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Jessica Calderwood Workshop

“Creative Mark-Making in Enamel,” given by Jessica Calderwood, is a fast-paced workshop that will focus on different ways to make marks and render in vitreous enamel. Starting with copper sheet and porcelain-coated steel, demonstrations will be given on sgraffito, etching cream, underglaze pencils, ceramic oxides, overglazes/china paint, and glass beads. Expect to create a series of experimental process samples as a way to open up your approach and expand your visual language.

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Workshop Details

The workshop will be held at Glen Echo Park, MD on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, 2015.  Hours will be 10:30 to 4:30.  The cost will be $280 plus a $13 Park registration fee.  There will be a $15 supply fee payable to the instructor.  Class size is limited to 11.

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How to Sign Up

Registration is handled by the Glen Echo Park system.  You may register online by going to glenechopark.org or you may call 301-634-2226.  NEG members will receive a $15 refund check at the workshop.  The workshop will be filled by the first to sign up.

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Jessica Calderwood has exhibited her enamels throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program and the Mesa Arts Center. Her work has also been published in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, NICHE, Ornament, the Lark 500 series, and the Art of Enameling. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  See her work at jessicacalderwood.com

Here are pieces of student work from a previous workshop:

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Jayne Redman “Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Pattern Development” Workshop

Get ready to think about a whole new way of enameling on die-cut metal…because after Jayne’s workshop you will be able to design and make your own precise multiple shapes and form them into 3-D pieces of silver or copper, large or small, simple or complex.  It’s up to you and your imagination.

 

Left, silver is in the blanking die ready to be cut.  Center, pieces are ready for keum boo.  Lower right, pieces have been formed. Upper right, pieces are assembled into a pendant.

Left, silver is in the blanking die ready to be cut. Center, pieces are ready for keum boo. Lower right, pieces have been formed. Upper right, pieces are assembled into a pendant.

 

This workshop will deal directly with how to make the blanking dies that you will saw from tool steel.  Your die will cut metal that is thinner than the thickness of your die.  You can use either a heavy duty bench vise or a hydraulic press to cut shapes with your die.   The shapes will be precision cut and of your own design.

The pattern sawed out needs to be beveled at a specific angle to create a shearing action.  You will use a special bench pin and protractor which help keep your tool steel at the correct angle while you saw out your design.

Using the rotational bench pin and magnetic protractor.

Using the rotational bench pin and magnetic protractor.

You will learn how to design and engineer the die.  Jayne will teach you the proper placement and proportion of hinge to pattern so your die will work well.  You will also learn how to make multiple dies which have two or three shapes spaced apart so that you can cut several at once.  Re-insert the metal, offset by one, to efficiently cut several more.

A multiple die that has made the first cut in the copper.

A multiple die that has made the first cut in the copper.  By offsetting the die, 3 more pieces can be cut to the left.

You will learn pattern development.  Jayne will teach her design process for working out shapes and planning for forming and connecting the pieces.  She will bring examples of her work and show step-by-step samples of how pieces can be put together.  One of her techniques is “faux tubing” shown in the picture below.  She will show you some interesting design possibilities, and you will be encouraged to think beyond the obvious.

The connector between the two halves of the shape is formed around a rod to make "faux tubing."

The connector between the two halves of the shape is formed around a rod to make “faux tubing.”

We will not be doing any enameling in this workshop.  But you must see the next pictures of the work done by Barbara Bowling after she made her blanking die in Jayne’s class…then enameled the metal in her own studio.  Stunning!   Hope you are feeling inspired…

 

Mistletoe by Barbara Bowling, side view

Mistletoe by Barbara Bowling, side view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mistletoe by Barbara Bowling, looking up

Mistletoe by Barbara Bowling, looking up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing of Mistletoe Die

Drawing of Mistletoe Die

Workshop Details

The workshop will be held at WashingtonArtWorks, 12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville MD 20852 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 7, 8 and 9.  Hours will be 10:00 to 5:00.  The cost will be $345 for guild members and $385 for nonmembers.  There will be a $150 kit fee (an aluminum rotational bench pin $115, tool steel $25, magnetic protractor $10).

