Cups: A Hollowware Workshop

May 24, 2020 – May 30, 2020

John Cogswell

In this workshop students will study the traditional hammer and forming techniques by which silversmiths shape or raise two-dimensional flat sheet metal into three-dimensional volumetric cups. Participants will discover that metal blank is subjected to a series of sequential hammering operations. You will learn that in the initial stages, the plasticity (malleability) of the metal is exploited as the desired silhouette evolves. In the final stages, the form is refined and finished off (planished). All stages of the raising operation, from initial design to finished object are covered. Students will also learn about various hammers, stakes (metal forms) and their specific usage, as well as other forming and assembly techniques. Competent basic metalworking 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 the author and illustrator of Creative Stonesetting and has served as a technical consultant and contributing author for several contemporary jewelry texts.

John Cogswell

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

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  • 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 2020. 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 of deposit.


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