The second week of Ford Hallam's visit to Anneville got off to a great start. We had a Meet & Greet at Stone Brewery on the Sunday evening, and learned we had an eager and impressive crew - more jewelry/metals teachers, classically trained jewelers, folks with tons of experience in chasing & repoussé, even a bladesmith and Forged in Fire champion! From then until the last hour on Friday, the participants were a joy to be around - ambitious, focused, hard-working, talented, and funny too. We've already got plans for a few of them to return as visiting artists themselves. Here are photos and a recap of what they learned and created.
We had one of our biggest open studio nights ever with over 80 attendees on Friday, April 5th. Ford Hallam and Anne were both on hand demonstrating uchidashi, visiting with guests and even doing some ingot melting with Lincoln Hatfield and Douglas Pryor - two of our uchidashi students. Meanwhile videographer and goldsmith Bella Day wowed us all with "Sakura Silver" and the remaining students and visitors had a great time relaxing after our busy week. We even saw old friends and made some new ones. View photos.
I'm taking my mokume gane patterning class on the road this summer - on June 29 and 30 I'll be teaching at Idyllwild Arts, as part of their summer jewelry classes. Big thanks to Deb Jemmott (my colleague at West City and the organizer of Metals Week in Idyllwild) for making this possible.
It's now been a few weeks since we hosted Ford Hallam here at Anneville Studio. It was an exciting time full of intense focus, silliness, camaraderie, struggles and victories. And that was just the first day! No seriously, it was a joy and an honour to have Ford and his videographer and goldsmith partner Bella Day here, to guide a new crop of students in the intricacies of traditional Japanese metalworking. From starting with our copper samples to making precision chisels to chiseling and inlay, here is a recap of this amazing experience.
Experience the excitement of watching a 20-ton hydraulic press in action! Anneville Jewelry Lab member Janet Herman will share her knowledge, experience and cool collection of dies to demonstrate how she creates bees, lions and more out of copper and silver. Janet will discuss her research using different types of metal and share some of the tips and tricks she's learning in working in this interesting technique. Get details and directions.
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