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. 


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.

Capture classes are either 4-day or 5-day. Longer classes allow for more experimentation and work time. Content is basically the same.

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 things begin to open up again. I'll update as classes are added for 2021. We have already taught several successful in-person workshops this year. Safety First, of course.


Creative Surface Developement

December 10-12

Surface is more than skin deep. Learn to think about surface in a different way. Why, when, where & how to develop and implement textures and surfaces will be discussed & explored. Bring a sense of play. 3 days.

Jansen Art Center

Lynden WA

It Ain't Just a Drill: Getting the Most From Your Flex Shaft

June 13-14

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.


Miami University, Oxford OH

Bang & Bend: Smallscale Forging

June 15-18

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!


Miami University, Oxford OH