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!
Time flies when you’re having fun and my how it has flown. Friday, December 5th I’m astounded (and excited) to be celebrating our 11th year in this great old building on University Avenue. What an adventure it’s been!
I the rented the space in July 2003, ran my first class in October and finally opened the gallery in December with a grand opening event. I remember that evening clearly, everyone asking, “where’s your jewelry work?” I had almost nothing on the shelves in the gallery but I looked around and indicated with my hands held out that this, the studio, was my work for the year! Today I’m happy to announce I have a quite a few pieces in the gallery, as well as a lovely studio:-).
Some years ago it became tradition to host the Student-Teacher Exhibition during the month of December and to schedule the opening reception to coincide with our anniversary party. This is a wonderful event with friends and family of students, teachers and the studio crew. It is a night not to be missed if possible!
This year we have an incredible selection of fine jewelry made by students, many of whom are sharing and selling their work for the first time. And, although we are lucky enough to carry the work of quite a few of our teachers in the gallery on a regular basis, during this exhibition we have the opportunity to see some very special pieces. It is a great opportunity to support terrific teachers and superb students and pick up a one-of-a kind-piece of jewelry for yourself or someone you love.
Our event Friday night is 6:00pm – 9:30pm. Hope you can make it! If not, make an effort to swing by the gallery during regular business hours to see the show and pick-up something truly exceptional. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 11-6 and Saturdays 10-6.
For more info about the studio go to www.danacadesign.com
The party has passed but the show continues through the end of the month.
We have a GREAT selection of handmade jewelry by local artists including students and teachers at Danaca Design. Come by the gallery and get inspired. Find the perfect holiday gift while supporting terrific teachers and stellar students!
Student & Teacher Holiday Show: November 29 – December 28, 2013
Featuring Jewelry by Students and Teachers at Danaca Design Studio
Gallery hour: Tuesday – Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-6 Details at www.danacadesign.com
Angela Muhlnickel is a regular exhibitor in the Danaca Design Gallery. We wanted to know more about her and her work, so we asked a few questions! How long have you been making Jewelry?
I’ve been making jewelry since I was a kid. I used to string plastic beads on stretchy cord and give the resulting necklaces or bracelets to my friends in elementary school. We even had a monthly “craft sale” in my 5th grade classroom where I could sell my things!
What’s your background? Is it in art, or something else?
I actually have a B.S. in Botany and worked for the USGS when I graduated, doing DNA analyses on endomycorrhizal fungi.
Is there anything in particular that you like about jewelry as a medium?
I find jewelry-making to be an especially satisfying medium because it combines both artistic expression and – at least with my process – precision and an attention to detail that really utilizes the skills I honed as a scientist.
What are your favorite materials to work with, and why?
Enamel! I gravitated towards enamel immediately. I love the fact that I have access to intense, high-impact color. I also love the fact that I can experiment with abandon and not worry about ruining expensive materials. 🙂 I love copper, as well. The warmth of it, the malleability…I’ve been having fun playing around with chasing and repousse lately.
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?
My favorite process is assembling color palettes for my pieces. I was the weird kid who constantly organized her box of crayons.
What kind of imagery or inspiration do you use? Or, can you tell us about any recurring themes in your work?
I’ve always been infatuated with juxtaposition. Fanciful party dresses paired with combat boots, that sort of thing. The little “critter” pieces I make are whimsical, but by and large my jewelry tends to be simple-bordering-on-austere, but with playful candy-bright colors.
Drop by Danaca Design to see more of Angela’s work!