Small-Scale Metal Spinning

July 26, 2020 – August 1, 2020

James Thurman

In this workshop students will work with aluminum, copper and pewter to learn the basic tool usage of metal spinning and will produce several vessel designs. Metal spinning is a great technique for both the production of numerous pieces and one-of-a-kind artworks. It is a quick way to form vessels from flat disks of metal. Using a woodturning lathe, you will push the disk into shape while spinning. Students with an interest in woodturning, metalsmithing, enameling, and/or jewelry will be able to add small metal vessels into their designs. Open to all skill levels.


James Thurman is an associate professor and program coordinator of Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the University of North Texas in Denton. Since earning his MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, he has incorporated metal spinning, wood turning and metalsmithing into his studio practice to create a wide range of tableware and jewelry. Thurman has taught workshops in metalsmithing and woodturning across the country as well as in Japan and Turkey.

James Thurman

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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