Jump into foldforming, stamping, and forming with this fun cuff project from metalsmith April Bower! This one day class is filled with techniques and tricks designed to help you create dimensional, highly textured jewelry. We’ll start with copper sheet to practice making line folds and stamping texture – we’ll have plenty of stamps here for you to play with, but this is a great opportunity to bring your favorites and put them to good use! Then April will show us the best tools and methods for creating deep, fabric-like dimension in our metal before we move on to working with fine silver. Our final creation will incorporate synclastic and anticlastic forming techniques for substantial, textured cuffs with lots of volume and visual interest.
This is a good class for anyone interested in working with metal, regardless of experience – students will be able to work at their own level, with more skilled students having the opportunity to make additional samples and more complex shapes and forms. 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!
Workshop Fee: $215
Materials Fee: $85
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
Sunday, April 26, 2020
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
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.