Maker Series

Beginning Metalsmithing, March 3 – 4, 2018

Instructor: Nell Fredericksen

Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 3 – 4, 2018, 9am – 5pm

Tuition: Member $120.00 / Non Member $150.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10 base fee plus additional fee for the exact materials used (copper and sterling silver). Typically students make use of about $25‐50 of copper and silver sheet and wire.

Class Description: Students will be introduced to many techniques that will allow them to manipulate metal to create jewelry and/or small sculptural objects. This is a highly technical discipline, and as such, mastering individual techniques will be emphasized and applied to two specific projects. In addition, each student will be encouraged to use principles of basic design and personal expressiveness to produce unique, functional and sculptural pieces.
Course objectives:
1‐ To provide knowledge of and insight into contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing practices. The basic techniques of sawing, filing, soldering, surface texture (stamping, hammering, heat textures, overlay and solder inlay), and simple fold forming/bending will be covered and applied to individual unique design ideas.
2‐ To begin to conceptualize in the third dimension and/or translate two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional forms. Each piece designed will have height, width, and depth and still be “wearable”.
3‐ To become familiar with contemporary styles and design trends in metalsmithing by looking at the work of many artists working in the field.
4‐ To develop observation, critical thinking and problem solving skills as they apply to wearable art.
On the development of skills: Jewelry and fine metal work is essentially sculpture. However, there are two important differences: scale and function. You need to think of your designs as sculptural, but at the same time they must be functional (wearable) and small in scale. With that in mind, the designs you pursue in this class should go way beyond what we typically see in mass-produced jewelry – the idea here is to be fresh and innovative. Practice of the techniques is imperative (especially when working with silver). Paper models and copper prototypes are helpful. Unlike painting or drawing, there is very little opportunity for redo’s in metal. Every step of metal work is semi‐permanent. It is very difficult to change a design or erase aspects once it has been partially executed in metal. So much of metalsmithing is centered on hand skills and tool application and thus these will be emphasized. However, I do not want to let that overshadow the importance of the conceptual aspects of the work. Keep in mind that your design concepts can be social, political, global, or personal and I hope that in teaching you the techniques I can strengthen your aesthetics and concepts.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 6

About the Instructor: Nell Fredericksen has been a professional artist and fine art jeweler for over 28 years. She is an Artisan Center of VA Juried Master Artisan. She has a fascination and wonder in connection with nature and her work is very organic and reflects the natural world. Nell works primarily in gold and has a high level of expertise in many traditional metalsmithing techniques. Learn More about the Instructor at: http://www.nellfredericksen.com

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Beginning Ceramics, March 5 – 27, 2018

Instructor: Cory Potrafka

Date: Mondays & Tuesdays, March 5 – 27, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 

Tuition: Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20.00

Class Description: All levels welcome at this workshop that will focus on beginning throwing skills. We will practice throwing, trimming the foot, and adding additions such as handles and knobs. We’ll explore techniques, handtools and how the wheel and our imagination create the pots that we want to make and use. Join us, have some fun and try your hand at something new! 

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 5

About the Instructor: Cory Potrafka is a second generation potter who now resides in Meadows of Dan, VA. In the summer of 2016 he volunteered to become the Center’s Ceramic Studio Manager. He now works for the Center where he continues to manage the clay studio, covers graphical needs and website developement, and helps organize all of the special events and classes.  On his off days from the Center he is the production potter at the Phelps Studio.  Cory also manages the Friday Night Artisan Market in Downtown Floyd. Learn more at http://www.potrafkapottery.com

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Beginning Blacksmithing – All Fired Up, April 14 – 15, 2018

Instructor: Bryan Fritts

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 – 15, 2018, 9am – 5pm

Tuition: Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20.00

Class Description: This class will introduce students to tools found in the shop the anvil, forge and hammer. How to light and maintain a fire. Once familiar with the tools of the trade we will practice fundamental techniques such as drawing out, upsetting, tapers, twists and punching holes. All done while learning proper stance, hammer control and safety in the shop. Students will make nails, hooks, fire pokers and other useful items and learn how to apply finishes to these items. Students are asked to bring safety glasses, and hearing protections closed toe shoes are required also their favorite hammer if they have one. Gloves and aprons are optional. If you are enthusiastic, comfortable working with your hands, and willing to work hard, you qualify.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Bryan Fritts has been blacksmithing since 1997, and is Manley Brown’s ( blacksmith in Lexington VA ) last living apprentice . He has worked in the blacksmith shop as an historic interpreter at Virginia Explore Park and does public demonstration’s at fall festivals across southern VA. Bryan is both self taught and has taken classes at John C Campbell Folk School. He has also attended numerous blacksmithing workshops sponsored by the guilds located in the area. He is a member of ABANA and the Old Dominion Blacksmith’s Association. Bryan states “I love working with iron and non-ferrous metals. I also do fabrication and welding and upcycled / repurposed art from junk. I live in Blue Ridge VA with my wife Becky and have four children and four grandchildren.”

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Forged & Fabricated – Repurposed With a Purpose, April 28 – 29, 2018

Instructor: Bryan Fritts

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 28 – 29, 9am – 5pm 

Tuition: Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20.00

Class Description: This blacksmithing workshop is all about re-purposed, recycled objects for your garden or home. Students will review the equipment, tools and safety precautions involved in the use of the blacksmith’s forge. The class will practice fundamental blacksmithing techniques while getting creative with more than just steel rod. If you have old tools or junk lying around bring it. Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional. Forge and fabricate and form critters from mild steel. Whether it walks, flies, swims or slithers, you can create it in realistic or expressive style. This is a fun and challenging class for all levels. If you are enthusiastic, comfortable working with your hands, and willing to work hard, you qualify.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Bryan Fritts has been blacksmithing since 1997, and is Manley Brown’s ( blacksmith in Lexington VA ) last living apprentice. He has worked in the blacksmith shop as an historic interpreter at Virginia Explore Park and does public demonstration’s at fall festivals across southern VA. Bryan is both self taught and has taken classes at John C Campbell Folk School. He has also attended numerous blacksmithing workshops sponsored by the guilds located in the area. He is a member of ABANA and the Old Dominion Blacksmith’s Association. Bryan states “I love working with iron and non-ferrous metals. I also do fabrication and welding and upcycled / repurposed art from junk. I live in Blue Ridge VA with my wife Becky and have four children and four grandchildren.”

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