Summer Workshops: Jewelry & Metalsmithing and Digital Fabrication & Design

Courses

Summer 2022 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!

These workshops are intended for adult learners 18+ or accompanied minors, if youmo are enrolling someone under the age 18 without custodial guardianship in the workshop please contact us directly to register.

Contact: Erica A. Meier, meierea@uwm.edu
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Design for Digital Fabrication

Date/Time: May 31–June 25 | Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
Non-credit Cost
: $950
For-credit Course: Available for 3 credits (ART 107/277, 63698)
Instructor: Chad Bridgewater
Location: Online only
Requirements: Must have Adobe Illustrator
Level: Beginner
Capacity: 16

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.

Learning to Use a Jewelers Saw: Make a wearable brooch – CANCELED

Date/Time: June 8–9 | Wed.–Thur. 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$150
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: UWM Main Campus jewelry and metalsmithing studio (ART 391)
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 12

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!

Next Workshops Recommended: Chainmaking, Color on Metal, Basic enameling

Chainmaking

Date/Time: June 13–17 | Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch break
Non-credit Cost: $360
For-credit Course: Available for 1 credit (ART 279/479-801, 60019)
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location:UWM Main Campus jewelry and metalsmithing studio (ART 391)
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 12

This workshop/course will focus on basic jewelry techniques with an emphasis on chain making and soldering. You will learn how to use multiple torches with several different materials such as copper, brass, and silver. You will practice and explore numerous chain and link styles, soldering multiple solder seams, various textural and finishing techniques to make beautiful handmade chain.

Prior Workshops Recommended: Learning to Use A Jeweler’s Saw
Next Workshops Recommended: Enameling Basics, Complex Stone Setting

Enameling Basics: Create an Enameled Pendant – CANCELED

Date/Time: June 15–16 | Wed.–Thur. 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$150
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: UWM Main Campus jewelry and metalsmithing studio (ART 391)
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 12

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 functional and beautiful jewelry.

Next Workshops Recommended: Color on Metal

Color on Metal: Enamel your own Pokemon Character

Date/Time: June 20–21 | Mon.–Tue. 6–9 p.m.
Cost: 
$130
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: UWM Main Campus jewelry and metalsmithing studio (ART 391)
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 12

In this workshop you will learn the basics of jewelry and Metalsmithing to design your own hybrid Pokemon, create a color pallet and then make your design into a functional piece of colorful jewelry using the age old technique of colorful enameling. We will discuss Pokemon breeding and ideation through color, sawing and piercing in copper, and various enameling techniques: making a functional pendant or pin.

Next Workshops Recommended: Powder Coating 101

Powder Coating 101: Making a powder coated pendant

Date/Time: June 22–23 | Wed.–Thur. 6–9 p.m. 
Cost: 
$150
Instructor: Erica A. Meier (Cory Borkowski assisting)
Location: Kenilworth Square East basement forming/forging studio (KSE B61)
Level: Beginner
Capacity: 12

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!

Next Workshops Recommended: Setting up a Home Studio, Blacksmithing

Setting up a Home Jewelry Studio: Tips and Tricks

Date/Time: July 9 | Sat. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. with lunch break
Cost: 
$100
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location: Online only
Level:
Beginner
Capacity: 16

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.

Complex Stone Setting

Date/Time: July 6–12 | Wed.–Fri. + Mon.–Tue. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Open Studio (optional): Sat.–Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Non-credit Cost: $360
For-credit Course: Available for 1 credit (ART 279/479-802, 63204)
Instructor: Erica A. Meier
Location:UWM Main Campus jewelry and metalsmithing studio (ART 391)
Level:
Advanced (soldering experience necessary)
Capacity: 16

This one-week workshop / course will focus on understanding various precious stones and learning basic and advanced stone setting techniques. You will learn the following techniques: Bezel, Prong/ basket, and flush- resulting in the design and creation of one or several pieces of jewelry with a stone setting. You may bring in stones for discussion and for setting, some precious and non-precious stones will be made available for the workshop.

Next Workshops Recommended: Setting up a Home Studio, Blacksmithing

Open Studio Workshop

Date/Time: Fri. June 17, 4–9 p.m. | Sat. June 18, 10 a.m–3 p.m | Fri. July 10, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: 
$100 for one day or all three
Studio Steward: Erica A. Meier
Location: UWM Main Campus jewelry and metalsmithing studio (ART 391)
Level:
Beginner–advanced
Capacity: 12

This opportunity is available to anyone having taken a workshop this or last summer who would like a studio day to complete or work on projects in the company of UW-M Jewelry and Metalsmithing stewards. There will be no instruction or material distribution, but metalsmithing guidance and studio consumables are available.

Mokume Gane Workshop: Make a Mokume Gane Ring

Date/Time: Aug 5–7 | Fri. 6–9 p.m. and Sat.–Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: 
$250
Instructor: Erica A. Meier with Ryan Send
Location: Kenilworth Square East basement forming/forging studio (KSE B61)
Level:
Beginner to advanced
Capacity: 12

Mokume Gane is the traditional Japanese Metalsmithing technique of layering different colored metals, fusing them, and then fabricating with the beautifully layered material. Learn how the basics of this time-honored technique that is steeped in Japanese history to create a piece of wearable jewelry. Workshop possible due to the training and donations of Artist Hiroko Yamada, Madison, WI.

Prior Workshops Recommended: Learning to Use A Jeweler’s Saw, Chainmaking

Introduction to Blacksmithing: Making a Hook and Rack

Date/Time: August 15–19 | Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch break
Non-credit Cost: $360
For-credit Course: Available for 1 credit (ART 279/479, 63205)
Instructor: Adam Hawk
Location: Kenilworth Square East basement forming/forging studio (KSE B61)
Level: Beginner
Capacity: 10

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/pot rack and if time permitting, kitchen utensil.

Instructors

Chad BridgewaterChad Bridgewater is a 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.

Adam Hawk is a studio artist and an 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 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 A. 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, Lecturer, and Summer workshop Coordinator at UW-Milwaukee in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and Digital Fabrication areas; she teaches introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing and Advanced J+M courses such as, Casting the Multiple, Enameling, Forming, 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, please email sce@uwm.edu.

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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.