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Metals B Summer Session 7

METALS SUMMER SESSION 7
AUGUST 13–18, 2023
Aminata Conteh
Over, Under, and Through: Experimental Metal Weaving

This workshop will explore the possibilities of using weaving and basketry techniques with metal materials. Using copper, nickel, steel, and silver, we’ll create a series of small woven samples culminating in final projects that will take the form of objects, adornment, or a mixture of both. We’ll have daily demonstrations as well as discussions of the historical and cultural contexts of the different techniques. Most importantly, this workshop will include plenty of time for experimentation. You’ll be encouraged to play! All levels. Lower metals studio. 

Studio artist; teaching assistant: Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), Maine College of Art; Center for Craft Windgate-Lamar Fellowship, SNAG Early Career Artist Award; residencies: Indigo Arts Alliance (ME), Arrowmont Pentaculum (TN); exhibitions: Salon Design (NYC), Zero Station Gallery (ME), UNE Art Galleries (ME), Cove Street Art Gallery (ME).

aminataconteh.com | @aminomnom

Aminata Conteh, Untitled Lap Song, nickel, 13 x 13-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches
Aminata Conteh, Untitled Lap Song, nickel, 13 x 13-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches
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Metals A Summer Session 7

METALS SUMMER SESSION 7
AUGUST 13–18, 2023
Tara Locklear and Francesca Vitali
LINKED: Wood, Paper, Pins

Dive into the world of nontraditional jewelry by focusing on wood and its pulp (a.k.a. paper). We’ll begin by introducing paper folding techniques and then move on to simple wood shaping with hand and electric tools. Painting and staining both materials will add color, and rapid-fire class exercises will get your creative ideas flowing. We’ll focus on the brooch/pin format and use basic metalsmithing techniques with sterling silver, copper, brass and stainless steel. And we’ll investigate pin-back mechanisms as well as linkages for integrating brooches as necklace pendants. By the end of the workshop, each student will create a group of wearable pins/brooches. All levels. Upper metals studio.

Tara: studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Brooklyn Metal Works (NYC), Pratt Institute (NYC), Contemporary Craft (PA), Penland; exhibitions: MAD About Jewelry (NYC), Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, ACC Baltimore, Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), New York Jewelry Week; collections: Racine Art Museum (WI), Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Mint Museum (NC); publications: Metalsmith, American Craft, Niche. 

taralocklear.com | @taralocklear

Francesca: studio artist; teaching: Pocosin Arts (NC), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Contemporary Craft (PA); residencies: Arrowmont Pentaculum (TN); exhibitions: MAD About Jewelry (NYC), Heidi Lowe Gallery (DE), New York Jewelry Week (NYC); representation: Baltimore Jewelry Center (MD), Pistachios (IL); publications: American Craft, Fiber Art Now, Vogue. 

francescavitalipaperjewelry.com | @francescavitalipaperjewelry

Tara Locklear, Aerial Field Study Brooch, hand-carved reclaimed skateboard parts, hand carved reclaimed Durat countertops, oxidized sterling silver, stainless-steel, 4 x 3-2/3 x 1/2 inches
Tara Locklear, Aerial Field Study Brooch, hand-carved reclaimed skateboard parts, hand carved reclaimed Durat countertops, oxidized sterling silver, stainless-steel, 4 x 3-2/3 x 1/2 inches
Francesca Vitali, MAD Museum Brooch/Earrings, recycled museum catalogs, stainless steel, 3 x 3 inches
Francesca Vitali, MAD Museum Brooch/Earrings, recycled museum catalogs, stainless steel, 3 x 3 inches
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Metals B Summer Session 6

METALS SUMMER SESSION 6
JULY 30–AUGUST 11, 2023
Matthieu Cheminée and Tim McCreight
Building on Basics

Between us, we have been making jewelry for 80 years, each in our own way exploring basic materials and techniques that have been central to metalsmiths for centuries. In this workshop students will revisit basics: pouring ingots, making sheet and wire, and using forging, piercing, and fabrication to create original wearables and utensils. After making their own unique stamps, gravers, and chisels, students will make jewelry that captures the materials and moments of Penland. Through group demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, each student will merge material, technique, and process to chart a path that makes their work meaningful and distinctive. Intermediate/advanced level: basic sawing, soldering, and filing skills required. Lower metals studio.

