www.sarahdoremus.com









*Roughing It: Creative Textures for Metal

Roughing It: Creative Textures for Metal

Deborah Jemmott

July 11–15 Course # AAJT Ø2

One-week session

Texture can add visual interest and express individuality in jewelry. It enriches surface and complements forms. Distinctive textures create contrast, pattern sheet and wire, enhance dimension, and embellish forms with stunning results. Explore myriad options including hammer texture, stamping, roller printing, file texture, burr and grinding textures, heat texture and transfer textures. Learn to make your own texture plates for roller printing, create a texture hammer, and modify simple punches and chisels to create custom texturing tools. These plates, hammers and other tools are unique and give your work an individual voice. After experiencing the “how-to," you will investigate aesthetics: When is it too much? How do you combine textures? How can texture be used to make a more powerful statement? Your workshop will include necessary technical information to use textures to their fullest advantage, including soldering, finishing, patinas, and keum-boo. Expect to finish several pieces of jewelry in addition to making many samples for future use.

Skill level: All metals students welcomed, but basic metal fabrication skills are helpful

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $60, includes texture tool blanks, use of basic and specialized tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You are encouraged to bring your own clearly marked metal and tools.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Deb Jemmott has shared her love for metal by teaching classes since 1978, teaching through the San Diego Community College District in addition to many workshops. Deb’s belief that everyone has artistic creativity combined with her mastery of jewelry making techniques is key. She nurtures creativity in each student and helps with technical issues so students achieve their ideas in metal. Deb’s work has been featured in many periodicals and books, and she exhibits and creates custom work. www.debjemmott.com


*Metal Clay Intensive: Earrings

Metal Clay Intensive: Earrings

Jonna Faulkner

July 9-11 Course # AAJM Ø1

Three-day session

Create dramatic, dimensional earrings using a variety of techniques, including cone-making, using cork clay armatures to create hollow forms, employing frames to create emphasis, riveting mixed metals together, and layering appliqué pieces. You will learn to apply 24k gold foil using the keum-boo process, pearl- and stone-setting, and soldering earring posts. These techniques also may apply to constructing pendants, bracelets, and rings. Discover how to use silver metal clay, a malleable material that works like clay but, after firing in a kiln, is composed solely of pure silver. Expect to make at least seven pairs of earrings.

Skill level: All levels are welcome

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $495

Lab Fee: $35, includes the use of tools, equipment, and kiln, some supplies and handouts

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Jonna Faulkner is a contributing artist to Art Clay Silver and Gold by Jackie Truty, Exceptional Works in Metal Clay and Glass by Mary Ann Devos, The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry calendars by Holly Gage for the years 2009 to 2013, and 1000 Beads. Jonna has taught workshops in France, New Mexico, California and Arizona, and at her home studio in Escondido, CA. www.jonnafaulkner.com



Hopi Jewelry: Overlay & Tufa Casting

Hopi Jewelry Overlay & Tufa Casting

Roy Talahaftewa

June 27-July 1 Course # NAJH ØØ

One-week session

Explore the classic Hopi overlay technique of metalsmithing, as well as tufa casting. Tufa is a soft porous stone used for direct casting one-of-a-kind designs. Learn to combine tufa cast pieces with overlay designs (multiple layers of sheet silver with cut-out designs, textured and oxidized recessed surfaces), or create separate overlay and tufa works. Roy also will demonstrate techniques for making stamping tools. Close instruction means this workshop is well-suited for all levels of students.

Beginners: Learn the fundamental materials, processes, and techniques of silversmithing.

Intermediate/Advanced: If you have some experience, you will be able to fine-tune your skills while mastering new techniques. You also may choose to learn the shadow box technique.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome

Materials: List will be sent upon registration or click here

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $65, includes use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. Bring your own silver and hand tools, if you have them, but be sure they are clearly marked. Tufa stone and some silver sheet will be available for purchase.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Roy Talahaftewa (Hopi, Water Clan) is from Shungopovi Village in Arizona. He works in silver and gold, and uses Hopi overlay and tufa casting in his designs. Roy received the first major award for his work in 1981, and has earned Best of Show at the Heard Museum, among many others. Working with the nonprofit Hopi Pu'tavi Project, Roy teaches Hopi youth the art of metalsmithing, and he is an advocate and promoter of Hopi artists on the reservation.



Navajo Inlay Jewelry

Navajo Inlay Jewelry

Richard Tsosie

July 4–8 Course # NAJN Ø1

One-week session

The Navajo adopted the art of jewelry making from the Spanish, taking the art to new heights and establishing a style that is now considered to be the traditional Navajo style. Today, there are many Navajo jewelers who are moving beyond that style, designing contemporary pieces of jewelry that reflect a new Native American reality. Artists are creating colorful collages and patterns with beautiful stones and shells set in gold and silver. In addition to turquoise and coral, you might find lapis lazuli, purple lavulite, diamonds, pearls, malachite, jet stone, jade, melon shell and other stones, shells and gems. In this workshop, you will work closely with Richard, a leading contemporary Navajo jeweler. You will design patterns and cut, grind and prepare stones to set into basic silver forms such as rings, bracelets, earrings and belt buckles which you will create. If you have no prior experience in silversmithing, you will learn the basic techniques and concepts for shaping silver.

Skill Level: All levels are welcome, but some basic experience working with silver is helpful

Tuition: $725

Lab fee: $45, includes the use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. Additional charges will accrue for all silver and stones used. A small selection of turquoise and other stones will be available for purchase, but you are encouraged to bring your own stones that match your preferences. You may bring your own silver, tools, stones, and work lamp, but they must be clearly marked.

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Richard Tsosie is a Navajo jeweler and sculptor from Flagstaff and the Wide Ruins area of the Navajo Reservation and is currently living in Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been featured in American Indian Art Magazine, Arizona Highways, the video Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Indian Art and Its Evolution, as well as several books including Southwestern Indian Jewelry by Dexter Cirillo and Enduring Traditions, Art of the Navajo by Jerry Jacka. Richard's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums from New York to California.




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