We are excited to announce our first visiting artists - Ford Hallam and Bette Barnett! And introducing a new Anneville instructor, Julie Monroe.
January has been busy but delightful so far - what a joy to talk with talented jewelers and metalsmiths from all over the planet, figuring out the schedule and logistics for them to come share their specialized knowledge here at Anneville. Exact dates and registration coming soon, but in the meantime let me introduce you to three amazing artists who will be offering classes or workshops at Anneville this year - Ford Hallam, Bette Barnett and Julie Monroe.
Ford Hallam is a classically trained goldsmith working in the Japanese tradition of metal art. Since his first study trip to Japan in 1993, Ford has dedicated himself to mastery of this unique tradition's techniques. Widely acknowledged as the leading Western authority on the subject, Ford teaches, creates his own metalwork, and continues research and restoration work in his studio in Devon, England.
Ford hasn't taught in the U.S. in years - we are so fortunate to have him here for two 5-day workshops: an Intro to Japanese metalworking class March 25-29, 2019 and a special class on uchidashi April 1-5, 2019. Uchidashi is a Japanese metal forming technique somewhat similar to chasing and repousse, but with much greater relief possible.
Learn more about Ford though his website, patreon site and blog post I wrote about his uchidashi class. More class details soon - Registration opens January 28, 2019.
Since 2013 Bette Barnett has devoted her work to exploring and experimenting with gold and steel jewelry. She studied with the late Chris Nelson, whose explorations of ancient Japanese techniques were instrumental in launching widespread interest in applying fine gold to steel. Bette has built on those studies by perfecting additional techniques and processes, including Keum Boo and galvanic etching of steel. Currently she is developing techniques to fuse various alloys to steel, including shibuichi and shakudo. Bette will be a featured guest speaker at the Santa Fe Symposium 2020.
Bette will be teaching her popular 3-day "Steel & Gold" workshop here at Anneville this August 23-25, 2019. Class will include keum boo, basics of working with steel for jewelry, and lots more! Registration coming soon. See more about Bette on her website.
Julie Monroe began her silversmith training at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina in 2008, and continued her studies in San Diego with Dennis Turner and Anne Wolf. We are so excited that Julie will be offering beginning jewelry/metals classes on Saturdays starting in March, and a torch-fired enamel class in May. Julie clearly loves the art of silversmithing and approaches her teaching with positive energy and enthusiasm. Class schedule up soon! In the meantime learn more about Julie on instagram @studiojulessilversmith and in the Rancho Santa Fe news.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.