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Instructor: Pattie Parkhurst
Just as a diamond has many facets, my metal work in nature-inspired sculpture and jewelry has many dimensions. I was introduced to art and nature at a young age and these two passions continue to inspire my organic and earthy designs. After college I served on the board of The Colorado Metalsmithing Association (COMA) where I learned the anticlastic raising metal technique. This process involves hammering different metal, over and over on an antler like form. By immersing myself in this ancient technique, I combine my love for nature and metalsmithing into cohesive nature inspired metal forms. The anticlastic raising techniques fundamentals are based on hyperbolic parabolas and double helix which are abundant in nature, from flowers to smoke to DNA. The possibilities found in an open field of flowers, or a shadowy path, influence my own styles of jewelry and sculptures. My work has taken me beyond the basics to incorporate new techniques in my work. Weather casting, stone setting or lapidary, all are design aspects that can enhance metalsmithing and bring my imagination to life. In every art show, to custom work in exhibits, I communicate love of nature through metal. I continue to learn and be inspired through lots of teaching, my travels, lectures, and residencies.

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Location: Radisson Suites Tucson
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fees: $120 » (Tucson special, normally priced at $200) includes all materials and shared use of instructor’s tools. Students wishing to have their own tools can purchase a kit. Cost - $70 and includes: saw and blades, file, wax, metal sheers, liver of sulpher, sand paper, drill bits, copper sheet.

This class covers the basic techniques needed to create your own unique metal jewelry pieces . Each student will create a pendant of their own design incorporating all of the skills and applications covered in this intensive 8 hours of instruction. We will use a jeweler’s saw to cut out shapes, and use hammers and stamps to create a variety of interesting textures. We will cover finishing techniques with the use of files and sand paper. We will also learn the cold connecting techniques of tube riveting and wire rivets to easily join pieces. We will also have examples of applying a patina to darken metal pieces. This is an excellent class for art teachers wishing to earn certification in metal work.

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