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Metalwork / Jewelry

 


Workshops with Sylvia Dawe:

 

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Beginning Metalsmithing with Sylvia Dawe

To be rescheduled in Spring 2018. Sign-up on Wait List to be notified.

Date: TBD

Day &Time: Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM

Length: 2 Day / 6-Hours with break for lunch (bring a lunch or buy locally)

Fee: $150 Members

        $160 Non-members
        
Intermediate Metalsmithing is being offered the following weekend (See below). Register for both workshops & take a $20 Discount off tuition for the 2nd workshop!

Materials Fee: $10 (Payable day of Workshop)
Class will be working with recycled copper (provided). Students may also purchase sterling silver from instructor if desired. 

Ages: 18+

           14 to 17 - with adult

Location: School Street Studios, UNG Classroom

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Come explore the art of jewelry fabrication! Students will learn basic metalsmithing skills which will allow them to make earring, pendants, brooches, rings and more. Techniques such as cutting, piercing, sawing, forming, texturing, soldering and finishing as well as tools and materials needed will be covered. Class will be working with recycled copper (provided) or students can purchase sterling silver from instructor if desired. No experience required!

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Intermediate Metalsmithing
With an Emphasis on Fold Forming

Instructor: Sylvia Dawe

To be rescheduled in Spring 2018. Sign-up on Wait List to be notified.  

Dates: TBD

Day &Time: Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM

Length: 2 Day / 6-Hours each day with break for lunch (bring a lunch or buy locally)

Fee: $150 Members

        $160 Non-members
        Take a $20 Discount if also Registered for Beginning Metalsmithing!

Materials Fee: $10 (Payable day of Workshop)

Class will be working with recycled copper (provided). Students may also purchase sterling silver from instructor if desired.

Ages: 18+

           14 to 17 - with adult

Location: School Street Studios, UNG Classroom

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Fold-forming is a technique of metalworking that allows sheet metal to be quickly formed into wonderful 3-D shapes and textures. From abstract designs to animal faces to flowers & beyond, these pieces can then be made into earrings, pendants, bracelets or any kind of jewelry you desire. Come join in this fun and exciting workshop and learn to make your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece to wear or give to someone special.

Class will be working with recycled copper (provided) or students can purchase sterling silver from instructor if desired. Cost for silver will be approx. $18 per ounce (price based on market price at time of class). No experience required.

 

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For Sylvia Dawe, what began as a casual interest in metalwork and jewelry design has bloomed into a full-time vocation, avocation and joyful enterprise. The pursuit of her passion now involves retailing her handcrafted jewelry and teaching metalwork classes at OCAF, Lyndon House, Gone with the Bead and through private lesson. She also continues to hone her skills by attending various classes and workshops and at UGA where she is currently taking courses in metalwork and design.

Sylvia finds inspiration for her creations in nature, sentiment & architecture and then fabricates them from materials including metals, beads, found objects, recycled materials, feathers, bone, shell and other mixed media. Retailing under the name SD Designs, her unique, handcrafted jewelry is now sold locally, including at OCAF, and on St. Simons Island.

 

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Previous Classes/Workshops with Sylvia Dawe:

 

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Pebbles & Found Objects:
Incorporating Small Treasures into Jewelry

Sign-up on Wait List (below) for Future Classes.  

Date: March 25, 2017

Day &Time: Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM

Length: 1 Day / 6-Hours with break for lunch (bring a lunch or buy locally)

Fee: $85 Members

$95 Non-members

Materials Fee: $10 (Payable day of Workshop)

Ages: 16 to Adult

11 to 15 - with adult

Skill Level: All

Location: School Street Studios, UNG Classroom

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Do you long to create jewelry with the items you love to collect? Many striking works of jewelry incorporate found objects into the design. This 6-hour workshop will focus on sawing, piercing, cold connections, forging, creating tabs to hold objects and soldering techniques to create one of a kind jewelry and adornments. Students will make up to three items (earring, pendants, brooches or rings) to keep or give as a gift.

The class is appropriate for beginners who are interested in learning basic bench skills or experienced students who wish to build on previous Metalsmithing skills. Students will be working with recycled copper, which will be provided by the studio. Students may wish to purchase sterling silver from the instructor. Tools are available to use in the studio, but students are welcome to bring their own.

