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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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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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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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Ricky Frank

Cloisonne Enamel

Learn enameling basics and then explore the technique of cloisonné enameling. Learn to "think about" the WHAT, WHY, and HOW. Play and have fun while you are learning. Here is just some of what you will learn.

• cloisonné enameling basics: wires, color layers, flux layers, grind and polish.

• learn to use silver and gold foil to create reflective areas of light within your pieces

• make handmade embossed silver foil.

• learn "how to blend and layer your colors" to create beautiful painterly imagery within your cloisonné wire cells. Shade your colors with control!

• explore several ways to finish your completed enamel pieces.

A supply fee of $50.00 is due to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.


I first enameled as a child, sifting colors onto pennies and assorted stamped shapes, and firing them in a small electric hot plate kiln. That hobby lasted for about a month; I was much more interested in sports. I loved running and jumping, competing,and playing with any kind of ball. My only other early art memory was when I attempted to teach myself to paint with oils. Working from a photo, I painted a portrait of my younger sister. My brother laughed at it, my sister cried, and my mother suggested that maybe I should put the paints away and do something else. In high school, as a part time job, I helped out in my father's electronic instrument business. I worked in our basement, bending and soldering the tiny wires of thermocouples, as I listened to rock and roll. My mother complained that he was spoiling me; I would never want to have a REAL JOB! She was so right.  It wasn't until I graduated from college (B.A. Psychology) that I renewed my interest in art. Pulling my hobbies from a closet in my parents' basement, I began enameling in my spare time while I worked as a referee for high school soccer. It took little skill to fire a piece and watch beautiful colors emerge, so it was difficult to FAIL. And it was FUN!

August 9th - 13th 2019, 10:00Am to 5:00 Pm, $765.00

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Jayne Redman

Keumboo

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, Craftsy.com, 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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