Copper Bowl and Spoon forging with Smith Shop Detroit               Friday, May 27  

In this workshop students will learn the basics of non-ferrous forming and forging as they explore making small spice bowls and spoons. The workshop will begin with a discussion of making functional forms for use in the kitchen and then proceed through a range of relevant techniques including sinking, chasing, repoussé, forging, fullering, filing, before briefly touching on options for finishing.

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Illustrative Enameling with Jessica Calderwood               Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28

Working from personal sketches and reference images, learn how to draw and paint using vitreous enamel.  Starting with small copper sheet squares or shapes, demonstrations will be given on enamel sifting processes, kiln firing, and drawing with under-glazes and graphite pencils.  Students should bring personal sketches or references images and should come away with at least one fired enameled drawing. Basic metalworking skills will be helpful, but not required.

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The Pierced Metal Form with Teresa Faris               Thursday, May 26 and Saturday, May 28    

An exploration into the, ever alluring, pierced metal form. Workshop attendees will explore the tension between negative and positive space, conceptual implications and surface transformation of piercing and cutting metal.  We will address questions related to decoration and embellishment and discover through intense exploration how to bond form, surface and content seamlessly. Beginner and advanced students will be challenged to push the limits and find new and sophisticated ways of making flat sheet metal dimensional by using a jewelers saw and a curious mind to create a pendant.


Blacksmithing with Brad Nichols               Thursday, May 26 and Saturday, May 28          

This introductory workshop will explore forging and twisting techniques, along with basic blacksmithing practices. Our focus will be on the forging of steel with controlled hammer blows to accurately achieve desired forms. The manipulation of this material will allow students to better understand the physical and visual possibilities that forged and twisted forms possess as an individual sample or as component to a future design.

Brad Nichols is an Associate Professor of Metalsmithing at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse


Basics of working with steel - Chain in a Day with Maia Leppo               Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28

Explore the use of steel as an affordable, lightweight alternative material for jewelry. Learn, experiment with, and apply different soldering and micro-welding and riveting methods with 20g-10g steel wires and 20g steel sheet. Learn how to solder on a silver post and finish and seal your work with olive oil.  Leave with a finished pair of earrings, bracelet or necklace.

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Annodizing Aluminum with Frankie Flood               Thursday, May 26      

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to non-toxic aluminum etching as well as aluminum anodizing and dying techniques. The anodizing process produces a porous surface that allows aluminum to accept dye easily; the spectrum of color is almost endless. The utilization of vinyl stenciling allows the opportunity to create advanced surface imagery. Workshop participants will create colorful cuff bracelets.

See Frankie's previous anodizing workshop at Milwaukee Makerspace

CUT IT, SAND IT, FORGE IT, BLING IT with Sarah Holden and Mike Ruta               Thursday, May 26 and Saturday, May 28

Students in this workshop will create a one-of-a-kind pendant by repurposing skateboard deck pieces and antique iron nails. Students will be encouraged to explore cutting and sanding techniques to reveal the colorful wooden layers in small pieces of a skateboard deck. Students will then use small-scale blacksmithing techniques to heat and form antique iron nails into prongs and a bail to hold carved skateboard pieces. Using wire inlay or flush setting a gemstone, students will then add bling and sparkle to their custom pendant.


Riso Screens for Enameling with Leslie Perrino               Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27  

Use screens to incorporate imagery and patterns on your enamel work. You will first learn to screen enamel onto flat copper tiles with pre-made screens in a wide variety of designs. Leslie will then demonstrate how to create a small Riso screen (similar to a silk-screen) using a Gocco printing machine.   You can then chose your course: make more samples with the screens available to you, or make a screen to take home. Having a little bit of enameling experience is helpful but not mandatory. You will leave with enameled pieces to frame, incorporate into art, and may bring a screen home to use in your future enamel work

Digital Craft

Printmaking with a CNC Router with Tricia Treacy and Ashley John Pigford               Thursday, May 26

Tricia and Ashley will demonstrate how to use a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) router to fabricate milled, wood blocks to be printed on a letterpress. They will also discuss how they approach the design and production of 2D artwork to be cut with the router and research modular typography as a means to explore the limitations and opportunities of the CNC router as a tool for their creative processes. Tricia and Ashley will also demonstrate how to print CNC-cut wood blocks on a table top press and compose original artworks that illuminate the qualities of custom-cut, wooden typographic ‘modules’. No printmaking experience needed. All participants will take home an original print.