Matthieu: Studio artist who learned jewelry making in New Mexico and West Africa, where he has been working with jewelers for the past 25 years; has taught at schools in Canada, Africa, Europe, and US as well as his own studio for 20 years; author of Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa, and The Art of Stamping. 

matthieucheminee.com | @matthieucheminee

Tim: professor retired from Maine College of Art & Design, author of 20 books of metalworking, senior designer and editor at Brynmorgen Press; teacher of workshops nationally and internationally; served as a trustee for Haystack (ME) and SNAG. 

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Matthieu Cheminée, Untitled, Sterling silver, 18k gold, diamonds, fire opals, orange sapphires, 2-1/2 inches diameter
Matthieu Cheminée, Untitled, Sterling silver, 18k gold, diamonds, fire opals, orange sapphires, 2-1/2 inches diameter
Tim McCreight, Round Brooch, fine silver, 18K gold, 2-1/2 inches diameter
Tim McCreight, Round Brooch, fine silver, 18K gold, 2-1/2 inches diameter
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Metals A Summer Session 6

METALS SUMMER SESSION 6
JULY 30–AUGUST 11, 2023
Katja Toporski
Castables

This exploratory workshop will look at mold-making and casting alternative materials for jewelry making. We’ll cover various types of silicon molds along with low-tech materials like plaster and clay. We’ll use our molds to cast a variety of materials, including resin, concrete, wax, silicone, plaster, and reconstituted materials, resulting in non-metal components. Then we’ll consider ways of incorporating those castings into jewelry, including tabs and different prong settings using sheet metal. The emphasis will be on experimentation and understanding the language of different materials. Basic metalworking skills, such as piercing, soldering, filing, sanding, and polishing, will be covered. All levels. Upper metals studio. 

Studio artist; teaching: Baltimore Jewelry Center, Montgomery College (MD), Towson University (MD); recent solo exhibitions: Art Center East (Finland), A-Galerii (Estonia); representation: Charon Kransen Arts (NYC), A-Galerii (Estonia), Bayrischer Kunstgewerbeverein (Germany). 

katjatoporski.com | @katjatoporski

Katja Toporski, Dose of the Future, silver, eggshell, gelatin, 3 x 2 x 1/2 inches
Katja Toporski, Dose of the Future, silver, eggshell, gelatin, 3 x 2 x 1/2 inches
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Metals B Summer Session 5

METALS SUMMER SESSION 5
JULY 16–28, 2023
Douglas Pryor
Explorations in Sculptural Chasing

The art of chasing is a love language between illustration and sculpture. In this workshop we’ll integrate the best of both worlds as we explore detailed relief work in sheet metal. We’ll mix elements of raising, repoussé, and the Japanese technique of uchidashi to create a knowledge base of low- and high-relief work. Students can expect to complete at least two projects in copper. The first will be a structured follow-along design matched to the individual’s skill level. The second project, also a follow-along design, will be assigned to match each person’s interests. All levels. Lower metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching/demonstrations: Metal Arts Academy (CA), Appalachian Center for Craft (TN), Hereford College of Arts (UK), Art Students League (NYC), The Idea Foundry (OH); residencies: Buffalo Creek Art Center (NV), Light Grey Art Lab (Minneapolis); publications: Hephaistos, Artist Blacksmith, Anvil’s Ring

douglaspryor.com | @douglas_pryor

Douglas Pryor, Gecko on Pancakes, 1mm thick copper, 5-1/2 inches high
Douglas Pryor, Gecko on Pancakes, 1mm thick copper, 5-1/2 inches high
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Metals A Summer Session 5

METALS SUMMER SESSION 5
JULY 16–28, 2023
Aurélie Guillaume
Telling Stories in Cloisonné

In this workshop students will learn the technique of cloisonné enameling and explore its possibilities as a storytelling medium. We’ll begin by making samples and drawing in our sketchbooks to develop ideas, stories, characters, and patterns. These will serve as the basis for each student to create a fully-realized, one-of-a-kind cloisonné jewelry piece. The focus will be on learning cloisonné with opaque colors, but we’ll also cover techniques such as wet packing, inlay, using black or white overglaze and metallic lusters to add detail and play on the surface. Through multiple demos and sample-making, students will learn the secrets of cloisonné. Intermediate/advanced level; basic enameling and metalworking skills required.  Upper metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Jewelry School of Montréal, Pocosin Arts (NC), Metalwerx (MA), Silvera Jewelry School (CA); collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Yale University Art Gallery (CT), Museum of Fine Arts of Montréal, Enamel Arts Foundation (CA); representation: Galerie Noel Guyomarch’. 