 

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How to Sign Up

NEG and the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths are cohosting this workshop.  NEG and WGG members have received applications by email and should send them in ASAP since the workshop will be filled by the first to sign up.  There is a twelve student maximum.  If you are not a guild member and would like an application, go to washingtonguildofgoldsmiths.com/workshops and click on Workshop Application.

 

 

Maya and IJayne Redman, a Maine native, earned her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from the Maine College of Art in 1977. She began her jewelry career in New York as a design and production assistant in the fashion jewelry industry. She started her own company, Jayne Redman Jewelry, in 1982. Jayne is the recipient of numerous awards including the Niche Award for Silver Jewelry and Lapidary Journal’s Jewelry Arts Award and has been a finalist in the Saul Bell Awards.

Jayne has been featured in articles for Crafts Report, AJM/MJSA Journal, Lapidary Journal, Professional Jeweler, Niche, and Ornament magazines. Examples of her work illustrate the books Art Jewelry Today by Donna Z. Meilach, Making Metal Beads by Pauline Warg, 500 Earrings by Lark Books and 20th Century Jewelry – The Best of the 500 Series by Lark Books. She was a contributor to the book Profiting by Design by Marlene Richey.

Jayne is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals. She teaches workshops nationally and at Riverview Workshops at Jayne Redman Studio in southern Maine. She is represented by fine jewelry and craft stores across the country.

Visit her website at jayneredmanjewelry.com.

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Below are some examples of student work from past workshops.

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Beth Wicker's Turtles

 

 

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Cynthia Miller to Teach Multi-Panel Wall Art Workshop, September 2014

Miller4We are bringing Cynthia from her home in Tucson to spend three days with us sharing her approach to creating the dazzling multi-panel enamels she is known for. Her workshop at the last Enamelist Society conference was a hit, and because of that we have had a lot of inquiries from people from around the country. So don’t delay after the Glen Echo registration opens.  We are limiting the workshop to 9 people so we will have 3 people per kiln.

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The workshop will begin with a discussion of Cynthia’s approach to design development and ways to translate a concept to panel composition.  She will demonstrate the process by making a 4-panel piece and will discuss images of other work that she has done.  The first class project will be a 4-panel piece made up of 4″x6″ pieces of 16 gauge copper.  From inspirational pictures provided by each student, Cynthia will help work out the design and execution.  The second project will be a 4-panel work made up of 6″x8″ pieces of 16 gauge copper.  Again, she will help with advice on color layering and multiple firing, as well as placing lump enamel “jewels” if desired.  For those who have time, there may be a third project of 2 or 4 panels.  Students will learn how to clean and prepare the copper, how to flux and counter enamel,  how to fire on a “bed of nails,” how to flatten panels that warp from heat, and how to use the frameless French cleat system for hanging that allows for an attractive final presentation.

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Workshop Details

The workshop will be held at Glen Echo Park, MD on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 19-21, 2014.  Hours will be 10:00 to 5:00.  The cost will be $435 plus a $13 Park registration fee.  The cost for copper will be $56 for the first two projects, and either $18 or $36 more if a 2 or 4 panel 3rd project is done.  Class size is limited to 9.

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How to Sign Up

Registration is handled by the Glen Echo Park system.  Registration will open at 10:00 am on August 4 when you may register online by going to glenechopark.org or you may call 301-634-2226.  NEG members will receive a $15 refund check at the workshop.  The workshop will be filled by the first to sign up.

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Cynthia Miller…see her website at finefusions.com and read her personal statement:  “The Arts are my lifelong passion. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Illinois, I studied Copper Enameling with Richard Loving at the Art Institute of Chicago. A Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Northwestern University in 1978 completed my formal arts education. We lived in Evanston, Illinois, while my two sons were growing up; I was an account executive in advertising and film. During the 1990’s I taught art and humanities at Columbia College and at the International Academy of Design in Chicago. Since moving to Tucson, Arizona , in 2000, I have been teaching art, theatre and yoga at Pima College. My copper enameling art continues to be my life’s passion.”

