Session 2_Blacksmithing_John Rais_Morning Storm, steel, scorched paint, glass, 20x45x13

Morning Storm by John Rais. Steel, scorched paint, glass, 20″ × 45″ × 13″

Line Meets Plane; Forging in Three Dimensions
Important to metal design is the place where line meets plane, where metal intersects metal. We will forge from the “skin and bones” of steel. Sheet and bars, plate forms, and rods will be joined by inventive and time-tested techniques. We will hammer, form, and fabricate various shapes to create something volumetric, dynamic, and dramatic. Joinery (riveting, tenons, and collars), and more modern and experimental methods will be covered. Emphasis is on designing for the material and gaining proficiency with hammering. Projects may include sculpture, small furniture objects, or architectural elements. All levels welcome.

JOHN RAIS designs and creates one of a kind furniture, sculpture, and architectural metal art. He received a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been included in exhibitions at Purchase College, the National Ornamental Metal Museum, and Massimo Bizzocchi, and published in Metalsmith Magazine. John created a series of decorative panels for the Yale University Art Gallery, and his work is in the permanent collections of the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Fuller Craft Museum, and the National Ornamental Metal Museum. johnraisstudios.com


Kabuki Disco Rock by Shannon Goff, 2017 Ceramic, 12½” × 2″ × 12″. Photo by Cody Goddard

Drawing Out Loud
This workshop will explore ideas of abstraction inspired by landscape, networks, and systems. Engaging with ceramic material in unconventional ways as we investigate mark making and explore the concept of “drawing out loud” to investigate, think, and visually translate an idea into space. This will be a generative process that allows new questions and possibilities to arise. We will spend our time translating between two and three dimensions as we map our ideas in and out of clay. We will navigate in, around, and through themes of structure and risk, containment and collapse, beauty and decay, real and imaginary. We await the inevitable confrontation of gravity and the traces the encounter may leave. All levels welcome.

SHANNON GOFF is an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Ceramics at Penn State University. She received a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has been the recipient of a Japanese Monbusho grant and twice awarded residencies to the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry program. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Knockdown Center, Printed Matter, and the San Jose Museum of Art, among others, with recent reviews featured in Hyperallergic, DesignBoom, Colossal, Cfile, and the Detroit Art Review. shannongoff.info


Jaguar by Jim Drain, 2017. Thrift store clothing, artist’s clothing, chicken wire, and wood, 8′ × 7′ × 5′. Photo courtesy of Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York City

‘Obtanium,’ as defined by artist Guy Green is “whatever you can procure for free without having to pay out corporations like Home Depot.” In this workshop we will approach the worn-out with quixotic eyes and hands and use salvaged objects as the leap-off point for assemblage sculpture and objects of applied design. Our method will be of re-mixing and embellishment with a focus on building upon a preexisting visual language using fabric, beads, dyeing, felting, and/or painting. Rudimentary crochet, hand knitting, and off-loom weaving techniques will be demonstrated and encouraged. But, will we make giants of windmills like Cervantes’ Don Quixote? All levels welcome

JIM DRAIN received a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a critic in the department of Textiles. He was a member of Forcefield, a collective that explored the merging of music, performance film, and installation. Forcefield was active from 1996 to 2002 and was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2002. Jim’s work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art, Peres Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is represented by Nathalie Karg Gallery New York. nathaliekarg.com/?artists=jim-drain


Sports page 1975 and Mirror by Jenny Brillhart, 2018. Oil on panel, 19″ × 28″

Painting the Unrealized
What is the potential of things often overlooked? How can these objects create a personal narrative? Creating experimental installations with found objects will be the starting point for this workshop. Using paint, students will uncover the elemental beauty in everyday material through a manipulation of light, shadow, composition, and a relationship to place. Function, architecture, and narrative, as well as formal painting techniques—form, color, value, and design—will be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Studio work will be based in painting language, exploring individual ideas through quick sketches, collage, and longer sessions, also embracing drawing, photography, and digital printing/photocopies. All levels welcome.

Using common elements from her environments, JENNY BRILLHART creates work concerned with the construction, process, and design of medium, light, color, value, and form. She received a BA from Smith College and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Recent exhibitions include Kuckei + Kuckei in Berlin, Germany and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and past projects include ‘Flat Prospects,’ at the Miami History Museum, and Room Service, organized by Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden Museum, Germany. Her work has been in The Kinsey Quarterly, New American Painitngs, and Miami Contemporary Artists and is presented by Kuckei + Kuckei and Emerson Dorsch. jbrillhart.com


All the Places You Never Lived by Kerianne Quick, 2017. Fine silver, sterling silver, Victorian bog oak, keys from every house lived in since age 11; Fabricated hollow constructions, 11″ x 11″ × 2″. Photo by the artist

What’s Your Issue?
For millennia humans have exposed the invisible self by wearing jewelry; our inner thoughts, emotions, affiliations, and status put on display through a complex system of social symbols. This workshop will explore surface and communication through the making and use of body adornments. Incorporating text, imagery, and symbols on metal and other materials, we will create a series of wearables that reveal, broadcast, signal, protest, or promote our otherwise hidden agendas. A wide range of demonstrations covering metalsmithing processes, design software, laser cutting, roll-printing, etching, and die making will lead to finished finished work will be worn and performed. All levels welcome.

KERIANNE QUICK is Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metalwork at San Diego State University Her research is explores craft and materiality as cultural phenomena with a focus on jewelry and personal objects. Exhibition highlights include the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City; the Salon del Mobile, Milan; and Design Week Amsterdam. Her work is in collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Stedelijk Museum‘s-Hertogenbosch. kerianne-quick.com


Komíny – NBS Explore by Heath Matysek-Snyder, 2015. Stacked firewood, steel pipe, borrowed school picnic table, desk, and tricycle, 9′ × 12′ × 4′. Photo by Mike Cortez

Stacks, Slats & Bundles
Einstein says “There are two ways of looking at the world. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The second is as though everything is a miracle.” Operating within the second category, we will investigate repetitious pattern by cladding, bundling, stacking, and clustering materials into, onto, and around forms. This can take shape as furniture, sculptural objects, or even architecture. Nesting inside of structures to create functional surfaces, filling architectural niches, or surrounding found objects we will play with visual patterns and textures of material groupings. Covering techniques to generate volumetric forms, we will collect materials to stack inside, slat over, and bundle around these respective shapes. All levels welcome.

HEATH MATYSEK-SNYDER is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Wood Area at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has participated in the Emma International Collaboration in Saskatchewan, Canada and Designed Objects Tasmania, Australia, and as an Artist-In-Residence at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. His work has been exhibited in Australia, Canada, China, Qatar, and the US, and is in permanent collections at the Madison Central Public Library; Madison Children’s Museum; Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania; Forestry Tasmania; James Branch Cabell Library at VCU, and more. heathms.com



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