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The Craft Guild of Dallas not only has state of the art studios and equipment, we are proud to have amazing  guest instructors from all across the country, and indeed around the world, come to give expert workshops on techniques that are cutting edge in all disciplines. Listed here are our upcoming guest artist workshops. Grab your spot soon as these workshops are limited and always fill quickly!


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Richard Parrish

Shallow Space: Bas Relief in Kilnformed Glass

Participants in this class will investigate physical and conceptual issues of surface and subsurface in kiln-glass. It explores the rich possibilities of working in bas relief using simple materials such as fiber paper to create complex forms, shapes and textures.  Intricate surface relief, texture, color and light interactions are possible in "shallow space." Subtle changes in the levels of the surface and the interplay of light and shadow on the planes enable us to see and appreciate the composition. Cold working techniques remove layers and expose that which is below the surface.
   Students will work primarily with ceramic fiber materials, sheet glass and glass frit and powder to create individually conceived projects in bas relief. Exercises will help participants identify individual interests and ideas. Sketches, models and samples will be used to refine the idea before making the final work. Students need a minimum of one year experience in kilnworked glass.                                                                                  Not only are all glass, supplies and tools provided, but lunches too! You don't want to miss this rare opportunity to learn from a true master in the art of glasswork, so don't delay. Space is very limited.

Richard Parrish operates a studio for kiln-glass in Bozeman, Montana. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. His work was selected for the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review 27 and 38. He was featured in a solo exhibition at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York and in a group exhibition at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, both in 2016.

January 12-15, 2019, 10:00am to 5:00pm, $950.00

$900.00 before November 12

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Aja Vaz

Large Softglass Hollow Beads

Students will learn to make very large, soft glass, hollow beads with the use of a 'puffy' mandrel. Tool and supply list will be sent out 30 days prior to workshop. Workshop price is $475.00 but sign up before Aug. 15th and get the Early Bird price of only $450.00! Workshop supply Fee to be determined.

Workshop Fee:  $475.00

Aja’s work is abstract and organic and is a result of thinking upside down and inside out in an effort to harvest her minds view.  The principles of wabi sabi (the acceptance of imperfection) fascinate her and textures that are worn, rough, rusty or patinated inspire her. Aja constantly asks “How can I bring the organic into a piece of glass?” A country girl at heart who was raised in a family of ‘make-do-and-menders’, Aja’s  background influences her work in ways that allow her to do more with less: fewer tools, colors and time. (From 2008 'Bead and Button')

February 23-24 2019, $475.00

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Mary Lee Hu

Weaving With Wire

Create depth in your work with the use of twisting, wrapping, looping, knitting and complex braiding to make textured lines, and knitting, soumak, weaving and twining to create flat shapes or hollow forms. Experience in metals is not absolutely necessary.

Hu first became fascinated with metalwork during high school introductory courses. She later explored more work with metals during a summer camp. She went on to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for two years and then went to Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to complete her undergraduate degree. During her undergraduate education Hu developed her skills and continued to work with small scale metalwork and jewelry. In 1966 while earning her graduate degree in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, Hu studied under renowned metalsmith L. Brent Kington. It was during this time that Hu started to work with fiber inspired techniques after taking a fiber arts course.This led to the development of her signature style of wire wrapped jewelry. Since the late 1960s Hu has developed new techniques in coiling, wrapping, weavingknitting, and twining wire. Her work consists mostly woven wire earrings, rings, bracelets, brooches, and neckpieces that emulate natural forms, movements and symmetry.

February 1-5, 2019, 10am to 5pm, $1150.00  

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Linda Kindler Priest

Chasing and Repoussé for Jewelry: Sculpting Forms Directly into Metal

Create wonderful little sculptural relieves in metal with a process called chasing and repoussé . This course is an introduction to this technique and how to develop forms in a small scale. It is a direct process where you will be sculpting the metal itself. Using hammers, chasing tools, and metal set into a tar like substance called pitch, students will learn how to create interesting textures, patterns, unusual shapes and realistic images. Learn how to emboss silver and copper metal with finely shaped chasing tools, to develop forms of your own design. Demonstrations will cover how to work with these tools, starting with chasing when you work on the front side of the metal and then repoussé when turn the metal over and you work the back. Students will also learn how to shape chasing tools and personalize those that you can purchased.

