This class has prerequisites. Please see the description below before registering.
Learning how to form metal using the hydraulic press opens new possibilities for your work! In this skills-focused class, you’ll learn how to:
Texture metal using the rolling mill
Create dimensional squares, diamonds, teardrops, and other shapes using pre-made dies in the hydraulic press
Cut metal shapes using pancake dies
Cut your own silhouette dies out of cast acrylic
You can use the metal shapes that you textured and formed as is or enamel them at a later date.
Joan Hammond began working in metal in 1994 when she started taking metalsmithing classes as an antidote to documenting computer software. What she discovered was a medium that not only utilized her previous training in painting, printmaking, and ceramics but also opened the possibilities of creating art that can be worn. Family artifacts and history, plants and animals, and the textiles and jewelry of non-Western cultures inspire her current work, which she executes using various fabrication techniques, including chasing and repoussé.
Hammond exhibits locally and nationally, and her work has been published in Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print. She is a member of the Seattle Metals Guild; has served on the Board of Northwest Designer craftsmen; and co-chaired a national conference for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She is currently the Lead for the Jewelry and Fine Metals Studio at BARN.