Anne Wolf - Ongoing classes in Mokume Gane, Copper and Japanese Patinas, Independent Studies and more I have been teaching jewelry/metalwork classes and creating custom mokume-gane wedding rings, jewelry and one-of-a-kind metal art objects since 1991. I earned my Masters of Fine Art in Jewelry/Metals in 1999, training primarily under Helen Shirk and Arline Fisch at San Diego State University. From 2003-2014 I taught a four-level jewelry/metals course at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. In 2007 I met a group of mokume artists working in Northern California - Toshiyuki Kawai, Earl Bushey, Jerry Blanchard and Gene Novagratsky. With them I learned to fuse, forge and pattern mokume gane using traditional Japanese methods. My work has been shown across the U.S. and in international venues such as the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus in Hanau, Germany and the Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum in Tsubame, Japan. Creativity, quality craftsmanship and obsessive attention to detail are among my goals for every piece I create. I am committed to the format of functional craft as a vehicle for artistic expression. For me, a successful piece communicates with viewers on a level more meaningful than words, and reflects the traditions of metalsmiths throughout history. Connect with Anne on Instagram @annevillestudio.
Bette Barnett - Steel and Gold "Since 2013 I have devoted my work to exploring and experimenting with steel jewelry. Beginning my jewelry career in 2010, I learned basic skills through private and group lessons with seasoned jewelers and teachers. In 2013 I began studying the steel/gold processes and continued with advanced workshops with the late Chris Nelson, whose explorations of ancient Japanese techniques were instrumental in launching wide-spread interest in applying fine gold and silver to steel. I have built on those studies by perfecting additional techniques and processes, including Keum Boo and galvanic etching of steel. Currently I am developing techniques to fuse various metals and alloys to steel.I am actively pursuing research into working with steel and have published articles on the topic n Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. In addition, I have been selected to develop and present a research paper on steel jewelry at the 2020 Santa Fe Symposium. Before beginning my career as a jeweler/instructor, I gained teaching credentials through my background as a corporate communication consultant. In my former career, I provided extensive training services to the employees of client companies thus fine tuning my instructional capabilities. I participate in a number of art shows annually and my work is shown at Sparks Gallery, a prestigious venue in the Gaslamp District of San Diego. I teach private lessons in my San Diego studio and offer group workshops throughout the U.S." Learn more about Bette at StudioMigoto.com.
Ford Hallam - Introduction to Japanese Metalworking and Uchidashi Ford Hallam holds a unique position in the world of fine art metalwork. He is the only non-native artist to have been adopted into Japan’s ancient decorative metalworking tradition. Having dedicated himself to the mastery of its techniques and materials he is widely acknowledged as the leading Western authority on the technical aspects of this work. From his earliest encounters with Japanese art he has felt a strong resonance with his own aesthetic sensibilities. This has provided him with a framework within which to develop his personal language of “metal as art”. He now divides his creative efforts between contemporary expressions in classical Japanese formats and a freer exploration of the more abstract possibilities inherent in this medium.Learn more about Ford at FordHallam.com.
Anneville Jewelry Lab is a jewelry/metals teaching classroom and co-work space in San Diego. We offer multi-week classes, visiting artist workshops, hourly bench rental, and co-work space memberships. Learn more about working with us.