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Intro to Silversmithing: Raising Vessels and Cups
Instructor: Patrick McMillan
Price: $210.00
Dates: 08/04 – 08/05
Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (6 hours)
Class Days: Saturday and Sunday
Number of Classes: 2
No Class On: 01/01/17
Intro to Silversmithing is a course that focuses on traditional techniques used by silversmiths to create bowls, cups and silverware. These artifacts are often referred to as "holloware" due to their hollow nature and implement techniques that date back centuries. During this class the main technique to be practiced will be "raising", the process of creating a dish or cup by hammering a flat sheet of metal over a metal form. Each student will create a decorative hollow form that they will be able to texture, patina and polish. Additional processes to be demonstrated will include creating and soldering rims, seats, and decorative patterns. These processes will have students use a number of tools in the shop including the step shear, beverly shear, torch, divider, raising stake, raising hammer, planishing hammer, chasing tools and dapping tools. All materials and tools will be provided, this class is open to all levels. Please Note: If students are interested in using silver sheet instead of copper for any projects please contact the instructor prior to the class.
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Instructor Info: Patrick McMillan:
Patrick McMillan has been a practicing jeweler and metalsmith 2003 when he graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. He went on to complete his Masters Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Birmingham School of Jewelry in England in 2007 and moved to Rhode Island in 2009. Since then has been working in the Providence area teaching, volunteering and working in his personal studio, McMillan Metals, where he creates custom jewelry for individual clients and production pieces for companies.
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