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Jewelry Department

David Jones

David Jones

David Jones

David Jones

David Jones

Instructor: David Jones
June 20–23, 2018 (Wednesday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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


In this workshop we will explore the belt buckle. Using traditional and creative metalsmithing techniques we will delve into the fabrication of belt buckles. Making a belt buckle is very similar to making jewelry items it’s just that this jewel will keep your pants up. Techniques to include forging, forming, sawing, soldering, cold connections and patinas, plus anything else we can squeeze into our time here.

The use of recycled materials is always present in my current work and I will share my sourcing ideas and ways to use found objects and make them shine. Students with basic metalsmithing skills will have a leg up in this workshop but beginners are always welcome.

Expect to leave this class with at least one finished piece but if you come with ideas who knows what can happen. Students are invited to bring a belt of their choice, ideally with snap connections which means we will easily be able to attach our finished buckle. I will also be bringing a selection of “bits” and “things” from my hoards of found objects that will be available for purchase directly from me. Look forward to busy days and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Lets buckle up!

DAVID JONES received his Bachelor of Fine Arts/Crafts degree at the Kutztown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, studying under Stanley Lechtzin. Since 1988, he has been studying and teaching at the Penland School of Crafts.

Jones has participated in many exhibitions throughout the United States and other countries. He had a one person show, "American Folk," in Asheville, North Carolina, in 2000; was included in an International Traveling Show in Sweden, San Francisco and Los Angeles from 1999 into early 2000; showed in "ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS" at the Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco in 2001; "Once and Again" at the OXOXO Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2001; S.O.F.A. in New York City with Gallery 500 in 2001; and the invitational show, "THE DE PATTA PROJECT," in 2012 at Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco. He was a Featured Artist at Gravers Lane Philadelphia, PA, summer 2017.

In 2012, he was Professor of Jewelry and Metals in Cortona, Italy, through the University of Georgia studies abroad program. In 2013, he taught a three-day workshop at Thomas Mann Gallery in New Orleans. In 2015, he taught a summer session, and an eight-week Spring Concentration in metals, at Penland School of Crafts. He also taught a one-week session at Touchstone Center in August 2017.

He works on private commissions and, occasionally, creates architectural lighting with BAMO Inc., an architectural firm based in San Francisco. Select publications include Metalsmiths Book of Boxes and Lockets by Tim McCreight, 2007; Form and Function American Modernist Jewelry, 1940-1970 by Marbeth Schon, Schiffer Publishing, 2008; and Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, Shiffer Publishing, 2012.

I consider myself a three-dimensional animator. My goal is to use the finest material both new and old to create functional and non-functional curiosities. I look to the work of old drawing from the Arts and Crafts movement, Folk Art, Modernism and the beginnings of the American Studio Movement and its contemporaries all around the globe. The finished pieces look as though they may be old but are curiously 21st century. I search in unobvious places for materials such as antler, recycled copper (including existing patina), scraps of various woods (exotic and not so), European Laminate, plus anything else in which I notice a certain “richness” to include in my work. Recycled materials are more or less a constant. I also use traditional, commercially available materials such as sterling, fine silver, copper, brass, bronze, and high karat gold, among others.


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