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Hollowware Vessels and Functional Objects

Instructor: Michael David Sturlin
Dates: June 4-6, 2018
Class Code: B18S


This class is an intensive introduction to the traditional foundational approach to silversmithing — using hammers, blocks, stakes, and anvils in the creation of hollowware, vessels, flatware, and functional objects.

The applied techniques of sinking, raising, and planishing are experienced through a curriculum of practical exercises: making vessel forms, hollow spiculum, and a series of forged vocabulary forms.

The process emphasis is on cold working, work hardening, forming, annealing, and soldering.

The content focuses on technique and material fluency with examples of how component parts can be combined and assembled into purposeful functional and decorative objects.

Students will choose several items from the instructor samples to make as final class projects:

saucer, votive bowl, covered dish, footed plate, candlestick holder, candle snuffer, cake server, spoon, ladle, letter opener.

Who should take this class?
This class is for strong intermediate and advanced practitioners; skill with metalsmithing hand tools and prior experience with fuel/oxygen torches is required. 

3-day class fee: $1,145 plus $100 kit fee.

Added benefits for Master Class students:
  • Waived registration fee
  • Advance registration for general classes
  • Fun-filled tote bag
  • Special event tickets
  • Graduation celebration
  • Transportation to class location
  • Breakfast and lunch on class days
  • Commemorative Show bead, pin, and T-shirt

About Michael David Sturlin

Michael David Sturlin's career spans four decades as a professional studio jewelry artist, educator, writer, industry consultant, and award-winning goldsmith with recognition from the World Gold Council, the American Jewelry Design Council, and Jewelers of America New Designers Gallery.

Mr. Sturlin is a popular visiting guest artist and workshop and conference presenter sharing his expertise and insight internationally with students at every level from beginner to accomplished professional. He was a faculty member of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts 2005-2017, faculty Bead&Button Show 2007-2016, adjunct faculty Mesa Arts Center 2008-2011, adjunct faculty Metalwerx 2005-2007.

His jewelry has been exhibited in premier galleries across North America, included in more than a dozen national and international jewelry magazines, and featured in the books Masters: Gold, Crochet Wire Jewelry, Profiting by Design, The Jeweler's Bench Book, Metal Artist’s Workbench, and Secret Shop Weapons.

Mr. Sturlin authored the “Metalsmithing 101" column in Art Jewelry magazine 2009-2016 and has published numerous feature articles on applied techniques in goldsmithing, creativity and design, and professional business development for visual artists.

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