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MSG Workshop: Chasing on Three-Dimensional Forms with David Huang

January 7, 2015 by Julie Sanford

MSG workshop with David HuangCHASING ON THREE-DIMENSIONAL FORMS April 17-19, 2015. David Huang is an internationally recognized, award winning metalsmith known for producing amazing texture and form on decorative hollowware vessels. His work is currently represented by galleries across the nation and has appeared in such publications as American Craft and Metalsmith Magazine. I dont think of my vessels as being an expression of my voice alone. Rather I see them as the product of a conversation among the tools, materials, and myself in search of beauty.Workshop Description: The main focus of this workshop will cover David Haungs techniques of chasing designs into copper vessels. Microcrystalline wax will be used instead of the more traditional pitch. Pre-formed vessels will be provided and a set of chasing tools will be available for use during class. Also, there will be a discussion and demonstrations on the topics: making chasing tools and patina techniques. This workshop will be held at Studio JSD in Grand Haven, MI


MSG Workshop:FERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I- MSG Visiting Artist Workshop with Chris Nelson

September 3, 2014 by Christine Bossler

Click here for additional informationFERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I is a fast-moving 3-day workshop in iron and gold where we will explore the techniques and materials required to create distinctive ferrous jewelry incorporating one gold alloy fused to iron. Chris Nelson is an internationally recognized studio metal artist who has explored the use of iron and gold in great depth and will now be sharing all that he has learned in working these seemingly antagonistic metals. Chris Nelson is an internationally recognized studio metal artist who has explored the use of iron and gold in great depth and will now be sharing all that he has learned in working these seemingly antagonistic metals. Click the link for more information and the registration form or copy and paste the following address to go and see more of Chris Nelsons work! urban-armour.com


MSG Annual Meeting Lecture: An Extended Rationale for the Ridiculous by Andrew Kuebeck September 28th at 3:30

July 30, 2014 by Christine Bossler

SpeciMen by Andrew KuebeckMSGs Annual Meeting, Tool Swap and Lecture will feature Andrew Kuebeck as this years Lecture. Andrew will present a lecture on his work titled An Extended Rationale for the Ridiculous. About Andrew Kuebeck: Andrew Kuebeck received his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and his MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2011. He is an Instructor of Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Andrew works in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels, and has lectured and has taught workshops nationally on the incorporation of photographic images into jewelry pieces and vessels. He has exhibited regionally & nationally and has had his work appear in numerous publications including 500 Enameled Objects, 21st Century Jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, Fold, and Rivet, and Metalsmith and Niche magazines. He was a 2012 SNAG Emerging Artist and is represented by Charon Kransen Arts, New York. For additional information about Andrew and to see more of his work click the image to the write of follow the link below.


CALL FOR RESIDENT ARTISTS

November 13, 2014 by Emily Saling

Follow this link for details.Media accepted: Wood, Glass, Metal, Fiber, Clay, and Mixed Media. Applicants must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios 24 hours per week and at least two weekends per month during HCCC public hours. (This changes to 20 hours per week from July 4th Labor Day, as HCCC is closed on Sundays for the summer.) Public hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM, and Sunday, Noon 5:00 PM. Closed Sundays, July 4th Labor Day.Juried selection is based on quality of creative work, ability to interact with the public, career direction, and program diversity. Accepted artists will be notified via e-mail in April.


CALL FOR ENTRY: PREZIOSA Young Design Competition

July 2, 2014 by Emily Saling

Click here for details.The competition does not have a predetermined theme, and the selection will be made based on: Quality of design and manufacture of the pieces; Originality in the use and interpretation of the materials; Conceptual and technical innovation.


"WE ARE SNAG: Identity" Call for entries.

July 2, 2014 by Emily Saling

Click here for details.WE ARE SNAG: Identity seeks images of traditionally crafted, contemporary, and experimental new works from any current member of SNAG. This online juried exhibition intends to represent the incredibly diverse work and making practices of our membership and is open to jewelry work, metals work, metalsmithed objects, body ornamentation and the like.


CALL FOR ENTRY: Martha Stewart American Made

July 2, 2014 by Emily Saling

Click for details.American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life. We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-mallssupporting the local and the handmade. Our countrys makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.


Researchers Discover Bacteria That Produces Pure Gold

October 5, 2012 by Christine Bossler

Click here to read the full article as writen by Jesus Diaz for GizmodoThe gold you see in the photo above was not found in a river or a mine. It was produced by a bacteria that, according to researchers at Michigan State University, can survive in extreme toxic environments and create 24 karat gold nuggets. Pure gold. Maybe this critter can save us all from the global economic crisis? Of course not, but at least it can make Kazem Kashefi, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, and Adam Brown,associate professor of electronic art and intermediaa bit rich, if only for the show they have put together.


