What is anticlastic and what can I do with it? Great question!
The word anticlastic describes a surface with curves going in opposite directions, such as a saddle. This forming technique can be used on sheet metal for both large sculptural pieces as well as a variety of jewelry pieces and elements. Because the curves result in a strong piece of metal, anticlastic jewelry can be very lightweight. While the possibilities go beyond, earrings and bracelets are a fun and easy way to get started with this technique.
At the end of June we’re running a 3 day Anticlastic Forming class with Bill Dawson. The details are below. It’s a great price for a 3 day class, too!
Check out these samples demonstrating some of the shapes you can make with anticlastic forming:
The anticlastic sample box has a bunch of interesting goodies…
Anticlastic forms can be used on functional objects as well!
Anticlastic Forming in Metal
Instructor: Bill Dawson
June 27-29, three days, Friday – Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $295 | Basic Materials Included, Tool kits available to purchase
In this three-day workshop you will learn the basics of anticlastic raising, a process which lends itself to creating exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking forms. A new focus on this ancient technique has yielded some of the most interesting forms in contemporary metalwork. In anticlastic forming a flat sheet of metal is shaped by compressing its edges and stretching the center so that the surface develops two curves at right angles to each other, like a horse saddle. We will focus on “open” or “mono-shell” forms made from a single piece of thin sheet metal, working to create striking dimensional shapes. Decking these forms will be shown in class to demonstrate how doing so can expand the range of forms available expanding your design options. Though open anticlastic forms date to the Early Iron Age, it is only recently that they have been explored in detail. You do not need a great deal of metalworking experience to take this class, but some facility with the hammer is helpful.
Call us at 206-524-0916 to sign up! We’re open Tuesday-Friday 11-6, and Saturday 10-6
If you like those silver pieces at the top of this post, we have those for sale in our gallery right now, as well as some other work from Emily!