Upcoming Sculpture/Blacksmithing Classes

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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman


Instructor: Ira Sherman
December 3–6, 2015 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
Some blacksmithing technique experience necessary


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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10

Tuition & Fees
Current MAC Members: $292
Non-members: $325 plus a $25 non-member registration fee

Instructor materials fee: $25
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Class Description
Learn how to modify and interpret jewelers’ fold-forming techniques in larger scale, using blacksmith and steel fabrication techniques. We will develop a variety of folded forms in 1/16 to 3/16 mild steel plate. Design pattern layout is essentially the same for fold forming in non-ferrous metals, but heavier thicknesses and larger steel objects often require high working temperatures and the specialized tools used by blacksmiths.  

We will be working in teams for some of the fold openings. Students should have some experience with blacksmithing technique and completely understand the etiquette and safety requirements used in the blacksmith studio. Hands-on participation.


About the Instructor
IRA SHERMAN has been exploring the boundaries of metal fabrication and design since the early 1970s, both as a highly successful custom goldsmith and jeweler, and as an internationally recognized sculptor. His works include body armor and mechanically articulated works. His use of fold-forming in iron is startlingly original, and the workshop is an opportunity to push your own working vocabulary with unusual techniques in iron.


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