What? From Concept To Creation
When? September 11-15
Where? Twisp, WA in my personal studio.
This workshop is a 5-day intensive for intermediate silversmiths. We will work for 8 hours each day with a one-hour break for lunch.
The focus of this workshop will be on how to prioritize steps while creating each piece, learning how to layer silver sheets and create 3-dimensional pieces without melting previous soldered joints. I will help you realize each of your own designs during the workshop.
If you already have a handle on basic techniques such as sawing, soldering, and finishing, this intensive will empower you to use these tools in a more personal and creative way. Over five concentrated days you will hone your existing skills, add new ones, and grow more comfortable and confident in your ability to realize your own designs.
During this workshop students will learn how to hand fabricate 5 different chains to include both fusing and soldering. They will focus on designing a 3-dimensional piece and, with my assistance, determine the necessary steps toward execution.
The cost of the workshop includes 5 days of training and interaction, 1 3x3" sheet of 24 gauge sterling silver, 1 3x3" sheet of 22 gauge sterling silver, one 4 ft 16 gauge sterling silver wire, another 4 ft wire of 18 gauge sterling silver, and silver solder.
Should you require additional materials, please be sure to bring them with you to the workshop. I will also have materials you can purchase at wholesale cost, should you need.
Note, I often use 22 gauge silver sheets for botanicals and sculptural pieces (i.e. shadowboxes).
All tools and equipment are included.
My studio space is well ventilated. However, I encourage you to bring your own eye/mouth/finger protection. See below for a description of my studio.
Meals are not included.
Course Prerequisites include:
Experience working with a propane/O2 torch system.
For the intermediate intensive course, experience soldering with silver. This technique will be learned in Silversmithing Basics.
Experience working with a jeweler's hand saw.
The cost for this 5-day intensive is $435.
Once I have received your payment, your space will be confirmed.
This workshop is first come, first serve. Space is limited.
10% of fee is considered non-refundable in cases of withdrawal for all students up to 30 days of the workshop.
Course fee is non-refundable within 30 days of the workshop unless I am able to fill the student's spot, in which case #1 above still applies.
If I cancel a class then 100% of your fee will be reimbursed.
Lodging, directions and information about the Methow Valley
I can work with you and the others in the group to secure affordable lodging. Let me know if you would like assistance. Otherwise, following are several links to arrange lodging.
Central Reservations - A local source for lodging at Inns, Hotels, B&B's, vacation rentals, condos, cabins, and more.
Lodging within walking distance to my studio:
Twisp River Suites - river front lodging in downtown Twisp, close to shopping and my studio
Methow Suites B&B - Wonderfully cozy, close to downtown Twisp, and the owners are some of the warmest people you will find in the Valley.
The closest airports are Twisp, Wenatchee, and Seattle, WA.
Information about the Methow Valley:
Below are some useful resources to learn about this stunningly picturesque area.
Winthrop, WA Chamber of Commerce
Methow Trails - access to miles and miles of nordic ski and summer hiking/biking trails.
Twisp, WA Chamber of Commerce
Loup Loup Ski Bowl - our local alpine ski area (my husband and I are ski patrollers there)
Winter Fun Where The Olympians Train - Sunset Magazine feature
Hiking Guide - WA Trails Association
Old Schoolhouse Brewery - an old schoolhouse in downtown Winthrop with great food and live music
My silversmithing studio is situated inside the greenhouse at Yard Food, owned by the fabulous Tess Hoke. When you arrive, take time to visit the quaint shop in front of the building and walk through the plant nursery. Seek Tess' advice on how to grow successful garlic or, if she isn't present at the time of your visit, sign up for her online classes.
The photos were taken before I expanded to include space for workshops. My studio can accommodate up to 5 students - 4 Little Smith torches, 2 flex shafts, 4 adjustable rolling stools (and additional seating). There is an open floor plan and bright, natural light. It is well ventilated and heated for all seasons. It is wheelchair accessible.
Given that it is a greenhouse, you may expect a friendly spider to drop in while you're working. Nibble on greens growing in the garden bed. Making messes and loud noises are welcome.