Ken Bova returns to The Makery with a four-day workshop expanding on the possibilities of torch firing and setting enamel pieces. We’ll revisit the unique properties of white liquid enamel and explore the versatility of adding enamel china paints (aka Limoges). Ken will guide us through a process of creating colorful and brilliant imagery for brooch, earring, and small vessel forms as we learn how to dip, brush, pour, paint, draw with, and torch fire these forms of enamel on copper.
Next we’ll discover ways of transforming enameled elements into wearable pieces. Ken will show us a variety of tools and techniques to assemble jewelry components, from simple to sophisticated. We will cover quick and effective fabrication and connecting processes to create settings and linking mechanics for jewelry sized enamel pieces. And while we’ll be working with enamel components, all these techniques translate well to other forms, opening new and versatile possibilities for working with stones, found elements, and earring components.
This is a unique opportunity to work comprehensively with one of the most imaginative and generous instructors teaching today. Best of all, this workshop is perfect for all levels of makers – while some sawing and soldering skill is useful, it is not required! And we’re providing all tools, materials and equipment so all you have to do is bring eye magnification and a willingness to learn new things and have fun!
Workshop Fee: $645
Materials Fee: $125
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
May 9 – 12, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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 April 15, 2019
(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 KEN BOVA
Ken Bova is a Past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) with work in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, Racine, Tacoma, Philadelphia, and Georgia Art Museums among others. He has presented workshops nationwide in places such as Haystack, Penland, Arrowmont, Idyllwild, and Peter’s Valley. He taught for nearly 20 years in the Jewelry/Metals program at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and a semester in MSU’s study abroad program in Corciano, Italy.
In 2010 he accepted a position as a visiting artist at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In 2012 he accepted a tenure track position there as an Associate Professor and teaches senior studio courses, enameling, and is Area Co-coordinator overseeing the graduate program in Metal Design.
About his work, Ken says:
As a kid I used to take the seeds from mimosa pods and string them with a needle and thread into long heishi-like strands for necklaces. I kept them in cigar boxes, along with bits of colored paper, drawings, feathers, small bones, stones, colored shards of glass, and treasure maps that I drew myself ~ relics of an imaginative and active childhood.
In addition to art, I studied philosophy and religious studies in graduate school with Dr. Lynda Sexson. In her book “Ordinarily Sacred” she says that inventories of children’s treasures and those of religious holy places are remarkably similar; that the “junk” that’s precious to kids, and adults, is the stuff of the sacred.
She writes, “The sacred, when not bound by politics and economics, is nearer to something we call the aesthetic.”
My work is, in part, the result of this heritage. It seeks to convey my fascination with narrative through color and line, objects of intimacy, elements of the landscape both external and internal, and the wonder of small things that attract my attention. It is about mapping the treasures in my life. It is about precious junk becoming sacred, becoming aesthetic.