FOLD FORMING WORKSHOP – THE ART LEAGUE SCHOOL OF ALEXANDRIA.
Nick just completed teaching a two day workshop at the Art League School in Alexandria,covering the basic fold forming techniques developed by Charles Lewton Brain & his students,
14 jewelry students attended this successful studio based workshop, spending the first day working with paper & copper models, evolving into the production of a Heisted cup & it’s derivitives – followed by diving into a ring made from 24g copper using a three line fold format. Students were encouraged to play with the idea of making marks/folds into the metal; then re-forming it around a ring mandrel to see how the form expanded and stretched.
Day two started out with a marathon fold forming demonstration covering T-folds; taperd folds; the Reuger fold & it’s close families and the use of hammers/rolling mills & the hydralic press to really stretch (OW!) the imagination. Students spent the rest of the day exploring the endless possibilities of this forming technique.
No cuts were reported, but a few bruised fingers were noticed – a good day in my book. Please leave any comments you would like to share about this workshop.
ENAMELING / FOLD FORMING WORKSHOP – THE ART LEAGUE SCHOOL OF ALEXANDRIA – March 28th;29th;30th 2014
Enamel artist Abby Schindler Goldblatt & Nick just completed teaching a three-day workshop at the Art League School in Alexandria, covering glass enameling combined with some basic fold forming techniques, originally developed by Charles Lewton Brain & his students,
9 jewelry students from as far away as Gettysburg & Manassas attended this successful studio based workshop, spending the first day working with simple line and T-fold copper models which were then torch fired enameled which allowed students a quick and immediate insight as to how the two processes work well together.
Day one – Students were encouraged to play with the idea of making marks/folds into the metal to discover how the enamel colors; both opaque and transparent work with the highs and lows of the fold forms, and how the kiln temperature and the length of time the piece stays in the kiln affects the final outcome.
Day two – Abby explored more in-depth enamel techniques, which opened students palette up to using foils; cloisonné wire; silver shot; eutectic silver as well as bronze wire mesh to both fold; form and enamel.
Students developed more skills with the basic forming techniques, as well as explore some interesting ideas and forms of their own.
Day three – On a rainy – followed by snowy Sunday – Students returned!!!! What hero’s and dedicated folks these are – people like this make teaching workshops at the Art League school fun and rewarding.
Students explored more hammer forging and forming techniques to finalize some pieces and to develop new ones.
Abby’s extensive knowledge of the enamels color palette helped students to develop some cool looking pieces, and avoided the dreaded brown enamel.
Soldering findings and the making of pin mechanisms allowed students to see the wearability of some of the pieces they made in class.
Thanks to the kindness of our students helping in clearing up the studio at day’s end, Abby and I were able to get home before the snow fall became a problem – Cheers!
Please leave any comments you would like to share about this workshop.
METAL CARVING TECHNIQUES FOR THE JEWELER – THE ART LEAGUE SCHOOL OF ALEXANDRIA – March 14th 2015
This workshop explored how the use of hand files, saws, and gravers, as well as flex shaft accessories can create infinite variety of form and decorative carved finishes for small-scale jewelry.
8 very enthusiastic students met this cool Spring day to carve & grind & saw & mutilate in a very creative way, a variety of pre-made brass sampler rings – this allowed them to work very fast on playing with the techniques they were shown, and explore the possibilities of the tools on hand. Once these aspects were taken in, they were ready for the challenge of carving a billet of Reactive Metals ARGENTIUM/COPPER Mokume Gane. Carving this beautiful material is a challenge to many, as the pattern formation stays a little mysterious right up until the billet is rolled and evened out. A little Baldwins patina then exposes the true beauty of the carvings.
Again, a great workshop starts & ends with some willing to learn, eager students – thanks for making the first class a success!