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Tosca Hidalgo y Terán is a part of Nanotopia. She is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist. Born in San Francisco, California, Tosca relocated to Canada in 2001. Working with metals, computer coding, and animation since the mid-eighties, Tosca was introduced to glass as an artistic medium in 2004. Through developing bodies of work incorporating metal, glass, and electronics, Tosca has been awarded scholarships at The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School and The Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, Metalsmith Magazine, The Toronto Design Exchange, and the Memphis Metal Museum. Most recently, Tosca has been awarded residencies at Gullkistan Centre for Creativity, Nes artist residency Iceland, The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists and the Ayatana SciArt Research Program in Ottawa. Tosca founded nanopod: Hybrid Studio maker space in 2005. Continually exploring new materials and tools, Tosca started collaborating artistically with Algae, Physarum polycephalum, and Mycelium in 2016, translating biodata from non-human organisms into music. Mycelium Network Podcast, iTunes: https://goo.gl/95PdBe Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nanotopia/sets/midnight-mushroom-music http://www.toscateran.com

March 2014 metal + glass

Thought I should update everyone concerning March’s metal + glass courses!

Monday evening’s course has one space left as of February 3rd and Wednesday evening’s course has three spots available as of today as well.

Register while there’s still space available! The next 8 week workshops will start in May. If you have any questions please, email me.

 

Metal + Glass workshops and course update!

The March metal + glass, 8 week courses are starting to fill up- register soon!

This 8 week course covers basic hand sawing, forming and fabrication, soldering (joint, sweat and pic), vitreous enamels on copper, depletion gilding Sterling silver, wax carving and cuttlebone casting, bezel settings, tube setting, rivets (cold connections), simple findings, and flame-working soft glass. All for $275! Materials and expendable included for most projects/processes. Next courses start Monday March 3rd and Wednesday March 12th

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Hand sawn nickel silver with copper and silver inlay
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
karyn's ring
Sterling silver, lost wax cast ring w/tube set 3mm diamond

Working with Polyurethane! Making silicone moulds!

This is a special, one-off workshop with guest instructor: Nick Sainchuk

Don’t miss out! Register today- ALL materials included.

Courses offered
Sterling rings & bezel set stones, vitreous enamel on copper and silver, silicone moulds w/polyurethane, Clay model for silicone mould making or lost wax castings, married metal brass, nickel, copper and Sterling ring, flame-worked glass sculpture

Electroforming organic and non-organic objects!

This is an amazing process! Grow metal onto acorns, bone, glass, plastic, wax.

In this workshop students will grow copper onto various materials they bring into class. The layer of copper is thick enough to stand on its own. Depending on the material electroformed, students might later plate, paint, heat patina, or add vitreous enamels to this surface adding more texture and interest. 3 spaces available for this workshop. Register under the Metal 2 course!

Plastic-Polyurethane Workshops in the T-Dot (aka Toronto)

Hey look! Fear not! The incredible Kaiju workshops have dates in January and February, 2014! Register now, these are limited edition, special guest instructor led workshops. To register roll over our Workshops & Course link for the sub-menu.

Kaiju [working with liquid plastic] workshop! Sculpt, mould and create your own plastic figurines, wearable art, and more!
Guest instructor: Nick Sianchuk from Nugs.ca
January workshop: Friday evening January 24thth intro 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday January 25 & 26 11am to 6pm
February workshop: Friday evening Feb 21st intro 6:30-9:39pm, Saturday & Sunday Feb 22nd & 23rd 11am to 6pm
3 student minimum, 6 Student max., $180pp +$105 materials & lab fee

– how to think like a Kaiju
– design concepts, and bringing ideas to life!
– make a one-piece, open-faced block mould
– make your own simple two-part mould
– learn how to cast, tint, add colour to your work
– tips on how to set up your own little casting factory in your basement, garage or over at Mom’s house.

