Rachel Shimpock will be teaching at Danaca Design, Sept 30 – Oct 1 and as a bonus she’s bringing her awesome jewelry and having a pop-up trunk show with Barbara Knuth!
We are sooo excited to see Rachel’s current collection. As usual the original “kitchensmith” has created a collection that highlights her sense of humor and kitsch to create jewelry that will certainly get some attention.
Barbara is debuting a new collection so come get the first chance to see (and own!) one of her newest pieces.
Not familiar with Barbara and Rachel? Read on for more info:
Rachel Kassia Shimpock is a California native raised in Orange County, Ca.She received her MFA in the Jewelry/Metalsmithing program at San Diego State University with Professors Helen Shirk and Sondra Sherman.
At age 11 she got separated from her parents in historical Williamsburg and wandered into a smithy where a blacksmith let her hit steel with a tiny sledge hammer, she’s been smitten ever since! Metal and the format of jewelry in particular speaks to her and for the last 12 years has allowed her to communicate personal stories and there are many! Rachel is carrying on the legacy of her family and her trade by teaching workshops and art classes utilizing any opportunity to spread the gospel of metals and jewelry!
Barbara lives and works in Seattle and was the 2015 Seattle Metals Guild Emerging Artist award recipient.
Barbara Knuth’s work contemplates the experience of the bereaved. After a loved one has passed, there is a longing for return; she feels an urge to ‘put things back’. Fueled by a need to reconcile with the past, she repairs and restores detached branches and cut sections of trees. Using the familiar bodily forms of a tree, Barbara creates sculpture and body adornment that act as memorials. Metal, wax, and salt are used in combination with the wood in efforts to preserve and salvage the items. Repetitive processes such as wrapping, stapling, and pinning are meditative and express a passing of time.
We can’t wait to see what both of these wonderful jewelry artists bring! Want even more time hanging out with Rachel while she is in town? There is still room in her powder coating class too!
Shake and Shoot: Powder Coating With or Without the Gun
September 30, October 1, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $325 | Materials included
Powdered Plastic that fuses into a glassy plastic surface in a home toaster oven? Yes, it can be done with or without the gun! Easy, quick and inexpensive powder coat is a fun way to add color to any surfaces that can tolerate a little heat like metal, wood or… If you love color this is another tool in your toolbox. Basic metalworking skills helpful but not necessary.
To register call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by the studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
Thursday, January 12, 5-8pm
Greg Bracati of Custom Faceting will be at Danaca Design!
Looking for some new sparkle to add to your jewelry? Greg brings a wide variety of top quality semiprecious and precious gemstones (faceted and not) for all your jeweler needs. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get some new stones for 2017!
You have your date, made dinner reservations, now there is just one last item to prepare for the perfect Valentine’s day…the perfect gift! Luckily we have you covered: jewelry, tools, and gift certificates for classes…we have great ideas no matter what your sweetie loves.
Rings make a wonderful gift and we have a wide selection from traditional bands to one of a kind designs. How do you figure out a ring size for a gift without asking and spoiling the surprise? If you can sneak and get one of your sweeties rings trace both the inside and outside diameter of the ring on a piece of paper. Bring the ring tracing with you when you shop and we can help you figure out the size.
But if rings aren’t what you are looking for we have a wide selection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings too!
But what if your sweetie isn’t as interested in getting jewelry as much as making jewelry? We offer beginner and intermediate jewelry classes such as our popular Beginning Intro: Rings and Stacking Rings With Gemstones classes. Our next Beginning Intro Rings class will be coming up in spring quarter, May 14-15, but we still have space available in our Stacking Rings with Gemstones class on March 26.
To see the rest of our class schedule go to www.danacadesign.com and to register either stop by or call us at 206-524-0916
Still not sure? We offer gift certificates in all denominations that can be used on any jewelry, classes, or supplies. Perfect!
Danaca Design is a jewelry and small-scale metal working facility located in the University District of Seattle. We offer a wide range of classes for individuals seeking to gain skill in the art of decorative metal work and jewelry making.
Find us at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle 98105
or online at www.danacadesign.com
If you are like me you happened to look at your calendar today and noticed that Christmas is just 4 days away. And if you are like me you also realized that you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping either.
Well, we may not be able to help you find things for everyone on your list but we can at least help you find a great gift for the metalsmith on your list.
Here are our top picks for gifts under $50:
Parallel Action Pliers ($35.95):
Parallel action pliers are the pliers every metalsmith needs to own whether they realize it or not. Made so that the jaws of the pliers remain parallel as they open and close which allows for a secure grip even under very firm pressure. The perfect tool for setting stones and working with wire but has so many more uses.
Electric Torch Lighter ($29.95):
Anyone who works with a torch would be happy with this gift. Light the torch in a second without having to use a fiddly flint striker. Trust us this will be a hit.
Ceramic Honeycomb Soldering Block ($8.95):
This lightweight block reflects heat and has little holes so you can add pins to hold your work in place while soldering. The holes also help dissipate heat quickly, which is useful for soldering small delicate items that you do not want to overheat.
