Wearable Concrete Workshop with Tom McCarthy
MASTER ARTIST WORKSHOP
Monday-Friday, February 20-24, 2017
10am-4pm each day
Studio: Jewelry Studio
Concrete is a ubiquitous material that is usually associated with large scale objects. This class will investigate several methods of incorporating this material into small scale wearable objects. We will use traditional metalsmithing techniques to create forms to pour a commercially available concrete mix into. We will also make a simple mold. This material is rich with aesthetic possibilities including texturing and embedding and we will discuss jewelry scale terrazzo.
Basic metalworking skills required. Limited to 12 students.
Students should bring:
*Jeweler’s saw and blades (if in doubt 3/0 is a nice size)
*Small drill bits: #60 & 66
*Flat, chain & round nose pliers (forming pliers are also helpful)
*Flush or semi-flush cutters
*Course half round hand file
*Sliding brass gauge
*Mallet and chasing hammer or small ball peen
*Pointed tweezer, fiber grip tweezer and solder pick
*Hard, medium and easy silver solder
*Wet/dry sandpaper – 320, 400 & 600 grits
*Magnification if you need it
*(Anything you love to use and that will make other students envious)
*Dust masks – cement is hard on your lungs
*Latex gloves or equivalent – cement is hard on your skin
*Collect various things that will make interesting textures in the concrete. Pretty much anything that moves slow enough to catch will work.
I will provide some brass sheet and sterling flat wire so everyone has necessary materials (see materials fee below). But if you’d like to bring other metals, please do so. We will basically be making heavy-walled bezels.
Tom McCarthy has been making jewelry for over thirty years. He has an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC. McCarthy has often taught at Penland, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Campbell Folk School. He contributed a chapter to The Penland Book of Jewelry, Lark Books. The State of Florida awarded him a Fellowship in the Arts in 2006.
“I like to make stuff. Specifically I like to make stuff for people to wear. Jewelry fascinates me. What people wear, how they wear it, what I can make wearable, and how I can make it are the kinds of things that daily occupy my attention.
Based in traditional craft ethos, my work is an exploration of material and form. This investigation is ultimately about beauty and the interplay between object and wearer.”