Jewelry & Metalsmithing Summer Workshops

Courses

Summer 2021 Workshops

Jewelers and metalsmiths of all levels are invited to expand their skills and understanding of the field of Jewelry and Metalsmithing with the exciting and challenging summer workshops. Investigate a variety of topics, techniques and strategies in the field and learn new ways to solve problems in the studio and develop new ideas while exploring your creative potential!

Questions: Erica Meier, meierea@uwm.edu
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Design for Digital Fabrication (ONLINE)

Date/Time: June 1–June 26 | Mon.–Thur. 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Non-credit Cost
: $950
For-credit Course: Available for 3 credits (ART 277, 63698)
Instructor: Chad Bridgewater
Location: Online
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

This 4 week course will introduce students to digital drawing and design skills that will be used to facilitate geometric problem-solving skills involving 2D and 3D models.  Models will be processed through a variety of digital fabrication processes including 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting and vinyl cutting.  This course provides students with the tools to develop a thorough grounding in communication techniques and strategies for the professional presentation of design work.

Critical Reading Workshop for Makers and Artists (ONLINE)

Date/Time: June 1–22 | Tue. 6–8 p.m.
Cost: 
$150
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: Online
Capacity: 12
Level:
Intermediate/ Advanced

Considered an online book club for critical readers of art, craft, and the phenomena of creativity during a pandemic; we will read articles, books, book fragments and essays centered around studio practice, stimulated art discourse and the creating art post-studio, post- school. This workshop is designed to stimulate your creativity and be tangential to your studio practice. Open to artists and makers of all disciplines and levels.

Powder Coating 101: Making a powder coated pendant (IN-PERSON)

Date/Time: June 23–24 | Wed.–Thur. 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$130
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: Kenilworth Square East basement forming/forging studio (KSE B61)
Level:
Beginner

In this two-evening workshop you will learn how to use the industrial process of powder coating to create a functional piece of jewelry. You will see many creative uses for powder coating in jewelry ads well as get resources and materials to set up your own system at home!

Enameling Basics Make a customized light switch cover in Enamel (IN-PERSON)

Date/Time: June 29–30 | Tue.–Wed. 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$130
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: UWM Main Campus jewelry and metalsmithing studio (ART 391)
Capacity: 12
Level:
Beginner

In this two-evening workshop you will learn how to use vitreous enamel to create images, color-scapes, patterns and words on copper to create a functional light switch cover. If you’re interested in making more than one, a link will be provided to purchase more materials prior to the workshop.

Earrings, Earrings, Earrings: High Temperature Soldering for Beginners (IN-PERSON)

Date/Time: July 5–6 | Mon.–Tue. 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$130
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: UWM Main Campus jewelry and metalsmithing studio (ART 391)
Capacity: 12
Level:
Beginner

This workshop will focus on basic jewelry techniques with an emphasis on soldering. You will learn how to use multiple torches with a number of different materials such as, copper, brass, and silver. You will practice soldering multiple solder seams, various textural and finishing techniques to make a beautiful piece of jewelry or small sculpture.

Setting up a Home Studio for Jewelry and Metalsmithing (ONLINE)

Date/Time: July 7–11 | Wed.–Fri. 6–9 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $350
For-credit Course: Available for 1 credit (ART 279, 60110, and Art 479, 60111)
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: Online
Capacity: 10
Level: Beginner

You will learn the basics of setting up and equipping your jewelry and metalsmithing studio for amateurs experts. You will end up with a customized studio plan for how to safely and economically set up/ build your own jewelry and metalsmithing studio that fits your needs, technical ability, and technical growth. From the basics of small hand tools to larger equipment, this workshop will equip you with what you need to safely set up your own J+M studio in your home or garage. You will also learn new alternatives to toxic studio solvents and materials and tips on caring for your body to maintain a long and healthy studio practice.

Learning to Use a Jewelers saw at Home: Make a sawed and pierced wearable brooch (ONLINE)

Date/Time: July 12–13 | Mon.–Tue. 6–9 p.m. 
Cost: 
$130
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: Online
Capacity: 16
Level: Beginner
Requirements: Links provided 3 weeks before workshop to purchase materials and tools (approx. $60). Rental kits provided in Milwaukee area with curbside pick up.

In this two-evening workshop you will learn a few basic skills in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing world. Learn how to transfer an image to metal, pierce holes, saw out shapes, clean it up with some filing and sanding, and home patinas. You will end the workshop with a functioning piece of jewelry!

Tabs and Cold Connections: Making a Layered Brooch at Home (ONLINE)

Date/Time: July 14–16 | Wed.–Fri. 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$220
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: Online
Capacity: 16
Level:
Beginner

This is a great workshop to take after learning “How to Use Your Jewelers Saw” workshop because you will already have all of the tools and materials! This workshop is an introduction and expansion to the fundamental metalsmithing techniques used in creating handcrafted jewelry. Each student will learn the basics of how to effectively use a jeweler’s saw, metal files, and sandpaper, but we will also explore how to execute tab connects to create layered pieces of jewelry or attach found objects. There will be opportunities to join different types of metal together, different shapes of metal together, create layered designs, create motion or movement between design components, or integrate larger cabochon stones.

