Enriching lives through art and craft

Lost and Found

June 26, 2022 - July 8, 2022

Robert Ebendorf  ·  Smithsonian American Art Museum

Workshop at a glance

Approach your jewelry making with curiosity and playfulness.


  • Cold connections and rivets
  • Skillful sawing
  • Tabbing and prong setting


  • Found materials
  • Bones, sticks, broken porcelain, plastic, tin, and unusual found materials


  • A new way to look at problem solving using cold connections
  • A joyful and playfulness of curiosity
  • A fresh view of design

Artist Bio

Robert Ebendorf was born in Topeka, Kansas and is a metalsmith and jeweler and co-founder and former president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). He received his BFA and MFA from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Norway. Ebendorf was awarded the 2010 North Carolina Governor’s Award as well as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from SNAG. He has been invited by the Smithsonian Institution to participate in its Archives of American Art Oral History Program.
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Workshop Description

This workshop will explore a wide range of concepts applicable to personal adornment and the narrative object. Working with both traditional and alternative materials – silver, copper, wire, recycled materials, and found objects – participants will fashion objects of personal importance, expression, and adornment. You will also investigate the use of color and collage as a design tool. Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on projects, students will discover the many methods of selection, integration, and assembly inherent to a range of materials. Intermediate hand skills such as sawing, and soldering are required.

COURSE FEE: $1,210  ·  materials list

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