Instructor: Steve Smithers
Students learn the process of designing and creating an object such as a bowl, candlestick or cup. Students make patterns using full-scale drawings as reference and, with Steve's help, determine the tools and techniques required to make the piece. Processes include sinking, raising and seaming to achieve the basic form. The making of moldings and handles from various shaped wires is demonstrated. Final assembly involves careful fitting, soldering and finish work.
Students may work in brass, bronze, or silver and may bring their own metal or purchase the metal from the instructor. Cost will depend upon the price at the time the metal is purchased but can range from $20 for a small piece of brass or bronze to $200 or more for silver.
Steve Smithers has, for over thirty years, researched and practiced the classic art of silversmithing. Though the process of restoring early metal objects, Steve has gained an intuitive sense of the original methods used which has influenced the design, construction, and craftsmanship of his own pieces. Visit his website at www.stevesmithers.com.