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

Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain
July 24–25, 2020 (Friday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Charles Lewton-Brain is also teaching Foldforming for Jewelers, July 21-23. Register for both workshops and save on tuition!

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


Gold Application Techniques lets you paint and design with different metal colors onto background metals. This workshop is the culmination of a two-year research project for the Society of North American goldsmiths, and 25 years of ongoing research. It includes fusion applications (gold painting), making doublee, depletion gilding (tumbaga, guanin), fusion inlay, overlay, incised overlay procedures and a discussion of fire gilding and substitution approaches. Control factors for free compositional choice are defined and demonstrated. Many of the techniques work well under enamels as given in a presentation to the 1993 Enamelist Society Conference in Cincinnati. This is a very wide ranging and deep way of creating pattern on sheet metals. Two presentations have been given on this subject to the Santa Fe Symposium for Jewelry Technology. See http://brainpress.com/GA.html

Keum-boo: This incredibly simple designing technique was re-introduced to the West from Korea in the last 20 years. It lets you apply 24k yellow gold shapes onto silver sheet to be used for later construction, onto finished silver objects, on any gold alloy, platinum and palladium. The white silver/gold alloy Electrum can be used the same way and with liver of sulfur provides options for yellow, white and black on the same silver object. This is a really rapid, easy method of adding the richness of 24k gold to silver and gold objects. Other metals work as well as a base to apply the gold to.

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/Metal Arts Coordinator.

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 metal working. 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 Jeweler/Metals at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary for 32 years.

Current MAC Members: $247
Non-members: $275 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

Register for this workshop and Lewton-Brain's Foldforming for Jewelers and save on tuition:

Current MAC Members: $630 $585
Non-members: $700 $650 plus a $90 non-member registration fee ($45 per class)

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: $20

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Please choose the applicable tuition price:

$320: Non-member tuition price (includes a $45 registration fee)
$247: Current Mendocino Art Center member

Register for this workshop and Lewton-Brain's Foldforming for Jewelers:

$740: Non-member tuition price for both classes (includes a $45 registration fee for each class)
$585: Current Mendocino Art Center member tuition for both classes


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