Company plans to mine asteroids for riches

April 24, 2012 by Christine Bossler

Click here for full article as written by SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated PressSpace faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron gets off the ground as planned. Outside experts are skeptical about the project because it would probably require untold millions or perhaps billions of dollars and huge advances in technology. But the same entrepreneurs pioneered the selling of space rides to tourists a notion that seemed fanciful not long ago, too.


Intermediate Blacksmithing


In this class intermediate class students will continue to develop their skills through more challenging projects that will combine several basic forging operations into more complex shapes and forms. Students will complete two projects and and many samples during the course. Students for this course must have taken beginning blacksmithing at Smith Shop or have had equivalent experience. Limit 3 students. Class meets 3 hours a week. Tuesday evenings, 6pm-9pm, February 24th-March 31st. $500, most material included.


Flex Shaft Boot Camp with Mary Kernahan


Whether you have a nice new flex shaft that you don't quite know what to do with, or are still considering purchasing one, this is the class you've been waiting for. Learn how to utilize this multifunctional tool to save yourself time & generally make life easier in your studio. Students who have their own flex shaft (and hanger) may wish to bring them along. Class size is limited to 6 students, & this class fills fast, so sign up early. This is a PROCESS class. One session, 4 hours.


Tension Set Cabochon Ring with Kyle Dill


Learn to create a ring with a cabochon that is pressure set just from tension in the ring. Through the process of forging and hammering, student will learn about work hardening metal until it develops springiness that we can exploit to capture a stone. Piercing skills are required. This is a PROJECT class. One session 3 hours.


Synclastic and Anticlastic Bracelets with Kyle Dill


Synclastic forming moves metal in the same direction, producing dome like curves, while anticlastic forming moves metal in opposing directions, producing saddle-like curves. Both result in graceful curves that are extremely useful in jewelry and sculptural applications. In this class Kyle will demonstrate both forming techniques, then students will have time to make bracelets using their newly acquired skills. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours.


Acid Etched Cuff Bracelet with Mary Kernahan


Acid etching is a great way to bring texture, contrast and interest to your metals. This class combines basic acid etching on copper with basic forming & finishing techniques, and students will come away with a beautiful one of a kind bracelet. Students will also learn how to use a variety of resists including PNP blue, which allows you to transfer any black & white image to your metal for etching. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours.


Basic Soldering with Lesley Di Piazza


Whether you are new to soldering or just looking to increase your skills, this class is for you. Lesley will guide you through the theory and practice of butane and acetylene torch soldering. Students will get valuable hands-on experience in class and leave with the knowledge and confidence to solder at home. This class fills quickly, so sign up early! This is a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours.


Ancient Arts - "Turtle" Tab Stone Setting with Jason Burton


The name may be modest, but the effect of this historical setting is gorgeous! The turtle setting is a highly ornamental tab setting. Its a great first setting for budding metalsmiths, and experienced metalsmiths will love to customize it with the techniques they love: piercing, file work, stamping, granulation, inlay and more. Plus, the turtle can be executed solder free, so its great for holding special shapes and materials. rnrnIn this class you will create a classic 4-tab turtle setting, then embellish it with cold-working techniques to reflect your style. Well finish by setting a stone. Great for beginners! Experience with a jewelers saw and files is highly recommended. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours.


Hydraulic Die Forming with Kyle Dill


A hydraulic press makes use of even, compressive force for embossing or for forming metal into desired shapes. This workshop will acquaint you with all aspects of effectively using a hydraulic press, including safety and maintenance considerations and the principles of conforming and nonconforming (matrix and embossing) die forming. Simple die construction will also be covered, and ample time will be provided for practice use. This is a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours.rn


Box Clasp Construction with Mary Kernahan


A great looking clasp can go far beyond its role as a secure and functional connector to become a focal point or unifying design element. Unfortunately, sometimes the right clasp just isn't to be found, but if you can fabricate your own, your problems are solved! Box clasps are perfect for security, ease of use, and customization, but have a reputation for being difficult to make. Join Mary and let her show you a simple box clasp construction that is easily customized to your needs. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours.


Chasing and Repoussé


Explore metals malleable characteristics and create shallow relief sculpture in copper, brass, and silver. In this two day workshop you will be introduced to specific tools such as pitch, pushers, liners, and a chasing hammer to learn how easy it is to manipulate flat sheets of metal into dimensional reliefs. Students will work on samples to develop an understanding for the process before starting work on a final project. No metals experience is needed. Limit 6 students. Saturday, February 7th & Sunday, February 8th. 10am - 4pm. 2 days, 5 hours with an hour break for lunch each day. $165 + $35 material fee.