Awards
34th Mesa Contemporary Art Museum Juried Award: 2013
NICHE Finalist: 2012-Enamel on Metal
NICHE Award: 2011 – Enamel on Metal
Best in Show:  2010 – Mamaroneck, NY Art Guild
Red Ribbon: 2010 – Ventana Competition, Tucson

Ricky Frank Workshop in April

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This three day workshop for intermediate and advanced enamelists is aimed to provide new skills and help with design challenges.  The workshop will focus on layering techniques and color gradation, combining opaque, transparent and opalescent enamels for small scale jewelry-type pieces.  The layers will also integrate copper, silver and gold foils as important design elements.  You will learn how to make your own hand-made foils and you will fold, emboss, stamp and chase them to create one-of-a-kind expressive excitement in your enamels.

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Workshop Details

The workshop will be held at Glen Echo Park, MD on  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25, 26 and 27, 2014.  Hours will be 9:30 to 4:30 pm.  The cost will be $390 plus a $13 Park registration fee.  There will be a materials fee of $18 payable to the instructor.  Class size is limited to 11.

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How to Sign Up

Registration is handled by the Glen Echo Park system.   Registration will open at 10:00 am on February 3 when you may register by going to glenechopark.org or by calling 301-634-2226.  NEG members will receive a $15 refund check at the workshop.   The workshop will be filled by the first to sign up.

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A self-taught enamelist, Ricky Frank has made and sold his cloisonne jewelry for 37 years.  He has exhibited at prestigious craft shows, including the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.  He is known for his glowing transparent colors, flowing gradations and the personal imagery of his cloisonne jewelry.  See his work at rickyfrankenamels.com.

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Jayne Redman Workshop in November

Jayne-RedmanJayne will teach us to make multiples in metal of shapes we have designed by making blanking dies.  Perfect for enameling on!  See more at jayneredmanjewelry.com.  She will be here November 7, 8 and 9, 2014.

Cynthia Miller Workshop in September

Cynthia-MillerCynthia will teach us to design, execute and mount multi-panel wall art.  This great workshop is scheduled for September 19, 20 and 21, 2014.  See her work at finefusions.com.

Marcus Synnot Torch-Fired Plique a Jour Workshop is Full

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Jan Harrell Textures Workshop Is Full

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Jan Harrell Connections Workshop Is Full

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Marcus Synnot to Teach Torch-Fired Plique a Jour Workshop, April 2013

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We at NEG are fortunate to be on the travel path of Marcus Synnot, who is on a long journey from his home in Western Australia.   He has agreed to stop here for a few days to open for us what he calls his Pandora’s Box.  A special few will experience his original approach to torch-fired plique a jour and creating three-dimensional enameled wonders. It is unlikely that this three-day intensive workshop will be repeated, so if you have an interest, consider this your opportunity.

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Torch-Fired Plique a Jour

Marcus will begin by teaching the development of a simple filigree flower. You will use a rolling mill to flatten the round fine silver wire. Then you will cut and form the wires to your design and solder them. You will then wet-pack the small cells with transparent enamel and melt the enamel with the torch multiple times. After mastering the basic technique with this practice piece, you will then make a more sophisticated three-dimensional piece of your own design using his torch-fired plique a jour technique.  You will also learn finishing techniques, and technical information will be discussed. The class will be small and Marcus will be there to help out in every way. You may expect a lot of personal attention from this delightful and talented man.

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Workshop Details

The workshop will be held at the jewelry school owned by Daniel Valencia located in the DC Arts Studios in Takoma Park.  The address is JewelryclassDC, 6925 Willow St. NW Suite 100E, Washington DC 20012.  The dates are April 17, 18 and 19.  Note that this is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  We were unfortunately not able to schedule a weekend for this workshop, but we know you will find creative solutions to be able to attend.  The hours will be 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.  The price of the workshop is $375 plus a materials kit fee of $44 payable at the workshop.  Class size is limited to six.

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How to Sign Up

Registration is handled by NEG.   Please send a check for $375 to NEG, c/o Vera Meyer, 5105 45th Street NW, Washington DC 20016.   NEG members will receive a $15 refund check at the workshop.   The workshop will be filled by the first to sign up.

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Marcus Synnot comes to us from Mount Claremont, Western Australia and is known internationally for his elegant enamel jewelry depicting things from nature–birds, butterflies, flowers, fish. Read more about him and his work at marcus-synnot.com.au.