Summer is just about here (Well with the sunny weather last couple days it seems to be here!) and so are our new classes. The new summer schedule is up on the Danaca Design website but here is a first look at the classes exclusive to summer.
We have a new class, new guest artist, some classes that only come around once a year, and a returning instructor that we haven’t had in a while. If you would like to sign up for a class either come to our location at 5619 University Way NE or call us at (206)524-0916. We are open from 11-6pm Mon-Fri and 10-6pm on Sat.
New Class! – Stacking Rings with Gemstones
Instructor: Dana Cassara
August 16, Sunday, 10:00-5:00
Class Fee: $165, basic materials included
Stacking rings are all the rage. They are fun to mix and match and super easy to make! This class will focus on creating your own delicate stacking rings with sparkling gemstones. Students will learn to size and solder the bands, create and add a simple but very functional tube setting for a round faceted stone, and set the stones! Everyone will make several rings gaining them the opportunity to practice the process and leave with a finger full of beautiful rings made from brass, sterling silver and gold fill. Very basic metal working skills required.
Returning Class – Etching Metal
Instructor: Jessie Wylie is teaching the Etching Metal class this summer and we are glad to have her back!
August 8, Saturday, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Class Fee: $125, Materials Included
See an image or pattern come to life in brass and copper through the acid etching process! This technique is excellent for creating exclusive textures on copper and brass sheet which can be cut and incorporated into jewelry, enameled or used as rolling mill templates to emboss precious metals and even paper. Patterns can be hand drawn directly on the sheet metal or photo transferred. Physical properties of different acids and metals, resist techniques and studio safety will be explored. The end result will yield several etched plates for use in future jewelry/design projects! Follow up this workshop with Enameling Basics II, our beginning transparent enamels class. This workshop is appropriate for beginners, however experienced jewelry artists may find it very exciting as well.
Guest Artist – Casey Sheppard
Instructor: Casey Sheppard
July 25 & 26, Saturday – Sunday, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Class Fee: $265, Materials Included
Cold connection is a fun way to play with metal and design jewelry. At first glance it may seem limiting however restricting your process can cause you to think about your design in a functional way generating unlimited outcomes. In this cold connection class students learn how to create a hinged bracelet with a clasp out of sheet metal, all without picking up a torch. You’ll learn the basics of sawing, piercing, drilling, forming metal and how to layer, add detail and a unique design to your creation. Other techniques learned will include tube rivets, metal/wire forming and finishing details with oxidization. With a unique approach to jewelry design, Casey will offer beginners to advanced level students something useful and insightful to walk away with. No jewelry experience is necessary but can be useful. Please Casey after the class for a personal tour of her traveling metalsmithing studio.
Don’t Miss! These classes only happen in the summer
Low Tech Gravity Casting
Instructor: Juan Reyes
July 11 and 12, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $285 Basic materials included
Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the exciting and ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds made from organic materials, sand and soft stone. This process does not require a centrifugal setup or any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard! This workshop will cover carving a mold and casting into tufa (light-weight sandstone), creating a quick mold in cuttlefish bone, a material easily found at any pet store producing a lovely texture, and sandcasting, an ancient way to reproduce an object. Students will also explore casting into other organic materials for surprising effects! Rudimentary alloying, pouring an ingot, finishing techniques and safety will all be discussed. Bring your clean silver scraps if you have some. No experience necessary.
Total Immersion Beginning Jewelry Making
Instructor: Dana Cassara
July 13-17, 5 weekdays, Monday – Friday, 10:00-5:00
Class Fee: $595, Basic materials included
What could be more fun than spending a week totally immersed in learning to make jewelry? Absolutely nothing! Spend an exciting five straight days doing just that. Together we will tackle the fundamentals of learning to work with precious metal: sawing, disc cutting and dapping, hammer texturing, roll printing, basic forming and finishing, as well as bezel setting stones. In this beginning silversmithing class, using copper, brass and sterling silver, students will make individualized jewelry pieces including a pin, pendent, ring and a simple linked project. Each night you’ll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep. This class is an ideal opportunity to explore a range of techniques, in a condensed time, while creating several projects. No experience necessary.
