The Low-Down on Cold Connections

October 19 - October 20, 2024

The Low-Down on Cold Connections


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395
Material Fee: $80

This workshop will cover the basics of hand-hammered rivets and threaded joinery using brass, copper, silver, and aluminum as well as more complicated connections incorporating tubing, steel, wood, and found objects. Hand-hammered rivets provide permanent links between like and unlike materials and add aesthetic value through their seemingly jewel-like facets. If you want your jewelry and metalwork to be joined less permanently or interchangeably, custom-made hardware using a tap-and-die setup is your thing. We will make a threaded rod that acts as the screw and cut threads into sheet metal, which can be transformed into basic hex-nuts or decorative fasteners. Both riveting and threaded fasteners can be utilized as pivot points, adding further dimension and movement to your work. Using cold connections for construction is perfect for those who work in smaller studio spaces, often with limited ventilation or access to torches. The class will be based on sample work, allowing you to take home multiple examples of the processes to apply to your finished work later.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
NOTE: Our Dining Hall is closed for the season so lunches are NOT included. 

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



Darren Fisher

Darren Fisher is a Keyport, NJ artist whose works in metal and wood include jewelry, furniture, sculpture, and architectural installations. Darren holds a BA in Environmental Geography from Millersville University, Millersville, Pa.,  and a MFA in Sculpture from New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ.  His post-college exposure to various crafts and light-industrial settings came through positions in jewelry, silversmithing, blacksmithing, foundry work, cabinet making, and boat building.  From this history, he operates a studio that combines all elements of these trades, catering to the needs of private clientele and architectural firms. His works have been displayed in numerous shows, exhibitions and galleries including Mining Vernacular: Earth. Work. Edifice., MFA Exhibition, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, INSITE: The Intersection of Art and Architecture, South Orange, NJ, AIR 20th Anniversary Show, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN, the CAA Regional MFA Juried Exhibition, Bethel University, New York, NY.

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