Still don’t know what to get…let them pick out exactly the right thing with a Danaca Design gift certificate. Either stop in our store to pick one up or call us to pay by credit card and we can mail it for you. Don’t forget to let them know that our tool and supply sale is going on until Dec 30th – 20% off!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Danaca Design!
Is there a mother in your life you’d like to recognize? She may be your own mother, the mother of your kids, or a friend’s mother who’s special to you?
Our gallery is full of great work right now and we just might have the perfect gift for the mother in your life.
Use promo code MOMROCKS to get 10% off your gallery gift purchase until May 10th.
For moms who would rather make than wear, we also have gift certificates which can be used towards any of our classes or tools.
The gallery is open Monday-Friday 11-6, and Saturday 10-6. Come visit and see if anything grabs your eye!
5619 University Way NE
Tory Herford is a regular part of the community here at Danaca Design. As a studio member she’s here working at the bench every week, and sells some of her jewelry in our gallery.
We want to know more (and share with you!) about the artists behind the work in our gallery. So to continue this blog series we asked Tory if she’d answer some questions for us.
How long have you been making Jewelry?
I’ve been tinkering around with it since about age 13. While my family were great lovers of art, none were visual artists or especially crafty. When I was about 20, I was asking around about family history and discovered that one Great Grandfather was a blacksmith/architectural iron craftsman. We still have some things that he made in the family! My Great, Great Grandfather was a goldsmith and watchmaker. So, that explained my odd (to my family) obsession with metal and tools. I guess genes do pass down! I can really feel the ancestors speaking up on occasion. Its kind of spooky actually- sometimes I just know what some random tool will be good for when I’ve never seen or used it before (not to be confused with using the tool correctly or as intended, but it works!). The Ancestors didn’t know everything of course, so still plenty to learn!
What’s your background? Is it in art, or something else?
I’ve always been an “arty” person. I studied Fine Arts at Cornish and consider myself a “Reformed Printmaker”. While it was a good experience, I was just out of high school and I think I was really too young to be there. Fine Arts was probably not the best fit for me, and I drifted to Pratt on and off for various classes of interest- all of which involved metal. Being free from academic “programs” and allowed to study what I was directly curious about was really huge. I’m a big evangelist for non-traditional educational models like Danaca and Pratt.
I also sculpt and do Black & White photography. I’ll do one thing for a few years, and then discover another and do that for a while. Nothing is ever fully abandoned. I’ve been at it long enough now that I notice how one discipline informs or influences the other. The tonal contrasts from photography often influence texture and patina in my jewelry. Sculpting completely came out of nowhere, emerging quite suddenly about 10 years back. Working 3-D was something of an explosion and confetti pretty much came out of my head! Being responsible for that much surface area and how the light slid over it was quite a revelation. In spite of my related experience, this was metalsmithing “boot camp”. Both my design and metalworking skills leapt forward. And then back to my jewelry, which is sometimes sculptural and sometimes about line. Its all a big circle.
I’ve had various ongoing day jobs, which contributed to my house mortgage but not my artistic growth. We all know how that goes….
Is there anything in particular that you like about jewelry as a medium?
Modern society and weather require us to wear clothes, but jewelry is optional. There is something both primal and intimate in the choosing of an ornament, -we wear it as much for ourselves as we do for others. As a maker, I express my creativity in designing work, but I also get to participate in someone else expressing their individuality when they wear one of my pieces. There is a lovely continuity and connection in that. We can all enjoy a beautiful painting on the wall, but it’s not the same experience or exchange.
What are your favorite materials to work with, and why?
I’ve mostly worked in silver and bronze- they are like butter and a joy to create with. I’ve tried some gold here and there but it literally didn’t want to work with me at all! I need more advice on how to come to harmony with it. I’ve recently dipped a toe in lapidary work, and it’s all I can do to not fully veer off in that direction! Commercial stones are getting much less inspiring to work with. And again- sculpting and line want to assert themselves.
I find that jewelers tend to have one part of the process they love best, for some it’s sawing, for others it’s soldering. Do you have a favorite part of the jewelry process?
I like finish work/polishing the best. This is where the piece wakes up and fully comes to life.
What kind of imagery or inspiration do you use? Or, can you tell us about any recurring themes in your work?
I’m a huge fan of antique Japanese decorative items. There is almost nothing more beautiful to me than their aesthetic. And the craftsmanship-OMG. Much of my work features references to nature and is meant to give the viewer a moment of tranquility or meditation. I also love Modernist/Scandinavian jewelry from the 1940’s-1960’s. These items often have great vitality, and a fantastic quality of line that is almost calligraphic. Its very playful and dynamic.
We have a variety of Tory’s jewelry here in the gallery. And if you like those twin stone rings up there near the top of this post, we usually have a selection of those to choose from. Stop in to see what Tory’s been making lately. We’re here Tues-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-6.