Jewelry Summer Camp Ages 8-12
Instructor: Tegan Wallace
July 20 – 24, 5 weekdays, Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 2:00
Class Fee: $285 Materials included
Looking for a great activity for your 3rd – 6th grader this summer? Check out the Danaca Design jewelry camp! This week-long camp teaches cool jewelry-making techniques such as bead making and stringing, wire working, texturing, stamping, and riveting metal! In addition, we will explore the fundamentals of composition and color theory while learning to use a variety of basic hand tools. Using polymer clay, Shrinky Dinks, seed beads, and copper and brass wire and sheet metal, we will create a variety of jewelry pieces students can wear proudly. After all, nothing is quite as fun as saying, “I made this!” Rings and bracelets and brooches, oh my! Come have fun with us for a week in July! No experience necessary.
Anticlastic Forming in Metal
Instructor: Bill Dawson
July 31 – August 2, Friday – Sunday, Three days, 10:30-5:00
Class Fee: $350, 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.
Fold Forming is a relatively new technique, developed by Charles Lewton-Brain. In his book Foldforming he writes about the educational environment in West Germany in the 1950’s – 1970’s that led to experimentation becoming a valuable part of the learning process for young and relatively inexperienced students trying to work in metal. He goes on to write about his graduate school experience in the 1980’s where the fold forming technique we see today really came together. Interesting stuff! His book goes over many different folds and tools, and has a bunch of great photos. If you’re interested, you can pick up a copy of this book in our Mercantile Shop.
In this this upcoming (really soon!) class you can learn about Fold Forming from a great local instructor.
Fantastic Fold Forming!
Instructor: Bill Dawson
April 6, Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $95 | Basic materials included
Fold forming is an exciting technique wherein sheet metal is manipulated and hammered to create fabulously textured, 3-dimensional, organic forms. This is a relatively quick process, so students will have the opportunity to create a variety of basic forms as well as explore interrupted folds, texturing fold forms, and fold forming 3-D forms. Students will cut, file, and practice annealing metal as well as develop a fundamental understanding of how to use a jeweler’s hammer. This workshop is appropriate for beginners, however experienced jewelry artists will find it very exciting as well. Materials included. Copper for a variety of samples will be provided. If students wish to work in silver, 24g sheet is ideal.
Later this quarter, in June, Bill will also be teaching Anticlastic Forming. If you’re interested in developing your skills further, these classes go very well together!
Please see the schedule for dates and hours. The class description can be found here.
To register for either or both of these classes, please call the shop at 206-524-0916. We’re here 11-6 Tuesday-Friday and 10-6 Saturday.
One of our regular exhibitors, Amy Hamblin, has some new interesting work we wanted to share with you. She’s been making these lovely copper Milagros. I especially love her Milagro Wall!
Amy has written an artist statement and some information about milagros. I’ll let you read her words!
For decades, my artwork has featured organic and scientific imagery that runs the gamut of realistic to abstracted and surrealistic. Since an anatomy class in Art College years ago, I saw lovely orbs and arcs and bulbous masses and spindly lengths and fascinating articulations, where others saw “Bone” and “Tissue” and “Organ”. My artworks revel in the beauty of nature, and try to encourage others to see the natural world around the, and within them, in a new and appreciative way.
For decades I have collected Milagros from around the world, although they are most often found in Latin countries. I have always loved the way Milagros are imbued with nearly magical significance to act as proxy for the fondest and most dire wishes we have for health, love, safety, cure and success.
I make each piece by hand in my Seattle studio, using hammers, saws and files. I manipulate all my materials to their extremes, whether glass, wood, or metal, so the resulting artworks have the surprising organic plasticity of clay.
About the Artist
Amy Hamblin is a studio sculptor and jeweler who has shown nationally and in Japan. She works in a variety of materials including metal, glass, fiber, jewelry, and multi media. Her work is inspired by organic nature, anatomy and botany.
You can see some of Amy’s work here in the Danaca Design Gallery. And you can find much more on her website: http://amyhamblinart.com
Amy’s work will also be featured in a Studio Sale as part of Seattle Sampling, the weekend of Dec 6-8. www.SeattleSampling.com