Creative Metalworks School of Design Summer classes & events

by Laela Cottone on May 11, 2011

Creative Metalworks School of Design

Summer Course Schedule 2011

Jewelry Fabrication:

Students will learn basic design and fabrication techniques including the use of different torches and their applications, sawing, filing and flex shaft techniques. Stone setting techniques will be covered along with more advanced techniques such as: forged wire fabrication, hydraulic forming, multiple surface embellishment techniques, and as appropriate, advanced setting techniques. Students will create 2-3 pieces utilizing formed, forged and fabricated metals.

Instructors: Michael Schwartz and Paul Brackna

Cost: $485.00

Next Courses Offered:

Tuesdays (Day) (6/7/11 – 7/26/11) @ 11:00am – 2:00pm

with Instructor: Michael Schwartz

Tuesdays (PM) (6/7/11 – 7/26/11) @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

with Instructor: Paul Brackna

Saturdays (AM) (6/11/11 – 7/30/11) @ 10:00am – 1:00pm

with Instructor: Michael Schwartz


Students will design and fuse enamel to fine silver or copper. Typically, a piece is fired as few as 6 or as many as 70 times, each firing with a new application of enamel. Students will use Cloisonné techniques where designs are created by separating the glass colors into cells outlined by fine wires of copper silver or 24k gold. In Basse-taille enameling students will manipulated an metal surface to produce a textured field. The texture can be created by traditional engraving, stamping, hammering, repousse, chasing, or shallow etching techniques. The metal is then covered with layers of translucent enamel. The textures underlying the enamel create deep reflections and color tone changes within the piece. Completed enamels can be set into individually built in our Fabrication or Casting classes

Instructor: Erica Druin

Cost: $485.00

Next Course Offered:

(6/8/11 – 7/27/11) Wednesdays: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Advanced Fabrication:

This course is designed for students with considerable design experience and fabrication skills. Students will focus on projects involving advanced stone setting techniques with hands on demonstrations throughout the course. Tube, bezel, beaded and flush setting will be demonstrated and practiced as well as creative combinations of techniques such as the use of forged textures, patinas and keum-boo (the ancient Korean appliqué technique of fusing 24K gold foil to silver). The first hour and a half of each class in weeks 2 thru 7 will focus on instruction in specific techniques, with the remaining time for practice and guided development of individual projects.

Instructor: Michael Schwartz

Cost: $485.00

Next Course Offered:

(6/9/11 – 7/28/11) Thursdays: 10:30am – 1:30pm & 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Casting 1:

Students will learn basic design, layout and wax work for lost wax centrifugal casting. Students will cast and complete three or more of their own sculpted pieces, which may include stones. There will be demonstrations on gravity, vacuum and cuttlefish bone casting. Alternative low cost methods of casting will be demonstrated as well as an introduction to more advanced systems. Both vulcanized and cold-molding techniques will be introduced.

Instructor: Michael Schwartz

Cost: $485.00

Next Course Offered:

(6/11/11 – 7/30/11) Saturdays: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Studio Bench Sessions:

CM School of Design is now offering studio bench sessions for students who have taken a minimum of 2 courses with us. These sessions are offered to our current and past students as additional bench time. Students must bring all material needed; there will be no material for sale during these sessions. It is mandatory that students be checked out on specific tools.

Studio Supervisor: Michael Enright

Cost: $288.00 for all eight sessions; or $40.00 per 3 hour session. Minimum 4 sessions

Next sessions offered:

(6/6/11 – 7/25/11) Mondays: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Complete information about classes and workshops

can be found at

10501 Wheatley Street Kensington, MD 20895

(Downstairs / School) 10453 Metropolitan Avenue Kensington, MD 20895 301-933-1500

School of Design, Tool and Supply, Custom Jewelry, Ceremonial Objects, Art Conservation

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