What? From the River Silversmithing Workshop
When? October 26-30, 2020
Where? Twisp, WA in my personal studio.
My philosophy? There is nothing that cannot be done. Together, let's push all of the limits!
This workshop is a 5-day intensive, we will convene for 8 hours each day with a one-hour break for lunch.
Students will focus on designing and creating river and riparian habitat-inspired hand-fabricated pieces of their choice. Demonstrations will include the many techniques that can be used to make this special life come alive in silver, from fusing sterling silver, soldering multiple joints in one piece to reticulation, creating 3-dimensional joints, texturing, basic repoussé and chasing, carving, and texturing. Demonstrations will also include flattening river rocks to create cabochons, bezel setting, and how to hand fabricate small branches. Students will create several different pieces throughout the week.
Five-day intensives give students an understanding of what is involved to work full-time as a silversmith.
The cost of the workshop will include
5 days of training and interaction
1 3x3" sheet of 22 gauge sterling silver
1 3x3" sheet of 24 gauge sterling silver
1 5 ft 16 gauge sterling silver wire
1 5 ft wire of 18 gauge sterling silver
1 5 ft wire of 20 gauge sterling silver
Should you require additional materials, please be sure to bring them with you to the workshop. You will find everything you need at Rio Grande. I will also have additional materials to purchase at wholesale cost, should you need.
All tools and equipment are included.
My studio space is well ventilated. However, I encourage you to bring your own eye/mouth/finger protection. For those students with long hair, be sure to tie it back when working with the torch. See below for a description of my studio.
Meals are not included.
Please note that I do not give students specific projects to complete. I offer many different demonstrations throughout the day, so you're welcome to copy my demonstrations or take the techniques to incorporate into your own designs. I encourage you to explore your own artistic expression.
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 $850.
Once I have received your payment, your space will be confirmed.
This workshop is first come, first serve. Space is limited.
25% of fee is considered non-refundable in cases of withdrawal for all students up to 30 days of the workshop. In other words, think carefully before reserving your spot!
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, Spokane, 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 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.
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 encouraged.