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.

Creating Multi-Panel Wall Art

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

Spring Membership Meeting May 25 at Glen Echo

We will meet at the Glen Echo classroom from 1:30 to 3:30 on Sunday, May 25 for our Spring Membership meeting. Bring along a piece or two that you have made recently for informal discussion, followed by a short business meeting.  Vera Meyer will then give us a demonstration of electro-etching for copper and silver.  Imagine etching with no fumes, no acid or hazardous chemicals, no waste to dispose of.  And with silver you capture the etched material and recycle!

Ricky Frank Workshop in April

ravenDeveloping a Personal Enamel Vocabulary with Light and Layers

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.

New Officers!

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Sara Paulson, Vice President & Treasurer

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Tina Chisena, Secretary

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Ej Braida, Membership Director

Fall Membership Meeting at VisArts

We will have a general membership meeting Sunday afternoon, October 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 at VisArts at Rockville.  The meeting had previously been scheduled at Glen Echo but was moved due to the shutdown of the Federal Government.

Everyone is encouraged to bring pieces to show and discuss informally at a table that will be set up in the meeting room.  This is also an opportunity to ask for help with items that are presenting problems.

Voting on the slate of officers will be available for those who did not vote by email.

The program will begin with a short business meeting and introduction of the new officer candidates.  Tina Chisena will then entertain and educate us with enameling tips and tricks.  We will close with a session where several members will have an opportunity to present new work.

Directions and Parking

The VisArts website gives detailed directions for getting there.  Click on this link: visartsatrockville.org/directions

Note that there is a box where you can type in your address and you will get detailed driving directions.

You may park in the Colonial Parking lots off Maryland Avenue or North Washington Street.  Bring your ticket in with you and get a validation for two free hours.

We will be in the Executive Conference Room which is on the third floor.  There will be signs in the building directing us to the room.

 

2013 Membership is now half price!

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This is for our friends who are just catching up…

Marcus Synnot Torch-Fired Plique a Jour Workshop is Full

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Sorry if you missed you chance to sign up!