Tuesday evenings, May 8, 15th and 22nd Start the FIRE!
If I appear excited here well, I am! Flame-working at nanopod: Hybrid Studio prior to my departure to Iceland for their 24/7 summer and my teaching/art-research/making I want to pass the torch, so-to-speak, on to you!
Tuesday, May 8th: Learn how to work with molten glass! This workshop focuses on beads & working with Italian glass (aka Murano). Primary to working with glass (with a torch) is heat control and learning about the particular glass you are working with.
Class runs: 6pm to 9:30pm All materials included. $130/pp
Tuesday, May 15th & 22nd: Sculpting with fire. This workshop focuses on sculpting glass through networking, off-mandrel, and more! More instruction on heat control while sculpting glass with fire- live. Students will be taken through various networking techniques (similar to welding, but with glass!), forming thin pieces (flower petals, leaves, wings, shapes), making a small glass bottle (blowing glass tubing, adding colour/frit), creating murrini/cane to construct jellyfish, fungi and more!
Class runs 6pm-9:30/10pm both evenings, ALL materials included. $265/pp
DIY Steel stamps & basic Chasing & Repoussé Thursday evenings, May 10th & 17th** $175 per person, ALL materials included. Make your own mark! Learn how to create stamping tools for decorative use, and chasing/repoussé tools traditionally used in making dimensional forms/decorations in copper, silver, gold for use in armour, architectural designs, and jewellery.
Students will spend the first evening designing and making their stamps and chasing/repoussé tools. The 2nd evening learning how to use these tools working with a cast iron pitch pot and German pitch. Demonstrations in how to transfer pitch to their pots, transfer designs/images to metal, and through hammering/chasing these images will appear as low relief in the metal. Copper will be used in this workshop. Note: students receive pitch bowl/pitch, copper for projects and a minimum of 12 stamping tools. Students leave the workshop with their copper practice pieces, stamps made from the first evening and the basic knowledge to continue forward. Hammers sold separately, but are available for use during class.
Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. It is a form of toreutics.
There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite of repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.
While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. The term chasing is derived from the noun “chase”, which refers to a groove, furrow, channel, or indentation. The adjectival form is “chased work”.
The techniques of repoussé and chasing use the plasticity of metal, forming shapes by degrees. There is no loss of metal in the process as it is stretched locally and the surface remains continuous. The process is relatively slow but a maximum of form is achieved, with one continuous surface of sheet metal of essentially the same thickness. Direct contact of the tools used is usually visible in the result, a condition not always apparent in other techniques, where all evidence of the working method is eliminated. An incredible example from antiquity is the late Eighteenth Dynasty mummy mask of Tutankhamun. The lapis lazuli and other stones were inlaid in chased areas after the height of the form was completed. The majority of the mask was formed using the technique of repoussé from what appears to be a single sheet of gold (the ceremonial beard, Nekhbet vulture, and Uraeus were attached separately).
Steel stamps, Chasing & Repoussé tools & how to use them! Thursday evenings, April 12th thru 19th 6:30pm – 9:30pm
$175 per person, ALL materials included. Make your own mark! Learn how to create stamping tools for decorative use, and chasing/repoussé tools traditionally used in making dimensional forms/decorations in copper, silver, gold for use in armour, architectural designs, and jewellery.
Students will spend the first evening designing and making their stamps and chasing/repoussé tools. The 2nd evening learning how to use these tools working with copper, a cast iron pitch pot and German pitch. Demonstrations in how to transfer pitch to their pots, transfer designs/images to metal, and through hammering/chasing these images will appear as low relief in the metal. Students will also have time to make a simple copper pendant using their decorative stamps made the 1st evening! Copper will be used in this workshop. Note:students receive a pitch bowl/pitch, copper for projects and a minimum of 12 stamping tools.Students leave the workshop with their copper practice pieces, stamps made from the first evening and the basic knowledge to continue forward. Hammers sold separately, but are available for use during class.
Learn how to form, fabricate, solder, set-stones and more in our 4 wk Metal + Glass course.
4 week or 8 week course, choose your start-up time below.
Metal + Glass courses are offered evenings Monday & Wednesday.
Metal + Glass 8 week course. April 4th start. 6:30-9:30pm Wednesday evenings. Please see description below.
METAL + GLASS 4wk: Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing. 6:30-9:30pm Monday, April 9th $285pp
evening #1: First evening: working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures.
evening #2: Making a ring band out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)
evening #3: Working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver or bronze.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, invest models for casting in Glass and Metal (separately) Waxes for metal casting are weighed and calculated (sterling runs $2.50/grm unless lab fee has been purchased).
evening #5: Cast moulds in sterling silver or bronze! Remove glass pieces from moulds.
evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.
evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled or Fused glass piece.
evening #8: Finish up projects
No experience necessary!
Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied*. A list of local suppliers is included. Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s
What’s included: Approx 4×5” piece of copper sheet, 2’ copper wire, sterling silver for 1 ring band, fine silver bezel wire to set 1 cabochon cut stone. Glass is included for casting/flame-working (whatever method is covered), silver solder to complete class projects, wax, bronze/brass for lost wax casting (20grams) & powdered vitreous enamel, 1 doz saw blades, 1 1mm drill bit, 1 half face particulate respirator, nitrile gloves, refractory materials for casting moulds. Students are encouraged to supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.
Additional materials not included: cabochon cut stone(s), sterling silver grain for lost wax castings, sterling silver sheet/plate for setting stones on/constructing other pieces. Sterling silver casting grain may be purchased at $2.50gram.
The lab fees offer tools and materials for students to continue projects at home and start setting-up their own studio. Lab fee 2 (kit) Option 2 Please see below class descriptions for what is included in this option.