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Monday, May 12, 2014

Spring / Summer 2014 Workshop Schedule

Time to get your smithing on this summer!  Check out descriptions and schedules below for your chances to join me for some fun in the metals studio!

New this year: I have been invited to participate as an instuctor in Sawtooth School for Visual Art's Summer Art Immersion Program for gifted and talented high school students who are passionate about visual art or are interested in pursuing a career in art.  I'll be teaching a two week session focusing on metal forming and enameling!  Rising 9th-12th graders must be recommended by their art teachers, and apply here!

Summer Art Immersion
Make Your Metal POP! 
Explore the world of metalsmithing. Form metal into shapes using hammers and stakes. Learn about using 
vitreous enamels and kiln firing to create bright and beautiful enamel surface treatments on formed pieces 
that will really make your metal pop.
The application deadline is June 6th. Scholarship Application deadline is May 23rd.

Sawtooth School for Visual Art : Winston-Salem, NC
Session I - 2 weeks
June 23 - July 3
10:15am-12:15pm




Adult Classes

Champleve Enameling Workshop
Champlev√© is an enameling technique in which troughs or cells are etched into the surface of the metal and filled with vitreous enamel. The piece is then fired until the enamel fuses, creating a unique look of a smooth surface of metal lines and enamel spaces. Learn the process of creating beautiful enameled pieces to use as jewelry. You’ll get hands-on practice and learn the process from beginning to end. Materials included.

Sawtooth School for Visual Art : Winston-Salem, NC
2 day Workshop (Sat-Sun)
May 17-18 
10:00am-4:00pm





Taste of Art : Copper Earrings
Taste of Art is a wonderful new program at Sawtooth School for Visual Art.  Spend a fun evening learning something new, socializing with friends and create a lovely piece of jewelry to take home.  Perfect for beginners and anyone who just wants to spend a fun Friday evening out being creative with friends!  Students are always welcome to bring beverages and snacks, but all supplies and tools will be provided. In this class we'll be making copper earrings!

Sawtooth School for Visual Art : Winston-Salem, NC
Friday, June 27
6:00-8:00pm





Taste of Art : Enameled Pendant
Taste of Art is a wonderful new program at Sawtooth School for Visual Art.  Spend a fun evening learning something new, socializing with friends and create a lovely piece of jewelry to take home.  Perfect for beginners and anyone who just wants to spend a fun Friday evening out being creative with friends!  Students are always welcome to bring beverages and snacks, but all supplies and tools will be provided. In this class we'll be making an enameled copper pendant!

Sawtooth School for Visual Art : Winston-Salem, NC
Friday, July 18
6:00-8:00pm




Metals/Jewelry : Forming
This class is designed for students who want to bring dimension to their metal work. Learn how to bring volume to pieces by shell forming with hammers and stakes, or by using the hydraulic press. There will be demonstrations and plenty of time to develop your skills. Good for beginners and beyond. Materials available for purchase in class.


Sawtooth School for Visual Art : Winston-Salem, NC
Six Tuesdays
July 22 - Sept 2  (Skip August 5)
6:30-9:00pm





Adult Art Camp : Enameling
Enameling is an ancient process where powdered glass is fused to metal's surface through heat (a torch or kiln). This fun art camp is for beginners and will emphasize experimentation and will introduce techniques like sifting, stenciling, and sgraffito using enamels on copper. Basic materials included.

Sawtooth School for Visual Art : Winston-Salem, NC
5 days (Mon-Fri)
July 28 - August 1
10:00am-1:00pm




Etching Workshop
Etching is a fabulous way to add design and texture to your metalwork! Learn different types of resist methods to be used in the etching process, including paint pen, stamping, and heat-applied print resists. We will make samples in copper and explore both traditional acid etching as well as electro-etching processes.

Sawtooth School for Visual Art : Winston-Salem, NC
2 days (Sat-Sun)
August 30-31
10:00am-4:00pm







Thursday, May 8, 2014

Summer Craft Show Schedule

Hi all!  I've been working diligently on some revisions of an older line of enamel disc jewelry, so once again I've forgotten to post in a while.  I actually started off the craft show season this past weekend at The Handmade Market in Raleigh, NC.  They put on a very nice event - I also did their holiday show in November of last year, and will probably do that one again this year, so stay tuned.  My sister, Cat Kostka, came along this time as my lovely assistant - thanks, Cat! We had a great time and got to debut what I'm now calling the "Polka Collection."




Fun and bright and perfect for spring and summer!


If you would like to visit some craft shows this season and see these lovelies in person - so that you can try them all on and decide which ones should be yours - check out where we'll be in the coming months, and plan to come out and see us!

May 3 - The Handmade Market - Cobblestone Hall, Raleigh, NC
June 7 - Ocrafolk Festival - Ocracoke Island, NC
July 4-5 - Festival for the Eno - Durham City Park, Durham, NC
August 24 - Big Love Fest - Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC  

Still working on the Fall schedule, but I will definitely be at the Piedmont Craftsmen Fair, November 21-23 in Winston-Salem, NC.  More to come!

If you gotta have 'em now - these guys are so brand spankin' new, they're not even on my website or my etsy page yet - shoot me a message at coppertide@gmail.com or through my facebook page!  
The new necklaces are reversible! Whaaaaaat?!?!  I know.  Plus I have different options for matching earrings. There are several fun color combos that are ready to ship or I can take custom orders for your favorite colors!