Scratching the Surface

August 9 - August 13, 2024

Scratching the Surface


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $70

Learn mark-making on metal and various surface textures to create wearable work. In this workshop, you will learn techniques such as texturing with hammers/other tools, roll printing with found objects, piercing metal, and ball burr engraving to create textured metal or other materials that can be used on their own or put into a setting. We will go over the basics of metalsmithing, such as drilling, sawing, soldering, and finishing, and focus on good jewelry design practices. Some metalsmithing experience would be helpful but is not required.

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



Zachery Lechtenberg

Zachery Lechtenberg received his BFA in Metals and Jewelry at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville where in addition to metalsmithing he also studied printmaking, drawing, and illustration. He went on to earn his MFA at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina with a focus in metalsmithing and champlevé enamel. Zachery’s work focuses on his interest in drawing and is inspired by street art, cartoons, comic books, and pop culture. He continues to explore illustration through new mediums and techniques, including ceramics and engraving, as well as finding new and fun ways to present his work through custom designed packaging.

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