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June 19–23

Enameling on Art Clay Silver

Instructor: Pam East

All Levels*

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Learn enameling on Art Clay Silver with master instructor Pam East! Art Clay Silver topics will include designing for enamel, creating stamps with photo-polymer, proper handling and construction techniques, firing, and finishing. Enameling topics include metal and enamel preparation, dealing with color reaction on silver, foils, applying wet enamels, adding cloisonné elements, enamel firing, graduated shaded techniques, and finishing.

* Prior experience with metal clay helpful but not required. No enameling experience needed.

Pam East is an internationally known artist, writer, and teacher. She has been an enamellist since 1997, and was named a master instructor for Art Clay World, USA in 2005. Over the years, Pam has appeared on the highly acclaimed Carol Duvall Show on HGTV and on Jewelry Making on the DIY network. Pam’s first book, Enameling on Metal Clay, was published in 2007; and she was contributing author for Metal Clay and Color published in 2012. She has written numerous articles for such magazines as Art Jewelry, Metal Clay Artist, Lapidary Journal, Glass-on-Metal, and Step-by-Step Beads. She launched a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to produce two instructional DVD sets: Enameling on Copper Clay and Enameling on Silver Clay, which were released in 2014. Pam has been an invited speaker, teaching classes, and giving lectures at such gatherings as the Metal Clay World Conference, the Pan-European Metal Clay Conference, and the Enamellist Society Biennial Conference.

June 19–23

Copper Drinking Vessels

Instructor: Glen Gardner

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Create small copper vessels suited for the consumption of chilled beverages and spirits in this hands-on metalsmithing class. A series of demonstrations will provide students with different strategies for designing and fabricating jiggers, cups, tumblers, and tankards. Topics will include pattern making, raising, forming, soldering, tinning, patination, and other surface enhancements. The class, which is open to anyone (even teetotalers!) interested blacksmithing, metals, and/or jewelry will use equipment from the metals and blacksmithing studios.

Glen Gardner began working with metal in the late sixties. From 1972 to 1976, he was resident blacksmith at Peters Valley Craftsman in Layton, New Jersey. In 1977, Glen built a forge and studio in the mountains of North Carolina, located near the Penland School of Crafts. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1992 and since that time, has maintained a metals studio there. Glen is a sculptor/metalsmith, and the work he produces ranges from purely sculptural to functional. Public works of sculpture, contemporary weathervanes, jewelry, and interior design are represented in his vast body of work. He works in all metals, including bronze, silver, gold, and iron. Preferring to use hammers, chisel, files, and anvils, he does almost no foundry work. Since beginning his career at Peters Valley Craftsmen, he has taught workshops in a variety of settings, including Penland School of Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Society of Contemporary Craft, as well as workshops at several universities across the country.


June 26–30 | Teen Week

Selfie: All about Me!

Instructor: Boris Bally

Beginner, Grades 9–12

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

In this metals course, you will use selfies to create wearable art (brooches, pendants, rings). Through lively demonstrations, we will explore the basics of simple metal fabrication (sawing, filing, riveting, soldering, forging, polishing, finishing, and simple stone setting). You are welcome to experiment and will be expected to finish at least one wearable “selfie”.

Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained metalsmith/designer working in Providence, Rhode Island where he maintains his small studio business, Bally Humanufactored, LLC. Recently, Boris was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution, Archive of American Art: Oral History Project, part of the Nanette Laitman Grant.

SNAG presented Boris with their Volunteer Recognition award in 2016. His artwork has earned him the 2015 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) Fellowship in Craft as well as two RISCA Design Fellowships. He also received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Crafts Fellowship. Boris won first prize from the international Green Dot Awards for his Broadway AmChair design in 2012. He was a finalist in both Eco Arts Awards in 2013 and the 2009 International Spark Design Awards. In 2006, Boris received an Individual Achievement Award for Visual Arts presented by the Arts and Business Council of Rhode Island. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications. Public collections include London’s Victoria and Albert Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Brooklyn Museum; Luce Foundation Center; Renwick Gallery; and Copper Hewitt National Design Museum.

