Keith Lewis will be teaching an enameling class here next month. The class is already full, but we wanted to share a little more info about Keith. We’re really excited to have him here!
Keith sent me his artist bio. It’s short and sweet, and I love the description of his favorite tool.
“Keith Lewis was born in the wilds of Pennsylvania, but now lives in the wilds of Eastern Washington, where he teaches jewelry at Central Washington University.
His favorite tool is a Craftsman brand machinist’s reamer that belonged to his father. As an object it is completely beautiful: tapered, fluted, sharp and poised. It is also singularly specific in its usefulness. It makes holes bigger and is good for nothing else.
His favorite fruit is jaboticaba.”
I asked some questions as well…
What got you into teaching jewelry making/ metals?
I went to grad school rather late (at 30) knowing that the kind of jewelry that I wanted to make had more of a home in academe than in the marketplace. I suspected that I also wanted to teach and was lucky enough to be given a chance to teach in grad school. I found that I really liked it and was lucky enough to be invited to teach at UW for six months and then moved over into a full-time position at CWU.
What are your favorite materials to work with and why?
I just love sterling silver. The color, the workability, the sense of being precious enough but not OMG Gold! And I am in love with enamel, because it never, ever cooperates. It appeals to the codependent in me.
Can you tell us about any memorable teachers from your past who influence what you’re doing today, as an instructor or as an artist?
I was lucky enough to spend a year studying with Bruce Metcalf before he stopped teaching. I still am inspired by the clarity and seriousness of his thoughts on craft and humbled by the discipline and facility of his work.
Aside from the skills outlined in your class, what do you hope to bring to your students?
I hate disengagement. My partner says that I am hopelessly frustrating because I can get excited about anything! It’s true. Everything is worth exploring and I always hope that my students walk away excited to dig deeper!
Do you have a personal website related to your work or your teaching?
I don’t. I’m lazy and old-fashioned.
I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of his upcoming Enameling Oddities class here in the studio. And, hoping he’ll teach here again sometime so I can be a student!
Our summer class schedule is ready! We’ve got a bunch of great stuff coming up this quarter. In addition to our regular beginning series classes (offered every quarter) we’ve got a nice selection of featured classes as well. More details can be found on our website: http://www.danacadesign.com/index.php?p=classes&c=summer2014
We’re excited to be offering Kids Summer Jewelry Camp for Ages 8-12 with Tegan Wallace. This is a brand new class! It runs July 14-18, Monday-Friday 9:30-2:30.
Keith Lewis will be here to teach Enameling Oddities.
Learn casting methods you can use at home in Low Tech Gravity Casting with Juan Reyes.
In Etching without Acid with Nanz Aalund students will learn a non toxic way to etch copper, brass, bronze, and nickel silver.
Andy Cooperman will be back for Creative Surface Development.
Explore polymer clay with Cynthia Toops in Beyond the Polymer Cane.
To learn more about these classes and see what else we have to offer please visit our website: www.danacadesign.com
You can register for classes by calling us at 206-524-0916, Tue-Fri 11-6, Saturday 10-6.