The Latest Foldforming Workshop Student Pics


Samples by Dave Bear
Samples by Dave Bear

Last weekend I taught yet another fabulous group of students foldforming. Each time I teach just four basic folds and each time my students translate them into amazing and unique designs. This time we had a blacksmith, a high school art teacher, an architect (it was actually his second time taking this class!), a jeweler who primarily casts her work, a beginning jewelry dabbler (for now, soon to be an addict), and a young woman who’ done some welding, but is just starting down her metalwork path.

Peruse the results:

Cuffs by Rod Spotts
Cuffs by Rod Spotts
Samples by Rod Spotts
Samples by Rod Spotts
Close up of the delicate lines by Barbara Bovell
Close up of the delicate lines by Barbara Bovell
Samples by second timer Ken Hammel
Samples by second timer Ken Hammel
Samples and cuffs by Melissa Colucci
Samples and cuffs by Melissa Colucci
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Samples and cuff by Dave Baer
Cuffs by Alya Kaiser
Cuffs by Alya Kaiser
Doesn't this sample by Alya just say it all?
Doesn’t this sample by Alya just say it all?

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?