We set intentions. We make goals. Heck, we even vow to keep our New Year’s Resolutions. But then life gets in the way and our dreams get buried under paperwork, bills, and schedules, leaving us feeling untethered and disconnected. What is precious to us? What are the things that ground us, that resonate, that help us remember?
Join us for two incredible projects with Erin “Elm” Harris as we explore these ideas using metal clay and traditional metalsmithing techniques. We’ll start by constructing a hollow-form bell, whose chiming call will help focus us and bring us back to the present. Then we’ll combine metal clay with more traditional bench techniques to craft a reliquary embellished with texture and fine gold to store small objects as a reminder of things that matter to us. Although reliquaries have roots in various different religions, our collective fascination with lockets and small boxes reflects a shared love of containing and celebrating something precious and special to us. Along the way we’ll learn precise construction techniques for metal clay, the practical considerations inherent in creating hollow forms, how to create unique texture using photopolymer plates and carving tools, and the best way to combine metal clay and sheet metal. We’ll even learn how to apply fine gold using the ancient technique of keum boo. In the end, we’ll have two very different and very personal jewelry pieces, each of which will help connect us to our memories, ideas, and intentions every time we wear them.
Bring some small objects and mementos to personalize your reliquary – a bit of beach sand, a scrap of fabric from a loved one’s favorite shirt, a few strands of your sweet pet’s fur. Otherwise, we’re providing all the tools and materials to complete both projects, so all you have to do is come ready to work and have fun!
None! Both projects are suitable for everyone from determined beginners to advanced makers!
Workshop Fee: $455
Materials Fee: $160
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
October 20 & 21, 2018
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 September 15, 2018
(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!
Note: We recommend bringing your own eye magnification to help you see as clearly as possible while working. Because these needs are so personal, it’s impossible for us to have the right thing on hand for every student. Need help with this? Call the studio or send us an email!
ABOUT ERIN HARRIS
Erin Harris calls herself a “sentimental metalsmith” because that’s what she does: sentimental work in metal. Although she holds a masters degree in social work, her work for more than a decade has been a different kind of creative social-work, oriented around connecting with others and creating customized, personal, on-of-a-kind jewelry to honor life’s milestones and memories. Her jewelry-making journey began with the loss of a wonderful dog, as she looked for ways to remember him and process her grief. Creating a piece of jewelry helped her feel a physical connection to his memory, and she’s been helping others make similar journeys ever since.
“It was my dog that led me into the life of jewelry making. But I’ve always loved to create. And from the first time my parents hung one of my childhood scribbles on the fridge, I realized I also love to create art for others… I cherish the personal connections I make with people when I create jewelry for them.”
She has worked with renowned metal clay artist and teacher Celie Fago, both as apprentice and assistant, since 2009 and has worked with metalsmith Richard Salley as his sometime-assistant. A former bead store owner and jewelry instructor, she continues to teach Art to students from grades Pre-k through 8th grade as well as at studios and venues around the country. More information about Erin and her work may be found on her website www.elmharris.com.