Nancy Megan Corwin Workshop – The Sequel (Day 4)

by laurie jane kern on June 5, 2010

This is the fourth post about the workshop. To read the prior posts use these links:

Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 (all links will open in a new window)

Day 4 – Monday and it was our last day. Megan started with a demo of HOT forging tools and she held up a large diameter piece of tool steel and said she was going to use it to make me a tool.

That’s right folks, I was getting a tool, a big – fat – pusher made by Megan in return for giving her the swirl bowl. WOW! To say I was on cloud nine the rest of the day is an understatement. Megan has a BIG fat pusher that everyone was using and lusting after so here is a picture of it and I was getting a similar but slightly smaller version of it (there are more pictures of this tool on Kernology from different angles).

Megans BIG Pusher

While everyone was making hot forged tools, and there were some nice ones being made, I finished my texture wheel. And for texture 8 I ended with a moon scape. This last one was not I had in mind but I ended up cracking the copper and I then turned a mistake into a design element

Once that was done, I worked on making a custom bezel cup for a cab I had cut. This technique was discussed at the last workshop and is used as the starting point of the gypsy setting ring shown in Megan’s book. I did not finish this – yet, but hope to this weekend. I spent the rest of the time taking pictures and in some ways relaxing. At the end of the workshop we all shared and displayed what the had worked on for the past few days, discussed where we want to go next, when was Megan going to come back.  We also talked about starting a small group where we would meet maybe a few times a year and work and share and we tossed some names around like Talk & Tap, Bang & Banter and that maybe we would meet at Jay’s studio. We hope to get this going in the fall.

And finally –

Lesson Learned: Go look at your “finished” piece a week later and use a critical eye; you will see the things you missed or need  a tweak. THEN FIX THEM.

Lesson Learned: Gelato, every afternoon at 2:00 pm is a great way to take a break from your work.

Lesson Learned: If you really, really, really, really want to keep a piece – DON’T SHOW IT TO OTHERS cause they might make you an offer you can’t refuse!

Lesson Learned: Be willing and open to share your work, you never know what you will get in return.

My Finished Texture Wheel

Laurie's Finished Texture Wheel

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Laurie Jane Kern June 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

Wendy,
Thanks – IMHO one must eat Gelato while making a texture wheel or at least afterward.

Wendy Edsall-Kerwin June 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

Oooo, I love your texture wheel and I want one of my own! Maybe I should take a day and just work on chasing textures, that could be fun. And gelato is always a nice break ;^)

arian June 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

Oh well, I’d never heard of gelato before :).

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about the workshop.

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