If you’re an alumni of our Heart of the Maker program, it’s likely you went home after your time with us and found your creative process radically transformed. Perhaps it was a shift in how you think about your work, perhaps it was a complete transformation of the things that make up your designs. Regardless, after a few months of working in that new “head space,” you may be ready to go deeper. As part of our ongoing Heart of the Maker program, we’re offering alumni events designed precisely with those next steps in mind!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This is an invitation only event for students who have taken The Heart of the Maker with Lesley in our studio. and our expectation is that you will have continued working on your processes and “on the page” in the time since that workshop. Students who may need a little more “seasoning” will be invited to take additional foundational workshops with Francesca or other guest instructors at The Makery, and to re-enroll in our annual Heart of the Maker workshop before signing up for the Go Deeper alumni sessions.
In March, registered participants will be asked to start sending specific requests for techniques to cover. (For example, some participants have already expressed interest in intarsia, mixed metals, gem-cut stone setting, and working with gold.) Based on that input, Lesley and Francesca will plan for a four day session tailored to those requests and interests, to help particpants “level up” over and above the work accomplished during the Heart of the Maker sessions and after. Plan on pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, and be prepared to send Lesley photos of your current work as she puts together the curriculum for this session. The goal is for you to identify and overcome the technical challenges you’re encountering in the process of translating your ideas from concept to completion, and to give you a personalized plan for taking next steps in your studio practice.
In addition to the review of your current work and planning for your requested techniques, your workshop fee will include four full days of personalized instruction with Lesley, with support from Francesca. Your kit fee will include use of all consumables (flux, solder, sandpaper, etc.), tools, and equipment necessary to work. You’ll need to bring all raw materials for creating your pieces; Francesca and Lesley will have a selection of stones available for purchase from top cutters and wholesalers, and a limited selection of raw materials for purchase in case you forget something.
Because of the intimate, in-depth nature of this workshop, we’re limiting seats to just 10 people!
Workshop Fee: $675
Materials Fee: $50
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
(don’t forget you’re responsible for bringing all your raw materials!)
May 14 – 17, 2020
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, 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!
PLEASE NOTE: Product photos are student work from the 2019 Heart of the Maker workshop!
ABOUT LESLEY AINE MCKEOWN
When people ask how I became an artist, I often laugh and say, “it’s genetic.” I was raised in art. My parents met and married while they were students at the Art Institute in Kansas City. I was born shortly after they graduated and began their careers as professional artists. My father made jewelry in the 1960s and ’70, and worked for Hallmark while my mother painted, sculpted and illustrated medical textbooks until 1979, when we moved to Sedona, Arizona. This began a 30-year obsession with creating one of the top 100 Niche American Crafts galleries in the US. They both enjoy busy lives, creating and traveling the world to this day. But it was not until 1982 that the jewelry bug bit me. As an apprentice I learned traditional native American silversmithing techniques. In 1984 I launched my career as a jeweler, and I’ve never looked up since. It’s always been the challenges of metal smithing that I crave.
Designing pieces that challenge me technically, that speak to a certain aesthetic, is what pulls me to create. Creativity is evolution, a constant yearning for more. And of utmost importance is how it is made. Each piece is created in my studio in the tradition of the American Studio Art Jewelry movement of the 1940s through the ’60s, which demands that the work is created entirely in the artist’s studio. From drawing through fabrication, the piece never leaves my hands. My studio is my refuge, and I work solo.
I’m an avid gardener, I believe in political responsibility, I love animals, and I’m a bit obsessed about cooking.
The planet and animals are a deep concern to me. Every effort is made to use recycled and ethically mined metals and gems. I volunteer helping the local Humane Society raise funds and donate a portion of my income through the year to the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary that provides a forever home to retired captive elephants. I believe strongly in giving back and am happy to share my experience freely with other jewelers. I am dedicated to educating others in the importance of art in our lives. A society without art is a society without a soul.
My technical approach is simple and low-tech. I use traditional fabricating techniques and incorporate others, like the ancient Korean technique of Keumboo, to accent my work. I enjoy designing a piece and then working through the process of how to make it.
I collect vintage tools and enjoy using them every day. I love the idea that a hammer used by another jeweler 50 years ago is making a mark on my work today. One of my favorite things is my bench, which was my father’s, and I’ve used it for over 30 years. I consider it a talisman. I’m drawn to the unusual, and collect stones that reflect this. The vast array of beautiful material that comes from the earth remains a wonder to me. Often my designs are motivated by the stones, and complementing their beauty is all that’s needed. In business since 1984, I make each piece by hand in my Prescott, Arizona studio.