Workshop- Forging and Foldforming

Create your own hardware, or jewelry.

This is a 4 week workshop, initially tailored to woodworkers wanting to create their own hardware. But all the skills taught can be applied to creating jewelry as well.
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Students will learn how to create draw handles, pulls, hooks or other metal elements, ( or bracelets, earrings) by hammering/forging a square or round rod of copper. This workshop gives a basic understanding of how metal can move and how pliable it is. Hammer marks can be used as design elements or can be planished out, filed smooth and even polished. In addition we will explore how to hammer sheet metal into decorative design elements. (or jewelry) Flat sheets also can be folded and hammer to explore very 3 dimensional shapes. Who knows where inspiration will take you.

This workshop will expand the vocabulary of the students, learning what is possible with metal. This exploration might also open the doors to use metal elements in conjunction with the wood design.

Even if students don’t want to fabricate the metal pieces themselves, they will have an idea of how to design it and work with a metalsmith to fabricate exactly what fits their design.

Most practice pieces will be done in copper, but eventually can be executed out of brass, bronze, silver or other metals, depending on the technique.IMG_2533

When and Where:

Starting Tuesday April 5

4 Weeks, Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm

Mill St. Rockland

Cost:

$140 per student- this includes shop fee and cost of copper rod and sheet

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Early bird price $120 if registered and paid by 3/12/16 with check or cash

min. 4 students

max. 8 students

Registration Deadline: 3/29/16

email: info@visualartsmaine.com or call 207-542-4285

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Antje Roitzsch

20 Mill St.

Rockland, ME 04841

Tools:

Tools that would be good to have, but not necessary for the class itself: cross peen hammers, planishing hammers, any metal plate that can receive hammer marks. (I now have a nice selection of hammers to share and metal plates.)

Ear protection is a must and may be leather glove for the holding hand.

I am looking forward to spending time with you and teaching you some new skills.

Antje

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POETICS OF PLACE- SCULPTURE SHOW

Antje Roitzsch will be represented with 6 Sculptures at this show:
Lucent Journey

Constance Rush, Lucent Journey, marble, 10 x 28 x 8 inches

Hawk Ridge Farm
Pownal, Maine
June 6th – July 26th, 2015
Opening Reception Saturday June 6th, 4:00-6:00 pm

 

When a sculpture is carefully sited on the landscape, both the piece and the place resonate in new ways. This exhibition and sale features sculpture by fifty New England artists shown in a country home and surrounding meadows, historic gardens and a woodland trail. Visit this exhibition to select sculpture for your home and garden and join us for our Maple Tree Talks.

 

Open by appointment with Open Houses Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 400 pm
June.lacombe@gmail.com 207-688-4468

New Sculptures

Here are new fold forming sculptures for you to enjoy.

It takes many hours of hammering to shape these forms out of a flat sheet of copper. Knowing how much to stretch the copper in order to get the expected form takes many years of experience.

This one is the latest:

Sculpture #3

Sculpture #3

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sculpture #3 different view

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sculpture #3 different view

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sculpture #3 different view

I love the fire patina on them.

Different views of #2:

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sculpture #2

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sculpture #2

 

Sculpture #2

Sculpture #2

Sculpture #2

Sculpture #2

This was the first one of this series.  Fun creating all these variations:

Sculpture #1

Sculpture #1

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Sculpture #1

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Sculpture #1

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Sculpture #1

 

 

Video of Antje

In this video Antje is talking about her art: Bronze sculptures and pendants, Foldform jewelry and sculpture, outdoor sculptures and the connection to the heart and her other passion; Massage Therapy.

Demonstration during Artisan Tour

Lori Lacy and Antje Roitzsch are demonstrating their techniques during the Artisan Tour.

We will be in the studio again tomorrow- bring your curiosity and questions.

Lori Lacy is showing how to anodize her Titanium jewelry

Lori Lacy is showing how to anodize her Titanium jewelry

Lori is putting resist onto the titanium in areas that should not get colored

Lori is putting resist onto the titanium in areas that should not get colored

Antje is showing the first step of foldforming.

Antje is showing the first step of foldforming.

forging the folded earring

forging the folded earring

opening up the fold

opening up the fold

Ariadne earrings in different stages: pattern, folded and hammered, opened, and finished shape

Ariadne earrings in different stages: pattern, folded and hammered, opened, and finished shape

New Ariadne Earrings

I had a great time trying  out a few different variations on a theme.  The end result…. I like them all.  They are great to put on and wear.  I have gotten so many compliments.  They really get noticed.  The next step is to make one in gold.  Which one should I start with?

Variations on a theme.  3 Versions of the new earring design "Ariadne"

Variations on a theme. 3 Versions of the new earring design “Ariadne”

Ariadne #1.  The widest part is at the beginning

Ariadne #1. The widest part is at the beginning

Ariadne #2.  the widest part is in the middle

Ariadne #2. the widest part is in the middle

Ariadne #3. The widest part is at the end.

Ariadne #3. The widest part is at the end.