My work is small scale sculptures that are based on themes from nature, and meant to be worn. Each piece is a statement or an environment about a living thing. They are developed by combining imagery, textures, shapes, colors and chased surfaces. They are made with precious metals and stone. The imagery that is used is sculpted directly into the metal in an ancient process called repoussee and then cut, fabricated and set with crystals or stones. The meaning of each piece is different, some have a more serious comment to make; excess, pollution or historical messages. The majority are environments that use stone and texture to imply different things.

March 14-17, 2019, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, $785.00

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Anne Havel

All Fired Up : Who Knew a Torch Could Do all This!

Using a torch, various methods of line creation and imagery within your enamel piece using techniques such as sgraffito, graphite, acid-etching, painting, and more will be demonstrated. Learning to see objects and images in different ways to develop your vision as an artist will expand your ability to give Equal weight to planning, enameling, and setting your work. Use of screws, rivets, tabs, sewing with wire/threads and soldering will be extremely useful for more complex settings. Cold-connection and minimal soldering skill options for your piece(s) can also be discussed. Some enameling and metalsmithing experience necessary but the class will attempt to meet you at your level of skill in either enameling or metalsmithing.

Anne is an enamellist, metalsmith, and lampworker (she makes glass beads). She is discovering that her influences change daily because of her sensory issues. Today, Anne is inspired by many of the abstract painters, space objects and creatures from her imagination, molecular level shapes, geometry, clay artists, building structures, flowers, etc.

April 25th - 28th, 2019, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, $585.00

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Jayne Redman


Keum-boo is a beautiful and cost effective technique used to bond pure gold and silver to the surface of jewelry and hollowware. In this workshop you will learn all the basics: rolling your own 24k gold or fine silver foil, applying it to three dimensional, flat, and textured metal surfaces, and techniques for finishing. Jayne will demonstrate unique ways she has developed to use this technique in production, as well as, one-of-a-kind work in silver and 18k gold. Students will create samples in class and may bring finished pieces to use this technique.. Students can bring their own or purchase gold and silver for projects from Jayne.

Jayne Redman is known for her unusual way of working with metal in three dimensions, often using multiples of the same shape to convey a single idea. Using nature as her inspiration she considers combinations of form and function, integrating mechanics with design and applying innovative engineering methods. How petals are attached to each other can generate an idea for an assembly process. Studying the curve of a leaf can lead to a new forming technique. The graceful bend of a flower stem can become an ear wire design.

September 12 - 13, 2019, 10:00am to 6:00pm, $350.00

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Jayne Redman

Tools and Jigs for Multiples

This workshop will focus on ways to make tools and jigs to form three dimensional shapes and unique findings including ear wires, linkage systems, and clasps. You will make a series of tools that will give you time saving ways of measuring, cutting, connecting and forming sheet and wire accurately in coils or circles and straight lengths. You will make several variations of jigs for single and reverse curve ear wires and linkage systems of your own design. These methods can also be used for perfectly duplicating cloisonné wires.  You will also learn how to draw wire down from a larger diameter to a smaller one, work hardening the wire to make it suitable for unique findings that will retain their shape.

Jayne Redman is known for her unusual way of working with metal in three dimensions, often using multiples of the same shape to convey a single idea. Using nature as her inspiration she considers combinations of form and function, integrating mechanics with design and applying innovative engineering methods. How petals are attached to each other can generate an idea for an assembly process. Studying the curve of a leaf can lead to a new forming technique. The graceful bend of a flower stem can become an ear wire design.

September 14 - 16, 2019, 10:00am to 6:00pm, $475.00

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Embellishing Jewelry with Handmade Prong Settings

Through fabrication methods and proper soldering techniques, students will learn how create a wire prong setting to trap objects in their jewelry. We’ll also learn a variety of soldering techniques (such as sheet & wire applique, open filigree wire work, and simple kinetics) which will help students add surprising and delightful details to their work. Many other short cuts, tips & tricks, and techniques will be covered as we go along! Soldering small to large components will be a major part of this class. Students should be prepared with ideas of jewelry designs they want to complete or the instructor can give assignments. Please note: We will only be using a torch with two gases in this class, such as the Meco torch. Be prepared to have a mind-blowing experience time working with this tool!

Joanna received her A.A.S. in Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1997.  She has been a self-employed studio jeweler for 20 years, selling her work at craft & jewelry galleries and fine craft shows in the US. She has authored four books on making jewelry (all published by Lark Books), and her work been included in numerous publications, such as Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament Magazine, 20th Century Jewelers, and 500 Wedding Rings. She teaches jewelry making for metalsmithing groups,, and craft schools, such as Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont, and Haystack Craft School.

November 8-10, 2019, 10:00am to 6:00pm, $495.00

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