July 10–14

All Fired Up: Who Knew a Torch Could Do All This?

Instructor: Anne Havel

All Levels*

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Create an enamel piece with a torch (you may use a kiln if that is your preferred method) in this exciting class, which will give equal weight to both the setting and enamel. The vision for your project will drive the planning process. We will consider screws, rivets, tabs, sewing with wire/thread, soldering, and so forth before enameling. You will realize the full evolution of the completed piece as the class progresses. Some metalsmithing skills will be extremely useful if you wish to use the artistic process to create more complex settings for your enamels. To facilitate the creation of more unusual settings, we will discuss different ways of seeing ordinary objects that can give you clues or ideas about more complex settings.

* Some enameling experience is necessary, but we will attempt to meet you at your level of skills in either enameling or metalsmithing.

An independent studio artist for 14 years, Anne Havel exhibits her enameled jewelry predominantly in juried craft shows as well as teaches workshops in the enamel arts, nationally. Most recent publications, which have featured Anne’s work, include: Art Jewelry Today 3, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Art Jewelry magazine (May and November 2014), Behind the Brooch by Lark Books, and Designing Contemporary Jewelry by Loretta Lam, to be published in 2016. Anne is the current treasurer and board member of both the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Enamellist Society.

July 17–21

From Forge to Bench

Instructors: Zach Lihatsh and Dan Neville

All Levels

$645 Member | $675 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Focus on the use of forged steel and formed brass to create functional kitchenware. Students will be exposed to two different studios and instructors, spending half of the week in the blacksmithing studio and the other half in the metalsmithing studio. In blacksmithing, we will cover handle design, basic forging, and punching steel. In metalsmithing, we will cover forming and planishing brass. Demonstration and conversations about contemporary design will provide the knowledge to all participants to complete their projects.

Zachary Lihatsh is an artist, designer, and blacksmith. He gathers much of his inspiration from the desert landscape, abandoned mines, and remnants of bygone industry. Born and raised in the Northeast, Zach now calls Tucson, Arizona his home. He received his masters’ degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has taught blacksmithing at the high-school and college level. His work has been published in The Anvils Ring, Hephaistos, as well as multiple design publications. He has taught and exhibited his work both nationally and internationally.

Dan Neville received his BFA in metalsmithing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and recently his MFA degree in metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dan has taught at numerous schools and universities, including the University of Gothenburg in Sweden; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; and Austin Community College in Texas. Dan has exhibited his work extensively at venues such as the Metal Museum in Tennessee, the Evansville Museum in Indiana, and the Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum in Japan. Dan has been awarded several research grants through the Windgate Foundation and is a 2016 Niche Award finalist.

July 24–28

Chasing A to Z: A Comprehensive Survey of Technique

Instructor: Liza Nechamkin-Glasser

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Few techniques allow such a high degree of uniqueness to be added to fine metal work as chasing and repoussé. It has been employed around the world for centuries and continues to be used despite the advent of mechanized processes. This class will use a foundation in jewelry scale work to cover most aspects of chasing and repoussé. Emphasis will be placed on comprehension of process, but students can complete projects if desired. Techniques covered will be: Safely working with pitch, preparing a pitch bowl, correct use of tools, design transfer to metal, chasing decorative line, moderately high and low relief, and direct and indirect repoussé. Repoussé on hollowware will be demonstrated through use of snarling irons and production studio applications will be discussed. Tool making will be thoroughly covered and students will make 1 or more well-formed chasing tools to keep. Chasing hammers and chasing tools will be available for purchase.

