Forged and Fabricated Silver Flatware

August 11, 2019 – August 17, 2019

John Cogswell

Until the advent of mass-production, all flatware was produced, piece by piece, by hand. Because makers brought their own unique, individual sense of design to each piece, an infinite variety of flatware patterns and styles were possible. During this workshop students will explore the design and execution of handwrought sterling silver flatware. Topics include design aesthetics and functional considerations, various modes of production (e.g. one-piece construction, forged, multiple-unit soldered assembly), forming and fabrication techniques, and refinement and final finishing. Individuality of design is encouraged. Competent metalworking and soldering skills are required.


John Cogswell is a jeweler, silversmith, educator and author/illustrator. Recently retired from SUNY New Paltz, New York, he previously taught at Parsons School of Design, the Pratt Institute and Hofstra University. Cogswell is also the former director of the Jewelry and metalsmithing Department at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. He is author and illustrator of Creative Stonesetting and has served as a technical consultant and contributing author for several contemporary jewelry texts.

John Cogswell

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