Working with Wire
Jan 13th - Jan 17th | 10am to 5pm
Tuition: $995 | Payment plans available
Kit Fee: $75 Materials and Lab Fee | Fee paid last day of class
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Using wire the way handweavers use threads, Hu has blazed a trail both as an artist and innovator, exploring the nexus between metalsmithing and textile techniques. The exceptional beauty and unmistakable style of Mary Lee Hu’s jewelry is recognized and celebrated throughout the world through its inclusion in such major collections as the Victoria and Albert Museum and Goldsmiths’ Hall, London; The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Arts & Design, New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
This four day workshop will give participants a look at some of the many ways one can use round wire in processes borrowed from the fields of basketry and textiles – twisting, wrapping, looping, braiding, and knitting to make textured line, and soumak, weaving and twining to create flat shape or hollow form. Emphasis will first be on making samples of the processes that interest the participant, and then to incorporate one or several in a simple project of the participant’s own choosing. Some experience with metals and soldering is helpful, but not essential. People from a fibers background may find interest in using a different material with processes they know.
This class will focus on working in copper wire to gain the skills and techniques covered and allow for experimentation. Students are welcome to bring in their own silver if they would like to make something more finished after they have the techniques down. 28 gauge FINE silver dead soft, and 20 gauge sterling silver work best. The sterling should be hard, NOT dead soft. Hardened silver is easier to use for many processes – for the few techniques where you would want dead soft wire, it is easy enough to anneal. An ounce of each should be more than enough. As always, please feel free to call the studio if you have any questions.
Please be informed Creative Side only offers “tuition credit” upon cancellation. Please review our no refund policy before enrolling and agree to the terms. We appreciate your support of our growing community.