Using pre-made spun copper vessels, this workshop will explore how to embellish the form with designs and textures created using the technique known as chasing. In place of traditional pitch we will be using a microcrystalline wax, one commonly used in bronze casting. During the course of the workshop we will cover the basics of making one’s own chasing tools, and participants will have the opportunity to make some if they wish. We will also cover how to finish a vessel edge by soldering on a wire rim.
This workshop will be technique and information oriented rather than project oriented, meaning very few participants actually finish a piece during the time we have. However, everyone should get lots of information about the processes. Considerable time will be spent practicing the techniques while working on our pieces, but due to the labor-intensive nature of chasing you shouldn’t expect to complete a piece in class.
Who should take this class?
This workshop is open for beginner to advanced students. Some basic metalsmithing experience is helpful, but not absolutely needed.
3-day class fee: $1,145 plus $30 kit fee.
Added benefits for Master Class students:
- $35 registration fee is waived
- Early registration before online opens to general public for additional classes
- Commemorative Bead
- Show T-shirt
- Breakfast and lunch included during Master Class
- Tickets to all Special Events
- Transportation to/from Milwaukee Area Technical College where classes are held
- Graduation Celebration – Wednesday, June 7
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David Huang was born, raised, trained, and is currently living in the western Michigan region. He began his metalsmithing education at East Kentwood High School and continued on to earn his BFA with an emphasis in metalsmithing from Grand Valley State University. Working full-time as a self-employed artist since 2003, David is represented by galleries around the U.S. His work has been featured in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, and numerous other books and publications.