Metalsmith Chronicles: Part Two

Despite the fact that I am (always!) seriously overscheduled, here is Part Two of what’s been happening on the metals front in my world. I’ve been traveling a lot doing some teaching, a bit of learning, and lots of working as a video producer (my other day job for Interweave, lol!). It’s been a busy winter, but really fun.

Since I have taken TONS of photos along the way, I will let them tell the tale for you — enjoy! And if you are interested in purchasing any of the videos mentioned in the captions below, check out the Interweave Store… some titles are already out, some are soon to be released, all of them are most excellent.

Many thanks to the staff at Rio Grande, Michael David Sturlin, Michael Boyd, Joe Korth, Richard Sweetman, and Susan Lenart Kazmer, for spending time with me, talking about art, making great work, and making my job so much fun!

Teaching at Rio's Winter Workshops was an awesome experience, my students were a fun group, and we got SO MUCH done -- it was Rivet-O-Rama!

Teaching at Rio’s Winter Workshops was an awesome experience, my students were a fun group, and we got SO MUCH done — it was Rivet-O-Rama!

Here are some of Michael David Sturlin's tools and ring blanks from the set of his recent video for IWP.

Here are some of Michael David Sturlin’s tools and ring blanks from the set of his recent video for IWP.

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NC Blacks micro-forming hammers are named for famous metalsmiths. Here's a selection of the best group to use for micro shell forming and includes the Angelina, C, Buster, and others.

NC Blacks micro-forming hammers are named for famous metalsmiths. Here’s a selection of the best group to use for micro shell forming and includes the Angelina, C, Buster, and others.

Here's some of Michael Boyd's in-progress work. What can I say? He's my best buddy and so incredibly talented...

Here’s some of Michael Boyd’s in-progress work. What can I say? He’s my best buddy and so incredibly talented…

Oh yeah! Torch Fired liquid Enamels... I was lucky enough to spontaneously take a class with Anne Havel at the EGNE Conference this spring.

Oh yeah! Torch Fired liquid Enamels…
I was lucky enough to spontaneously take a class with Anne Havel at the EGNE Conference this spring.

Richard Sweetman is one lucky guy; I totally want that hand-made cross peen hammer on the right.

Richard Sweetman is one lucky guy; I totally want that hand-made cross peen hammer on the right.

Thompson's Liquid Enamels are 80 mesh and come in powder form; mix with enamel "flux" or distilled water; torch or kiln fire.

Thompson’s Liquid Enamels are 80 mesh and come in powder form; mix with enamel “flux” or distilled water; torch or kiln fire.

I love the open forms and negative spaces in Susan's work; it was great fun spending two days with her during the video shoots.

I love the open forms and negative spaces in Susan’s work; it was great fun spending two days with her during the video shoots.

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About Helen Driggs

Metalsmith, Artist, Writer, Maker of things. Former Senior Editor of Lapidary Jewelry Artist Magazine View all posts by Helen Driggs

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