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Cups: A Hollowware Workshop

May 30, 2021 - June 4, 2021

John Cogswell  ·  carterpottery.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn the traditional hammer and forming techniques to shape (or raise) two-dimensional flat sheet metal into cups.


  • Traditional hammer and forming techniques
  • Raise 2-D flat sheet metal to 3-D volumetric cups


  • Sheet metal and metal forms
  • Soldering tools and supplies


  • Form traditional cups from sheet metal
  • Experience in forming and planishing

Artist Bio

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 the book Creative Stonesetting and has served as a technical consultant and contributing author for several contemporary jewelry texts.
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Workshop Description

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.

COURSE FEE: $600  ·  download the materials list

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