Liza Nechamkin-Glasser earned her BFA in metalsmithing from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and worked with Tiffany and Company as a silversmith and chaser for 13 years. She now maintains a custom silver and restoration business and is the creator of Nechamkin Chasing Tools™, her own line of tools. She has taught and lectured at the 92nd Street Y, Peters Valley Craft Center, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Florida Society of Goldsmiths, Genevieve Flynn Studio, Touchstone Center for Crafts, the Newark Museum, Kendall College of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Rhode Island School of Design. Liza’s work is exhibited nationally and in private collections, and is included in the book, Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern by Nancy Megan Corwin.

July 31–August 4

Some Like It Hot: An Introduction to Enameling

Instructor: Marissa Saneholtz

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Need to spice up your jewelry and metal objects with some color? In this workshop, we will explore the many possibilities of adorning metal surfaces with enamel. We will first learn the basics of enamel application and firing techniques, and then continue to push these “introductory skills” to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Along with playing with enamels, there will also be demonstrations on settings that will allow us to produce finished pieces.

Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm. In 2008, Marissa earned her BFA in three-dimensional design from Bowling Green State University and her MFA in 2011 in metals and jewelry design from East Carolina University. After graduating, she taught metalsmithing, jewelry, and enameling courses in Certaldo, Italy for East Carolina University’s Italy Intensives Study Abroad Program. From 2013 to 2015, she worked at J. Cotter Galleries and Studio in Vail, Colorado as a gallery manager and assistant studio manager. For the 2015-2016, school year she was visiting Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is currently teaching at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Marissa’s work has been published in several books, including Art Jewelry Today, second edition, edited by Jeffery Snyder and Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be seen on display at the Dorothy McKenzie Price Permanent Collection at Bowling Green State University as well as the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. Marissa is co-founder of the Smitten Forum, an annual creative gathering of metalsmiths and makers.

August 7–11

Fascinating World of Fabrication

Instructor: David Jones

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Looking at the history of the studio movement in the United States and abroad, we will dive into the beautiful limitless world of metal fabrication. We will focus on traditional and sometimes inventive metalsmithing techniques and approaches, producing primarily jewelry and smaller scale sculptural items. Techniques will include sawing, forging, soldering, forming, wire and sheet metal, cold connecting, and stamping. There will be a strong emphasis on using recycled metals and materials, and helpful advice on where to source these metals. Demonstrations and critiques will be on-going, which will help build your knowledge and personal narrative.

David Jones received his bachelor of fine arts and crafts degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Kutztown and a MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, studying under Stanley Lechtzin. Since 1988, David has been studying and teaching at the Penland School of Crafts where he will be an instructor in their Spring of 2017 Concentration program.

In 2012, David was a professor of jewelry and metals in Cortona, Italy through the University of Georgia studies abroad program. In 2013, he taught a three-day workshop at Thomas Mann Gallery in New Orleans. He works on private commissions and occasionally creates architectural lighting with BAMO, Inc., an architectural firm based in San Francisco.

August 14–18

Glass and Metal: Transformed into Wearable Art

Instructor: Susan Thornton

All Levels*

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Learn to twirl molten glass into lovely beads and fashion them into wearable jewelry. We will explore the basics of making good foundation beads and surface embellishments such as lines, dots, flowers, and applique. We will then take our completed treasures and journey to the metals studio to learn construction and fabrication techniques to transform our beads into wearable art.

* This class is designed for all skill levels, especially beginners.

Susan Thornton received her BFA from the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee with an emphasis in metals. Her studio is located outside Nashville, where she produces one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry objects. Her work is exhibited nationally and featured in a number of books and publications.

August 21–25

Stone Setting

Instructor: Wendy Thurlow


$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

From small to large shapes, learn to set stones with confidence, gaining the knowledge and techniques needed to make professional settings. You will begin by making your own set of tools for stone setting, in this case those needed for hammer and bezel settings—and then learn the proper way to use them. And if your stone does not fit the setting you just made, you will learn how to alter the stone. Working with gemstones of different shapes and sizes we will explore various prongs and bezels, and set cabochon stones with thick gauge metal and tab settings.

