If you’ve taken a lot of classes, you may have made pieces that look very much like the work of artists you admire… but you struggle with making your new skills your own. Or maybe you’ve been collecting gorgeous stones you’re dying to set but have no idea where to start with a design that will do them justice. We’re thrilled to be offering a hands-on workshop intensive with master maker Lesley Aine McKeown, a working studio artist whose distinctive style is instantly recognizable and deeply personal. Over the course of four days, she’ll help us explore and identify the things that inspire and move us. We’ll dig deep to figure out why we love the work and artists we do, and how to articulate and make those things tangible. Along the way, we’ll learn and practice the elements of productive critique, both of our own work and others, as she teaches us her approach to practical, essential fabrication techniques and skills including stone setting, designing with multiple stones, using prongs, chain making, keum boo, and more.
Plan on pushing yourself outside your comfort zone as you work with Lesley to design and execute your unique “dream” piece. Your kit fee includes a complete set of materials Lesley most commonly uses in fabrication – sterling silver sheet and wire, fine silver bezel wire, tube settings and some small faceted stones, rose cut gemstones, and gold foil to practice Lesley’s keum boo method – along with use of all the consumables, tools, and equipment you’ll need to be successful. But this is the workshop where you should bring “those” stones – the ones you fell in love with but haven’t had the courage to use or the experience to combine – as well as any materials you particularly like working with so you can go wherever the muse (and Lesley!) leads you. You’ll come away with a clear vision of how you want your work to look and what you want to communicate, as well as new technical skills and a specific roadmap for how to get there.
We’ll be covering the proper use of a single-tank air/acetylene torch, including basic setup and safety, and you’ll have plenty of time to practice using it if you’ve never used one before. But this is an intermediate workshop, and you should be able to solder unattended and be comfortable using a jeweler’s saw. Because of the intimate, in-depth nature of this workshop, we’re limiting seats to just 10 people, so grab yours now!
Workshop Fee: $625
Materials Fee: $85
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
(don’t forget to bring any amazing stones you’re dying to set!)