Friday, January 19, 2007

Metals Course at the SMFA

I have been so excited to take my first metal jewelry course, and it starts tomorrow! I hope I can sleep tonight.

I am taking a metalsmithing course at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I think I have gotten as far as I am going to get without any human instruction. The course runs a full semester (1/20 - 4/28) every Saturday morning from 9am - 12:15pm.

Here is the course description taken from the smfa website:

Metals-brass, copper, bronze, and silver-can be shaped, molded, cast, cut, and altered to produce sculptural objects, jewelry, or decorative pieces. Through demonstrations and hands-on projects, this course will explore the fundamental skills and techniques in jewelry making. You will learn processes such as sawing, piercing, riveting, texturing, silver soldering, bezel setting, and simple casting. Projects will allow you to make pieces of your own design. This course is essential for beginning jewelry artists, sculptors in metal, or anyone interested in working with metals.

So, not only have I enrolled in a fantastic metals class, but I have left my Friday night social life to the cobwebs.

I will have one other day a week to work in the School studio with no instruction, either Tuesday nights or Thursday nights. I am really excited to learn how to manipulate silver into beautiful works of wearable art. I am psyched to take my jewelry making to the next level.

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