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.
Saturday October 3rd 10am – 4pm PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Center of American Craft 335 N. Queen St Lancaster, PA 17603 717-431-8706
Have you ever wondered if metal could be folded like origami?
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.
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
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.
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…
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?