It’s almost SMG Symposium time! What’s the SMG Symposium? It is an annual event put on by the Seattle Metals Guild that is a gathering of makers and speakers from both the Pacific Northwest and around the globe. It is a popular tradition that is great for metalsmiths, artists, and jewelers of all ranges and abilities. You don’t have to be a member to attend…but you do get a discount on tickets if you are.
Online ticket sales end at midnight, Thurs Oct. 12.
There are many places in the area to purchase lunch but you may pre-buy lunch through the symposium. Last day to purchase lunch with symposium ticket is by midnight, Sat Oct. 7
For more information to go www.seattlemetalsguild.org
To purchase an advance ticket click here
This year’s speakers include:
Montreal-based jeweler, author, and Toolbox Initiative co-creator Matthieu Cheminee
New Orleans based modernist sculptor, and post-industrial blacksmith Rachel David
Self -taught engineer, inventor, and kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson
San Francisco Bay area art jeweler, curator, and Shibumi Gallery owner April Higashi
and Detroit based interdisciplinary sculptor and jewelry artist Tiff Massey
While the artist talks are a big part of the symposium that’s not all! Explore a selection of hard-to-find metals and jewelry related titles at Charon Kransen’s book sale, the always popular Silent Auction, and a post-Symposium after-party at Rhein Haus restaurant.
And that’s not all…there is more to see and do over Symposium Weekend
Friday, October 13:
Nucor Steel Mill Tour (spots are limited)
Sunday, October 15:
1pm – 3pm “Designing Kinetic Sculptures: A Conversation with Arthur Ganson” at Equinox Studios
3pm – 5pm Opening reception for SMG show Contained at KOBO in Higo
5pm – 8pm Open House at Equinox Studios
What a weekend!
Happy Fall! It’s finally cooler and the rain is coming back…which is a perfect time to take a class. Here’s a sample of what is in store for fall but visit www.danacadesign.com for our complete schedule, expanded class descriptions, and materials list.
To register stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle or call us at 206-524-0916
Guest Instructor: Jeff Georantes
Fire, Forge, and Flush-Stonesetting
December 1-3, $395|$35 materials fee paid to instructor
Jeff Georantes is coming from Hanover, New Hampshire to explore a variety of core metalsmithing skills that culminate in a finished silver ring set with faceted stones. Class will begin with casting and end with polishing and in between you will roll, hammer, and set stones. This class will be filled with tips and tricks and is open to all skill levels. No experience necessary!
We don’t have this classes very often…so best to get them while you can!
with Linnie Kendrick
October 21-22, $295|Basic materials included
The vivid color and unique beauty of enamel has been prized for centuries. The beauty of Cloisonne, with it’s fine lines of precious metal combined with the rich color of enamel to create patterns and images. This is a beginner level class, no experience necessary however basic enameling helpful
Jewelry Making Basics with Wire
with Jennifer Stenhouse
November 4-5, |Basic materials included
Learn the essentials of soldering and making jewelry with wire – a perfect class to create gifts for family and friends, or even start a little business. The techniques covered in class can be continued at home with a simple setup. No experience necessary
Needle Felting Forms for Jewelry
with Cynthia Toops
December 16-17, $285|$30 materials fee paid to instructor
Spend a relaxing and inspiring weekend learning to shape a ball of soft wool into amazing 3-dimensional objects. You might poke your finger a few times but you will have lots of fun discovering this new medium. No experience necessary
Can’t commit to a whole weekend? These one day “quickies” pack a lot into one class
with Dana Cassara
October 27, $95|Basic materials included
Whether you’ve already started soldering or never even tried, if you are looking to learn how to silver solder, or just get better, this class is for you. Expect lots of hands on time at the soldering table and practice with different torches. No experience necessary
with Dana Cassara
November 17, $95|Basic material included
Don’t have a torch at home? Don’t worry you can still make jewelry! Riveting is a fun and simple way to connect metal to metal or metal to non-metal. A new world opens up once you take away the heat. This is a fast paced class focused on designing, problem solving, practicing, and producing work without soldering. No experience necessary
Using the Smith Little Torch
with Micki Lippe
December 9, $95| Materials list
There are several torch options on the market but a popular choice among jewelers is the Smith “little torch”. Micki Lippe, a seasoned professional, will show you why as she demonstrates the versatility and precision of this well loved tool. Basic soldering experience required
Classes for Newbies
New to metalsmithing and don’t know where to start? These classes are great for those with no experience or those who want to sharpen their skills.
Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction
with Dana Cassara
October 7-8, $295|Basic materials included
This workshop is an introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design wile learning all the valuable basics: to saw, file, texture, form, and solder nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. No experience necessary
Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings
with Dana Cassara
November 11-12, $295|Basic materials included
Another class in our Beginning Workshop series focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will construct a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel set stone. No experience necessary
Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry
with Dana Cassara
December 15, $75|Basic materials included
Learn the simple tricks to cold working wire to create linkage systems for earrings, necklaces, ear wires, and clasps. This class will give you the basic skills to start making jewelry for yourself or even as gifts. No experience necessary
So you’ve taken a few beginner metalsmithing classes and have jewelry ideas you want to make but are still feeling a little unsure of your skills. Or maybe you’re starting to get more confident but have a question from time to time and don’t have a place to set up a studio at home. You are in the perfect position to sign up for mentored study!
What’s mentored study?
Mentored Independent Study at Danaca Design is having a space to work on your own thing with a helping hand along the way. You can learn new skills while improving the skills you already have in a supportive environment.
How does mentored study work?
Register for a mentored study class time; either Tuesday evening 6:00 pm-9:00 pm with Juan Reyes or Thursday morning 10:00 am-1:00 pm with Dana Cassara. Classes run in consecutive weeks: 3 weeks = $115, 4 weeks = $145, 5 weeks = $180, 6 weeks = $215.
But the best part is you also have access to practice hours! Practice hours are Tues 10am-2pm, Thursday 5pm-9pm, and Sun 6pm-9pm.
What is I can’t commit to consecutive weeks?
We also have options for that too. Drop-in to either class time for $20 an hour or purchase a punch card. Punch cards are $150 for 12 hours of class time. Stay for the whole class or just an hour or two. They don’t expire so you can use the time as you need.
Tell me more about the mentored study teachers:
Juan Reyes began studying silver smithing in 1995 at North Seattle Community College and since then has developed extensive expertise in a wide range of techniques including lapidary and goldsmithing. He is generous with his knowledge, patient beyond measure and well loved for his helpful, non-judging nature. Juan brings warmth and creativity to every class he teaches.
Dana Cassara is the founder of Danaca Design. Her aim as an instructor is to guide individuals through the learning process offering solid technical information, personalized attention, and lots of fun. With the intention of setting students on the path towards transforming their ideas into solid form, she hopes students will take the experience they gain in this studio beyond the classroom into their everyday life where problem solving skills and a profound sense of achievement always come in handy!
Alright I’m sold…now how do I sign up?
To register for mentored study or buy a punch card either stop by the studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle or call us at 206-524-0916 to register over the phone.
FYI…Dana will not be having mentored study 8/31/17 because we are having our Intermediate Intensive that week.
This month we are pleased to have enamel artist Jan Smith coming down from Canada to join us for a weekend in our studio!
Jan started her art career as a print maker, and you can see those influences of in her jewelry and mark making. Since the mid 1980’s Jan has worked in the field of art jewelry. Her pieces combine vitreous enamels, alternative materials, and precious metal to create dream like surfaces.
Focusing on the surface she uses color, texture and mark making to create unique non-traditional surfaces. Her pieces are meant to explore memory, how it changes and the impressions memories leave behind.
August 18-20, Jan will be with us sharing how to create exciting surfaces through the exploration of nontraditional enameling processes. Line is an important element of design and will be explored through a variety of enamel techniques that allow you to achieve line and images.
Image and Mark Making in Enamel
Aug 18-19, Friday-Sunday, 10:00-5:00
Class Fee: $435 | Some Materials Included
To register call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle
Spring has sprung and it’s time to shake out the winter cobwebs and plant new seeds. How about planting some seeds of creativity while you are at it? This schedule has a few great opportunities for intermediate students as well as some really fun one day classes. What are you going to take this spring?
Russian Filigree with Victoria Lansford
June 23 – 25, 3 days, Friday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $675 | Basic materials included
We had so much fun when Victoria came to teach with us two years ago we just had to have her back. This time she’ll be teaching Russian Filigree. This style of filigree is tension fit and then soldered together. In this three day hands on class you will learn to make scalloped wire, a pendant, a ring, and begin a bead. This is a class you don’t want to miss!
Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making
Instructor: Dana Cassera
April 10 – 14, Monday – Friday, 5weekdays, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $595 | Basic materiala included
Have you already taken our Beginner Series and are looking for a new challenge? Come spend a week in our Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making workshop. In this five day workshop you will expand upon what you already know and focus on construction and soldering tricks as well as finishing techniques. You will also have the option to learn new stone settings including tube setting and prong setting. Learn about basic hydronic press forming, simple hinges, and creating your own clasp. This class will let you take your jewelry to the next level.
Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Application: Fancy Stones
Instructor: Kirk Lang
May 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $265 | $95 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor
If you have taken our other Faceted Stone Setting workshop on setting round faceted stones (or have equivilent experience) then this is the next course. Kirk Lang will show you how to set a pear shaped, triangle, and princess cut stone. Prong, flush set, and thick bezel setting will all be covered. Finally learn how to set all those fancy stones you’ve been collecting but aren’t sure how to set.
One Day “Quikies”:
Let’s Make a Spoon!
Instructor: Bill Dawson
June 17, Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $145 | Basic materials included
Metalsmithing techniques aren’t just for making jewelry but has a long history in creating functional ware too. Take a day to make a baby, table, or commemorative spoon. A great introduction to silversmithing without having to take the time and expense of raising a large vessel. A great way to practice your forging skills too!
It Ain’t Just a Drill: Getting Most Out of Your Flexible Shaft
Instructor: Andy Cooperman
April 1, Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $135 | Tool kit available for purchase
Are you just using your flexshaft to drill, polish, and finish your pieces? Then you are missing out on all the other things this tool can do! Or if you haven’t bought your flex shaft yet but aren’t sure which brand to buy this class is also for you. Andy Cooperman will spend the day explaining how the flex shaft works and what to look for when buying one as well as some innovative tricks that you can try at home.
Image Transfer on Polymer Clay
Instructor: Sarah Wilbanks
April 29, Saturday, 10:30 – 3:30
Class Fee: $125 | Materials list
Class size limit: 8
If you are interested in incorporating photographs, texture or color into your work, image transfers on polymer clay is a fun and easy solution with infinite possibilities. Creating clear photographic transfers as well as altering the images to conjure unusual textures and rich color will be demonstrated.
That’s just a sample of what we have going on for the next three months. We have much more in going on too…go check out our website at www.danacadesign.com for our full schedule!
To register for classes call us at 206-524-0916
stop by our location at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
Happy New Year!
As the new year unfolds we start looking ahead to see what we want to accomplish and what the year has to offer. Which is also an excellent time to see what new classes we have to offer at Danaca Design. Our winter schedule is out and we have a wide variety of classes this quarter from a week long intensive to one day “quickie” classes.
For you long range planners we also have two guest artists coming to teach in 2017 – Victoria Landsford and Deb Karash!
Here are some of the highlights but our whole schedule and more information can be found on our website www.danacadesign.com:
Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making
January 16-20, Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm
Class Fee: $595|Basic Materials Included
Spend a week getting totally immersed in learning to make jewelry! This week long class is all three of our Beginners Jewelry Workshops rolled into one class. Each night you’ll go home dreaming of what you’ll create the next day, designing in your sleep! Absolutely no experience needed.
Cold Connections Beyond Rivets with Kirk Lang
January 28-29, Sat-Sun, 10:30am-5:00pm
Class Fee: $295|Basic Materials Included
Learn some new ways to join two pieces of metal together without soldering. This workshop will teach you how to create an exciting variety of rivets, use micro tap and dies to create custom nuts and bolts, and utilize small tabs to fold over and attach one piece of metal to another. Learn to marry form and function while designing a piece of jewelry or other articulated object with these techniques. Basic jewelry making skills helpful, soldering not necessary.
Polymer Micro Mosaics for Jewelry with Cynthia Toops
February 25-26, Sat-Sun, 10:00am-5:00pm
Class Fee: $285|Some materials included
Cynthia Toops is widely recognized for her remarkable artistry in polymer clay, most especially for her polymer clay mosaics. In this workshop students will learn her tricks and create incredible micro-mosaics of their own to use like gems in pendants, brooches, and/or rings. No previous polymer clay or metal working experiance is necessary for this exciting workshop.
Winter Class “Quickies”!
Low Tech Enameling with Allan Thorne
February 13, Monday, 6pm-9pm
Class Fee: $85|Basic Materials Included
Using a torch and a few simple tools, students will learn the basics of enameling in this exciting three-hour workshop. This is a great opportunity to learn how to add vibrant color to your copper and fine silver jewelry. Moderate comfort level with a jeweler’s torch is helpful.
Silver Reticulation with Juan Reyes
February 19, Sunday, 10:30 – 3:30
Class Fee: $95 | $25 Materials fee payable to instructor
First developed in Russia by Czarist jewelers such as Fabergé, reticulated silver will add exciting and unique 3-dimensional texture to your work. By carefully preparing the surface of the metal and heating with a focused yet delicate torch, this specialized technique reveals a mysterious lunar-like landscape within every piece of silver!
Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold with Suz O’Dell
March 19, Sunday, 10:30 – 1:30
Class Fee: $75 | Materials Fee: $35 Payable to instructor, Materials list
In this workshop students will learn to add the luster of gold to their jewelry by applying 24K gold foil to fine silver. The result is dramatic, creating rich color and beautiful textural possibilities with minimal expense. All levels
But that’s just a sample of what we have going on for the next three months. Go check out our website at www.danacadesign.com for our full schedule!
To register for classes call us at 206-524-0916
stop by our location at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
Instructor: Dana Cassara
November 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $285 | Basic materials included
This Beginning Series Workshop focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will make a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone. Basic materials are included. See our website for more information: www.danacadesign.com No experience necessary.
To register: Call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by the studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
Danaca Design’s Metal Crafting Center is a jewelry and small-scale metal working studio located in the University District of Seattle. We offer classes for individuals seeking to gain skills in the art of decorative metal working and jewelry design. Our studio is a comfortable, well lit, and cheerful work space fully equipped for small-scale fabrication, including hollow forming and soldering, as well as enameling, precious metal clay and stone setting. We house a small store-front gallery featuring local artists, both professional and amateur, as well as a limited selection of tools. Several times per year we host open-house events with a particular focus on new exhibits and or exhibitors. All students of the Metal Crafting Center are encouraged to exhibit their successes in the gallery, as space is always reserved for them!
Thursday, Nov 17th from 5:30-8:00pm Danaca Design is hosting Iris Guy and Melissa Cameron’s trunk show. We’ve been fans of both of these amazing women’s work for some time and very excited to see their new jewelry.
Not familiar with Iris or Melissa? Read on for more info:
Australian-born artist and writer Melissa Cameron lives and works in Seattle, WA in the USA. She received her MFA in jewellery and metalsmithing from Monash University and a BA (hons) in interior architecture from Curtin University, in Australia. Her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Cheongju City Collection in South Korea, the Arts Centre Melbourne and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
“I am a research jeweler.
The evidence of my investigations – the jewelry I produce – speaks to my interest in architecture, geometry, social justice, and the human body. Through my work I attempt to manifest my belief in the interdependence of all matter, and the sacredness of human life…”
“This show will see the debut of a new series of enamel and steel works, entitled Resist. An extension of my Body/Politic works, these pieces are individually enameled in a beautiful rainbow of blues, the color that is the opposite of orange on the traditional color wheel. 10% of the purchase price from the Resist line sold anywhere in the world will go to Islamic Relief USA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) humanitarian agency who work on international and domestic US development and relief projects.”
Iris Guy began studying conceptual design at an early age. Her avid interest in the field led to her formal study at the world renowned Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. After graduating, she embarked on an award-winning career in graphic design. She relocated from Israel to Japan and finally to the United States, working as a freelance graphic artist.All the while, Iris designed jewelry for her friends and family.As the popularity of her personal collection grew, Iris decided to create a line of jewelry for the retail market
Simple, contemporary and lightweight, the Iris Guy jewelry collection offers something unique for everyone. Each individual piece is hand made in her Seattle based studio. Cultivated from unspoken desires and organic forms; playful shapes with architectural elements come to life in silver and 18k gold.
Her pieces say to their wearers – “Respond to your inner truth and desires”
“My unique collection of necklaces and earrings features intrinsic organic elements – combining both masculine structure and the beauty of feminine contours. Simple, contemporary and lightweight! “
Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces with Keith Lewis
November 11 – 13, Friday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $480 | Some materials included
Numerous beautiful and complex mixed-metal patterns and compositions can be created both by soldering and by exploiting the different melting points of common jewelry metals. In this workshop we will explore various ways of combining metals to create rich effects through experimentation with soldering, fusion and inlay, further enhanced by rolling and roll-printing and the application of a series of simple patinas that enhance the contrast between metals. Beginning Series or equivalent required. More details at www.danacadesign.com
This weekend Keith Lewis is back at Danaca Design to teach us all about creating mixed metal patterns and compositions. You know all those scraps of different metals you have laying around? Or would you like to start adding some gold to your work but you can only afford a tiny, tiny bit? This class is about how to use those small bits of metals to create new “yardage” of mixed metals that you can use in your jewelry work.
Want to know more? Well we asked Keith Lewis himself to tell us a bit more about what to expect this weekend and here is what he has to say:
How do you use mixed metal surfaces in your work or how might I?
In the past I have used these techniques to make more production-oriented work, as they generate lively, visually arresting patterns at relatively low expense. For instance, with these techniques you can get a lot of bang from a very small amount of gold.
