As a teacher it's my goal to help students develop the creative problem-solving tools that will allow them to see beyond tired solutions and open new doors onto the creative process. To paraphrase the proverb: "Give a person a fish and they eat dinner. Teach them how to fish and they eat forever."

 

Why The "Original" Imaginative Captures?  I feel that it's time to distinguish the class that I teach- along with the terminology that I've been using- from similar classes offered by others. This is the class that  grew out of my Studio Tips & Tricks workshop and that I have been developing for over 20 years.

2019

Bang & Bend: Forged Rings 3 days--Brand New Class!!

January 19, 20 &21

One of the great joys of metalsmithing is forging: moving metal with a hammer, redistributing mass and changing dimension without losing material. A forged object can be sculptural and expressive. Forging lies at the very core of metalsmithing.

 

In this 3-day class we’ll explore small-scale forging, focusing on rings. We’ll get our feet wet hammering copper or brass rod and then move into sterling with the goal of finishing at least one wearable ring.The skills learned here can be applied to different metals and scales.

 

Topics include simple model making, tapering, clean up and alternative methods.

Students must have basic skills and  be able to file, use the flex shaft, solder and anneal. 

Creative Surface Development 3-Day

March 29,30,31

In this 3 Day version of Surfaces we  explore all sorts of  surfaces--rolled, hammered, torched and layered--using everything from burs to corn husks and ingot molds. The goal is to develop a vocabulary of textures that can be replicated. We'll even build a brooch or small object from samples discovered in class.

Bang & Bend: Forged Rings 3 days--Brand New Class!!

May 19, 20 &21

One of the great joys of metalsmithing is forging: moving metal with a hammer, redistributing mass and changing dimension without losing material. A forged object can be sculptural and expressive. Forging lies at the very core of metalsmithing.

 

In this 3-day class we’ll explore small-scale forging, focusing on rings. We’ll get our feet wet hammering copper or brass rod and then move into sterling with the goal of finishing at least one wearable ring.The skills learned here can be applied to different metals and scales.

 

Topics include simple model making, tapering, clean up and alternative methods.

Students must have basic skills and  be able to file, use the flex shaft, solder and anneal. 

It Ain't Just a Drill--Demo Day!

July 10

This ONE DAY, DEMO ONLY, workshop covers the Flex Shaft machine from foot pedal to hand piece along with  the use of burs, bits, grinding, shaping and finishing aids. Nifty tricks & tips will abound! The perfect lead in to Creative Surface Development.

Creative Surface Development--4 day!

July 11,12,13,14

 In this 4 Day version of Surfaces we  explore all sorts of  surfaces--rolled, hammered, torched and layered--using everything from burs to corn husks and ingot molds. The goal is to develop a vocabulary of textures that can be replicated. We'll even build a brooch or small object from samples discovered in class. If It Ain't just a Drill is your appetizer, stick around for this main course. A perfect pairing!

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