"Metal is a plastic Medium"

Friday, April 27, 2012

2012 metal forming workshops
Sometime this spring, summer or fall, take a small vacation and learn something new at the same time. Then use that new information to advance your career goals in forming your metal art.
The workshops can be as short as a day or two or as long as a few weeks. If you are really lucky you could find an art residency that might allow you to live where you do your metalwork,for more than a few months.
There are plenty in the United States and plenty more in other parts of the world.
This is what I have found so far by doing a search with Google.

Penland School of Crafts,Penland North Carolina: penland.org/metals/index.html

There are plenty of classes in metal but take a good look at:

JUNE 10 - JUNE 22, 2012
Michael Gayk - Raising a Little Containment
We will investigate the vessel on an intimate scale while emphasizing the function of containment. Exploring the malleability of nonferrous metal and the plasticity this allows in the forming of sheet material, we will create holloware that emphasizes its contents through form and surface embellishment. Students will experiment with combining a number of processes, from angle raising and stretching to fabrication and hydraulic die forming. Basic soldering, sawing, and filing skills required. Code 02mb


The Peck School of Arts at University of Wisconsin MilWaukee has Metal arts classes that only last a few days.


July 23 – 25 (6-9pm)
DIE FORMING: Make a Tea Strainer
Instructor: Stephanie Voegele
It’s teatime! Explore the process of hydraulic die forming and decorative sawing and piercing to create your own tea strainer. Use acrylic dyes to make a sterling silver three-dimensional form that you can customize with your own designs.

Buffalo State college. April 29-30 2012

This sounds exciting
Hydraulic Die Forming Workshop with Chris Irick
UCSD Crafts Center
UC San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr. 0338, La Jolla, CA 92093 (858) 534-2021

I do not believe there is a date yet for this class
Hydraulic press and die forming workshop

But the UCSD Crafts Center has many other Metal Arts classes as well.

I will be updating this list whenever I see another metal forming workshop listed on the web. It could be from anywhere in the world.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Movie Quote to Get You Moving

by Luann Udell

There comes a time where it just seems too hard to do another show, to face another windy rainstorm at an art festival. Too hard to master yet another social medium in order to promote our work; to approach yet another gallery that will probably say no; to apply for yet another exhibition. At some point, it just seems easier to settle for what we know will work; to stick with the techniques we’ve already mastered; to answer every challenge with a heart-heavy “I tried that once and it didn’t work.” What if all it took were twenty seconds of insane courage? [...]

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