Chasing and Repousse- Exploring The Contemporary Through Ancient Technique

July 15, 2018 – July 21, 2018

Katja Toporski

During this workshop students explore contemporary ways of creating detailed three-dimensional designs in sheet metal using chasing and repousse. You will learn about the required tools needed including chasing hammers, pitch, and various stamping and chasing tools. The process involves design transfer, working with pitch, lining, repousse, chasing, texturing and planishing with punches. Participants will undertake design exercises that explore forms found in contemporary design and architecture. Basic jewelry making skills are not a prerequisite and will be covered as required. Open to all skill levels.


Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Katja Toporski is a jewelry maker, professor and writer living just outside of Washington D.C. Her work is informed by philosophical thinking, and has been shown in numerous exhibitions across the U.S. as well as internationally. Her work is highlighted in many print and online publications, most recently in the 2016 edition of Exhibition in Print by Metalsmith Magazine.

Katja Toporski

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

  • I would like to be contacted about housing in the new dormitory that will have all private rooms with private baths if it is ready for occupancy for workshop dates.
  • $199
  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2018. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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