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Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Foldforming is a fast way to manipulate flat sheets of metal to make 3D forms. By heating, folding and hammering thin sheets of metal you can experiment with the variety of forms that unfold as you work. With a few subtle hammer blows your copper sheet can transform into a multitude of forms, from leaves and flowers to striking geometric structures. Take it further by colorizing the metal using some simple patinas. This dynamic, experimental work will inform your artistic process as your ideas for sculpture and jewelry evolve. Join us as we test the limits and learn more about foldforming, chemical and heat patinas!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: May 27, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

Historically, jewelers were partners with opticians in the design and making of eyeglasses. In this fast paced one-day workshop, we’ll explore historical through contemporary spectacles through slides, samples, and demos. We’ll learn how jeweler's techniques are applicable to making eyeglasses. Learn tricks from the optical indus­try about holding lenses in frames, coloring lenses, and explore inventive approaches to creating hinges and other mechanisms. This is NOT a hands-on workshop; it is an exploration of a how to understand pro­cesses that are specific to the low-tech fabrication of eyeglasses for intermediate to skilled jewelers.

Prerequisites: While beginners are welcome, intermediate to advanced jewelers and metalsmiths will get the most out of this workshop.