Does this sound like you?
Are you looking to up the quality and value of your pieces?
Do you have some metalsmithing experience but want to take it further?
If so, you're probably ready for our Mokume-Gane weekend with acclaimed Guest Instructor Tedd McDonah!Mokume-gane meaning "wood grain metal" is a Japanese technique and metalworking method of fusing and then manipulating metal in such a way that a perfectly unique pattern resembling wood grain emerges in your metal.
• A history of Mokume.
• What billets are and a variety of ways of patterning them.
• How to turn your mokumegane metal into a one of a kind ring.
• Patinas and the range of effects you can get from them.
• Have enough patterned material left over for future projects.
• 1 month of unlimited open studio time in the month following the course
• Make more jewelry out of your mokume stock from the class.
• Use the techniques you learned to make sheet or stock with our studio tools for future projects at home.
Supplies for the class are $95. Click here for the supply list.
Upcoming Class Dates:
Saturday, February 16th - Sunday, February 17th: 9am-5pm
•See our facebook page for examples of what students are making in this class. Join others who travel from all over Arizona or even out of state! We've had students come from New York, Kansas, Colorado and Florida just to name a few places to take a class and advantage of our good weather in the wintertime.
Meet Tedd McDonah, creator, metalsmith, educator.
Tedd comes from a small Wisconsin town, but with him comes both a large appetite for creativity and passion for teaching. He was introduced to mokume-gane and damascus steel in his early years of undergrad coursework at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, BA ’96, which lead to his interest in the production of pattern-welded metals being solidified as a life-long endeavor while pursuing his MFA at Arizona State University, MFA ’01. Since then, Tedd has taught at some of the top schools including his most recent:
Besides teaching workshops he has also served as full time and adjunct faculty at multiple universities teaching beginning and advanced classes in both jewelry and blacksmithing, as well as teaching 3D design, sculpture workshops, and art appreciation. His love of art, ingenuity, and appreciation for the creative spirit, directs him in his pursuits, although fishing, hockey, and draft horses (specifically Clydesdales) are healthy distractions.
Student work: Daniel Icaza and Amanda Frazier