This is a fast pace class that gives you an opportunity to learn basic skills in silver soldering and stone setting while creating your own original piece. You will have the hands on experience of using a torch, jewelers saw, shop equipment, hand tools and more. Class is limited to five students.
Metal Arts Instructor: Rita Ross – Jewelry, silversmithing, stone setting, riveting and copper wire sculpture
I was born in Sandusky Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie. Art began as an escape from the other eight family members. A place I could go to connect with my self and God. My passion for working with non-ferrous metal began in 1976, fabricating sterling silver jewelry. I developed a line of figurative pieces that later inspires me to recreate them in copper as sculpture. 1995 was the beginning of the shift towards larger works. I have found the process of sculpting goes beyond the physical aspects of working. It is an inner journey for me. I am confronting all my perceived boundaries. My success can be attributed to my many failures. These accidents/mistakes have opened up new avenues of working as well as new ideas. Weaving the copper, although not my only technique is one of my favorite ways to work. It combination of weaving and metal fabrication. I use recycled wire that is softened by the heat of an oxy-acetylene torch. It is then woven and brazed together into a metal fabric. With this metal cloth, I can build a long curve or sculpt an intricate framework for my animals or abstracted figurative pieces. I have been blessed to find teachers along the way that have shared their knowledge, patience, and love of working with fire and metal. They have brought me to where I am today. My work has been commissioned by hospitals, churches and private collectors. What once was an escape is now the place I live and reconnect over and over again with myself, others and God.
This workshop will be held at the Tarnoff Art Center located in Rowe New Mexico. Students will have full access to the studio facility while attending the workshop. Suggestions can be made for reasonable lodging; Santa Fe has plenty of rooms available although the city is about 20 minutes away. The daily schedule will consist of instruction from 10:00-12:00, lunch from 12:00-1:00 and more art making 12:30-6:00PM. You may stay as long as you like after class to work on your art. All materials included.
When: July 21-22 • Sat & Sun • 2012
Where: Tarnoff Art Center, 4 Wildflower Lane, Rowe, NM 87562
Time: 10:00-12:00, lunch from 12:00-1:00 and more art making 12:30-6:00PM.
Cost: $265 + $45 Materials Fee
*Space is limited to 5 Students, we reserve spaces on a first come first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of reservation.
Website/Blog Address: http://www.tarnoffartcenter.
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