Learn from an award winning artist, metalsmith and author Matthieu Cheminée. The focus of the class is stamp making and creating a piece with your handmade tools.
In this 4 day workshop students will learn and practice the following:
- How to choose the right steel, from new stock to recycled old tools
- Techniques and approaches to create stamps
- Different ways to heat treat the steel to have a life lasting tool
- Making a male-female stamp.
- The basics and tricks to be successful at stamping
Note from Matthieu and why he has a passion for stamping and sharing this technique with students:
I have a passion for ethnic techniques from around the world. I am fascinated with the know- how, the transmission of the craft and the transformation of raw or recycled material into beautiful ornaments by gold and silversmiths of those different countries.
I started making a living as a jeweler by stamping traditional Navajo bracelets and Concho belts for Native American Indian jewelers. Stamping holds a special place in my heart; it is a technique that can be done anywhere and is a technique used all across Africa. Stamps can be made out of any piece of steel. Often the design is a geometrical shape, and used as an accent to decorate the metal, draw a line or just to add a few motifs here and there. I have been using this technique for over 20 years and developed my own form of stamping by creating patterns that filled the entire piece of metal. Over the years my stamped design evolved; my recent pieces are made of those patterns that are then anticlastically shaped into bracelets and rings.
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