Bespoke Masks with Chad Bridgewater               Saturday, May 28

The use of digital 3D scanning allows for one of a kind custom fit (bespoke) wearable. In this workshop participants will learn about 3D scanning, 3D CNC routing, plaster casting, and vacuum forming. Participants will have the opportunity to create a 3D scanned self portrait, create a CNC cut foam negative mold and create a plaster positive form, from which a vacuum formed polystyrene bespoke mask will be created. Experience how digital applications can be combined with traditional techniques to create a bespoke wearable.

Paper circuits for wearable electronics with Bryan Cera               Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28

Learn to prototype complex circuits for interactive and wearable projects.  If you are interested in enhancing your projects with interactive technology, this workshop will be perfect for you. Add micro controllers, sensors, lights and sounds to your projects using no more than paper and copper foil tape to create low-profile, flexible circuit boards.  

This will be a great experience whether or not you have prior exposure to creating with electronics.

Photographing Jewelry on the Body and Studio Lighting with Joseph Mougel               Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27

This workshop with the head of UWM's Photography area, Joseph Mougel, will utilize some amazing photo equipment that you rarely get the opportunity to work with.  Studio lighting, backdrops, and tethered strobe flash will all be used to capture amazing shots of YOUR jewelry on the body.  Mougel will also demonstrate how to utilize smartphones to capture images and Adobe Lightroom processing.

It is suggested that you register for this workshop with a friend or acquaintance that you feel comfortable modeling your work.  It is also very beneficial (but not required) for one of you to have a Digital SLR camera.  Please bring the camera you use to document your work regardless of what type it is!

Immersive Programs

Lynden Sculpture Garden day-trip:  Sculpture tour and Kim Cridler gallery talk               Friday, May 27

Executive Director Polly Morris leads a tour of Lynden Sculpture Garden's collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures from the '60s and '70s sited across 40 acres of park, pond and woodland. Sculpture conservation staff will be on hand to discuss their work caring for and restoring works in the collection.    (lunch and transportation provide)

Kim Cridler (Zoom Symposium Keynote speaker) gives a gallery talk, walking through her Descriptive Line exhibition at Lynden, addressing the specific arboreal works in steel, bronze and beeswax, as well as drawings.

Chipstone Foundation day-trip          (lunch and transportation provided)               Thursday, May 26

On Function: Skeuomorphs and Other Traces, will feature scholars, makers and curators, including Beth Lipman and Jamie Jones exploring the relationship between function and aesthetics through historical objects and curatorial contexts. Participants will also tour the Chipstone collection.

Critiquing in Craft Panel Discussion, moderated by Lyndsay Rice, will discuss issues surrounding contemporary criticism in craft.  The discussion will explore ways in which educators can successfully engage students in critique, uncover effective means of encouragement, and engage contemporary and historic issues within craft. Panelists include Anya Kivarkis, Kim Cridler, Jeffrey Clancy and Mary Hallam Pearse.

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Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA): Exhibitions examined in depth               Saturday, May 28

Discussion: Marble, Mirrors, Pictures, and Darkness  Cinema and media scholar Kelly Kirshtner, Assistant Prof., UWM Department of Film, will discuss the critical interplays between cinematic representation and the mediated object in Kivarkis and Bray’s work. In context with this discussion, she will lead a directed gallery walkthrough and facilitate a conversation with artist Anya Kivarkis.

Panel Discussion: function onwards  Jennifer Johung, Assoc. Prof. of Contemporary Art and Architecture, will speak about the future of speculative design and critical intersections between design, craft, and art. She will facilitate a conversation with panelists about their specific engagement with the idea of function. Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Prof. of Art and curator of on function, will contextualize the exhibition, the artists represented will speak about the notion of function in their own practice, and Sarah Anne Carter, Curator and Director of Research, The Chipstone Foundation will explore the unexpected functions of museum objects in her presentation Tangible/Intangible.

