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Iron Summer Session 5

Iron Summer Session 5
July 17–29
Christoph Friedrich
Techniques to Ideas

I believe that art comes from skill. This workshop will begin with a focus on the seven most important forging techniques: drawing down, shrinking, bending, upsetting, swaging, punching, and forge welding. Each will be demonstrated in detail and then immediately applied by making simple objects. In the second part of the workshop, themes and motivating examples will be used to stimulate ideas. The best ideas will be sketched, modeled in plasticine, and realized in iron. As the workshop progresses, it will become more challenging—participation will lead to increased skill level. The days will follow a clear, predetermined structure, but students are invited to contribute their own ideas for content. All levels. 

Owner and manager of the historic water-powered hammer forge in Sennwald, Switzerland; teaching: University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale, Metal Museum (TN), Bondi Design (San Francisco), Cascadia Center for Art (OR). 

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Christoph Friedrich, Three Sisters, forged and pressed steel, 7 x 3-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches each
Christoph Friedrich, Three Sisters, forged and pressed steel, 7 x 3-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches each