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Metals Workshops at Penland
Classes are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.
Summer Session 7
AUGUST 24 - 30
Stacey Lane, Rabbit in a Thicket, sterling silver, 18k gold
This class will be an intensive introduction to the remarkable process of lost-wax casting. We’ll use soft waxes to create original models for jewelry and small objects and cast these objects in silver or bronze using a centrifugal machine. Along the way, we’ll experiment with stonesetting in wax, bi-metal casting, and approaches to working that minimize our impact on the environment. Seeking inspiration in jewelry’s rich history, we’ll explore what it might mean to making today. All levels. Code 07MA
Studio artist and Penland’s manager of community collaboration; former Penland metals studio coordinator; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Penland; representation: Penland Gallery, Crimson Laurel Gallery (NC), The Bascom (NC), Mora Gallery (NC).
Amy Tavern, Sea and Land, Land and Sky,
sterling silver, 24 x 2H x 1H inches
A Complete Thought
Students will be challenged to think beyond traditional jewelry design to create a singular piece of jewelry that is both sculptural and wearable. We’ll look to other sources for inspiration: fashion, sculpture, installation. Through demonstrations, discussions, one-on-one sessions, and independent work time, students will create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that is beautifully made and thoughtfully designed in all ways. We’ll focus on the details that make jewelry stronger, more interesting, unique, and personal. Technical demonstrations will include surface design, cold connections, bezel and tab settings, and pin mechanisms, as well as the use of alternative materials. Basic sawing, filing, and soldering skills required. Code 07MB
Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Penland; solo exhibitions: Velvet Da Vinci (San Francisco), Beyond Fashion (Belgium); lectures: California College of the Arts, Alchimia Jewelry School (Italy); work published in 500 Silver Jewelry Designs (Lark) and Metalsmith; former Penland resident artist.
september 21 - november 14, 2014
Aran Galligan, Contrasystem,copper
stainless steel, sterling silver, resin, gesso,
pigment, acrylic paint, 3 x 3 x 2 inches
Jewelry for Chromaphiles
Through hands-on investigations, students will focus on incorporating color into their jewelry. The class will cover many jewelry fabrication techniques and use a variety of methods to create color on metal, including enameling, resins, patinas, colored pencils, and powder coating. We will also incorporate color through other materials such as polymer clay, fabrics, and found objects. If you are a lover of color (a chromaphile) who wants to bring color into jewelry, this class is for you. All levels. Code F00MA
Studio artist; teaching: State University of New York-New Paltz, North Seattle Community College, Danaca Design (WA); exhibitions: Pinakothek Der Moderne (Germany), SPAC Gallery (WA), Penland Gallery, Gallery Marzee (Netherlands); work published in 500 Enameled Objects (Lark Books).
fall session 1
october 5 - 11, 2014
Ben Dory, Composition ii, steel, 23.5k gold foil, 24k gold leaf,
cubic zirconia, rubies, 4 x 4 x 1/2 inches
Surface Adornment on Steel
Using steel as a base, we will explore how to transform the surface of this rigid material with texture, thin layers of precious metals, and gemstones. The result will be compositions based on creating vivid contrast with a darkened steel background. We’ll cover everything from small tool-making to finishing—equipping students to create finished pieces of jewelry and small sculpture with chasing, overlay, and various methods of stonesetting.. All levels. Code F01MB
Studio artist; teaching: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; Niche student award; exhibitions: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Allen Dow Museum of Science and Art (MI), Leo Jenkins Fine Art Center (NC), “Materials: Hard and Soft” at Greater Denton Arts Council (TX), “The Book as Art” at Decatur Arts Center (GA); collection: Evansville Museum of Art, Science, and History (IL).
fall session 3
november 2 - 8 , 2014
Sarah Martin, Untitled Brooch,
mahogany, milkpaint, graphite,
blued tacks, lacquer, 5-1/2 x 5/8 inches
Carving Wooden Jewelry
Looking to expand your jewelry repertoire? This class will show you how to carve wood on a small scale appropriate for jewelers. We’ll cover how to safely carve with both knives and dremels and how to transform these carvings with surface embellishment, findings, and finishing techniques. The workshop will introduce you to a wide variety of artists already using this inexpensive material and will offer a new perspective on its expressive potential. All levels. Code F03W
Visiting assistant professor at University of the Arts (Philadelphia); exhibitions: Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia), Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia); former Penland resident artist.
(Please note: students in this workshop will be working with wood and meeting in the metals studio.)
march 8 - may 1, 2015
Janna Gregonis, Lines Necklace,
thread, black porcelain beads,
paint, 38 inches long
Julia Harrison, Cluster,
balsa, cherry, glue, sterling,
epoxy, wax, 3 x 1-1/2 x 1 inches
Janna Gregonis & Julia Harrison
Is there strength in numbers? Are two heads better than one? Find out in this team-taught investigation of joined forces and forms. First build skills by creating multiple forms from a range of materials (steel, wood, enamel, resin) and techniques (fabrication, soldering, carving, molding). Then use your forms as building blocks to explore linking systems and conceptual connections. Whether you make wearable art or kinetic objects, the result will be more than the sum of its parts. Open to jewelers and object makers of all levels. Code S00MA
Janna: studio artist; teaching: 92nd St. Y (NYC); Kutztown University (PA); exhibitions: Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), Museum of Brazilian Objects (Sao Paulo).
Julia: studio artist; teaching: 92nd St. Y (NYC), Multnomah Arts Center (WA); exhibitions: Bellevue Art Museum (WA), Racine Art Museum (WI); collections: Museum of Contemporary Craft (OR), University of Arkansas.
spring session 1
march 22 - 28, 2015
Lisa Colby, Washer Link Bracelet, sterling silver,
7-1/2 x 1 x 1/16 inches
Foundations of Metalsmithing
This one-week beginning metals workshop will concentrate on basic techniques. Students will learn to use the jewelers saw to cut copper, brass, and sterling silver. We’ll also cover soldering, riveting, and hollow construction, as well as roller printing and chasing patterns onto sheet metal and basic cabachon stonesetting. Students may create jewelry or other small objects. Beginning level. Code S01MB
Studio artist; teaching: Craft Alliance (St. Louis), Arrowmont (TN), Penland; gallery representation: Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans), Piedmont Crafts (NC), Craft Alliance (St. Louis), Made Contemporary Craft Gallery (CA).
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