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Sandra Enterline
Sandra Enterline

Valerie Mitchell
Valerie Mitchell

Sandra Enterline
Sandra Enterline

Valerie Mitchell
Valerie Mitchell

Sandra Enterline
Sandra Enterline

Sandra Enterline
Sandra Enterline

Sandra Enterline
Sandra Enterline

Sandra Enterline
Sandra Enterline

Instructors: Sandra Enterline and Valerie Mitchell
CREATING VOLUME:
FORMING AND ELECTROFORMING

August 5–9, 2015 (Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
SU15J606
All levels (some metal skills advised)

 

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Tuition & Fees
Current MAC Members: $540
Non-members: $600 plus a $25 non-member registration fee


Instructor materials fee: To be determined
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Class Description
This class offers a dual instructor approach to creating small scale forms through metal sheet and electroforming techniques. It is a fun, experimental exploration of form within an overview of various techniques. Forming and raising techniques will be introduced as well as electroforming over wax and sealed materials creating forms for jewelry and small objects/sculpture. Class time will be informally split between two instructors, nationally known art jewelers Sandra Enterline and Valerie Mitchell, keeping the students busy with projects and process.

Students will create several forms in both methods, with an emphasis on exploration of dimensional shape. Techniques covered will explore shaping sheet metal via hammers, stakes, stick soldering, clean and simple mechanisms to combine (diverse) elements and or attach jewelry to the body. Basic electroforming will introduce how non metal and wax forms can be created and copper formed through a specialized electrolyte bath. Attention to finishing and coloring through patination, basic enameling including torch firing, and surface treatment will be explored. Open to beginners, some metal skills advised.

 

About the Instructor
SANDRA ENTERLINE received a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1983, and has been working as a studio jeweler, focusing on one of a kind jewelry since that time. Her work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has work in numerous museum collections including The American Craft Museum in New York, The Oakland Museum, The Renwick Gallery part of The Smithsonian Institution and The Wustum Museum. She has also received two NEA Visual Arts Fellowships, one in 1988 and one in 1992.

Sandra's current work is based on the fascination with light when seen through hundreds of tiny perforations. Her interest is in the seduction, power, and purity of valuable materials. The pieces are minimal in form and resonate in both the natural and machined worlds. There is a powerful interplay between the interior and exterior of the pieces. This is amplified by light moving through them only at certain moments as the wearer moves through space. She describes her jewelry as “based on a fascination with fragility, preciousness, and the mystery of half-visible objects glimpsed through hundreds of tiny perforations. Refined shapes alternately cage, contain, and reveal a golden interior. I make strong, simple, sculptural objects that are complex and layered, the interior discovered over time.”

Sandra currently works from her studio in San Francisco.

 

VALERIE MITCHELL, a recognized working studio artist, exhibits nationally and internationally and is known for her unique approach to electroforming and enamel work. Recent Best in Jewelry award recipient from Smithsonian Craft2Wear and past Award of Excellence winner from ACC Market, her work continues to evolve in her Los Angeles Arts District and high desert studios utilizing various metals and materials. Valerie's first public commission, “Arts District Medallions,” installed 56 permanent dimensional forms on light poles throughout the historic area of downtown, 2012.   Currently Adjunct Faculty at Pasadena City College and Invited Artist at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.

Valerie is represented by galleries, several museums and published in numerous books and magazines. She received a MFA from RISD, 1984, when a studio was shared with Sandra and they moved to California. Recently, their two-person show at Gravers Lane Gallery, Pennsylvania, was titled “Thirty Years West.”

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