Geraldine Brophy, Metalsmith Alfred K. Butler, Horologist Susan Urquhart of Lulubug Jewelry Milt Fischbein Metal Arts Patti D'Arbanville Al Boyers, Metalsmith
The Michael Bublé of Teachers
A self-contained, big city, symphony orchestra
featured image: Rabbit Moon talisman by Susan Urquhart of Lulubug Jewelry - begun in Victoria's class
I purchased the video two nights ago and the Vimeo check out worked flawlessly.
I purchased the video two nights ago and the Vimeo check out worked flawlessly. The big bonus for me was that it allowed me to pay in Canadian dollars and the exchange rate that the system charged was totally reasonable. I have briefly perused the video and am looking forward to a detailed viewing this weekend.
“Victoria is a true artist and shares her gift teaching with patience, passion, good humor, and enthusiasm…”
I just spent the most wonderful week-end with one of the best teachers that I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. Victoria is a true artist and shares her gift teaching with patience, passion, good humor, and enthusiasm...she has an infectious laugh, and you can't help laughing with her while she encourages you to achieve levels of skill that you didn't know you had. 11 other jewelry students and myself came into her workshop on Saturday having never picked up a hammer to do repousse ever before and all learned more from her in this one weekend than we thought possible. She spent time with each of us, pointing out better ways to solve whatever problems that we were having pushing the metal around to make it do our bidding. Victoria, I can't wait until you come back to us!
Presented in a clear and engaging manner that is both highly informative and entertaining
Her workshops are presented in a clear and engaging manner that is both highly informative and entertaining. As students, our skill-set was dramatically improved during the course of a workshop. We were able to put the techniques we learned to immediate use, and made the cost of the workshop back on the first piece we sold.
“In Japan, Victoria would be considered a national treasure…”
Victoria teaches techniques used for millennia to create many of the great works of art one can see in museums. Though these techniques had fallen into disuse due to their labor intensive nature, Victoria has found many tricks that streamline and improve the processes, and she uses them to make strikingly contemporary pieces rooted in the ancient world.
One will never go into a hardware store with the same mind set again. Students are given a series of challenges and opportunities to grow their own inner voices and are encouraged to create works unique to them, at their levels of ability.
The number of places one can learn these skills in the US can be counted conveniently on one's thumbs. In Japan, Victoria would be considered a national treasure, and she would be funded to pass these skills on to the next generation.
Geraldine Brophy, Metalsmith
Alfred K. Butler, Horologist
Susan Urquhart of Lulubug Jewelry
Milt Fischbein Metal Arts
Al Boyers, Metalsmith
In this special live, online edition of Victoria’s popular workshop, learn the secret of hammering metal into any shape or design. Whether high or low relief, traditional or contemporary styles, the technique of Eastern repoussé and chasing encompasses it all. This is the type of repousse used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Scythian metalsmiths to achieve works of unsurpassed beauty, and the technique Victoria has employed for everything from stunning jewelry to huge sliding doors on a bespoke super yacht.
Eastern repoussé is an easily learnable system of exact how, where, when, with which tool, and how hard to strike your metal to create the designs you want. It empowers you to achieve exquisite detail, unsurpassed depth, and multiple levels of relief. By working on a jewelry scale, you will gain a deep knowledge of the process that can be used on any scale whether wearable, functional, or sculptural. We will also touch on the possibilities of dimensional forms such as rings and bracelets as well as using this process with alternative materials, such as mokume gane and bi-metal.
This extended virtual workshop format is designed to help you achieve mastery of this technique. All class time will be devoted to learning and working in the Eastern repoussé process (not tool making). The demos are in 4K so you can see in magnified, lifelike detail everything that is happening. You are also encouraged to turn your device on your own bench so Victoria can coach you through the nuances of hammering to get the results in your own work that you desire.
Through her award winning artwork, publications, and tools, Victoria has generated an international revival of nearly lost, old world metalsmithing techniques. Her artwork ranges from art jewelry and hand illuminated artist books to bespoke architectural metal installations. It has been featured in numerous exhibits and publications, including Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist, the Lark 500 series, Chasing & Repoussé, and in her internationally acclaimed video and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters.
Techniques covered include:
- Laying out and transferring your design
- How to use your chasing tools and hammer effectively to acheive your design
- Become accomplished at chasing line work that can stand alone or make your relief stand out
- Chasing low relief forms
- Chasing high relief forms
- Creating fine detail with your chasing
- How chasing and repousse work together to create forms
- Finishing your chased forms
This class is suitable for anyone with beginning level jewelry skills, including knowing how to solder and anneal with a torch. You do not need any previous repousse or forging experience.