Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Charles Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain

Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain
June 26–30, 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)

THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. To be placed on the waiting list, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop is an overview of the whole system. Fold forming is a new, rapid, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. It is a compositional system of metal forming that emphasizes forming using the metals characteristics. Rather than forcing form upon the material, forms are derived from the natural plasticity, ductility and elasticity of the metal. An original invention, it is internationally recognized as a new approach to working metal. Developed steadily since 1980, many schools teach it and thousands of people use the methods. Shaping is extremely efficient and fast (many radical changes in cross section and surface can be made in three to five minutes). Tools are simple; fingers, hands, hammers, mallets, anvils and rolling mills. Complex high relief forms are produced from single sheets of metal often with a single annealing. These shapes resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms. The techniques work with all metals and are applicable for jewelry, hollow ware, sculpture, enameling, anodizing, etc.

The second half of the workshop we will work with ways of designing the metal's surface, in low relief, texture and color. Control factors for free compositional choice are defined and demonstrated. The workshop will touch on roller printing, paper die work, flex shaft use, hammer patterns, chasing, carving, stamp making and chain tools. There is an introduction to European and Asian chisel work in regard to texture creation. Cloth area inlay on steel may be demonstrated. Gold applications methods for color may be included, depending on the needs of the class participant.

The Susan E. Wood Jewelry Studio is available for use for a fee the days following your workshop should you like to continue practicing new skills or finish projects started in class. For more details or to schedule extra workdays, please contact Nancy Gardner, Jewelry Coordinator/Studio Manager.

CHARLES LEWTON-BRAIN studied and worked in Europe and North America. A master goldsmith, author and artist, he teaches internationally on his research. He invented Fold-Forming, a completely new system of metalworking. Past-President of the Canadian Craft Federation, he co-founded the Ganoksin Project with Dr. Hanuman Aspler, the world’s largest Internet resource for jewelers. In 2012 he won the highest national award for Craft and Visual Arts, the Saidye Bronfman Governor General’s Award. Now Professor Emeritus, he taught and headed the Jewelry/Metals at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary for 32 years.  

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Current MAC Members: $585
Non-members: $650 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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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.

Instructor materials fee: $30

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