I am hosting two workshops in the next few months with two master metalsmiths. The first, which will be held in Rockville, MD, is with Betty Helen Longhi, called Forming Techniques for Metal Jewelry. Betty Helen and co-author Cynthia Eid, have written the book, “Creative Metal Forming” which has been recognized as “a must for anyone interested in learning the craft of metal forming”. For more information about this workshop and how to register, please visit my workshop page.
In April, I am hosting Victoria Lansford, along with Loretta Kaneshige, owner of Dream Catch Studio. Victoria will be teaching her High Relief Eastern Repousse workshop. Learn the secret of hammering metal into any shape or design of high or low relief with the technique of Eastern repoussé and chasing. This is the type of repousse used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Scythian metalsmiths to achieve works of unsurpassed beauty. Make 2 pieces suitable as pendants or brooches and 1 finger ring.* Through the process you will learn how to achieve exquisite detail, unsurpassed depth, and multiple levels of relief that are exclusive to this type of repousse, yet applicable to any type of design you can imagine. To learn more about the workshop and or to register, please visit Dream Catch Studio.
I hope you can join us for one of these amazing workshops!
Ironic that my shop update falls on election day. I try and keep politics out of my professional life. However, without hesitation for this election, I am not shy to share that later today I will be heading down to the polls to say,” I am with her.” And then I will wait, with bated breath, that she wins. Whoever your candidate of choice is, I hope you get out there and vote.
Now for a shop update. At the beginning of 2016 I decided to focus on creating rings. With each ring I created, I learned something new. Though a ring is small in size, it’s still a piece of jewelry that demands just as much attention to detail as larger pieces. I am guilty of sometimes rushing the steps because I was so excited to see how it looked finished. Most of the rings I made this year were only to be taken apart right after completion and thrown into the scrap pile because they didn’t measure up. But I am happy to say as we are closing on 2016, more of my rings are seeing the light of day. They are a joy to create and have now become my favorite piece of jewelry to make. Now if only I could find more time to spend in the studio, but with two teens, one wheatie, a husband and with house that needs to be cleaned every once in a while, I have finally accepted the reality to be appreciative of any time I find to be in my studio, even if for only an hour.
Jeanette Blix Ryan is a metalsmith who lives in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today.