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From Concept to Completion with Sylvia Dawe

Class ended. Sign up on Metalworks Wait List 

Date: November 12, 2016

Day &Time: Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM

Length: 1 Day / 6-Hours with break for lunch (bring a lunch or buy locally)

Fee: $85 Members

         $95 Non-members

Materials Fee: $10 (Payable day of Workshop)

Ages: 16+

11 to 15 - with adult

Location: School Street Studios, UNG Classroom

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Curious about metalwork or have jewelry ideas you would like to turn into reality? Or maybe you have a jewelry piece you need to finish? In this workshop you may start a simple metal project or complete pieces you have already begun.

Sylvia will cover the basics of metalwork such as sawing, forming, texturing and soldering as well as necessities for finishing a project with instruction in making bails and clasps for pendants, ear wires and posts for earrings.

Copper will be provided and sterling silver may be purchased at market price. All necessary tools will be provided. No prior experience required.

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Button it Up with Sylvia Dawe

Sign up on Wait List for future classes.

Date: October 1, 2016

Day &Time: Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM

Length: 1 Day / 6-Hours with break for lunch (bring a lunch or buy locally)

Fee: $85 Members

         $95 Non-members

Materials Fee: $10 (Payable day of Workshop)

Ages: 16+

           11 to 15 - with adult

Location: School Street Studios, UNG Classroom

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Handmade, one-of-a-kind buttons can add that extra special touch to so many things. Whether it is putting just the right finishing touch on that sweater or hat you are knitting for Aunt Sally, turning that thrift store jacket into a funky statement piece to wear to all your artsy events, creating a fun & functional way to keep your favorite tote-bag closed, or adding a little extra something to your handmade cards, journals & books, the possibilities are endless!

Come join Sylvia Dawe & make your own one-of-a-kind buttons to use in your upcoming projects. Class will be working with recycled copper (provided) or students can purchase sterling silver from instructor if desired. Cost for silver will be approx. $18 per ounce (price based on market price at time of class). No experience required.

 

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Cuttlefish Casting Workshop

Instructor: Barbara Mann

Workshop has ended. Sign up on Wait List.

Students in our previous Cuttlefish Casting Workshops had so much fun and gave such rave reviews of Barbara Mann & the class that we decided to offer the Workshop again! Even if you attended the last one and/or have attended others in the past there is always more to learn and you will want to sign-up again.  

Date: October 22, 2016

Day / Time: Saturday, 10AM to 4PM

Length of Workshop: 6 Hours (w/ 1/2 hour lunch break)

Fee: OCAF Member - $100.00
         Non-member - $110.00 
 
Material Fee / Description: Students may bring their own clean sterling silver metal to cast, or they can purchase metal from the instructor at a cost of approximately $25 per ounce. (The price is based on the market price of silver at that time.) Each casting will weigh around 1/2 ounce. That weight is a Troy ounce, not an avoirdupois once or an apothecary or a gram weight. We will talk about that too. Expendable materials (silver not included) used in the class, including four cuttlefish per student, will be included in the class fee.

Minimum / Maximum Enrollment: 8 Min / 12 Max

Ages: 16+

Location: OCAF School Street Studios

Class Description: This workshop will give participants the skills and inspiration to cast jewelry or a small-scale object in sterling silver. Using the ancient technique of cuttlebone casting, students will learn to make molds into which molten metal will be poured. Within minutes after casting, the molds are opened and the metal objects are ready for finishing. Students will learn how to use a jeweler's saw, hand files, abrasive paper and how to patina metal and use a rotary tumbler for polishing.

The Cuttlefish is a squid-like creature whose skeleton can be found on the beach. It is soft enough to carve and has a beautiful wood grain-like pattern which yields a rich texture on the surface of the cast metal. There are seveal ways to prepare the molds from the cuttlebone, including direct carving, making a mold cavity by pressure (pushing something hard into the soft surface of the mold) or by creating a negative space in a sheet of mat board which is place between the tow halves of the mold. This may sound complicated, but it is not. The process is fun and students should be able to create one or two pieces during the day.

During the workshop we will talk about other methods of casting, alloying metal, when to cast and when to fabricate a metal project.

