Jewelry & Metalsmithing Summer Workshops

UWM summer metals 2019

Courses

Summer 2019 Courses

Jewelers and metalsmiths of all levels are invited to expand their skills with the exciting and challenging summer intensive workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Investigate a variety of techniques and processes and learn new ways to solve problems in metal while exploring your creative potential.

Location: Kenilworth Square East and UWM Main Campus
Questions: Chad Bridgewater, ctb@uwm.edu

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3D Sculpting and CNC Mold Making
(Make a mask, platter or relief)

Date/Time: JUN 17–21 | Mon–Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: 
$320
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 12 
Instructor: Chad Bridgewater with guest instructor Michael Ware
Location: Digital Fabrication & Design Studio Rm. 375 | 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl.
Course: Available as a 1-credit UWM course: ART279 LAB 501 #60395 or ART479 LAB 501 #60396

This week long workshop will introduce 3D sculpting using programs such as MeshMixer and Sculptris to create organic, freeform models. Patterns and molds will then be generated using a CNC router, 3D printer and vacuum former. Final objects will then be made using slip casting, clay, pouring plaster and ABS or PLA plastics.

Laser Etched Powder Coat Finishes
(Making badges, pendants and earrings)

Date/Time: JUN 24–28 | Mon–Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
Cost:
$320
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Chad Bridgewater
Location: Digital Fabrication & Design Studio Rm. 375 | 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl. and Large Metals Studio Rm. B61 | 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl.
Course: Available as a 1-credit UWM course: ART279 LAB 805 #67551 or 479 LAB 805 #67553

This one week long workshop will focus on powder coating a variety of metals such as aluminum, brass and steel. Once cured a laser cutter will be used to selectively remove linear patterns in the powder coat. Additional techniques include light soldering, etching, cutting, drilling, filing and buffing.

Penny Brooch
(Make a simple, pierced brooch using a penny as a fastener)

Date/Time: JUN 26–27 | Wed–Thur 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$130
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: UWM Art Building Rm. A391 | 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.

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 add a simple patina. Use a penny to hold your new brooch to your shirt!

Material Connections: Tabs & Rivets
(Make a pendant)

Date/Time: JUN 29 | Sat 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Cost: 
$130
Level:
Beginner – Intermediate
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Caitlin Driver
Location: UWM Art Building Rm. A391 | 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.

This workshop is an introduction 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. We will also explore how to execute TWO major types of cold connections – rivets and tabs. 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, and integrate larger cabochon stones.

Cabochon Ring
(Make a simple silver ring with a bezel set stone)

Date/Time: JUL 10–11 | Wed–Thur 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$130
Level:
 Beginner
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: UWM Art Building Rm. A391 | 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.

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!

Working with Steel for Jewelers and Metalsmith
(Make a belt buckle)

Date/Time: JUL 13–14 | Sat–Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: 
$220
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: UWM’s Large Metals Studio Rm. B61 | 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl.

This workshop will focus on the nuance of working with steel and stainless steel in jewelry and metalsmithing. We will focus on the technical aspect of ferrous metals versus silver/ gold/ copper and learn how to manipulate this durable material and resilient with ease. Through hands-on demonstrations you will learn how to weld and braze, and fabricate steel and stainless steel, you will design a belt buckle, and through in studio work time you will create a functional belt buckle.

Working with Wood in Jewelry and Metalsmithing
(Make a piece of jewelry with metal and wood)

Date/Time: JUL 20–21 | Sat–Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost:
 $220
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: UWM Art Building Rm. A391 | 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.

This workshop will focus on basic jewelry techniques and basic woodworking techniques together. With basic hand tools and (few) power tools you will create a piece of jewelry that combines these two materials together seamlessly. Through jewelry making and woodworking demonstrations you will have the skills to carve, cut, fasten, bolt, and adhere wood to metal.

Welding for Metalsmiths
(Make a wall sconce)

Date/Time: JUL 27–28 | Sat–Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: 
$220
Level:
Beginner – Advanced
Capacity: 12
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: UWM Art Building Rm. B51 | 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Welding it the act of using a torch or electricity to fuse metals together, it is used to create bridges and skyscrapers. In this workshop you will learn how to weld at a small and precise scale for those makers who like to work smaller. You will learn to weld thin materials and you will be able to work with Copper, Steel, and/or stainless steel. You will learn the basics of welding and also learn the specifics of TIG, MIG, and torch welding on thin and small materials. Through demonstrations and in studio work time you will bring a design to the workshop and we will realize it with the technique of welding at a small scale.

