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Souvenir- An Introduction to Metalsmithing · Abigail HeussMetals

Workshop at a glance

In this introduction to jewelry and metal work, students will create their own souvenirs utilizing traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, riveting, and soldering.

Techniques

  • Sawing
  • Riveting
  • Filing
  • Sanding
  • Soldering
  • Stone setting
  • Patinas

Materials

  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Stones

Outcomes

  • Students can expect to leave the class with an overview of metalsmithing techniques, and several small, finished souvenir objects.

Artist Bio

Abigail Heuss is an Associate Professor of Art at Valdosta State University, where she teaches Foundations and Metalsmithing courses. She holds an M.F.A. from East Carolina University and a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Abigail’s work has been shown in exhibitions around the country and has been published in several books and magazines, both nationally and abroad. Abigail makes small sculptures and wearable objects with an eye toward the domestic, and an unapologetically sentimental focus on narrative. Her work tends toward stories about how we connect to each other, as well as the cultures, and physical spaces we inhabit. Her work is based in the tradition of metalsmithing but is largely multi-media. abigailheuss.com

  • Abigail Heuss
  • Abigail Heuss
  • Abigail Heuss

Workshop Description

In this introduction to jewelry and metal work, students will create their own souvenirs utilizing traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, riveting, and soldering. Working with sheet metal and wire, students will learn how to build jewelry and sculptural items. In this workshop, students will create objects such as pendants, charms, ornaments, earrings, and small sculptures to memorialize important people, places and events in their lives. Students should bring stories and memories and leave with objects that commemorate them. This class will be best for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome.

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