MIXED METAL FABRICATION WITH PEWTER February 4, 11, 18 6:00-8:00pm Zoom Workshop with Metalwerx
In this demo-focused virtual workshop students will learn to solder and fuse pewter to brass, copper, and pewter itself with the goal of producing dynamic three-dimensional forms. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding how mixed metal fabrication creates unique opportunities to explore texture, color, and form, as well as how to introduce pewter into an traditional silversmithing environment while avoiding contamination of metals.
FRENEMIES: JOINING PEWTER, SILVER, AND OTHER METALS / July 11 & 18 Zoom workshop via Pocosin Arts
Not everything you’ve heard about pewter was wrong, but a lot might be. This workshop will teach students to weld and solder pewter to itself and other metals. Special emphasis will be placed on the dramatic range of effects that can be created when pewter and sterling silver are fused and soldered. Along the way, we will also investigate how pewter’s low melting point can be used to capture alternative materials.
Sculptural Utensils November 3, 10, and 17 Zoom Workshop with Metalwerx
In this virtual course students will using forging and chasing techniques to develop complex, sculptural, and functional utensils. In the process, students will learn to design patterns for forging, make their own chisels, and interweave silversmithing and blacksmithing processes. Special focus will be placed on applying chasing and repousse techniques to solid forms.
ANTHROPOMORPHIC RAISING June 11, 18, & 25 Zoom workshop via Pocosin Arts
Metal doesn't have to be cold and lifeless. In this course students will investigate how to bring life, emotion, and movement to hollow formed metal. Using pewter's unique working properties, this course will cover a wide range of raising and forming technqiues with an eye towards apply them to anthropomorphic forms. This workshop will focus on raising and hammer forming processes, but will also cover chasing, pattern making, casting, and forging.
KIND OF LIKE MAGIC, BUT REAL: RAISING, CHASING, AND REPOUSSE ON PEWTER / June 5 & 12 Zoom workshop via Pocosin Arts
Pewter is like magic, but real. An affordable and food safe metal that anneals at room temperature, pewter allows metalsmiths to explore forming processes with as sense of play and gesture that is nearly impossible in silver. This workshop will introduce students to the unique plasticity and ductility of pewter and focus on how its unique attributes can be used in conjunction with traditional silversmithing processes.