Metal Corrugation with Mary Kernahan


Corrugation offers the advantage of dramatically increased structural strength in thinner material, allowing for reduced weight and decreased material costs. It also provides a multitude of decorative uses such as simple ridges, fan folds, crimps, and more, all of which can be combined with more advanced techniques such as embossing, fold forming, chasing, die and other forming techniques. Students will explore all aspects of sheet metal and wire corrugation using an industrial tube wringer, pliers and other simple tools. This is a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours. rn


Freeform Bezels with Lesley DiPiazza


Expand your stone setting proficiency by learning to fabricate your own bezel cups. Students will learn to set irregular or free form cabochons as well as customize their bezels with a multitude of variations in the fabrication process. This is a PROCESS class. BASIC TORCH SOLDERING SKILLS REQUIRED. Maximum of 4 students. One session, 4 hours.


Ancient Arts - Twisted Wire Bracelet with Jason Burton


Be inspired by the Igbo culture of southeast Nigeria and the historic nomadic cultures of Nordic Europe bring the striking forms of twisted wire to your metalwork! In this workshop, learn a variety of basic twists which are beautiful alone, or recombine them into intricate compound twists. Students will learn multiple techniques then create a twisted wire bangle in their own unique style. Basic soldering skills are strongly recommended. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours.rn


Anticlastic Ring with Kyle Dill


Known for its structural strength and graceful beauty, anticlastic forming simultaneously stretches metal into opposing curves that are in right angles to each other (think a saddle shape). Using a sinusoidal stake and a cross peen hammer, Kyle will guide you through the anticlastic process, resulting in a beautiful anticlastic ring. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours. rn


Simple Bangle Bracelet with Keyhole Closure with Mary Kernahan


The elegant simplicity of this simple bangle bracelet is enhanced by the simple beauty of the fabricated keyhole closure. Proficiency with a jeweler's saw and torch soldering skills are required. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours.rn


Tube Set Soldered Pendant with Mary Kernahan


Tube setting is a great way to add faceted stones to your designs. In this class, using sterling silver & a 6mm round cubic zirconia, you will become acquainted with several techniques for tube setting, & will have fun while making yourself a classy pendant to boot. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours. rn


Intermediate Jewelry


In intermediate jewelry making students will continue to build upon skill learned in the beginning jewelry making course. Students will be introduced to basic stone setting, hollow form fabrication, surface embellishment techniques and more. The skills taught in this course can be applied to a variety of jewelry forms including rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Students will complete several small projects and samples during the course while working towards one or more substantial works. Limit 8 students. Classes meet 3 hours once a week. Wednesdays, 6-9pm. February 25th-April 1st. $300, most materials included.rn


Keum-Boo with Lesley DiPiazza


Explore the ancient Korean technique of fusing pure gold onto a silver surface. This class is a great introduction to goldsmithing & is for anyone who loves the look of gold, but not the price. Students will leave class with multiple finished projects of their own design. Beginning & advanced students are welcome. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 2 hours.


Workshop: Couples Wedding Band Workshop

  • When: March 21-22, 2015
  • Where: SmithShop, 1401 Vermont Street, Detroit, Michigan 48216
  • Contact: smithshopdetroit@gmail.com
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In this two day workshop couples will learn how to make thier own wedding rings using silver, gold, or platinum. All of the basics will be covered including measuring, sawing, forming, soldering, filing, sanding and polishing. We will also cover texturing. No metals experience is needed.


Beginning Jewelry Spring


In this beginning level course students will learn basic jewelry fabrication techniques including sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, riveting and finishing. Skills taught in this course can be applied to a variety of jewelry forms including rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. Students will complete several small projects and samples during the course while working towards one or more substantial works. Limit 8 students. Classes meet 3 hours once a week. Mondays, 6-9pm. April 20th- May 25th. $300, most materials included.rn


Workshop: Making Multiples


Jayne Redman has been exploring form and function with her jewelry for 18 years, developing ways of designing blanking dies and jigs that dramatically speed up the production process. She has also invented unique engineering and assembly processes for forming sheet and wire. In this workshop, Jayne will share what she has learned about making multiples using blanking dies and designing jigs for findings using Aquaplast, a thermal reactive plastic. Students will be amazed at how quickly they can go from original idea to duplicated shape with tools made in class.


