Arizona Designer Craftsmen with Mesa Arts Center presents 8 different Artist Demonstrations May 21st and 22nd
Session D - May 22nd
Kevin O'Dwyer - Box Construction for Holloware
There will be duplicate sessions each day. If one of the sessions is filled please select the other for that day.
Cost: Includes lunch. $185 per day.
9:30 am-10:45 am - in the Sculpture Studio
Kevin’s artwork explores the subtleties of ritual and imagination. Irish prehistoric art, bronze-age artifacts, early monastic metalwork, 20th century design and architecture are his creative influences. His ultimate goal: to create a work of timeless art that is thought- provoking and responsive to the human spirit. Internationally renowned, Kevin is represented in both private and public collections. He has represented Ireland in 40 international exhibitions and has been featured in 200 publications, including Ireland’s Treasures, 5000 Years of Artistic Expression
David Huang - Patinas
11:00 am-12:15 pm - In the Jewelry Studio
David, showing at solo exhibitions since 2006, has many
national and international invitations including Seoul, Korea. His works have appeared in numerous, prestigious publications. David’s art can be seen in the following collections: Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, the Kamm Teapot Collection and Grand Valley State University, Allendale. David has a BFA(Magna cum Laude), G.V.S.U., Allendale, 2001 and Savannah College of Art and Design, 1989.
12:30 pm to 2:15 pm in the Mesa Arts Center
(We are sorry that Phil Poirier's workshop will not be offered as original advertised)
Caitie Sellers - Steel Soldering Techniques
2:30 pm-3:45 pm - in the Sculpture Studio
Caitie is inspired by steel soldering techniques. In 2008, she taught jewelry-making to women in rural Guatemala to create a line of fair trade jewelry now sold in the U.S. “My memories of that experience inform the work I am currently making. I am interested in highlighting the overlooked beauty of urban Guatemala. All the gritty, rusted, and stubborn signs of humanity that gets overlooked by the tourist and taken for granted by the resident are my curiosities. Each piece in this series memorializes a place, a person, or a feeling that I still carry with me years later.”
Cynthia Eid - Fusing, Granulating, & Soldering Argentium Silver with a torch
4:00 pm-5:30 pm - in the Jewelry Studio
Cynthia Eid will demonstrate a variety of torch techniques with Argentium Sterling sheet and wire: fusing, granulating, soldering, and annealing. Argentium Sterling is an alloy that is at least 92.5% pure silver. Germanium replaces a small percentage of the usual 7.5% copper that gives sterling it's strength. Argentium Sterling does not firescale, is highly tarnish resistant, and is more malleable and ductile than traditional sterling. AS fuses and welds more easliy than fine silver or traditional sterling, and can be hardened using a kitchen oven or kiln.
Cynthia Eid has worked with Argentium Silver since the year 2000. After meeting Peter Johns ( inventor of Argentium Silver) in 2003, Eid has participated in some of AS's development. She has written about AS for the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Art Jewelry magazine, and Rio Grande. Cyntia has taught about Argentium Silver in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She is recognized as a pioneer working with Argentium.
Cynthia Eid is an award-winning jeweler, silversmith, and educator with over forty years of experience. Eid's sculptural metalswork is primarily done in Argentium Silver formed through the creative use of hammers and/or a hydraulic press. Cynthia has won awards for creativity and design, exhibited and taught internationally, and her work is published extensively.