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Metals Spring 3

Metals Spring One-Week Session III
April 21-27, 2019
John Cogswell
Heart, Hand, & Hammer: Forging

Forging may be the oldest metalworking technique. It is the classic method by which wire, rod, or ingots are hammer-formed into elegant, lightweight, flexible forms. Forging is essentially a two-stage process. First the metal is shaped by a series of sequential hammering operations, transforming it into an object that possesses varied structural cross-sections and fluid, graceful contours. Then the surface of the rough-forged form is refined by planishing, producing the characteristic reflective, subtly hammer-textured surface. This workshop will focus on light forging to produce small-scale jewelry. All levels. Code S03MB

Studio artist; teaching: SUNY New Paltz (NY), Parsons School of Design (NYC), Haystack (ME); former director of jewelry and metalsmithing at 92nd Street Y (NYC); inducted into the National Metalsmith Hall of Fame; collections: Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Jewish Museum (NYC), Ackland Museum of Art (NC).

John Cogswell, "Hairpiece," sterling silver, 4 x 2 inches