Whether you only have a weekend to spare, or are seeking a longer crafting experience, workshops are a time in which you are fully immersed in the medium of your choosing. By learning and creating in your class all day, then working independently in the evening, you are giving yourself the time to pursue the interests you've always held in your heart; but maybe never had a chance to properly nourish. Many arts and crafts institutions offer great accommodations, meals, evening entertainment, and a sense of community that you cannot easily find anywhere else. If finances are tight, not to worry! Most craft schools offer scholarship opportunities, work-study programs, and financial aid to people of all ages, genders, and economic backgrounds. So pack your bags, bring your sketchbook, throw on an apron, and join me in the studio!
Cloisonné enameling is a process in which thin silver wires are formed, shaped, then filled with fused colored glass. This workshop will cover several enameling methods, starting with a foundation in basic enameling skills before moving on to more advanced techniques. Demos will include how to apply metallic foil to glass, how to wet pack enamel, grinding and polishing, and alternative finishing techniques. Discussions will also include color theory and how layering, painting, and blending the enamel gives an illusion of depth within your work. This class is for those students who wish to be more illustrative with their enameling or are ready to give their artwork a new life.
Focus on the invisible histories of personal objects and the quiet moments that bookend our daily lives. Gain the confidence and skills to design and fabricate the textures, colors, and forms inspired by your narrative. Whether encompassing the landscape of your everyday routines or a transformative moment in your life, learn how to capture and visually express your story within a wearable or sculptural object. Previous jewelry experienced preferred.
An important quality of everyday Scandinavian life is the act of storytelling, sharing good food, and cherishing time with family and friends - an experience they call 'hygge'. These warm, simple moments illuminate the long winter nights and summer days with a sense of joy. Create small wearable pieces that express memories or illustrate cozy moments you wish to hold close. Gain the confidence and skills to design and fabricate the textures, colors, and forms inspired by your narrative. Intermediate students welcome; previous jewelry experience required.
(This workshop is part of the Folk School's Scandinavian Heritage Week Programming. To learn more about the history of this event, click here)
John C. Campbell Folk School:
July 10th-16th--Surface Decoration: Pattern and Images-w/Abigail Heuss*
July 31st-Aug. 6th-- Illuminate Your Work: Saw & Solder Champlevé*
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program:
October 14th-16th-- 3 Day Enameling/First Time Enameling*
October 16th-21st-- 5 Day Exploring Enameling/Advanced Beginners*
*Enameling and Metalsmithing workshops for 2022 are still in development and will soon be available for registration!*
-Descriptions and further details forthcoming-
*Due to the ongoing severity of the Covid-19 Pandemic, many craft schools and institutions have wisely cancelled or greatly scaled back their programming for the time being. As a result, some of my upcoming Metalsmithing and Enameling Workshops have been cancelled, and are not listed above. That being said, as time moves forward and vaccinations continue to provide a safer world for us all, I will be slowly adding more workshops back onto my calendar. This page will be updated periodically with more information as progress is made. Stay safe, get vaccinated, and I will see you on the other side.*