October 3 and 4, 2020 - Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm PDT
Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition $240 + $62-$122 kit fee (+tax & shipping or kit available for pick up)
Take your mokume gane patterning to a whole new level - beyond stamping, twisting and chiseling. At a fundamental level, mokume gane patterning is analogous to the geologic processes of uplift, metamorphosis, and erosion. In this newly expanded class, Anne reveals unexpected ways to pattern which she has discovered over the years. With hammers, stamps and other tools we will metamorphosize the blank mokume gane sheet; the patterns will begin to appear as our files erode away the disturbed layers. The focus will be on creating uniquely patterned mokume sheet that can be used later to make jewelry, box lids, and more. Best for students who have taken at least one mokume gane class, or well-equipped and motivated beginners. This online class is designed to work just like an in-person workshop. Get details and Register.
What an absolute joy it was to sit down with Bette Barnett and hear about her upcoming Steel and Gold Workshop here at Anneville Jewelry Lab. She is smart, extremely knowledgeable and funny, her class is going to be fantastic. To purchase your gold casting grain we recommend Rio Grande (this is not an affiliate link): https://www.riogrande.com/product/24k-yellow-gold-casting-grain/608700
If you're not already signed up, here's the registration info, please let us know in the comments if you have any questions and help us spread the word, as of today we still have a few seats available!
Steel & Gold Workshop
Visiting Artist Workshop - Bette Barnett
3-day intensive, Fri-Sat & Sun August 23-25, 2019 - 9am-4pm
Instructor: Bette Barnett. Tuition $440 plus $50 materials fee payable in class.
Steel is an amazing metal – strong, light weight and malleable. One of the most fascinating characteristics of steel is its affinity for gold. Simply put, steel “loves” gold and marrying the two results in dramatic mixed metals jewelry that responds to today’s aesthetic for work that ranges from bold and rich to gritty and rustic.In this three-day workshop, you will learn how to create dramatic steel and gold jewelry. We’ll cover how to work with mild (cold rolled) steel and explore techniques required to create jewelry from steel, including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, patinating and finishing. During the workshop you will learn how to alloy and roll our own gold, torch-fuse gold to steel and apply gold to steel using the Keum Boo technique. At the completion of the workshop, you’ll have at least one finished piece and other in-progress work that you can complete in your own studio. You’ll also come away with the skills you need to create dramatic, eye-catching steel and gold jewelry. Students must also bring 2 pennyweights of 24k gold casting grain (available from Rio Grande), more details sent after registration. Register.
Today's mokume gane twist workshop produced some terrific student work. I'm always amazed at how differently every student approaches this technique. Starting with 6mm square solid mokume-gane rod, students twisted, forged and filed their way to unique finished projects from bracelets to an abstract metal art pieces. Copper/brass mokume was included in the class but two students upgraded to silver/copper/brass mokume. We even had an advanced student doing stamping techniques too while working on two different projects.
Spring was a fun semester, full of fold-forming , stone-setting and box-making. Lots of creativity here; especially Juan's fold-form fish and Yoko's hairpin!
Spring class schedule up at West City - classes start February 8
WCCPL (West City Campus, Point Loma) is a top-notch jewelry/metals lab only about a mile away from Anneville Studio. With a class max of 20 and a large room full of great metals equipment, it is a vibrant and social place to learn. I'll be teaching two classes there this spring. Registration for these classes is through the school, not me! Just follow the links to register.
Jewelry and Metalworking - Advanced
Mondays, 9am-1pm, Feb 8 - May 23
This semester we'll get some time to practice and catch up on techniques introduced previously (marriage of metal, using exotic alloys, shell-forming and vessel fabrication), but we'll start out with a riveted acrylic pendant and some step-bezels for larger art-type cabochon stones. 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, Feb 8 - May 23
Learn the basics or expand your skills while creating three projects. We'll start with an acrylic riveted pendant, move to stone-setting, and finish with a forged silver necklace (silver optional, not included). 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.
What a fun semester at West City Center, Point Loma. The all-levels class focused on rings - bent, soldered, carved, with stones and without. I was particularly pleased with the creativity of some of the beginners - check out the wearable brass fish ring by Andrea, top center. In the advanced class we worked with bimetals, exotic Japanese alloys, shell-forming and marriage of metals. It was a lot to absorb, but many came up with some amazing projects, especially Julie with her celestial bracelet and Chanalin's bee! The spring advanced class will include some time to catch up and practice the techniques learned in the fall and last spring (vessel fabrication).
This semester at West City Point Loma we focused mostly on vessel fabrication, with a little etching and stone-setting thrown in for good measure. These fabulous copper boxes were created by beginning students. Advanced folks worked on fairly complex vase and box construction -- check out Diane's sweet silver box pictured in center. I so enjoyed sharing my knowledge of larger scale work with a great group of students. Hope to offer the advanced vessel class again next spring.
Next month I'll be taking my hammers and files on the road and heading to the University of Central Oklahoma. Professor and Assistant Dean Charleen Weidell has invited me to share my love of mokume gane with her jewelry and metalworking students. We'll spend three days exploring the world of mokume gane - history, current trends, and practical demos of stamp and twist patterning. Students will receive their own blank mokume to try their hand at patterning too. As part of the workshop I'll be giving a public lecture on my work and how I transitioned from art student to successful small business owner.
If you are nearby Edmond, Oklahoma on March 12-14, 2015 stop by and say hello!
3/25/15 update - the workshop was a blast! The studio at OCU is fabulous, with an impressive tool collection and dedicated students and faculty. Even the lecture was well-attended and received ~ phew. Might have a video of that in the future, but in the meantime here's some images of the workshop itself:
Saturday-Sunday, January 24-25, 9am-4pm, $220
$50 additional to upgrade to sterling silver/copper mokume-gane.
Stamp patterning is the easiest, most direct method for creating your own unique mokume-gane patterns. In this 2-day intensive, you will learn how blank mokume-gane is fused, learn to pattern your own with commonly used stamp tools, and explore related patterning techniques such as direct hammer texture, and steel wire impression transfer. Demonstrations of patterning techniques in the mornings, with lots of directed work time in the afternoons. Time to create multiple patterned mokume pieces for your own future projects, and a finished pendant and/or bracelet. BEG-ADV. Register today.
Saturday, December 13, 9am-4pm (one hour lunch break) - $125
$75 additional to upgrade to sterling silver/copper mokume-gane.
Twist patterning is an experience not to be missed - imagine twisting a 6mm square solid mokume-gane rod over three revolutions with just common hand tools, then cutting into the metal to reveal the star pattern beneath. You will then forge out the rod to become an elegantly patterned mokume bracelet. Please note, there is a fair amount of filing and hammering involved, but persistence is more important then strength! BEG-ADV.
Saturday, November 15
9am-4pm (one hour lunch break) - $125
$50 additional to upgrade to sterling silver/copper mokume-gane.
Stamp patterning is a quick, rewarding method for creating your own unique mokume-gane patterns. Starting with included blank copper/brass mokume sheet, we will stamp, file, forge and sand permanent designs on multiple samples. In the afternoon you will pick your favorite sample to turn into a finished pendant. Some soldering experience helpful, but not necessary. Perfect introduction to mokume gane patterning! BEG-ADV. Space is limited to 4 students, Register today!
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.