Registrants receive kits that include silicone mould material, polyurethane plastic, clay, armature materials (if your piece(s) call for this), mixing containers, tints and dyes. Nitrile gloves will be available for use, and half face particulate masks, however, students are encouraged to bring in their own respirators if they own one.

The $105 materials & lab fee is your deposit towards this workshop. The remaining fee is due the first Intro evening. Please leave a note with your registration for which workshop you’re signing up for, Jan or Feb, Thanks!

nanopod: Hybrid Studio
322 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON
647-780-4478
http://www.nanopod.tv
nanotopia@me.com
This illustration of "Flaming Monster Gamera" (from An Anatomical Guide to Monsters) reveals eyes that can see in the dark, arms strong enough to lift and throw a 50-ton boat, and "fire sacks" that let Gamera shoot flames from his hands.
This illustration of “Flaming Monster Gamera” (from An Anatomical Guide to Monsters) reveals eyes that can see in the dark, arms strong enough to lift and throw a 50-ton boat, and “fire sacks” that let Gamera shoot flames from his hands.

Jewelry, metalsmithing, glass, mould making and plastic classes in Toronto

Courses offered
Sterling rings & bezel set stones, vitreous enamel on copper and silver, silicone moulds w/polyurethane, Clay model for silicone mould making or lost wax casting in metal or glass, married metal ring of brass, nickel, copper and Sterling, flame-worked glass sculpture

Work with Metal + Glass!

Learn the basics of hand fabricating objects and wearable sculptures/jewelry, lo-tech casting, flame-working, fusing, vitreous enamels on metal, bezel-setting cabochon stones, and more!

nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers workshops in metal-smithing (gold-smithing, silver-smithing), glass flame-working, casting, fusing (lost wax, and slumping), mould-making, working with polyurethane resins in downtown Toronto! 

Our next metal + glass course starts up Wednesday, January 8th and currently has 3 spaces available! Register today!

A special Plastics workshop is scheduled with guest instructor Nick Sianchuck for the weekend of January 11th- Don’t miss out – Register today!!

Open Studio starts up for 2014 on Thursday evening January 16th, and will run Saturday afternoons during January and February!

Electro-forming workshops start-up February. If you’ve always wondered how to electro-form and plate gold/brass onto organic objects- this is it! 

Questions concerning dates and how to register for the upcoming Electro-forming workshops? Drop me an email or comment below!

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Silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewelry workshops and classes in Toronto

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Shown upper left to right: flame-worked beads, lost wax casting
Lower left to right: vitreous enamel on copper, bezel setting Sterling silver

Work with Metal + Glass!
Learn the basics of hand fabricating objects and wearable sculptures/jewelry, lo-tech casting, flame-working, fusing, vitreous enamels on metal, bezel-setting cabochon stones, and more!

8 week Metal + Glass
(Next course starts up wednesday, January 8th 2014)
Form • Fabricate • Flamework • Fuse
Learn basic Goldsmithing + Flameworking techniques
6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week Monday evenings
$275 per person, 5 people max, 3 people min. $100 deposit necessary to hold space.
evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing, fold-forming.
evening #2: Making a band ring 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, Brass or Gold.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, cleaning up castings> cuttlebone casting (finish up models)
evening #5: bezel settings and/or tube settings, alternative settings for found objects, clean-up castings
evening #6: Flameworking- intro to mandrel wound molten glass
evening #7: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.
evening #8: finish up projects
No experience necessary!
Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied. A list of local suppliers is included.

For more information and to register please click on the Winter Courses 2014 link above!
Thanks for looking 🙂

Metalsmithing, Gold-smithing, Silver-smithing workshops

[shown from left to right: flame-working, sawing/piercing. Below, L-R: Hand sawn copper, wax models for lost wax casting]
[shown from left to right: flame-working, sawing/piercing. Below, L-R: Hand sawn copper, wax models for lost wax casting]
Work with Metal + Glass!
Learn the basics of hand fabricating objects and wearable sculptures/jewelry, lo-tech casting, flame-working, fusing, vitreous enamels on metal, bezel-setting cabochon stones, and more!
 

