Chasing and Repousse’

June 3 - June 5, 2022

Chasing and Repousse’


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $455
Material Fee: $45

Come gain a working knowledge of chasing through detailed demonstrations, experimentation and different assignments. This class will equip you to further explore chasing with confidence and to fluidly express your own aesthetics through chasing. Participants will try out a variety of antique and new chasing tools and we will discuss the functions and limitations of each. Fundamental tool making skills will also be discussed. Several design layout/transfer techniques will be presented and important core chasing techniques will be covered. Artwork for projects which are best suited for the class time will be provided as this workshop is geared toward gaining the confidence with the tools to further explore this art form on your own design patterns in your home studios. We’ll do some test pieces and move on to a final study piece to explore as much as possible. We will also discuss pitch bowls and hammers, pitch types and compositions, safely working with pitch, tips and tricks and how to correctly prepare and fill a pitch bowl. Images of historic and contemporary chasing will be presented for inspiration. Basic metalsmithing skills such as annealing and pickling are necessary but you do not need any prior chasing experience. Chasing tools will be available for purchase.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Liza Nechamkin Glasser

Liza Nechamkin attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and discovered her true passion for metalsmithing, exploring all techniques and objects from rings and pendants to hollowware and flatware. Upon graduating, Liza went to work for Tiffany and Co.® for 13 years as a Silversmith/Chasers in the hollowware and trophy shop. During this time, she also developed her silver restoration business and started instructional chasing and jewelry workshops. Liza resigned her position with Tiffany and Co. ® in 2008 to manage Nechamkin Silver Studios full time and pursue the development and marketing of her branded Nechamkin Chasing Tools.Today she continues to restore antique silver as well manufacture her line of chasing tools, chasers’ pitch and chasing hammers.

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