Peggy Foy is not only a talented metalsmith and instructor but a super nice person too! We are happy to have Peggy teaching with us at Danaca Design.
Next month she will be teaching Mechanisms: Hinges and Clasps. The class meets four Wednesday evenings in June (6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24) and will present a variety of ways to make hinges and clasps, including traditional hinges with knuckles, locket latches, and closures for necklaces and bracelets.
How long have you been making jewelry?
Hard to believe I’ve been at this for almost 15 years!
What is your background? Is it in art, or something else?
I studied metalsmithing in college, at the University of Georgia. Aside from metals, I also usually have a day job in graphic design or project management – currently I’m doing a little of both as a project manager for a sign company.
What are your favorite materials to work with and why?
I have to pick a favorite? I really like working in metal – all metals, whether that’s silver or copper or steel or gold. I’m not much of a fibers person, and I don’t do much with clay either so I don’t use PMC. I’m trying to get better with wax carving for casting, but it’s not my strong suit. I like texturing and fabricating with sheet and wire, and forging. I mostly work in silver, but I can’t seem to stay away from the other metals too.
Can you tell us about any memorable teachers from your past who have influenced what you’re doing today, as an instructor or as an artist?
I took a class with Linda Darty several years ago – that totally changed my approach to teaching. She’s wonderful to work with, super encouraging and supportive but gentle in urging students along – which I think is really necessary in a limited class-time situation.
What king of imagery or inspiration do you use? Or, are there any recurring themes in your work?
Art nouveau is a big influence, the graceful swirling lines and the sweeping shapes. Thematically, I am interested in science fiction and fantasy; so a lot of my work reflects the idea that it maybe came from another time or another world. I often make pieces that look like they “do” something, mechanical devices or talismans that could activate by the right magic words.
What got you into teaching jewelry/metals?
Teaching happened gradually for me – honestly I was a bit intimidated by it at first. Just out of school I was keenly aware of how much I still had to learn; I knew there would be a lot of questions that I wouldn’t be able to answer for students. But I was a studio monitor at Pratt Fine Art Center for a while, basically like being a TA, and I found that I did know how to answer questions for students. And I found that I really loved working with students and sharing that knowledge, helping them succeed. I’ve been teaching for about four years now and I absolutely love it.
Aside from the skills outlined in your class, what do you hope to bring to your students?
All of my classes help students improve their soldering; I think that’s one of the biggest skills that just takes practice, but a little coaching goes a long way. We also talk about a lot of the technical stuff too, the how’s and why’s of what the metal is doing. But most importantly I want my students to feel inspired and excited about the processes we’re learning. It’s supposed to be fun!
Do you have a personal website related to your work or your teaching?
Yes, my website is www.peggyfoy.com. You can also find me on Instagram, @peggyfoyjewelry, and on Facebook, @Peggy Foy’s Jewelry. Instagram is probably the best way to keep up with what I’m doing in the studio!
Thanks Peggy! Your work is lovely and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next.
If you would like to register for Peggy’s Class call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by our location 5619 University Way NE in Seattle.
More information about Peggy’s class and all our other classes can be found at www.danacadesign.com