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JEWELRY WORKSHOPS

Sec. J101 Sgraffito & Screen Printing on Enamel with Tanya Monique Crane

Enameling is an ancient process where powdered glass was fused to metal. I will be teaching how to take these ancient processes and bring your designs into the 21st century!  In this sgraffito and screen-printing workshop, we will explore several ways of achieving a scratched surface through the sgraffito technique and ways to apply imagery through fine mesh screens using a simplified screen-printing method. Students will be able to explore liquid enamels and enamel paints traditionally used for the Limoges (painting) technique to add to their screen printed designs. Tanya will cover various ways of finishing your work, which will leave a textured surface, a matte finish or a glossy finish. Students will leave with several finished pendents. Prior enameling experience is extremely helpful, but beginning enamel students are welcome. The materials fee of $85 will include a stencil kit and Enamel painting kit. Maximum 10 students

  • 3 Days: Saturday, Sunday & Monday
  • June 23, 24 & 25, 2018
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuition: $405/credit card $400/cash or check
  • Materials fee: $85

 

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Sec. J102 Metal Clay: Scratchfoam Hinged Earrings with Cubic Zirconia with Lis-el Crowley

Hinged Earrings

Hinged Earrings by Lisel Crowley

Create your own unique scratch foam design which will incorporate hinges and a cubic zirconia to make these fun earrings. Mechanics and movement are design elements that can add excitement and variety to your work. However, sometimes it is intimidating to attempt for the first time. Lis-el has developed a new approach to making hinges that is far simpler than many of the techniques being used in metal clay at this time. Using hinges in these earrings will lay the foundation for you to begin incorporating them into your work in your own unique way. Lis-el will also show you how to use scratch foam to create your own designs, and how to set small faceted stones which will be fired in place. Suitable for intermediate to advanced students, this workshop will cover the following: Initial design of piece including hinge and stone placement. Best practices for setting and firing small faceted gemstones, Best practices for using scratch foam to create your own textures, Creating and attaching hinge knuckles, Firing, finishing and assembling the earrings, including creating hinge pins and ear wires out of sterling silver wire. A $70 fee payable to instructor, for 20 grams of silver clay, scratch foam, gemstone, fine silver wire, sterling ear wires and gold solution for pen plated accents as well as consumables used in class. Maximum 10 students

  • 1 Day: Saturday
  • June 30, 2018
  • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuition: $105/credit card
  • $100/cash or check
  • Materials fee: $70 paid to instructor

 

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Sec. J103 Prismacolor on Copper with Marcy LaBella

Learn to create luminous colored surfaces on copper with Prismacolor drawing pencils. Learn the process of preparing the metal, priming the surface and permanently adhering your design or image to the metal. Learn to build color in layers, blend color and create strong color coverage on copper surfaces. This class is great for jewelers and those who are already doing bead and wire work and are comfortable working with tools. Suitable for beginning to advanced students, adults to serious Teenagers, ages 16 or older. Students should have completed at least one basic metals class, OR be comfortable with basic bead and wire jewelry, using basic jewelers hand tools, sawing, filing and sanding metal. Students will receive a materials list upon registration. Maximum 12 students

  • 1 Day: Saturday
  • July 14, 2018
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tuition: $90/credit card
  • $85/cash or check
  • Materials fee:  $25 paid to instructor
  • Materials fee: $70 paid to instructor

 

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POTTERY WORKSHOP

Sec. P101 Articulating Form and Surface with Justin Gerace

vase by Justin Gerace

This intensive hands-on workshop will explore the content of form and surface through functional and sculptural ceramics by further broadening the participants knowledge, skills and sensibilities in working with the ceramic medium on a vast range of forms and surfaces. The workshop will introduce participants to various throwing and altering techniques and concepts of using clay for creative expression. The participants will further develop their skills in advanced forming methods, such as attaching thrown sections and coil throwing, as well as how to develop and design intricate surfaces by building layers of color and space within their work. Participants will be able to increase their sensitivity to the materials, to aesthetic design and to further develop individual and imaginative use of the medium. Leave the workshop with a stronger foundation and vocabulary of techniques, decision making and layer building that will guide future work and make you a more articulate potter.Students will receive a materials list upon registration.  Maximum 12 Students

  • 2 days:Saturday, Sunday
  • August 18 and 19, 2018
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $255/credit card
  • $250/cash and check
  • Materials: $15

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Sec. P102 A Mildred Weiner Workshop: Immerse Yourself: A week of making, glazing and firing Cone 10 with Richard Aerni

Five days in clay--the initial period of this workshop will be spent spray glazing participants' pots using cone 10 glazes and wood ash glazes. The kiln will then be loaded and fired. As the kiln is firing, Richard will demonstrate sectional throwing methods using bisque molds, and supervise participants as they use this method and make their own molds for personal use. The aim of this method is to encourage a growth in the scale of your work, as well as to make possible the development of more intricate forms.

Participants should bring (unspecified number of bisque pots, but at least 10) to glaze and put into the cone 10 firing. If desired, they can also bring a favorite cone 10 glaze or two to use with the spray guns and with the wood ash glazes. Normal throwing tools required, as well as calipers, ribs and a giffin grip, if you have one.

  • 5 days:Wednesday - Sunday
  • August 22 - 26, 2018
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $520/credit card
  • $515/cash and check

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Sec. B101 8" Spiral Nantucket Basket with Bob Rosenberg

Learn about this New England craft tradition. South of Cape Cod, thirty miles at sea, is Nantucket Island, an early nineteenth century whaling center that became known for among other things, the unique baskets originally made by crews of the lightships stationed around the island. These baskets became known world wide for their unique design and meticulous workmanship. In a three day class Bob Rosenberg will carry on the tradition while teaching you how to construct an 8” spiral weave, open top round Nantucket Lightship basket.Participants do not need any prior woodworking experience or special tools to complete this rewarding project. A students suggested tool list will be provided at time of registration. The materials kit will provide everything needed to complete one basket .

  • 3 days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • September 14-16, 2018
  • 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. p.m.
  • Tuition: $260/credit card
  • $255/cash and check
  • Materials: $70, paid to instructor

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Sec. J104 Picture This! Photoetching on Metal with Karen Christians

This unique and exciting workshop explores metal surface embellishment using current laser photocopy technology. This process involves a heat transfer of virtually any high contrast photographic or graphic image via transparency film, directly onto metal. By using a mordant (acid), such as ferric chloride, images are etched onto the surface of copper and brass and ferric nitrate for silver. For transfers, we will look at Transfer Film, Overhead Transparency Film and PNP Blue. The etched plate can then be altered by piercing, patination, enameling or used as a printing plate. This process is great for roller printing from with nickel silver. We will be learning two kinds of etching processes, one with a traditional agitating bath and electrolytic etching. Both are effective and the mordant can be disposed safely. Each student will receive an etching kit to take home.

  • 2 days: Sunday and Monday
  • September 9 & 10, 2018
  • 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. p.m.
  • Tuition: $320/credit card
  • $315/cash and check
  • Materials: $65, paid to instructor

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Sec. J105 Heart, Hand and Hammer:Forging for Jewelry Applications with John Cogswell

 

  • 2 days: Saturday and Sunday
  • September 29 & 30, 2018
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. p.m.
  • Tuition: $TBA/credit card
  • $TBA/cash and check
  • Materials: $TBA

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