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:
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.