Visiting Artist Workshop with Bette Barnett
January 13-17, 2020, 5-day intensive, Fri-Sat & Sun 9am-4pm
Tuition $825 plus $90 materials fee payable by cash or card in class
This workshop offers a powerful one-two punch in steel and gold by starting with the basics and then taking it to the next level. The workshop begins with a solid foundation in creating dramatic steel and gold jewelry. You’ll learn to fuse gold to steel and bond gold foil to steel using the Keum Boo technique. Then we’ll kick things up a notch with techniques for creating “out-of-the-box” jewelry using alternative materials, such as perforated steel sheet, wire and steel mesh—all with fused gold.
After mastering the fundamentals of steel and gold, you’ll apply your new knowledge and unleash your creative impulses by learning to create bold steel jewelry with a mixture of different forms of steel. It’s a chance to let your imagination run wild with new techniques and materials after learning a solid foundation of skills. You’ll learn all about working with steel including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, patinating and finishing. You’ll also learn to alloy gold, a valuable skill that has broad application. In addition, you’ll learn to fuse alternative metals and alloys to steel like copper, argentium, shibuichi and shakudo, There will be significant time for hands-on work, providing opportunities for exploration and problem solving with coaching from the instructor. Leave with two or more pieces of finished steel/gold jewelry, with more in-progress work to finish in your own studio. In addition, you may create one over the top creation for a friendly in-class design competition moderated by independent judges. This class enables students to get out of their comfort zones and explore beyond the boundaries to create truly imaginative steel jewelry. Best for ongoing jewelry/metals students who are comfortable with a torch. Experience forging and forming as well as soldering, melting and patinating metals a plus. Students must also bring 2 pennyweights of 24k gold casting grain (available from Rio Grande), more details sent after registration.
Depending on the student’s skill level, final fabrication and finishing may be needed after the class to complete the project. We offer ongoing independent study opportunities for this purpose.
Your safety is of utmost importance to us: everyone is required to wear closed toed shoes while in the Lab, loose hair must be pulled back and safety glasses and earmuffs are available and required.