Moose and Frog
28″ x 19″ x 2″
I’m excited to be teaching a two day wire workshop in June, through Cabrillo College Extension! Teaching art is relatively new for me. I’ve been teaching Tai Chi for 30 years in Santa Cruz, and I love it! Teaching is deeply satisfying. Besides the obvious, sharing knowledge with others in my areas of interest, teaching has pushed me beyond my boundaries and has given me the benefit of having other peoples’ questions and ideas enrich my own body of knowledge and experience.
So, what do I have planned for June 11 & 12 at Cabrillo? There will be a two day weekend workshop, six hours each day. All levels of ability are welcome. I’ll be offering 3-4 different projects that will meet the needs of beginners and advanced wire-workers. We will be building 3-D objects by cold-joining the wire (no torches or soldering.) Different types and gauges of wire, as well as basic pliers and wire-cutters will be provided. Students can bring their own wire as well as objects (i.e. beads, feathers, twigs) to attach to their work. I will bring several of my own wire sculptures to provide examples of possible projects. I’m happy to share all my knowledge and experience during this workshop. Here’s the link to register for the class
I’ve had 2 opportunities to teach wire sculpture. The first was a one day workshop at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, during a group show I was involved in called Experience Metal in 2011. It was just a 4 hour class, but we got a lot of work done. The project was designed to teach the students how to create a 4” ornamental sphere made of copper, brass, and steel. The focus was to learn the techniques necessary to build a structurally strong 3-dimensional object, adding decorative elements. Getting tight joints is important in wire sculpture, exactly the opposite of the loose joints you need in practicing Tai Chi!
Above is a shot of the copper and brass wire ornament we made during the Museum of Art and History workshop in 2011.
The second workshop was at the Jewelry Toolery, run by the wonderfully talented metalsmith, Angela Gleason. The JT is located at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. It is a cozy and comfortable studio, set up perfectly for metalsmiths. I was able to fine tune the project and have lots of fun with the students.
Students hard at work on their projects, and with the finished pieces.
8″ h x 14″ w x 14″ l