That said, the resultant patterned sheet is often a bit difficult to solder, so one of the exciting challenges is to devise ways to incorporate it into work using cold connections. I’m hoping on Sunday, after folks have generated some “yardage” we will be able to brainstorm about some ways to do so, particularly in the form of simple, elegant pendants and earrings
What is most exciting about the process you will teach this coming weekend?
For me there are two things. First; these are techniques that grow from and help elucidate some of the intrinsic qualities of metal- particularly different melting characteristics and malleabilities. I find that I understand metal better from having experimented with these techniques.
Secondly, these techniques permit the kind of playfulness and spontaneity that is hard to come by in metalsmithing. There are a lot of pleasant surprises and intriguing puzzles that arise from this approach.
Is there a history of mixed metal surfaces in metalworking? Can you tell me a little about it?
Yes, there certainly is. The mot obvious reference point is Japanese mokume-gane and some of what I’m covering might be called “faux-mokume”. There is also the long history of marriage-of-metal within Western and Asian metals traditions and periodic uses of cold-inlay techniques in everything from Japanese metalwork to Indian Mughal work (as well as Western armor-work.) Another reference- of course- is the diffusion bonding of materials in damascening, Sheffield plate, “gold-filled” jewelry and bimetal such as those made by Phil Baldwin.
Thanks Keith for answering our questions. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this weekend!
If you would like to register for this or any other of our classes you can either call us to register by phone: 206-
or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
Summer is here and so is the new summer schedule at Danaca Design! We’ve got a full spectrum of classes on the schedule this summer with something for beginners to more advanced students. You can even turn your kids on to metal in our Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids (July 18-22, 9-2)! Here are just a few highlights on our summer schedule but stop by our website to find out more details on all of our classes: www.danacadesign.com
Real beginners might consider learning to make a Basic Band Ring (July 9, 10-4) or Rivets (August 20, 10-4). Or if you really want to dive in spend a week learning the fundamentals of metalsmithing in our Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making class:
Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making (July 11-15, 10:30-5)
The Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making is the equivalent to taking all three of our Beginning Jewelry Making series workshops. Learn the fundamentals of working 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 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.
Beginning and Intermediate Classes
Beginning and intermediate students can pick-up new skills like Gravity Casting (August 3 & 10, 6:30-9), Anticlastic Forming (July 29-31, 10:30-5), Filigree (September 18-19, 10:30-5) or Chasing and Repousse with Nancy Megan Corwin (August 5-7, 10-5). Or explore new processes such as:
Cynthia Toops’ Seven Bead Bracelet (September 24-25, 10:00-5)
Explore the wide variety of possibilities in polymer clay for jewelry while focusing on seven unusual beads for a comprehensive sampler bracelet. In this intensive weekend workshop students will investigate various bead shapes, explore hollow and foil cores, surface decoration with simple and complex canes, as well as carving, drawing, onlay, mokumegane and mosaic work. Cynthia is masterful with polymer clay, bringing a creative edge to everything she does.
Charles Lewton Brain’s Patination of Metals workshop (Aug 26, 9-5)
Patina is the final touch, the icing on the cake, the surface that sets one apart from the crowd; it can add both depth and texture transforming our metal, often unpredictably, into an unimaginably beautiful thing. On metal, patina refers to a thin coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides or sulfates formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements, a common example is rust or the warm brown color of the penny in your pocket. Charles will present safe, easy patination methods for metals that involve easily obtainable (think kitchen chemicals) to produce a wide range of blues, greens, browns, blacks, greys and reddish tones on most metals including precious. Application methods and control of pattern and surface will be described and addressed as a compositional system.
Experienced students can build skills in Stacking Rings with Gemstones (July 23, 10-4), Unique Settings for Stones and Found Objects (September 10-11, 10-5), Advanced Wax Working (September 21,28, October 5,12,19, November 2, 6:30-9:30) or try your hand at enameling on steel:
Enameling Recycled Steel (July 16-17, 9-2) with Melissa Cameron.
Are there bits of magnetic metal in your studio that you’ve tucked away, swearing that one day you’ll clean them up to make a masterpiece? Enameling is a great way to protect jewelry made from mild steel and is so easy to master. Bring your rusty recycled bits and bobs to Danaca Design in Seattle to learn the skills to turn these into beautiful and unique jewels. Some jewelry making and enameling experience helpful.
For full class descriptions, prices, and material lists visit our website: www.danacadesign.com
To register give us a call at 206-524-0916 or stop by our location at
5619 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105