Intro to Chasing & Repoussé

July 12 - July 16, 2024

Intro to Chasing & Repoussé


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $90

Learn the ancient technique of chasing and repoussé to achieve depth and detail in your work. Chasing and repoussé is the act of forming flat metal sheet into low or high relief using a variety of hand tools and punches. Repoussé, a French term meaning to push outward from the back, and chasing, meaning to work from the front, will be explored to show how volume and form can be achieved for small scale metal objects. Die forming, sinking, and basic raising will be used to start the form, and refined with chasing and repousse techniques. Participants will learn to work with copper, silver, brass, and steel to make creative, one-of-a-kind jewelry. No previous experience is needed.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: 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



Adam Atkinson

Adam Atkinson (he/they) is a metalsmith, curator, and educator. Their work is informed by the visual lexicon of natural history, childhood memories, and material research. The body acts as the primary site for investigation, resulting in objects of adornment and sculpture. Metalsmithing processes such as repoussé are combined with experimental media in wood, concrete, and fur to produce work exploring the liminality of opposing social forces. Atkinson received an MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University (2019), and a BFA at Boise State University (2013). Their work has been exhibited widely including the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN, and Nagoya Zokei University in Nagoya, Japan. They co-founded Spectral Matter (2019), a biennial exhibition highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists. They have received numerous accolades including the Teaching Fellowship at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, the Emerging Artist Cohort through the American Craft Council, and the three-year residency at Penland School of Craft.

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