Introduction to Fine Metal Forging

August 12 - August 16, 2022

Introduction to Fine Metal Forging


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $75

Come learn the basics, and some tricks, for forging in non-ferrous metal. Forging is a really exciting process to create volume and add dimension to your metalwork. Demonstrations in forging will be shown as well as forming and fabrication as it relates to shifting the structure of milled metal to advance your jewelry + object design. The outcome of this course will be an overall education in making metal move to support an informed studio practice. Participants should know how to solder, load a frame saw and file prior to this workshop.

*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



Betsy Lewis

Betsy Lewis investigates acts of offering by accumulating signifiers that allude grief and hope; working together to realize a new form of telling the truth through our bodies. Making objects whose meaning is derived from the weight of memories and the methods we use to instill objects with meaning Lewis tends to use traditional silversmith techniques such as hollow forming, forging, and fabrication. Doing so establishes historical tension by asserting these methods’ value in a contemporary studio context. Contributing actively to the field Betsy Lewis has held assistantship and teaching positions at Maine College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Brooklyn Metalworks, and SUNY New Paltz, the latter of which she received her Master in Fine Art. Lewis currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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