Torch Fired Enamels: Making variety of enameled Jewelry objects (ONLINE)

Date/Time: July 19–24 | Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $350
For-credit Course: Available for 1 credit (ART 279, 64140, and ART 479, 63294)
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: Online
Capacity: 16
Level: Beginner
Requirements: Links provided 3 weeks before workshop to purchase materials and tools. Rental kits provided in Milwaukee area with curbside pick up.

This one-week workshop / course is an intensive workshop to learn and develop torch fired enameling skills at home. You will learn how to explore the natural environment around you to gather materials for enameling, you will learn how to safely do torch fired enameling at home. We will be exploring color, chemistry, and construction to successfully make a variety of jewelry objects centered around vitreous enamel and natural minerals. A supply list will be provided in advance for all workshop tools and materials.

Lapidary and Cabochon stone setting: Setting a hand cut cabochon (IN-PERSON)

Date/Time: July 22–26 | Thur.–Fri. 6–9 p.m. and Sat.–Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: 
$260
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: Kenilworth Square East basement forming/forging studio (KSE B61)
Level:
Advanced

In this four-day workshop you will learn how to use basic lapidary equipment, cutting, grinding, and tumbling non-precious stones to create a functional cabochon. You will be exposed to many kinds of stones and various styles and receive demos on how to bezel set and tap set cabochon stones into a piece of functional jewelry. Searching for stone before the workshop is recommended.

Cabochon Ring: Make a simple silver ring with a bezel set stone (IN-PERSON)

Date/Time: July 28–30 | Wed.–Thur. 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$130
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: UWM Main Campus jewelry and metalsmithing studio (ART 391)
Capacity: 12
Level:
Beginner

In this two-evening workshop you will learn a few basic skills in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing world. Learn how to texture metal, pierce holes, saw out shapes, solder, make a bezel and set a stone!

Introduction to Blacksmithing: Making a Hook and Rack (IN-PERSON)

Date/Time: August 16–20 | Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $350
For-credit Course: Available for 1 credit (ART 279, 64141, and ART 479, 64142)
Instructor: Adam Hawk
Location: Kenilworth Square East basement forming/forging studio (KSE B61)

This one-week workshop is an introduction to the fundamentals of blacksmithing.  Demonstrations and information about tapering, twisting, scrolling, heat treating, hot cutting, hot punching, upsetting, chisel work, cold connections and other techniques will be followed by lots of hands-on time. At the end of the week all participants will leave with their very own hand forged coat rack (pot rack) and time permitting, kitchen utensil (fork, spoon, ladle).

Instructors

Chad BridgewaterChad Bridgewater is a lecturer in Digital Fabrication & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bridgewater earned his MFA at UWM with a focus in Digital Fabrication after receiving his BFA in Sculpture and Metalsmithing. His work has been featured in Popular Mechanics and Metalsmith Magazine. In his current work, impaired and discarded objects are combined with computer-numerically-controlled machine generated parts, fusing traditional and digital fabrication processes to create one-of-a-kind, hybrid art objects.

adam hawkAdam Hawk is a studio artist and visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. Hawk earned his MFA in metalsmithing/blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his BFA in sculpture and computer fine arts from Memphis College of Art. Previously, Hawk has served as an assistant professor at Memphis College of Art and worked as a blacksmith at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. His work has been exhibited at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the HOW art museum in Shanghai, China, The Villa Braghieri in Italy, Walter Anderson Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and LA Joaillerie par Mazio in Paris, France.

Erica MeierErica Meier is a Wisconsin based Artist living near Milwaukee. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2009 and received her MFA from the UW-Madison in 2013. Meier is currently the Studio Technician/Safety Coordinator and Lecturer at UW-Milwaukee in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and Digital Fabrication; she teaches introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing and Advanced J+M courses such as, Casting the Multiple, Enameling, Construction and Fabrication, and Industrial Processes. Meier was a resident designer and frame builder at Waterford Precision Cycles developing and building internationally renowned and award-winning steel and stainless bicycle frames. She exhibits her artwork nationally and internationally and has been at UW-Milwaukee since 2018.

Registration

Registration

Registration is ongoing and workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis. A full refund is issued to program participants if a workshop is cancelled. For further information or assistance with registration contact the School of Continuing Education at the phone number below.

Phone: Call 1-800-222-3623 or (local) (414) 227-3200 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Cancelations

A full refund is issued to program participants if a workshop is canceled for any reason. A full refund will be issued, minus a $15 processing fee, for any cancellations received up to 14 days before the start of your workshop. No refunds are issued if registration is cancelled less than 14 days prior to the start of your workshop.