Critical Workshops

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AJF Writers Workshhop with Rebekah Frank               Friday, May 27

Wonder what it takes to successfully writer for the field? Join the AJF Writers Workshop and learn how to become a critical author and content generator for established publications within the context of contemporary art jewelry. We will look at best practices for submitting your writing, practical advice about critical writing, and insight into what happens behind the scenes of a magazine/website. The first part of the day will cover the different venues available for publishing, their unique qualities, what they are looking for, and submission processes. The second part of the day will be a question and answer session.         


A matter of Life and Death: Food, Death and The Table with David Clarke               Thursday, May 26

This workshop will offer an investigation into reflecting on food, death and rituals that occur at the table. Objects will appear through devastatingly fast paced intuitive action and reaction. Ambitious thoughts will build up objects through use, handling and discussion. Conclusions will address function or talk of function in a creative and spontaneous way. The starting point will be you favourite food as a material.


Core Wisdom Gallery Talk with Heidi Lowe               Friday, May 27

Heidi Lowe will start the day with an introduction and sneak peek into her business as a gallery owner, maker and teacher.  She will then guide you through the process of finding your individual core values. What makes you tick?  What makes you unique as a business person, artist or teacher?  Heidi will also help you figure out ways to align yourselves with your values to create the life you want. This process will give you the compass to help you find direction, make decisions and create energy. 

From this point Heidi will talk about the different avenues available to a jeweler and the one she had chosen. She will reveal why she got into business, how things have changed since she started 10 years ago, and what she has learned. Heidi will give you a chance to ask questions that pertain to you. This section will be a question and answer called demystifying the gallery. We can talk about what it takes to run it, how to get into one, what you need, and what to expect.

Material Exploration


Stained Glass with Jon Schroder of Cobalt Glassworks               Friday, May 27

In this intensive make and take sun-catcher workshop, participants will design and fabricate a small stained glass piece from start to finish, learning how to cut glass, sand, foil, and solder their pieces together. They will Learn the entire process, familiarizing themselves with all of the tools and techniques of stained glass, as well as learning the history and evolution of the craft.

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Woolsmithing with Masako Onodera               Friday, May 27

Wool is an ecological, sustainable, and magical material. In this class, students explore needle and wet felting techniques to create three-dimensional forms through exercises with colorful wool roving. By using variety of bonding techniques introduced in the workshop, students will complete two to three of their original jewelry by the end of the day.

Resin and Additives with Jessica Armstrong               Thursday, May 26 and Saturday, May 28

With the introduction of found objects, students will use resin to find the best visual way of manipulating various materials three-dimensionally. Transformation of materials through resin provides an invitation to the viewer to take a second look, delve deeper into each piece, and discover what is really within the structure. Resin also offers an excellent way of expanding your color palette in your jewelry or sculptures. Students will walk away with finished hand built “cabochons”, material studies and the knowledge of how to pair them with their metals when they get back into their home studio. Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring with them fine materials, paint or pigments that can be altered through resin.

Takbon Korean ink prints with Jessica Mueninck-Ganger               Saturday, May 28

A paper craft workshop focused on paper making, paper casting, and the unique Korean ink printing technique, Takbon.  At first, figures are carved on wooden plates. Then, wet Hanji paper is placed on the figures of the wood plate.  With a help of a brush, the wet Hanji is tightly wrapped until the imagery appears on the paper. At last the raised image is colored with a wad of cotton.  

Takbon comprises the art of making Hanji paper as well as the work of carving and printing.


Paper Possibilities: Print, Fold, and Construct with Melissa Walter               Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28

Using a variety of prepared linoleum blocks, participants will learn the basics of printmaking to create their own unique paper prints that will be transformed into art books, jewelry or even small sculpture. Through using a variety of cutting, folding, scoring, and binding techniques students will begin to explore the endless possibilities of surface and paper construction to create three-dimensional art.


Smooth-On mold making with Michael Barber of Reynolds Advanced Materials               Thursday, May 26  

Reynolds Advanced Materials, the largest distributor of Smooth-On mold making materials, will be at ZOOM to share a ton of knowledge about the various products and process that can be used in your artist practice.  Participants will learn about mold making, casting, proper usage and safety.  The afternoon will feature hands-on time for working with Smooth-On Oomoo 25 and Equinox 35 fast-setting mold materials, Smooth Cast 200 resin, and coloring dyes. 

Participants should bring along a few small objects (less than 2 cubic inches) that can be used to make open faced molds as shown in the photo.