Wendy Thurlow is a Florida-based jewelry designer and maker. Her award-winning collection has been praised for its individuality. She earned her BFA in metalsmithing from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Wendy has been producing one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry for over 18 years. She enjoys the process of fabricating, firing up the torch daily, and devoting energy to the design and creation of contemporary art jewelry rich with texture. Her pieces incorporate centuries-old techniques with mixed metals, surface embellishments, and high-quality stones to produce jewelry that is both organic and sculptural. Wendy’s eye for composition and attention to form and detail enable her to create a distinct style of jewelry. Her work can be found in many publications, galleries, and private collections.

August 25–28

Exploration in Cold Connections

Instructor: Casey Sheppard

All Levels

$375 Member | $405 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Monday

What do you get when you take away fire or a torch? It may cause some challenges, but it also creates cold connections. In this workshop, you will learn to wire/tube rivet, wrap and sew metal together. We will also push the concept of design by playing with traditional and non-traditional takes, ideas, and thoughts on cold connections. This is a perfect class for students who are ready to explore the fun and vast world of cold connection.

Casey Sheppard is the author of Cold Connection for Beginners, which will be released in October 2017 through Kalmbach Publishing. She is also a self-taught metalsmith and jewelry artist whose award-winning work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her jewelry roots are in cold connection along with art jewelry. Casey has been creating jewelry for over a decade, but has been creating art her entire life. She founded her jewelry company, Casey Sheppard Designs, in 2007 along with Case of the Nomads (2015) where she lives on the road with her adventure dog, India; mountain bike; and metalsmithing studio.

September 1–3

Steel Jewelry

Instructor: Maia Leppo

All Levels

$275 Member | $305 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Explore the use of steel as an affordable, lightweight, alternative material for a variety of jewelry. Learn, experiment with, and apply different soldering, micro-welding, and riveting methods with 20 and 10 gauge steel wires. Personalize your jewelry with handy, non-toxic finishing techniques and added accents of your choice. The course will also cover riveting and soldering with other metals (silver, brass, copper, and tin). Simple mechanisms for pin backs, clasps, and earring wires will be covered to help make your piece complete.

Maia Leppo graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in biology and community health. After two years in the field of kidney research in Boston, Massachusetts, she quit her job and moved to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to participate in the work-study program at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She continued her education at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, North Carolina and opened a gallery there. She has completed her MFA at State University of New York, New Paltz, and currently is a studio artist and instructor in Chicago. Her work has been shown internationally at Schmuck in Munich, Germany and Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands, as well as juried shows throughout the United States, including Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, Massachusetts; the Florida Craftsman Gallery in St. Petersburg; and the Queens Museum in New York.

September 15–18

Basic Ring Fabrication

Instructor: Joshua Kosker


$375 Member | $405 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Monday

Learn the basic skills needed to create traditional metal rings, and then explore the different forms of rings and approaches used to make them, utilizing sterling silver sheet and wire. Joshua Kosker will present a variety of metal forming and fabrication techniques, such as cold forging, silver soldering, sweat soldering, hollow construction, sawing, piercing, filing, texturing and finishing. Applying these processes, you will walk away with an assortment of one-of-a-kind rings and a strong foundation of traditional metalsmithing skills.

Joshua Kosker is an artist and educator based in western Pennsylvania whose practice is rooted in contemporary craft and body adornment. Driven by an underlying interest in the physical, tactile memory of material, Josh uses daily experiences, common materials, and everyday artifacts to create one-off art jewelry and objects. A recipient of the Ethical Metalsmiths’ Emerging Artist Award in 2014, his work has been widely exhibited in the United States and has recently been featured in several notable publications, including American Craft magazine and Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print 2016—Shifting Sites. Josh received his MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from Bowling Green State University and earned a BFA in studio art with a specialization in jewelry and metals from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Touchstone Center for Crafts
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