Design Development with Michael David Sturlin--August 15-17, 9am-5pm
Bring forth your personal jewelry identity in an intensive three day workshop with an award winning goldsmith and jewelry designer. In Michael’s words:
I teach a process of design origination, refinement and extension to create work in series and explore design in depth. Working in groups and series promotes jewelry with strong cohesive content, which accelerates artistic maturity.
In this workshop I help you identify the underlying characteristics and essence of new work you want to explore or existing work you want to take further. I show you how to assess with objectivity that enables you to focus in on the strongest characteristic and develop the most promising features in a logical and efficient way. Starting ideas are explored with simple sketches and drawings. Those are followed by 3-D paper and foil models. The models are followed by more elaborate maquettes and prototypes as proof of concept exercises.
As you develop your design portfolio I offer guidance on the various tool and technique options to create the body of work. My objective is for the attendees to come away with well-developed original design concept(s) accompanied by solid plans for executable series of jewelry. This includes evaluating the time and resources it will take to create the work.
This workshop is open to all levels. Highly developed drawing skills are not essential for success in this experience. Your drawing will become far more comfortable and improved during our time together. What is most important as a requirement is the willingness to grow and expand and step beyond your comfort zone.
Reserve your seat here via PayPal or call the studio at 616-607-2470.
Clasps Links and Closures with Michael David Sturlin--August 18-19, 9am-5pm
The distinction of well-made clasps and findings is in the design and details; simplicity, beauty, and functionality.
This two day applied technique workshop focuses on finesse and the finishing touch of creating purposeful handmade elements to complete and compliment your jewelry designs.
This class provides an overview of tools and techniques for making finely finished components directly in metal. Utilizing skills of forging, forming, bending, shaping, filing, sawing, piercing, carving and soldering, students construct samples of clasps, bails, findings, links, cones, endcaps, attachments and connectors in copper and silver.
Instruction includes tips on practicality of design, functionality, making multiples, developing and refining production process, along with useful information on studio organization and bench tips from a professional goldsmith.
Project examples include: shepherd’s hook and eye clasp, S clasp, omega clasp, toggle clasps, pierced sheet clasp, intersecting clasp, domed sheet bail, forged wire bail, carved decorative bail, figure 8 links, straight chain links, serpentine links, assorted jump rings, connectors, cones end caps and terminations.
. Reserve your seat here via PayPal or call the studio at 616-607-2470.
Michael's gentle demeanor, technical expertise, and vast knowledge make his classes hugely popular and his traveling schedule very busy. Register today to reserve your seat
Here is what past students have said: “Thank you so much for the wonderful session these past two days. I could hardly wait to get home and continue with my sanding, filing and sawing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"