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Handmade Nichos
Instructor: Amie Plante
Price: $200.00
Dates: 11/07 – 11/28
Time: 6:30 am – 9:30 pm (3 hours)
Class Days: Tuesdays
Number of Classes: 4
No Class On: 11/22/17
A nicho, or retablo is a decorative frame, often made of punched metal that is created to place significant importance upon a person, object or belief. Common structural conventions include a shadow box shape, ornamented with hinged doors, textured borders, small windows, and multiple panels. In this class we will discuss typical nicho motifs while exploring design and construction. Students will learn traditional metalsmithing techniques such as cutting, drilling, stamping, soldering, roll printing, and riveting. We will design and creative individual small scale (4” and under) nichos and unique works of art inspired by this traditional folk art style, using copper and brass as our main materials. Students are encouraged to bring sketchbook designs, inspiration and printed images. No previous jewelry/metalsmithing experience necessary—this class is open to all levels. Students with previous experience will have the opportunity to explore advanced fabrication techniques that will allow for greater contrast, volume, and form. Materials and tools will be provided.
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Instructor Info: Amie Plante:
Amie Louise Plante is a native Rhode Island artist, jeweler, designer and teacher extraordinaire. She earned her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in Artisanry and Metalsmithing from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Her jewelry collections can be found in numerous locations throughout the US and Europe. Amie’s corporate design work has been included in the collections of internationally recognized jewelry, accessory, table-top and giftware brands. Amie also teaches fine arts and jewelry classes to students of all ages at various craft and art education facilities throughout New England. For more info visit
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