Instructor: Eric Burris
MOKUME GANE – WOOD PATTERNS IN METAL
June 15–18, 2017 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
SU17J602 • Beginner/Intermediate – some jeweler skills preferred
This class is no longer available for registration. For more information, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10
Mokume Gane, or wood grain metal, is a traditional Japanese technique in which two or more different metals are meticulously cleaned, alternately stacked, compressed and heated to a high temperature. The result is the fusing of all layers into a solid block or billet. The billet can be made into sheet metal with a variety of patterns by repeatedly carving through layers and reducing the thickness. Ring stock can be made by twisting a thick piece to re-orient the layers and removing material to reveal a hidden pattern.
Participants will learn a low-tech, low cost, but efficient method to making Mokume Gane, using a refractory brick mini furnace and soldering torch to fire the billet. Participants will start by making their own billet and finish with a seamless forged band ring. In between are several technical demonstrations, so beginning metals and jewelry skills are needed to be successful in this workshop.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
ERIC BURRIS, maker/educator, has been working with the Mokume Gane technique for 15 years. Drawn to the organic wood-like patterns, it is the primary material in his jewelry and the focus of his workshops. His goal is teaching jewelers and metalsmiths a low-tech, low-cost, and efficient method to making traditional diffusion bonded Mokume Gane. He lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his printmaker partner, Gretchen, and adventure dog, Carmela.
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TUITION & FEES
Current MAC Members: $414
Non-members: $460 plus a $45 non-member registration fee
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REFUNDS & CANCELLATIONS
Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.
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