aurelieguillaume.com | @mlleguillaume

Aurélie Guillaume, Mon ami, sais tu que je t'aime?, enamel on copper, sterling silver, fine silver, cubic zirconium, stainless steel, glitter, 3-3/4 x 3-1/2 x 1/2 inches
Aurélie Guillaume, Mon ami, sais tu que je t'aime?, enamel on copper, sterling silver, fine silver, cubic zirconium, stainless steel, glitter, 3-3/4 x 3-1/2 x 1/2 inches
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Metals B Summer Session 4

METALS SUMMER SESSION 4
JULY 2–14, 2023
April Wood
From Ferrous to Fine

This workshop will focus using steel to fabricate jewelry and small sculpture. Students will learn the working properties of steel and how it is similar to and different from working with nonferrous or precious metals. We’ll cover sawing, annealing, forming, and finishing mild steel with an emphasis on piercing to create positive and negative space as well as dimension. We’ll explore soldering steel with gold and silver solder for both construction and embellishment and small-scale oxy-acetylene welding for wire and sheet fabrication. Steel patinas and other color methods will also be discussed. All levels. Lower metals studio. 

Studio artist; co-founder of the Baltimore Jewelry Center; teaching: Maryland Institute College of Art, Corcoran College of Art and Design (DC), Pocosin Arts (NC), Metalwerx (MA), Silvera Jewelry School (CA), Towson University (MD); solo exhibitions: Ombré Gallery (OH), Austin Museum of Art (TX); participated in SIERAAD International Jewelry Fair (Amsterdam). 

aprilwoodmetalsmith.com | @aprilwoodmetalsmith

April Wood, Cougar Hot Springs, mild steel, rubber, 15 x 9 x 3/4 inches
April Wood, Cougar Hot Springs, mild steel, rubber, 15 x 9 x 3/4 inches
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Metals A Summer Session 4

METALS SUMMER SESSION 4
JULY 2–14, 2023
Janna Gregonis
Set and Framed

This workshop will cover simple settings for stones or objects and move toward nontraditional prong, frame, and tension settings. We’ll make our own bezel wire and learn how to modify and customize it, and we’ll address when and why a prong setting might be a better solution. This workshop will be ideal for creating settings for odd or difficult stones or objects. We’ll cover various metalsmithing techniques used for stone setting. All levels. Upper metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: 92nd Street Y (NYC), Peters Valley (NJ), Kutztown University (PA), St. Johns University (NYC), Newark Museum of Art (NJ); exhibitions: Munich Jewellery Week, Brussels Jewellery Week, NYC Jewelry Week, Schmuck 2020 (Munich), Fuller Craft Museum (MA); collection: Museum of the Brazilian Object (Brazil). 

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Janna Gregonis, Floors 3, brass, vintage linoleum, 3 x 3 inches
Janna Gregonis, Floors 3, brass, vintage linoleum, 3 x 3 inches
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Metals B Summer Session 3

METALS SUMMER SESSION 3
JUNE 18–30, 2023
Klara Eriksson
To Break the Fast: Utensils for Occasions

Eating is a ritual: the morning meal, for instance, is a moment to collect your thoughts and prepare for a new day. In this workshop, we’ll make eating utensils; they might be utilitarian pieces and/or symbolic objects. We’ll also address how metal behaves when we use it for eating. What taste does the metal have? How does it work in practice? Together we’ll explore the ritual of eating, make new work based on that concept, and reflect on our work as conversation pieces. At the end of the workshop you will have made tactile discoveries and have new insight into what kind of utensils may bring food to your mouth and how metal can be used to create shared eating experiences. We’ll cover basic metalsmithing techniques (sawing, forming, etc.) and work mostly with copper and brass—with silver as an option. Some prior metalsmithing experience will be helpful, but this workshop is open to all levels. Lower metals studio.

