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Registration opens soon for Victoria’s New Online Classes and WOrkshops.
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Victoria is offering partial scholarship opportunities for her new online classes to those in underserved communities. To apply, please email with the title of the desired class, a brief description with 1-2 photos of your work, and a little about yourself. Please be aware that any technical prerequisites required for the online classes are still applicable.
Upcoming Online Classes & Workshops
3-D Filigree – Sculpt Your Russian Filigree into New Shapes (Intermediate Russian Filigree)
About this class: Say goodbye to safe, flat filigree, and take yours to new levels of complexity. Learn how Victoria designs and forms her complex filigree structures. Begin with a no fail method for dimensional filigree and move on to the complex forms you dream of making. Get help with designing, soldering, and forming to bring your ideas to life in a limited size Zoom classroom.
This class will meet for 4 sessions:
Fridays, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
September 11 – October 2, 2020
Where: All classes will be held on Zoom. Students will have access to demonstration videos and class recordings for 45 days after the final class. New to Zoom? Watch the video at the top of this page to learn how (and have a good laugh).
What You’ll Learn and make:
We’ll start out with a small sculptural pendant to understand the design and technical considerations needed, then move on to the puzzle-like structures for which Victoria is known. You’ll receive a downloadable handout with templates you can print and work from. Expect to complete 1-2 projects.
Supplies: The same tools and equipment you normally use for Russian filigree plus these materials:
- 2 ft (60 cm) of 18 gauge (1 mm) square, sterling wire
- 6 ft (1.8 meaters) of 26 gauge, fine silver Russian filigree filler wire or 12 ft (3.5 meters) 26 gauge (.4 mm) fine silver wire if you prefer to make your own before class
- Russian Filigree Powdered Solder
Wondering if this class is right for you?
This course is designed for those with a working knowledge of Russian Filigree from Victoria’s video, in-person workshops, or a workshop with one of her highly experienced students. To keep the class moving, everyone should already have an understanding of how to create frames from square wire, make fine silver filler wire (or purchase it ready made from Victoria), fill the frames with filler wire, solder with Russian Filigree Powdered Solder, and polish the pieces to completion. You don’t have to be advanced at these processes yet, but you do have to done them a few times. You’ll also need your own studio space with a torch in which to work on the projects.
If you’re not sure whether this class is for you, please email Victoria 2-3 photos of Russian filigree pieces you have completed. Please make sure your photos are high res and in focus. (They don’t have to be amazing photos just big, and clear.)
Registration for 3-D Filigree opens August 21
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Interested in this class but need a refresher or to get up to speed? Watch Victoria’s video Russian Filigree.
More Online classes, 1-to-1 technical/soldering coaching sessions, and Zoom classroom support for Victoria’s Vimeo/DVD videos coming soon
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What Others Have to Say about Victoria’s Workshops:
A self-contained, big city, symphony orchestra
Alfred K. Butler, Horologist
“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.
Milt Fischbein Metal Arts
“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!
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.
Al Boyers, Metalsmith