Fold forming is a process for rapidly forming sheet metal using the metal's natural response to various actions such as folding, hammering, rolling in the mill and forging. Shell Forming is a process for forming metal by hammering, using one resilient tool and one hard tool. Each process creates interesting forms in sheet metal and when the processes are combined the results are quite wonderful. Using basic metal forming tools, the student will explore metal's natural plasticity and ductility to quickly create seemingly complex forms. We will work primarily in copper, however, the process is applicable to all nonferrous metals including brass, bronze, silver and gold. Students will concentrate on making a number of fold formed samples and then enhancing them with the basic forming techniques of synclasting and anticlasting. These procedures can be used to create sculpture, vessels or jewelry. This experience will give students an understanding of the working qualities of sheet metal and is an excellent workshop for either beginners or experienced metals students.
BIO: Betty Helen Longhi is an independent studio artist producing a line of finely crafted jewelry and sculpture. Her work is recognized for its sculptural quality, flowing lines and subtle use of anodized niobium as a source of color. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she also attended Cranbrook Academy of Art and studied with numerous metalsmiths including Heikki Seppa and Michael Good. Ms. Longhi's work has been exhibited at the Virginia Museum, Delaware Art Museum, American Craft Museum and the Renwick Gallery Museum Shop as well as numerous retail galleries. She has marketed her work through the American Craft Council Fairs and Philadelphia and Smithsonian Craft Shows. She received a number of awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship funded by the Delaware State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In her role as teacher, Ms. Longhi has been guest artist at the Univ. of Wisconsin and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has taught at Haystack, Penland, Parsons School of Design, Peters Valley, Arrowmont and many more training centers in the USA and Canada. Additionally, she has written a number of articles and reviews for Metalsmith and has lectured on shell forming for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She is currently working with co-author Cynthia Eid on a book titled Shell Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths: Creative Paths to Form, which will be published by Tim McCreight of Brynmorgan Press. She maintains a studio and retail sales space in her lakeside home near Lexington, NC. Visit her website at http://fluidformsinmetal.com
SKILL LEVEL: Seasoned Beginners to Advanced
WORKSHOP FEES: $215 ADC Members/$240 Non-Members
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