Studio artist at LOD Metallformgivning (Sweden) since 1999, program director for metal/silversmithing at Leksands Folkhögskola (Sweden); Design S Award (Sweden); collections: Swedish Public Art Agency, Swedish National Museum, Röhss Museum (Sweden).

lod.nu | @klaraeriksson_metal

Klara Eriksson, The Lunch, mostly silver; photograph Christian Habetzeder
Klara Eriksson, The Lunch, mostly silver; photograph Christian Habetzeder
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Metals A Summer Session 3

METALS SUMMER SESSION 3
JUNE 18–30, 2023
Kat Cole
Enamel: Ware and Wear

In this workshop students will make enamelware and/or enamel to wear. We’ll focus on construction techniques that will allow us to make and fire larger and more dynamic objects. Using basic forming and fabrication methods in copper and steel, each student will make a series (3+ pieces depending on scale and complexity) that focuses on the enameled surface. Metal techniques will include hand fabrication, silver soldering, hydraulic press, sinking, scoring and bending, and using a micro welder. Enamel techniques will include sifting, spraying, dipping, underglaze pigments, and finishing. All levels. Upper metals studio.

Note: the studio fee for this workshop is estimated at $200-225 per student.

Studio artist; teaching: Columbus State University (GA), Western Michigan University, East Carolina University (NC); collections: Yale Museum of Art (CT), The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Racine Art Museum (WI), Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Enamel Foundation (CA), Houston Museum of Fine Art; representation: Charon Kransen Arts (NYC), Mora Jewelry (NC), Form & Concept (NM), Penland Gallery. 

kat-cole.com | @katcolemetalsmith

Kat Cole, Drawing Brooch #8, steel, enamel, 4 x 4 x 1/4 inches
Kat Cole, Drawing Brooch #8, steel, enamel, 4 x 4 x 1/4 inches
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Metals B Summer Session 2

METALS SUMMER SESSION 2
JUNE 4–16, 2023
Lynn Batchelder
Mark Making

Mark making is fundamental—it calls to mind communication, action, time, and presence. Through drawing exercises and exploring our surroundings, we’ll create, discover, document, and lift marks and textures as poetic and visual inspiration. Direct mark-making processes such as embossing, engraving, etching, and chasing, will be combined with simple tool making and rogue techniques to translate this information into metal. A range of samples will emerge in the first week. Through group dialogue, we’ll learn from each other’s experiments and discuss productive directions toward finished wearable pieces. All levels. Lower metals studio.

Associate professor at State University of New York-New Paltz; Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award; residencies: Arrowmont (TN), Haystack (ME), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY); representation: Gallery Loupe (NJ).

lynnbatch.com | @lynnbatch

Lynn Batchelder, Unearthed Pendants, anodized and dyed aluminum, sterling silver, 22 x 4 x 1/2 inches
Lynn Batchelder, Unearthed Pendants, anodized and dyed aluminum, sterling silver, 22 x 4 x 1/2 inches
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Metals A Summer Session 2

METALS SUMMER SESSION 2
JUNE 4–16, 2023
Maya Kini
Hybrid Forms

This workshop will explore the idea of the hybrid through the medium of lost-wax casting. We’ll look at families of objects and discuss their histories and how to alter their narrative and function by interfering with their form. By combining wax with organic objects, plastic parts, and other combustible, small-scale found objects, we’ll create metal pieces that bring disparate elements together. Techniques will include centrifugal and vacuum casting, basic metal alloying, embedding gemstones, alginate molds, simple press molds, casting metal onto or into existing metal objects, and combining casting with fabrication to further hybridize our forms. All levels. Upper metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Sacramento City College (CA), California State University-Sacramento; American Craft Council Searchlight Fellow; exhibitions: Shibumi Gallery (CA), The Studio Gallery (San Francisco), Petaluma Art Center (CA), Facèré Jewelry Gallery (Seattle), Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), Galerie Louis Smit (Amsterdam), Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston); publications: CAST (Schiffer), 500 Wedding Rings (Lark), 500 Enameled Objects (Lark).

mayakini.com | @mkini

Maya Kini, Various Positions, cast bronze, tallest: 4 x 2 x 2 inches
Maya Kini, Various Positions, cast bronze, tallest: 4 x 2 x 2 inches
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Metals B Summer Session 1

METALS SUMMER SESSION 1
MAY 28–JUNE 2, 2023
Deb Karash
Introduction to Jewelry Fabrication

