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The Alchemy of Copper Oxides – a workshop with Kristina Glick

July 5 @ 10:00 am - July 7 @ 5:00 pm PDT

Register Now – Registration Deadline is June 30

This workshop will explore the dynamic interaction between glass, copper and heat. When layered and fired with understanding and skill it is possibleto harness the oxides inherent in copper to create a entire range of vibrant colors while using only clear and white enamel. This technique is experimental in the way that it relies on oxides present in the copper substrate to provide color rather than relying on pigmented enamel as is the norm in most enameling. It also requires the use of a wider range of firing temperatures and techniques than are used in traditional enameling, as well as strategic thinking about how glass and metal interact in the activating environment of the kiln. Another experimental aspect of the workshop is the use of liquid enamels. While liquid form enamels have become much more  common among artist in the past 20 years, there are still many aspects of the medium that are not fully explored and many enamelists continue to exclusively use traditional jewelry enamels. One of liquid enamel’s unique qualities is how its fine grains allow for very fine line sgraffito which makes it ideally suited for layering. Another is its ability to absorb and interact with copper oxides as well as its suitability for creating striking visual effects when combined with exposed areas of heat patinaed copper. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels.

Kristina Glick is a metalsmith, enamelist and educator currently living in Northern Indiana.  She is an Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Hershberger Gallery at Goshen College (IN).  She has taught enameling and jewelry making workshops across the country, most recently teaching the 2016 eight week fall concentration at Penland School of Crafts in NC.  Kristina has exhibited extensively and her work has been published in several books including 500 Gemstone Jewels and 500 Enameled Objects.  Kristina earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Goshen College in 1997 and an MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2007.  In addition to enameling, her work often combines found objects and traditional metalworking techniques into pieces that are rich with color, texture, and unexpected details.

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Workshop Hours:

Wednesday – Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM , with meal breaks

Cost: $425 plus $20 materials fee

Materials List: Provided upon registration or when ready

Registration: Limited to 12

Refund Policy: No refunds unless your workshop position can be filled by another person.

Lodging, Meals, Transportation:

Coming from out of town? Check AirBnB, Priceline, and other discounted online lodging sources, The Center will try help you make your stay comfortable and stress free while you are a workshop participant.

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