Foldforming for Enameling – Charles Lewton-Brain 10/10-10/13
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:00 am to Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 4:30 pm EDT$700.00 – $825.00
Anyone age 18 or older with basic enameling or metalworking experience.
This workshop will teach the foldforming techniques and folds that work more easily with enamels, especially the most appropriate approaches for textures and low relief designs. The last half of the workshop will concentrate on application techniques that allow you to paint and design with different metals (gold and metals and alloys) onto background metals. These were developed from a 2-year research project for the Society of North American goldsmiths, and 25 years of ongoing research.
We will teach you:
- How to create metal forms using the foldforming techniques this master artist and teacher developed and perfected
- How to use foldforming techniques to create the low relief folds that work best with enamels
- How to create line folds, bowls, and flatter folds
- How use metal scoring and bending, and chasing on air techniques
- How to paintand design with gold and other metal colors onto background metals
- How to use several specific application techniques, such as fusion applications (gold painting), making doublee, Keum-boo, depletion gilding (tumbaga, guanin), fusion inlay, overlay, and incised overlay procedures
- How to use fire gilding and substitution approaches
- How to use control factors for free compositional choice, which will be defined and demonstrated.
- Which application techniques work best under enamels
This workshop consists of 3-4 projects that will cover several different materials and many techniques.
During this four-day workshop you will receive instruction, handouts, demonstrations, hands-on practice, some individual guidance as needed, and time for most students to complete or begin several projects.
Materials fee of $90 includes all materials and supplies. In addition, you will get:
- Use of the extensive Foundation equipment and tools needed to complete your projects
- On-site access to one of the few retail stores in the US offering enamel and enamel supplies
- Exposure and inspiration during our breaks from hundreds of beautiful ancient and modern enameled art pieces in our world-class museum, the largest diverse collection of art enamels in the world
“Foldforming” is a relatively new, rapid, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. Tools are simple: fingers, hands, anvil, hammers, mallets, and rolling mills.
This system of metal forming was by invented Charles Lewton-Brain, then further developed and perfected by him between 1980 and the present. It uses the characteristics of the metal to create forms that the metal “likes to do.” Rather than forcing form upon the material, forms use the natural tendencies of the plasticity, ductility, and elasticity of the metal. The British Museum Research Lab and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, among others, have certified that foldforming is new, and has not been done before in the history of metal working.
Foldforming takes sheet metal and quickly creates wonderful 3-D shapes and textures, most from single sheets of metal without any soldering. The metal is folded, worked, and unfolded. Because you are not forcing a form on the metal, foldforming is extremely efficient and very rapid (many radical changes in cross section and surface can be made in 3-5 minutes).
The resulting shapes resemble chased, constructed, and soldered forms and often cannot be arrived at in any other way in a comparable working time. The techniques may be used with most metals including aluminum, niobium, titanium, gold, silver, copper, platinum, and steel. As there is no soldering for high relief forms the surfaces are applicable for jewelry, hollowware, enameling, anodizing, and other finishing approaches.
Fold forms can be lovely as finished products but are often at their best as starting points or components of more complex pieces. An example of this might be slicing up a fold form, manipulating the elements and re-soldering, or using it as an element in a constructed structure. Thousands of people now use the procedures in their work, and to make a living.
Charles Lewton-Brain, Master Goldsmith
The workshop will be held at the Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation headquarters at 645 Colfax Avenue in Bellevue, KY, right across the river from Cincinnati. We are about ten minutes from downtown Cincinnati, but in an area of northern Kentucky that has less traffic and is a bit easier to navigate than the big city. Although our headquarters is housed in one of the largest facilities in the world dedicated to art enameling, we enjoy being a part of the small river community of Bellevue on the “south bank” of the Ohio River. In fact, the mayor is on our Board of Directors (he is also an accomplished enamellist).
We are tucked away in a small, quiet industrial park off Berry Avenue. You will find plenty of parking alongside our building and in a large gravel lot in front of the industrial building next door. For a map and more information, <click here [link to map, pic]>.
How you should prepare for the course
Charles will provide some specific design options for you to follow. However, you may want to search online or in magazines or to take photos for design inspiration to add personal touches to your work.
Please do not wear sandals, open-toed shoes, scarves or other clothing with tassels or loose ends that could get caught in tools or equipment.
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