Join us for a two-day adventure in anticlastic metal forming with metalsmith April Bower! Anticlastic forming – the process of creating opposing curved surfaces – results in forms that are uniquely strong and stable even when the metal is very thin. Best of all, the techniques for creating anticlastic forms are very straight-forward and the necessary tools to get started are simple and few. And because we’ll be making each project more than once, you’ll have the time and space to discover which tools you prefer and how different metals affect the outcome of the final form.
We’ll start with two versions of an anticlastic ring – one in bronze or brass and one in sterling silver – designed to lay a foundation of essential forming skills. We’ll explore texturing options, including roll printing and stamping, and best practices for incorporating pin settings for pearls or bezel settings for stones. Then we’ll build on those foundational skills by forming two pairs of sinuous earrings, one in a striking bi-metal for added impact. Time permitting, we’ll finish up with a slender bracelet, introducing us to ways to translate these newly learned techniques to larger forms.
This is an opportunity to get a good, comprehensive introduction to the tools and skills necessary to create anticlastic forms. Best of all, the workshop has been designed so that everyone can work at their own level – you’ll need a basic ability to solder unattended and use a jeweler’s saw, but otherwise this is a workshop for all levels. As always, we’re providing everything you need to have a great time: all tools, materials, and equipment will be waiting for you here in our fully equipped studio. Just bring eye magnification and a willingness to get to work!
Please note: This workshop will require some strength and stamina for standing, holding, and hammering. Soldering will be minimal but will include small work including ear wires, posts, and pearl pegs.
Workshop Fee: $375
Materials Fee: $75
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
April 24 & 25, 2020
Friday and Saturday
9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily
Reserve your spot by paying in full or making a non-refundable deposit now
and paying the remainder by March 1, 2020
(We’ll send you a separate invoice for the balance and you can pay securely online at your convenience!)
Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before registering!
ABOUT APRIL BOWER
April Bower has always been fascinated by the many varied processes involved in metalworking. She enjoys exploring the juxtaposition of texture vs. smooth, matte vs. polish while creating an extremely wearable work of art. “Metal is an very versatile medium, that can be cast, stretched, pounded, welded, textured and colored or melted down to start all over again. From steel to copper to gold, and from ancient forging techniques to modern electroforming, the possibilities are endless.”
While earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, her jewelry work was experimental and creative using silver. After teaching metalsmithing for 5 years, she then apprenticed in fine jewelry, then began working exclusively in gold, diamonds and faceted stones for 18 years. She now has come full circle, back to what she loves; making & teaching fun, creative, metal work.
She is currently showcasing her original hand forged and fabricated designs in galleries throughout the Southwest. This work, executed in Argentium sterling silver, high karat golds, steel, bi- metals and Mokume’ Gane, features primarily metal with textures.
Bower teaches workshops at Art Retreats & private studios and has been a contributing author for Lapidary Journal/ Jewelry Artist.
She grew up in the desert in Arizona and splits her time between the Mountains and the Desert in Arizona.
She has been a member of Society of North American Goldsmiths, American Crafts Council, & Arizona Designer Craftsman.