Silversmithing: From Ingot to Implement

August 2 - August 6, 2024

Silversmithing: From Ingot to Implement

$860.00

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

This workshop will focus on the process of making a silver spoon, starting from casting grain. You will learn how to cast a silver ingot, prep the ingot for forging, and hammer it into shape. Demonstrations will cover properly annealing and shaping silver, hallmarking, creating decorative pierced elements on the finished utensil, removing fire scale, and different finishes for silver. You will also have the opportunity to practice forging copper before working in silver.

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

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Chloe Darke

Chloe Darke is originally from Groveland, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in Metalsmithing & Jewelry from Maine College of Art in May 2011. Chloe was employed as a silversmith at Old Newbury Crafters in Amesbury, Massachusetts from October 2011 to August 2016. She and her coworkers are featured in an episode of the PBS television series Craft in America entitled “Forge.” She received her Master of Fine Arts in Metals from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chloe was an artist in residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft from June – August 2021. HCCC’s In Residence: 14th Edition featured two of the pieces she has made during the course of her residency. Additionally, her work was recently on display in Craft Desert’s Small Acts: The Craft of Subversion in San Diego, California. She is currently based in Upperville, Virginia.

 

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