Clearing up and going through some boxes of my older work, I happened upon over 2 dozen old friends from my ceramic days. Salt fire, saggar fire, majolica, cone 10 crystalline, reduction copper reds, and even some raku. It was great to see them and re-visit old memories of my time in undergrad at SDSU with Joanne Hayakawa and Richard Burkett. I was the lab tech for the ceramics department there for 2 years, loading and firing all types of kilns, mixing up glazes, and doing my own glaze experiments on my typical small (mostly porcelain) vases and bowls. Many of these pieces were sold at the twice-yearly SDSU craft sales, but somehow a few escaped, hidden in boxes for 20+ years. It is time for these 'lost' pieces to go out and make their own way in the world! Stop by my next Friday Night Liberty if you'd like to own a very reasonably priced 'vintage' ceramics piece by yours truly. Get 'em while they're here, because when they're gone they're gone! Circa 1991-93 - wow I'm old!
I will shortly be taking a week-long class from Ford Hallam, a master of traditional Japanese metalworking. Meet him in this beautifully done short film. In it you watch as he creates a traditional Japanese tsuba, starting with pouring an ingot of shibuichi all the way to carving, inlay and patination. For students of the metals field, it is incredible to see such precision without the use of any power tools. His discussion of why he uses only hand tools is spot-on, and is exactly what I tell my students. Slow down and see! His way of working is an inspiration.
If the film makes you want to learn more about him:
Spring class schedule up at West City - classes start February 3 and 6
WCCPL (West City Campus, Point Loma) is a top-notch jewelry/metals lab only about a mile away from Anneville Studio. With a class maximum of 20 and a large room full of professional equipment, it is a vibrant and social place to learn. Registration for these classes is through the school, not me! Just follow the links to register:
Jewelry and Metalworking - Advanced
Mondays, 9am-1pm, February 6 - May 22
(holidays - Feb 20 and March 27)
cost $412 - that's under $30 for each 4 hour class - best deal in town!
For our first project we will delve into the mysteries of using liver of sulphur patina on silver while creating a pair of earrings and a ring with soldered disc centerpiece. Rather than just black, we'll be using special techniques to get and keep amazing blues, magentas and gold colors.
Next, we'll learn photo-etching and create a layered mullti-color brooch with our etched metal. Lastly, we'll make another ring - but this time with a carved shank and a central stone.
Students new to me are welcome, but you should have basic jewelry/metalworking skills (soldering, sawing, filing, some forming). Register.
Jewelry and Metalworking - Beginning to Advanced
Mondays, 2-5pm, February 6 - May 22
(holidays - Feb 20 and March 27) - cost $314
Learn the basics or expand your skills while creating three projects. We'll start by creating a unique cuff bracelet from copper, move on to make a photo-etched pendant, and finish with a silver ring with stone. Beginners are welcome - you'll receive lots of how-to handouts and instructions on purchasing a beginner toolkit on the first day of class. Register.
Friday Jewelry Fabrication Lab
Fridays, 9am-1pm, February 3 - May 19 (holidays on Feb 17 and March 31)
This lab is designed to give students more time in the studio to work on their current jewelry or metalsmithing projects. No new projects given or scheduled demos, but I'm happy to help with ongoing projects. Students must have taken jewelry classes at West City or with me within the past year. Register.
Really enjoyed teaching this past fall - I had an advanced class and a lab class, with folks working on so many different types of jewelry and metalwork projects. I love the excitement and challenge of helping each student make their unique design a reality. Kudos to all the student work pictured below: Karen R.'s neckpiece, Alyssa's stone pendant, Mary's bees, Susan's tree, Janet's tube-set earrings (representative of 10+ folks who followed through on the project and also made simliar earrings) and Karla's elegant copper earrings. Keep up the good work!
Tool Sale at Anneville - January 6, 2017
Find the tools to start something new in 2017! I recently received a generous donation of tools and supplies from former students, and it is time to pass them along to new homes. These are all jewelry/metals specific tools - many of them used only lightly, some need some TLC. Prices will be low!
Items include: hammers, steel mandrels and dapping blocks/punches, pliers, stamp tools, a tumbler, soldering equipment, wax working tools, wax block, books, steel bench blocks, tube cutting jig and lots more. Cash preferred, cards okay.
Doors open promptly at 5pm on Friday, January 6th at Anneville Studio.
No prior sales inquiries, please!
Anne Wolf ~ educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.