WORKSHOPS

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  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!

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES:

2022

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)
 

First Time Enameling Workshops: 2 Day
February 22nd-23rd  (Midweek)
March 26th-27th  (Weekend)
April 23rd-24th  (Weekend)
Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Enameling is a process in which vitreous glass is fused to precious metals; and is easier to achieve than it may seem.  The layering of vibrant color upon the surface of your jewelry adds light and warmth to your original designs.  Demonstrations will include basic sifting, kiln and torch firing techniques, stenciling, and sgraffito.  Students will leave this weekend workshop feeling excited about the creative possibilities that enameling provides, while simultaneously gaining the confidence to continue pursuing this craft in the future.

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*

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Bring your jewelry alive with a fine layer of vibrant color on the surface, created by enameling, the exciting process of fusing vitreous glass to precious metal. Through demonstrations and hands-on work, learn about color theory, stenciling, basse taille, and basic sifting and firing techniques. Take home multiple pieces of colorful jewelry, and the skills, confidence, and excitement to continue enameling in the future. This class is best for beginners and can serve as the prerequisite for the advanced beginner class that follows. Stay another week!

When it comes to enameling, the skills needed for a beginner to become more proficient can feel intimidating. For the metalsmith with basic enameling skills, this workshop will introduce more advanced techniques to develop your knowledge and skills. Starting with a good foundation in sifting and firing, explore basic cloisonné and wet packing, and simple application of precious metal foils. With excellent instruction and plenty of time to practice, students will leave ready to master more adventurous enameling projects. Enameling experience required.

2023

*Enameling and Metalsmithing workshops for 2022/23 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. As time moves forward and mandatory vaccinations alongside the use of masks in the classroom continues 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.*