Meet the Masters: Barbara Seidenath

June 5, 2012

Metalwerx is pleased to welcome Barbara Seidenath to our Summer With the Masters series.  Barbara will teach “Enameling: Investigating Surface and Depth,” July 11-15. A distinguished faculty member in the metals department of the Rhode Island School of Design, Barbara is also on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in […]

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Meet the Masters: David Huang

June 1, 2012

David Huang’s approach to forming vessels can be compared to conducting a symphony that has yet to be written.  His hands are the baton guiding hammers, stakes, fire, and water to create a work of art in metal. By listening to the conversation among the various instruments, David believes the developing piece gives rise to […]

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Holly Gage: Inventor, Negative Space Caning With Metal Clay

April 30, 2012

Ever since precious metal clay was introduced in 1990, artists the world over have tried to find ways to take this wondrous material in new directions. Holly Gage has developed a technique using combustible clays to create canes and hollow forms. She will lead a workshop May 19-20 at Metalwerx, “Negative Space Caning with Metal […]

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Munya has a Dream: Alchemy 925 to open April 2012

March 31, 2012

 “Sharing beautiful work with the public” has been Munya Avigail Upin’s dream for more than 25 years. Her fantasy is rapidly transforming to reality as she and her colleague, Kirsten Ball, prepare to open a contemporary jewelry and fine craft gallery in Belmont, Mass. Munya, a member of Metalwerx’ Board of Directors, and Kirsten, a […]

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Sarah Doremus: Cold Connections for Art Jewelry

March 7, 2012

Jewelry took an innovative turn in the late 19th century when artists like Rene Lalique began using materials other than gold and precious gems in their work. Some of Lalique’s most famous pieces featured glass and ivory, materials uncommon to jewelry for the time. For example, the wings of his dragonfly pins were made with […]

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Spotlight: Dan Grandi on Expansion Plans for Racecar Jewelry

February 3, 2012
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Dan Grandi returns to Metalwerx on Feb. 17 to teach mold making and casting. It’s a very busy time for Dan, who is the midst of making major changes to his company, Racecar Jewelry Company, Inc. The expansion plans include moving from Cranston, RI, to a new 10,000 square foot facility in Pawtucket, RI. The […]

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October 14, 2011

Oct. 23, 2011, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Ave., Watertown, MA Tools, Jewels and the people who use them are once again the focus of Metalwerx’ 7th annual Vendor day! Vendor Day is an opportunity to meet some of the best vendors in the business!  Aspiring and professional metalworkers, beading enthusiasts, […]

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Metal Clay a winning choice for MW instructor Michela Verani

September 6, 2011

Winning four awards in as many months has left Metalwerx instructor Michela ‘Mikki’ Verani ecstatic: “It’s amazing. I’m shocked. On cloud nine.” In April, Mikki won second prize in the Bead Dreams Competition  for her metal clay scatter pin, “Dragonfly Nymph”. One month later, Mikki was awarded the Employee’s Choice Grand Prize in the Fire […]

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Move that Jewelry! Kinetic Jewelry Workshop with Sarah Doremus

July 29, 2011

In Sarah Doremus’ short video, the hand at the end of the putty-pink plastic arm commands you. As the hand silently rotates, palm cupped in a warm ‘hello,’ slender fingers pointing heavenward, one feels comforted by–and in obeisance to– its approving gesture. It is the Queen Elizabeth wave, enveloping all in an imposing, loving embrace. […]

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Argentium Silver: Microfolding, Fusing, and–Mithril?

July 1, 2011

  Argentium sterling silver has been commercially available in the U.S. since 2005, but not all jewelers have scrapped their traditional Sterling in favor of this wonder metal. The industrial market has been even slower to adopt this patented silver alloy, in which germanium has been added to the sterling/copper mix. To its faithful in […]

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