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Tell Me A Story: Narratives in Metal

October 13 - 18, 2024

Ashley Gilreath  ·  website

Workshop Overview

The invisible histories of personal objects and the quiet moments that bookend our daily lives will be the focus of this workshop experience. Students will gain the confidence and skills to design and fabricate textures, colors, and forms inspired by a narrative of your choosing. Whether that encompasses the landscape of ones everyday routines, or a moment in life that was transformative, students will learn how to capture and visually express those stories within a wearable or small sculptural object. Students are encouraged to bring any source materials for their story concepts; for example collections of objects from our natural environment, old textiles, or an heirloom book.


  • Making Chasing tools
  • Riveting
  • Soldering
  • Saw piercing
  • Basic Enameling


  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • Brass
  • Silver
  • Enamel
  • Found objects
  • Alternative materials


  • Potentially finish a piece
  • Gaining knowledge and practicing their new skills
  • Design-thinking strategies.



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Ashley graduated from the Metal Design program at East Carolina University and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN), Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, and the Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft (NC). She has exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, Fuller Craft Museum, The Metals Museum, and has been published by Lark Books and American Craft Magazine. She teaches workshops in both metalsmithing and enameling at craft schools around the country. Ashley’s artwork and jewelry explore the hidden narratives of everyday objects, and our relationships with heirlooms as artifacts of genealogical history.

  • Ashley Gilreath
  • Ashley Gilreath
  • Ashley Gilreath
  • Ashley Gilreath


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

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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