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bmanncuttlefishBarbara Mann has had over 35 years' experience as a metal and jewelry artist. She graduated from the University of Georgia with BFA and MFA degrees and has taught for many years as an adjunct instructor at UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art. She has also taught with the UGA Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy and in Costa Rica; through the UGA continuing Education program; and with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. In addition, she has conducted numerous workshops throughout the Southeast.

Mann's work is in many collections including The Mint Museum of Art, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Altanta Contemporary Art Center, The Committee for the Olympic Development of Atlanta, and Nations Bank. As a studio artist, she has created artwork for a wide range of clients including Delta Arlines and The University of Georgia (The Delta Prize for Global Understanding), Georgia Office of Technical Education (Georgia Manufacturer of the Year, Mobius sculpture), The Terry College of Business (Pinnacle Award), and Prize4Life (Hope sculpture).

Publications include: On Body and Soul: Comtemporary Armor to Amulets, Suzanne Ramljak (to be release in 2014); Metalsmith Exhibition in Print, "As Seen by Others-Photography as Strategy" 2013; Humor in Craft, Bridgette Martin; Steel Wire Jewelry, Brenda Schweder, 2011; Metalsmith Magazine, Form and Response, The Metalwork of Barbara Mann, 2012.

Barbara lives in Watkinsville, Georgia and is currently president of the Athens Metal Arts Guild.

 

Beadmaking Classes with Glenn Josey:

 

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Ceramic Beadmaking I

Class has ended. Sign up for Wait List to be notified of future classes.

Start / End Dates: September 15 thru 29, 2015
 
Day: Tuesdays

Times: 7:00pm to 9:00pm (extended hours available during each class)

Length of Class: 3 Sessions / 2 Hours each Session

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $40.00
                    
Non-members - $50.00

Materials Fee: $15 (Includes Clay, Glazes, Firing, Jewelry Findings)

Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: 3 / 8

Mr. Josey will teach construction and glazing of basic shaped ceramic beads and how to use them to make necklaces, bracelets and/or earrings. Each student who produces a sufficient number of beads will be able to construct a piece of jewelry. 

Come make some beautiful beads and jewelry for yourself or as gifts for friends and family. No pottery experience required!

Note: It is important that students not miss any classes. Please schedule all classes into your calendar to assure you are able to attend.

Please use button below to go to the class Registration form. Once you have completed the form, hit "Calculate", then "Register. After the "Thank you for Registering" page, if you are not then taken to the PayPal payment page please call the OCAF office at 706-769-4565 to arrange payment via credit card. Please also call our office if you are unable to register online for any reason.

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Ceramic Beadsmaking II

Class has ended. Sign up for Wait List to be notified of future classes.

Start / End Dates: October 13, 20, 27, 2015 

Day: Tuesdays

Times: 7:00pm to 9:00pm (extended hours available during each class)

Length of Class: 3 Sessions / 2 Hours each Session

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $40.00
                    
Non-members - $50.00

Materials Fee: $15 (Includes Clay, Glazes, Firing, Jewelry Findings)

Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: 3 / 8

Mr. Josey will teach construction and glazing of advanced ceramic beads of varying sizes and shapes and how to use them to make necklaces, bracelets and/or earrings. Each student who produces a sufficient number of beads will be able to construct a piece of jewelry. Previous ceramic beadmaking experience is required.

Come make some beautiful beads and jewelry for yourself or as gifts for friends and family. No pottery experience required!

Note: It is important that students not miss any classes. Please schedule all classes into your calendar to assure you are able to attend.

Please use button below to go to the class Registration form. Once you have completed the form, hit "Calculate", then "Register. After the "Thank you for Registering" page, if you are not then taken to the PayPal payment page please call the OCAF office at 706-769-4565 to arrange payment via credit card. Please also call our office if you are unable to register online for any reason.

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Glenn Josey was born in Alabama, educated at the University of Alabama, the University of Mississippi, Auburn University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Georgia. He spent 20 years teaching in high school and college and 20 year in school administration. Retired in 2002, Glenn went on to study ceramics at the University of Alabama, Lyndon House, OCAF, and Atlanta Clay.

 

  

Please be sure to check back! New classes & workshops are added as they are developed & scheduled.