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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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

 

 

Artisan and open Studio Tour 2014

Come on out and visit the Artisan Tour this weekend.  Here is the Map of all the open studios.  It’s a lot of fun to see what our creative people are up to and what technique they are using.  Take your time and watch demonstrations ask questions and share their enthusiasm. We, Antje Roitzsch and Lori Lacy are showing at the Maine Beehive and we are “L” on the map.

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The Healing Power of Art

The Healing Power of Art

Creating Art can be healing.  Observing, interacting with Art can be healing as well.  Antje Roitzsch’s sculptures are created to be touched, and this way appreciated and understood on many different levels.

Her intuitive drawings are a way to tap into the creative process.  They also are a tool to express feelings and process the state of the hear and now.

Antje also walks through nature with her camera as part of her meditative practice.

More of her work can be found at http://www.visualartsmaine.com

 

Feather Dance

This is a new sculpture, done in May 2012 and installed at the Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay.  The show “Wings” was curated by June LaComb.

model for Feather Dance

Feather Dance done

with rust patina

I think it ended up being about 7 x 3 x 3′

Feather Dance installed at Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay

Me and Feather Dance

New Leaf 2

This sculpture was made in May and is installed at Hawk Ridge Farm for the show Metal and Stone. June LaComb curated the show.

New Leaf 2, made out of steel rod

side view

installed at Hawk Ridge, Maine

New Leaf 2 dimensions are about 5 x 3 x 2′

the patina is beautiful orangy rust

Video about me and my work

Here is a video about me and my work, connecting my artistic- and body-work through the heart.  This was made by Bill Anderson:  http://www.camdenpost.com/phenomenaltouch.html