Meet The Masters: Charles Lewton-Brain

July 5, 2010

Charles Lewton-Brain has earned many titles and wears many hats: inventor of foldforming, master goldsmith, educator, author, photographer, community activist (i.e., Ganoksin), and more. In addition, he is the long-time head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada. But ask him what he most likes to do, […]

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Meet The Masters: Munya Avigail Upin, Designer and Metalsmith

June 13, 2010

If you want to learn how to weave or knit metal, do you need experience with yarn or looms? No way, says award-winning metalsmith Munya Avigail Upin. “You don’t need any textile experience,” she says. “Just jump in and do it.” That’s exactly what students will get to do when Munya conducts a workshop at […]

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Meet the Masters: Barbara Minor, Master Enamelist

June 5, 2010

It’s not easy finding new tricks in an art that’s been practiced for millennia. But master enamelist Barbara Minor did, by trial and error in her Louisiana studio. Three new exciting ways to create texture and apply color are now a hallmark of her work:  using silver foil ‘spitballs,’ inlaying already-fired shards of enamel, and […]

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Cynthia Eid to teach shellforming, June 23-27

May 17, 2010

Metalwerx instructor Cynthia Eid Meet Cynthia Eid: award-winning jeweler, longtime Metalwerx board member, globe-trotting teacher, and banjo picker. Cindy kicks off the 2010 Metalwerx Summer With The Masters series with a five-day course entitled “Creatively Hammering Anticlastic and Synclastic Jewelry” (June 23-27). Students familiar with her classes know to expect an exciting and comprehensive learning […]

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Dragonfly wings in PMC demonstration at Metalwerx Open House, May 8, 10 am to 3 pm

April 29, 2010

April showers bring May flowers– and the annual Metalwerx Open House Day of Demonstrations and artisan jewelry sale!  Enjoy refreshments and snacks while touring our classrooms and studio, and see metalsmithing in action. This year, Metalwerx instructors and studiomates will demonstrate a variety of techniques including mokume gane, casting, wire weaving, forging bangles, and precious […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Heather Skowood, Reclaimed/Recycled Materials workshop, April 22-24, on the ‘green jewelry’ movement

April 6, 2010

Metalwerx gives a nod to Earth Day this year by offering a workshop led by Heather Skowood on creating beautiful jewelry that decreases our impact on the environment. The two-day course includes instruction on how to use eco-friendly joining techniques such as rivets and jump rings, and making mountings to frame unique found objects. Emphasis […]

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Curiouser and curiouser: “Exquisite What?” The work of Ian Henderson, Metalwerx instructor/studiomate

March 29, 2010

Upon entering the gallery, the black boxes suspended on the gallery walls make no sense until you get near enough to see they resemble old-fashioned kinetoscopes. Large magnifying lenses beckon you to peek inside. And there you see the fantastic silver-cast sculptures that look like nothing you’ve ever seen, yet appear strangely familiar. Openings on […]

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Spotlight: Marlene Richey, marketing consultant, on “Starting a Craft Business”

March 23, 2010

Chances are that if you’re familiar with Marlene Richey’s name it’s because of her monthly “Business Savvy” column in Art Jewelry Magazine. But did you know she is also a SNAG board member and prize-winning author? Richey has spent more than thirty years in the jewelry business—as a creator, seller, and consultant to artists, and […]

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Stone setting, sculptural wire knitting among Spring 2010 weekly classes

March 11, 2010

Metalwerx in Waltham, Massachusetts offers the following weekly jewelry-making classes starting the week of April 12. Enroll 30 days in advance and save 5 percent with Early Bird registration. You may register via our website or call 781-891-3854 to sign up.     Metalwerx offers classes for all skill levels. All weekly classes are 9 […]

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Introducing our web log!

March 1, 2010

Greetings from Waltham, Massachusetts, home of Metalwerx Inc., nonprofit school and cooperative studio extraordinaire that has launched a thousand careers since its inception in 1998. Perhaps that number is an exaggeration, but it is no small feat that this spunky organization has weathered the ups and downs of several moves, erratic economies, and the vagaries […]

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