Workshop: Inventive Findings


One of the special aspects of Jayne Redmans jewelry is the way she combines form and function in her designs, creating unusual findings and assembly processes. Jayne will demonstrate her original engineering ideas and teach you how to apply them to your own work. She will consult with each of you to help you create concepts that are unique to your jewelry. This workshop will focus on ways to make tools and jigs to form 3 dimensional shapes and unique findings including ear wires, linkage systems, and clasps. You will learn time saving ways of measuring, cutting, and connecting sheet and wire. You will be able to make exact duplicates of your forms and findings, enhancing your craftsmanship and adding appeal to your jewelry. Stretch your inventive tendencies in this three day forming class. Learn to blend the design facets of form and function to produce jewelry pieces that are truly original, truly your own. One of the unique aspects of Jayne Redmans jewelry is the way she combines these facets to produce unusual findings and develop specialized assembly processes. In this class, Jayne will demonstrate this skill, encouraging students to think in more inventive, creative ways, to expand their craftsmanship by developing tools and jigs to make findings that serve their individual design vision.


Conference: Impact: Looking Back, Forging Forward

  • When: May 20-23, 2015
  • Where: BOSTON PARK PLAZA HOTEL, BOSTON, MA
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Details Forthcoming.


Beginning Blacksmithing Summer


This class will introduce students to blacksmithing by focusing on various forging techniques including tapering, shouldering, fullering, twisting, drifting and more. We will also cover non-forging techniques such as riveting, cutting, grinding, drilling and finishing. Students will complete several small projects and samples during the course while working towards one or more substantial works. Limit 3 students. Class meets 3 hours a week on a weekday evening from 6-9pm. DATES TO BE DETERMINED. DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU HAVE A FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE. $485, most material included. rn


Beginning Blacksmithing Weekend Intensive


This two day weekend intensive will introduce students to blacksmithing by focusing on various forging techniques including tapering, shouldering, fullering, twisting, drifting and more. We will also cover non-forging techniques such as riveting, cutting, grinding, drilling and finishing. Students will complete one small project during the course while working towards one or more substantial work. The curriculum is the same as our beginning blacksmithing class, only compressed into one weekend. Limit 3 students. Saturday & Sunday June 20th & 21st, 9am-6pm with an hour break for lunch. $485, most material included.


Workshop: Intersecting

  • When: August 5-6, 2015
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Learn to create intricate three-dimensional jewelry from a single piece of metal!rnrnWatch as an award-winning goldsmith demonstrates how to use a saw to transform a sheet of metal into an intricate pendant design with a prong setting for a cabochon with a pierced and carved bail. rnrnNo soldering is necessary to execute this complex piece of jewelry. The techniques used in this clever project enable students to work with precision and control, as they build skills in layout, measuring, sawing, piercing, filing, fitting, assembly, and stone setting.rnrnIn this two day workshop students learn how to adapt these imaginative intersecting sheet structures, held together by tension, to a wide variety of jewelry applications. rnrnThis is an introductory to intermediate level class. Participants who have not had a previous workshop experience with Michael will receive instruction in basic use of jewelers saw and files. Returning students will build on their previous skills and develop further fluency with tool and technique. rn


Workshop: Intersecting Sheet Settings


Learn to create intricate three dimensional jewelry from a single piece of metal! Watch as an award winning goldsmith demonstrates how to use a saw to transform a sheet of metal into an intricate pendant design with a prong setting for a cabochon with a pierced and carved bail. No soldering is necessary to execute this complex piece of jewelry. The techniques used in this clever project enable students to work with precision and control, as they build skills in layout, measuring, sawing, piercing, filing, fitting, assembly, and stone setting. In this two day workshop students learn how to adapt these imaginative intersecting sheet structures, held together by tension, to a wide variety of jewelry applications. This is an introductory to intermediate level class. Participants who have not had a previous workshop experience with Michael will receive instruction in basic use of jewelers saw and files. Returning students will build on their previous skills and develop further fluency with tool and technique. rn


Workshop: Beyond the Bezel


This unique experience is all about extracting the most value from of the least amount of material.rnrnBezels can be far more than just a ring of metal enclosing a stone. This three day intensive applied technique workshop elevates the bezel into a self supporting design element. rnrnIn skilled hands, the simplest of tools enable the greatest degree of artistic expression and creative freedom. With dividers, saw, and files, a bezel can become a skillfully decorated setting. Learn to transform a common thick walled bezel into the elaborately carved and pierced centerpiece of a jewel. Create alternative setting designs by articulating bezels into prongs, tabs, channels, serrated and scalloped patterns. rnrnDemonstration and instruction by an award winning professional goldsmith is followed by each participants hands on exploration and adaptation of process and technique. The course curriculum covers forming, shaping, and soldering heavy stock into bezels; precision layout and execution of patterns and repetitive design elements; and setting stones with pushers, burnishers, hammer and punch. rn