Teaching & Lectures

"Give a person a fish and they eat dinner. Teach them how to fish and they eat forever."

As a student it comes naturally to me to apply one piece of information to as many scenarios as I can: To generalize from the specific. As a teacher it's my goal to share that mindset and to help students develop the creative problem-solving tools that will allow them to see beyond tired solutions and open new doors into their creative approach. 
Longer classes allow for more experimentation and work time. Content is basically the same, although spontaneous discussions and demos often develop in these extended formats..

A few words about the Virtual Classroom: 
While  the possibilities of "Clicks & Mortar" instruction have always made sense to me as an augment to my Bricks & Mortar classes I have decided to hold off on adding to what seems a pretty congested landscape.  I would rather offer more intimate and immediate in-person experiences with smaller class sizes, moving slowly closer to "normal" as the world emerges into the new normal. There is power in the chemistry you can only find in an in-person environment. Safety First, of course.

2022

March 12-13

More Than a Drill:

Understanding the Flex Shaft

Right here at home, A Two-Day Hands-on workshop covering 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! See you here in Seattle!

Danaca Design

University District, Seattle, WA

April 22

Free Lecture.

6-7:30

"What's the Worst That Could Happen?".

A free IN PERSON  lecture!!!!!! Come join me!

Center for Creative Studies

Kresge-Ford Building room 309

May 23-27

Creative Surface Development

Another Seattle workshop! A rare 5-day Surface Workshop. Learn to think about surface a little differently. Why, when, where & how to develop and implement textures & surfaces will be explored. Look around you: Surface is everywhere! And you'll find an abundance of samples to emulate and examine. Bring a sense of play. As always, there'll be plenty of nifty tricks & tips. 

Danaca Design

University District, Seattle, WA

June 13-14

More Than a Drill:

Understanding the Flex Shaft

This Two-Day Hands-on 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 Imaginative Captures.

CraftSummer

Miami University, Oxford OH

June 15-18

Bang & Bend:

Smallscale Forging

4-day

This Four-day class is a great complement to It Ain't Just a Drill (above). Come to beautiful Oxford, spend a couple days honing flex shaft skills and then stick around for four more days of moving metal with a hammer. Forging is one of the true joys of metalsmithing and can yield a uniquely lyrical object. Once you understand the principles, forging can be applied to rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and small to mid-sized objects. Come hammer in Ohio!

CraftSummer

Miami University, Oxford OH

July 12-14

Bang & Bend:

Smallscale Forging

3-day

Forging--moving metal by hammering-- is a process that underlies many other processes in the studio. In fact, the word smith is derived from smite: to strike .  Once you understand the principles, forging can be applied to rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and small to mid-sized and large objects. Forging can play a supporting role or can be the star of the show.  If you're planning on attending the CoMA Conference  in Pueblo July 15-17,  3 days of Bang & Bend is a great way to heat things up.

Colorado Center for Metal Arts

Pueblo, CO

September 8-11

The Original Imaginative Captures

Come join us in Mendocino in Northern California!  This is the class that can change how you look at your work and your time in the studio. Four days spent exploring new ways to integrate all sorts of objects-from gemstones to enamels to .... almost anything you can think of.  If you're feeling stuck, Captures may be just what you need.

Mendocino Art Center

Mendocino, CA