Learn to Saw™ with Thomas Mann
Thomas Mann delivers a succinct understanding of one of the primary tools of metalsmithing and guarantees students will be sawing like champs in under three hours. Students will be able to saw precise designs out of everything from paper to steel. Students will leave with several finished charms and a mini slot-sculpture from the sawing experience.
3 hour class - $75 plus $12 kit fee. No skills necessary.
Fastenation!™ with Thomas Mann
Join Tom for a fascinating, inventive, and revelatory tour of the
cold-connection techniques he has been using in his work for more than
30 years. You will encounter his unique perspective on riveting and his very personal “miniature bolting system.” Class beings with a lecture and demo followed by a hands-on opportunity to practice what you’ve learned. Prepare to be FASTENated!
3-hour Workshop - $85 plus $37 kit fee.
Sawing skills necessary.
Jigsaw to Jewelry with Thomas Mann
In this two day class participants will have the opportunity to apply the techniques of sawing, chasing, etching, cold connecting and print making. Learn basic etching and chasing techniques to make "jigsaw puzzle" monoprints. You'll then use cold connecting techniques to turn your jigsaw “plates” into a wearable piece of art that can be mounted to a display/wallpiece— three pieces in one workshop! This workshop was inspired by the La Fleur series that Tom created while visiting his sculptor/printmaker friends in France. The printmaking portion of the workshop is also featured in his new book by Northlight Books,
The Metal Artist’s Workbench: Demystifying the Jeweler’s Saw.
2-day Workshop - $295 plus $55 kit fee.
Weird Soldering™ with Thomas Mann
Taking participants to places they have never been before in the weird metal-physical world where the heat meets the metal! In this 2 day advanced workshop in soldering techniques, Tom challenges participants to delve deeply into the engineering and fabrication issues relative to one of the most basic metalsmithing practices by executing several soldering exercises ranging from the simple to the rather complex. All are designed to give the participant a broad understanding of a solder systems that will enhance their metalsmithing skill set.
2-day Workshop - $295 plus kit fee.
Sawing skills & prior soldering experience necessary.
Mexican Market Place with Jesse Bert
Today more than ever it is important for all of us to learn about cultural aspects of other countries - to see the variety of human needs and differences that exist in the world so all people can live in a peaceful and respectful manner. In these 2 classes, learn a little more about some interesting and beautiful aspects of your neighboring country —Mexico.
2-day Mexican Tool & Stamp Making*
Mexican Stamp and Tool Making, students will explore the attributes of carbon steel to create unique and exciting tools much in the same way that has been done by artisans and jewelers in Mexico for generations.
As well as looking at some traditional forms and shapes of tools used in Mexico, you will also learn the value of exploring form and design to create your own tool designs.
$200 plus kit fee.
3-day Cold Connecting Class*
In this workshop, students will explore some of the commonly seen cultural imagery of Mexico while incorporating the re-use of found or existing materials that frequently appear in the Mexican market places, such as wood, plastic and tin among others. Traditional materials and methods such as silver, copper, soldering, basic patinas and surface texture, using the stamps & tools from the previous workshop, will also be integrated into this class.
$300 plus kit fee.
*Basic metals skills such as sawing filing and soldering are recommended. Spanish & English speakers alike are welcome.
Please inquire for pricing and kit fee.
The Found Object Pendant with Richard Salley
Whether you are an experienced jewelry artist or taking your first class in jewelry making, you’ll learn a wealth of tips, tricks and techniques that you can apply to your own jewelry and assemblage projects. For this special cold-connection workshop we will use as our starting point a metal jar lid…the kind you find on a Starbucks Frappuccino bottle, baby food jar, etc. Part of the challenge will be the problem solving necessary to incorporate your unique 'found object' into the final project. As the accompanying photo shows (above, far left), the class will focus on creating a pendant using just about anything you have on hand… buttons, game pieces, old jewelry, fossils, minerals, and industrials materials
(chain, electronic parts, etc. Some of the cold-connection techniques covered will include (but not limited to) riveting, staples, tabs, prongs, and micro fasteners, wire working techniques and how to fabricate a very
functional hook and eye clasp closure.
No skills necessary. Full-day Workshop- $165
Behind Closed Doors: The Locket Cuff with Richard Salley
There is something inherently intriguing about lockets that solicit close examination. Perhaps it is the mechanical aspect of the hinge or catch that invites us to manipulate the components. Or it may be the mystery of what is hidden inside. The wearer of a locket always has the option of keeping out observers or allowing them to share in the secret behind the closed doors. While lockets are usually made as pendants, in this 2-day workshop we will construct a locket that will be worn as a cuff. You'll learn a special technique for creating hinges that will eliminate any fears you may have about making them. Some of the other topics that we will cover include image transfer methods, metal etching, riveting, using microbolts, bezel making, stone setting and design considerations. We will also take a short course in toolmaking where you will learn to make your own custom burnishing tool to help with the stone setting.
Sawing skills necessary. 2-day Workshop- $325 plus $20 kit fee.