Exciting jewelry can be made in many ways with a vast array of materials, and without a lot of equipment. Each student will create a suite of mixed-metal jewelry (earrings, pendant, cuff bracelet) with an emphasis on creating well-crafted pieces that relate to each other. Our discussions will center on designing through simplification, abstraction, and creating interest with volume and texture. Working with copper, bronze, and silver, we’ll use cold connections to join metals and add nonmetallic materials like fabric, plastic, and wood. Beginning level. Lower metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Silvera Jewelry School (CA), Denver Jewelry Studio; exhibitions: Blowing Rock Museum of Art and History (NC), solo show at Wesleyan College (GA); publications: Penland Book of Jewelry; 500 Necklaces (Lark Books).

debkarash.com | @drawingonmetal

Deb Karash, Floating Flowers, silver/copper bimetal, silver, brass, turquoise, Prismacolor, 3 x 3 inches
Deb Karash, Floating Flowers, silver/copper bimetal, silver, brass, turquoise, Prismacolor, 3 x 3 inches
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Metals A Summer Session 1

METALS SUMMER SESSION 1
MAY 28–JUNE 2, 2023
Michael Nashef
Concreation

We’ll explore the use of alternative materials—particularly concrete/cement—in jewelry and small metal objects. Students will learn to use color dyes in conjunction with concrete to create colorful pieces. We’ll use traditional and advanced mold-making techniques with 3D-printed materials. We’ll also cover sawing, soldering, the basics of jewelry-making, and other processes as we explore and create unique designs. All levels. No 3D printing experience needed. Upper metals studio.

Studio artist, instructor at Western Michigan University; other teaching: Kendall College of Art and Design (MI), Kalamazoo Institute of Art (MI), Touchstone (PA); exhibitions: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Rhode Island I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s Peace, Metalwerx (MA), Lowell Arts Gallery (MI), Peninsula School of Art (WI), South Bend Museum of Art (IN); collection: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC); publications: Jewelry and Metals Survey, New Bracelets (Promopress). 

nashefdesigns.com | @nashefm

Michael Nashef, Anbara, concrete, concrete dye, fine silver, 6 x 6 x 1-1/2 inches
Michael Nashef, Anbara, concrete, concrete dye, fine silver, 6 x 6 x 1-1/2 inches
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Spring Short Session Metals

Metals – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Funlola Coker
Metalsmiths and Bakers, Unite!

You don’t have to be a baker to take this workshop, but if you’ve ever dreamed of making the perfect set of measuring spoons, measuring cups, palette knives, or other baking utensils, this is the one for you! We will cover traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, piercing, soldering, riveting, etc. You will be encouraged to embellish your pieces—using sawn, pierced, or forged elements—so your baking equipment will make professional bakers green with envy. This is a fun way to explore hollowware with practical results. We’ll work mostly with copper and brass, but students may choose to work with silver. All levels. Lower metals studio. 

Studio artist; teaching: Snow Farm (MA), Haystack (ME); Arts Memphis Arts Accelerator Grant (TN), Thayer Fellowship from the State University of New York Rockefeller Institute of Government; exhibitions: Brooklyn Metalworks (NYC), Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Tone Gallery (TN), Metal Museum (TN). 

funlolacoker.com | @funlolacoker

metal utensils by funlola coker
Funlola Coker, Utensils, forged Britannia silver, fabricated brass and copper, largest: 6-1/2 inches long
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Metals Spring Concentration

Metals Spring Concentration
March 5 – April 28, 2023 (8 Weeks)
David Harper Clemons
Narrative Jewelry: Well-Worn Tales

Whether they are drama, mystery, social commentary, or personal history, stories can teach us lessons, memorialize events and people, and project the future. Students in this workshop will make wearable pieces and small sculpture. Guided technical and conceptual exercises will help them develop and hone their use of materials, iconography, and form to convey narratives through their work. We’ll cover surface embellishment, cold connections, soldering, mechanisms, hydraulic forming, casting, basic stonesetting, enameling, and using alternative materials. Bring curiosity and willingness to explore as you execute numerous pieces and live a great story during our eight weeks. All levels. Upper metals studio. 

Studio artist; teaching: University of Arkansas Little Rock, Haystack (ME), Pocosin Arts (NC), Arrowmont (TN), Penland; collections: Yale University Art Gallery (CT), Arkansas Art Center (AR), Metal Museum (TN), Renwick Gallery (DC); representation: Day in the Life Gallery (OR), Penland Gallery.

davidharperclemons.com | @harperclemons

David Harper Clemons, Point of Impact, silver, wood, pigment, 16 inches diameter
David Harper Clemons, Point of Impact, silver, wood, pigment, 16 inches diameter