Fold With Me October 3rd

Just needs some liver of sulfur and it'll be ready to wear!
You could make this! ©2011 WTEK

Just one month until my Fall Foldforming with Hammers workshop in Lancaster, PA! Sign up and join all the fun of pounding flat sheet metal into sculptural cuffs.

Plus October 3rd kicks off American Craft Week, so you’ll be a part of this nationwide event.

Saturday October 3rd 10am – 4pm
PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Center of American Craft
335 N. Queen St
Lancaster, PA 17603

Have you ever wondered if metal could be folded like origami?

Samples by Ken Hammel
Student Samples by Ken Hammel from my class last year

Fold Forming is a technique where sheet metal is folded, worked, and then unfolded. Through this process, it is possible to quickly form the metal into gorgeous 3D shapes and textures. In this workshop, students will learn some of the basic folds using hammers, a torch, and vises. By the end of the day, each student will leave with at least one fold formed copper cuff and a variety of samples. This is a very physical technique and you will get dirty! Beginning jewelry and metalsmithing skills and a familiarity with using a torch are extremely helpful, but not required.

$135.00 for members of the PA Guild of Craftsmen, $150.00 for non-members $35.00 materials fee payable to me at the time of class

2014 3rd Quarter Goal Check-In

We just entered the last quarter of the year, so it’s time for my next Goal check-in. As far as these goals have gone this year, I feel like I’m pretty on track. Let’s see how I stack up 3/4 of the way through 2014…

Wendy’s 2014 Goals

Pebble Moon Pendant ©2013 WTEK sterling silver, copper, brass
Pebble Moon Pendant ©2013 WTEK sterling silver, copper, brass $225.00 – You could learn this process at my Rivet Pendant workshop…
    • 8 Group Exhibitions
    • Teach at least 3 Workshops
    • Write a Magazine Article
    • Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition
    • Plan & Execute a Solo Exhibition for 2015
    • Gain Representation in 1-3 New Galleries
    • Work on Getting into a Top-Tier Craft Show (Late 2014/Early 2015)

Not only have I had work in 8 group exhibitions, but I’ve also been invited to bring pieces into JAM Gallery‘s Holiday Benefit Show. That’s a bonus exhibition! This leads into the new gallery representation goal – while I don’t have a specific contract with JAM, this is the third time this year I’ve had work there, so I’m counting it for now. That would make two goals completed!

In 2014, so far I’ve taught 2/3 workshops and my Rivet Pendant is a go (there’s still a couple openings), so that will be 3 workshops taught this year. Unfortunately, the new Integrated Prong workshop didn’t run, but maybe next year will be its year.

I bet you recognize that piece in the front...
The 8th group exhibition is currently in progress at the PA Guildof Craftsmen (as is the 7th at JAM Gallery)

Magazine article still needs attention. I’m pretty much exactly where I was at the last check-in.

I’m still working on my body of work. I have three works currently in process, and 2 – 3 more (one of which I have completely planned already) before I hit my specific breadth and number of pieces I planned for this goal. I’m pretty confident that I’ll come within 1 – 2 pieces by the end of the year. Of course, I’ll always be contributing to my body of work, but this was a very specific body I wanted done for my…

Solo exhibition – like I said in the last check-in, this goal is tied to my body of work goal. Every step closer to completing that goal is a step toward completing this one. As far as specifically planning the exhibition, that will wait until after February. Why February? That’s when I’m in…

I'm slightly further than this... ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress
One of the works in progress ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress

The ACC Baltimore Show! It doesn’t get more top tier than an ACC show and I was invited to be a representative of SNAG at the 2015 show! I am so super stoked about this, it is one of my 10 year goals (for 2020) and it’ll be amazing! I am going as a metalsmith and not a jeweler, so that body of work will be coming with me. Hopefully, most of it won’t be coming back with me, but going home with others, which means I’ll have to work on more body of work pieces for any upcoming solo exhibitions I manage to plan.

3/4 Year Consensus: I’m pretty much exactly where I want to be right now. I keep putting off the article and I wish the other workshop had happened, but everything else has been steadily coming together. From now through February I’ll be working extra hard on making new pieces for ACC and beyond, and I won’t be focusing too closely on group exhibitions for the first part of next year, so this will narrow down my focus moving forward into the 4th quarter this year. Now I have to work on next year’s goals and reconfigure my 5 and 10 year goals (it’s that time again…)

How are your 2014 goals progressing? Are you ready for the end of this year?

October is All About YBC Events

As is the case every year, it seems, my October is chock full of things to do. There’s birthdays, reunions, and Halloween, but more important for you, I have shows, workshops, and exhibitions to tell you about!


Carapace ©2014 copper, brass 5 1/2"h x 6"w x 8"d $1825.00
Carapace ©2014 copper, brass 5 1/2″h x 6″w x 8″d $1825.00

From October 3rd through November 1, 2014, the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will present the exhibition Unmasked at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA. The exhibition will feature works created to reveal an important facet of each artisan’s personality that, as a collection, manifests the identity of the Yellow Breeches Chapter.

Unmasked will include works in fiber, glass, clay, wood, metal, and other media in styles ranging from traditional to trendsetting. The Yellow Breeches Chapter takes great pride in its diversity and celebrates the proof of its “Big Tent” attitude with Unmasked.

Unmasked artisans (including myself) will be present at the opening reception, Friday, October 3, 2014, to speak with interested visitors about their work.  The exhibition will run from October 3rd through November 1st and includes Lancaster’s First Friday (October 3rd) and Art Walk weekend (October 4th and 5th). In addition to First Friday’s extended hours, the Center of American Craft is open Monday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, and Sundays 12 – 4 pm.

Fall into Fine Craft

Elemental ©2014 Wendy Edsall-kerwin, Don Kensinger, Christine Goldbeck Brass, Copper, Stone, Oil Lamps, & Water Fountain
Elemental ©2014 Wendy Edsall-kerwin, Don Kensinger, Christine Goldbeck
Brass, Copper, Stone, Oil Lamps, & Water Fountain

Mark your calendar and plan to attend Fall Into Fine Craft, the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s annual fine craft show and sale, Saturday and Sunday, October 25th and 26th, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 5 the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St. Carlisle PA.  The show will feature works created by gifted artisans from across the Commonwealth and surrounding states.

At the show you will find a wide range of fine art and craft including: jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood, glass, furniture, and much more. Whether you are an experienced collector, new to fine craft, or in search of a perfect gift for someone special – including yourself – you will find what you are looking for here. Fall Into Fine Craft will also feature works by talented area high school students who participate in our Student Art Competition.

I will not have a booth of my own at this show, but rather I will be participating in the Boutique portion that features only YBC members. Also, this is where you can see all of the Group Challenge pieces.

Integrated Prong Workshop

Integrated prong pendants ©2009 - 2014 WTEK
Integrated prong pendants ©2009 – 2014 WTEK

OK, this isn’t Chapter specific, but it is over the opening weekend of Unmasked, which is also the beginning of American Craft Week.

BRAND NEW Integrated Prong workshop October 4th at the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Center for American Craft in Lancaster, PA! Learn a way to set a cabochon stone without any soldering and leave with a completed necklace. $125.00 10am – 2:30pm