metal + glass 8 week Metal + Glass (Next course starts up Monday, January 6th 2014)
Form • Fabricate • Flamework • Fuse
Learn basic Goldsmithing + Flameworking techniques
6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week Monday evenings
$275 per person, 5 people max, 3 people min. $100 deposit necessary to hold space.
evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing, fold-forming.
evening #2: Making a band ring 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, Brass or Gold.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, cleaning up castings> cuttlebone casting (finish up models)
evening #5: bezel settings and/or tube settings, alternative settings for found objects, clean-up castings
evening #6: Flameworking- intro to mandrel wound molten glass
evening #7: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.
evening #8: finish up projects
No experience necessary! 

Fire + Gravity  (Next course starts January 7th 2014)
Sculpt with molten glass
6:30-9:30pm, 1 evening per week
$340.00 per person, 4 people max per course, 3 people min – $170 deposit required to hold space.
Focus on beginning mandrel wound glass beads. Working with beautiful Italian, Chinese and German hand-pulled glass students create beads, and rings. History is discussed, glass formulas, annealing cycles, glass suppliers/makers, and more! Create your own glass beads.
Continuing where you left off the 1st day, learn how to sculpt different forms, rake, encase, make ‘twisties’, simple murrini, mix your own colours! Make hollow, florals, zebra & tiger striped beads, start sculpting! metal -in- glass! Using silver foil/leaf in your beads. Work with ivory glass, silver and clear, pull silvered ivory stringer. Add silver foil to other colours and see what happens!
Start working off-mandrel. Warning: Off-Mandrel flameworking is addictive.  Work Large! Create beautiful focal pieces, intergalactic marbles, and pendants. Demos include: Small vessels (small scale glass blowing), working with metal mesh, and more! All materials included*! No experience necessary! *Each student receives aspecial glass kit

metal 2 (course starts up January 8th)
Form • Fabricate • Cast
forming, fabricating, casting, electroforming
6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Wednesday evenings starting Jan 8th to March 26th, 12 weeks (Open Studio time available during the course)
$180pp + $200 lab & materials fee**
Demonstrations in fold forming, etching (copper & silver), and hollow forms (making silhouette dies), electroplating, enamelling, sand casting.   This course gives students hands on experience manipulating metal, electroforming, and embellishing metal, while sharpening soldering and fabrication skills working on personal projects.
Students will work together and independantly on their projects. This course starts out with an introduction on techniques covered, expectations, design considerations, and ends with students finishing off fold formed samples/pieces, an etched hollow form, electroforming organic/inorganic objects, and sand casting. Fast paced, students need to show up ready for action! Beginners welcome!

Fused Glass Components for Jewelry, Wearables & Functional items
Friday, Feb 7 6-9:00pm, Saturday Feb 8 10am – 5pm, Sunday Feb 9th 10am – 5pm (4.5 day workshop)
3 student minimum, 5 Student max.,
$325pp Deposit of $150 to hold space. Next class starts: February 7th 2014

Fused glass (Kiln-glass) is frequently used in jewelry, but the emphasis is often on quantity rather than quality. In this class you will learn to distinguish your work through thoughtful design, careful studio practices, multiple firings, coldworking methods and, ultimately, good craftsmanship. Various glass c.o.e’s will be discussed, compatibility, annealing schedules, slumping and tack fusing.

Instruction will cover creating jewelry elements for a variety of forms, functions and styles; working with pattern bars, Vitrigraph, stencils, etc. Samples of and discussions about using kilnformed elements in jewelry applications or with other wearables will also be included, as will practical considerations such as studio setup and costs. All materials included. No experience necessary!

Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting workshop
January, 10th start/intro 6:30-9:30pm then Saturday 11, 18 & 25th and Sunday 12, 19 & 26th 10am to 5pm
5 Student max., 3 student min. $180pp + $200 lab & materials fee**

Glass casting workshop (small to medium scale objects)
Learn the basics of glass casting. Up-cycle your wine or beer bottles into a beautiful work of art! Students will learn how to make molds of existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax.
Working with beautiful crystal- Gaffer Glass, soda lime -Bullseye- glass as well as recycling wine and/or beer bottles students will learn different firing and annealing schedules for casting glass. And simple cold-working without expensive equipment! No experience necessary!

[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]
[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]

For further information and to register using Visa, or Mastercard please visit, https://nanopod.tv/winter-courses-workshops-2014/ or contact Tosca at nanotopia@me.com or drop by the studio Monday thru Thursday evening 6-9pm
nanopod: Hybrid Studio
322 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON
647-780-4478
nanotopia@me.com

 

 

Metalsmithing workshops and courses in Toronto

Work with Metal + Glass!
Learn the basics of hand fabricating objects and wearable sculptures/jewelry, lo-tech casting, flame-working, fusing, vitreous enamels on metal, bezel-setting cabochon stones, and more!

January 2014 nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers exciting new Metalsmithing workshops & courses

Gift Certificates are available, here.

married metals, formed & fabricated
married metals, formed & fabricated

metal 2
Form • Fabricate • Electroform • Etch
forming, fabricating, casting, electroforming
6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Thursday evenings starting Jan 16th to April 3rd, 12 weeks (Open Studio time available during the course- must be booked in advance) 3 student minimum, 5 max.
$180pp + $200 lab & materials fee**

Demonstrations in fold forming, etching (copper & silver), and hollow forms (making silhouette dies), electroplating, enamelling, sand casting.   This course gives students hands on experience manipulating metal, electroforming, and embellishing metal, while sharpening soldering and fabrication skills working on personal projects.

Students will work together and independantly on their projects. This course starts out with an introduction on techniques covered, expectations, design considerations, and ends with students finishing off fold formed samples/pieces, an etched hollow form, electroforming organic/inorganic objects, and sand casting. Fast paced, students need to show up ready for action!

Materials fee includes: a 3″x 3″ piece of 16 gauge Sterling silver plate, 16 gauge 12″x6″ copper, 1 ounce of Sterling silver casting grain, 1 gross of 3/0 saw blades. 3″x4″ plexiglass, Silver solder, flux, wax and expendables necessary for (copper) electroforming, enamels.  Use of tools and equipment.  Beginners welcome!

register

**The Lab & Materials fee is necessary for this course.

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lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls

8 week Metal + Glass (Starts up Wednesday, January 8th 2014 2 spots available)
Form • Fabricate • Flamework • Fuse
Learn basic Goldsmithing + Flameworking techniques
6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week Monday evenings
$275 per person, 5 people max, 3 people min. $100 deposit necessary to hold space.
evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing, fold-forming.
evening #2: Making a band ring 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, Brass or Gold.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, cleaning up castings> cuttlebone casting (finish up models)
evening #5: bezel settings and/or tube settings, alternative settings for found objects, clean-up castings
evening #6: Flameworking- intro to mandrel wound molten glass
evening #7: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.
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
check out some past student work!
Register in advance!

register

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fused glass powder
fused glass powder

Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting workshop
January, 10th start/intro 6:30-9:30pm then Saturday 11, 18 & 25th and Sunday 12, 19 & 26th 10am to 5pm
5 Student max., 3 student min. $180pp + $200 lab & materials fee**

Glass casting workshop (small to medium scale objects)
Learn the basics of glass casting. Up-cycle your wine or beer bottles into a beautiful work of art! Students will learn how to make molds of existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax.
Working with beautiful crystal- Gaffer Glass, soda lime -Bullseye- glass as well as recycling wine and/or beer bottles students will learn different firing and annealing schedules for casting glass. And simple cold-working without expensive equipment! No experience necessary!
*non-refundable Lab & Materials fee deposit of $200 necessary to hold space.

register

Please visit our full listing of courses and workshops under the Winter courses & workshops 2014 heading.

Thanks for looking! Any questions please, contact nanopod.