Blacksmithing: Introduction to Blacksmithing

Date/Time: Aug 5–9 | Mon–Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: 
$320
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 8–10
Instructor: Adam Hawk
Location: UWM’s Large Metals Studio Rm. B61 | 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl.
Course: Available as a 1 credit UWM course: ART279 LAB 806 #67552 or 479 LAB 806 #67554

This one-week workshop is an introduction to the fundamentals of blacksmithing. Demonstrations and information about punching, tapering, bending, heat treating, 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/or kitchen utensil (fork, spoon, ladle).

Blacksmithing (Make a bottle opener)

Date/Time: AUG 11 | Sun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: 
$130
Level:
Beginner – Intermediate
Capacity: 8–10
Instructor: Adam Hawk
Location: UWM’s Large Metals Studio Rm. B61 | 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl.

In this one-day workshop participants will learn beginning and intermediate techniques of blacksmithing. Demonstrations and information about punching, tapering, bending, upsetting, fullering, chisel work, and other techniques will be followed by lots of hands-on time. At the end of this one-day workshop all participants will take home their very own hand forged bottle opener.

Lugged Steel Bicycle Frame Workshop
(Make a lugged steel bicycle frame)

Date/Time: AUG 12–16 | Mon–Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: 
$359
Level:
 Intermediate – Advanced
Capacity: 8–10
Instructor: Erica Meier
Location: UWM Art Building Rm. B51 | 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Course: Available as a 1 – credit UWM course: ART269 LAB 801 #67581, ART279 LAB 801 #67583, ART469 LAB 801 #67582 or ART479 LAB 801 #67584

This one-week workshop / course is an intense workshop to design and build a functional steel bicycle frame. You will learn basic frame geometry, silver and brass brazing and welding skills to bring your bicycle design into reality. You will learn how to work with thing gauge tubing and learn to modify a traditional lug set to build your bicycle frame. You will learn industry standard skills and techniques that will allow you to get creative in your future bicycle frame building! Participants will learn the nuance of this art form and receive detailed information about materials, vendors, frame geometry, and technique.

Instructors

Chad Bridgewater is an Associate Lecturer in Digital Fabrication and 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.

Caitlin Marie Driver, local Milwaukee artist & designer and Instructor at UWMilwaukee. Caitlin specializes in wholistic (whole – istic) design : a process of creating aligned material and energetic resonance, with purity of intention, for the greater good of the whole.

Adam Hawk is a studio artist and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. Hawk earned his MFA in metalsmithing/blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and 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 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 interim Studio Technician for the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Studio and Associate Lecturer at UW-Milwaukee. Meier was a resident designer and metalsmith at Waterford Precision Cycles developing and building internationally renowned and award winning steel and stainless bicycle frames. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally and has been teaching in the UW system since 2012 at such schools as UW-Madison and UW-Parkside, and UW-Whitewater.

Michael Ware was born in Montpelier Vermont and has lived in many different regions of the United States throughout his life. He earned his Master of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2015. Prior to that he traveled extensively throughout North America. Those travels are the inspiration for his abstract sculptures that reference both the landscapes and the geological forces that created them. Michael has shown his work both regionally and nationally. His work is in many collections throughout the country including Rhode Island School of Art and Bradley University.

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 8AM–5PM

In-Person: In-person registrations are welcome at School of Continuing Education, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., 6th Floor. Our friendly Customer Service Staff is available to assist you Monday through Friday 8AM–5PM

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Cancellations

A full refund is issued to program participants if a workshop is cancelled for any reason. A full refund will be issued, less a $15 processing fee, for any cancellations received prior 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.

Parking & Locations

Available in the Union Parking Garage, entrance at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.; in the lot behind the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.; or on the street (meters in effect). Meterless parking at Kenilworth Square East is available on streets East of Prospect Ave.

For a map of the campus: arts.uwm.edu/maps

Requirements

Closed toe shoes and a pair of safety glasses rated Z87+ are required to participate in any of the workshops listed above.

All materials and tools for the workshops are supplied.

Lunch is available in the UWM Union and the surrounding neighborhood.

For further information about the workshops contact Chad Bridgewater, ctb@uwm.edu.