Through a variety of workshops and classes, I share the techniques I have developed for creating jewelry and small-scale wood sculpture. My signature workshop is "Jewelry that Grows on Trees"; this class introduces students to the principles of making jewelry from wood--a beautiful, affordable, versatile, and environmentally-friendly material. Whatever the theme, my classes emphasize skill-building, safe materials and practices, creative problem-solving, and making a maximum of art with a minimum investment in tools and supplies.
For more detailed information on my experience or qualifications, please see my resume. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
I have led workshops at venues including the Penland School of Craft, the 92nd St Y, Arizona State University, and Seattle's Pratt Fine Arts Center. My "Upcoming Classes" page contains up-to-date information on scheduled classes and workshops. If you are interested in having me teach for your group or school, or if you would like to suggest a venue, please get in touch.
I work with individuals or with groups of up to 12 students. Class size may be also be dictated by the capacity of a particular venue.
STUDENT SKILL LEVEL:
I am happy to work with students of any skill level, from absolute beginner to advanced. I prefer for students in a given class to be at roughly the same level. The syllabus for each class can be tailored to students' interests and skills, as well as to available tools and resources.
work space for each student (benches or a table with benchpins)
small drill press and/or flexible shaft drill (eg Foredom)
STUDENT TOOLS AND MATERIALS:
[Tools and materials will vary according to the particular workshop. In some cases they are supplied by the host institution, in others, by individual students. It may also be possible for me to supply communal tools or course packs.]
jeweler's sawframe and sawblades
small woodworking tools
assorted files and rasps
x-acto style knife
wire, findings, epoxy
carving tools (a minimum of 3 tools needed for carving workshops)
I can help you make your design a reality, from choosing the right wood for the job, to planning the correct sequence of steps, creating findings or attachments, and applying the right finish.
I am also available for slide lectures, student critiques, and ongoing tutorials.