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Master Class Andy Cooperman

Imaginative Captures

Wednesday, June 5 - Friday, June 7, 2019


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Got a stone, enamel sample, or little found treasure that’s been lying on your bench just waiting to become something special? This information-packed workshop can make that happen by helping you develop new, elegant, more fully integrated setting (capturing) solutions and break down some of the rigid walls between idea, process, and material.

We’ll loosen up and liberate the problem solver within, examine the whys along with the hows, and explore a variety of tricks, studio tips, and some really bad jokes. Among the topics demonstrated and discussed: cold connecting, caging, back setting, the flex shaft, and advanced soldering techniques.

Who should take this class?

Participants must have basic jewelry skills and a familiarity with tools and studio equipment. Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering, and basic bezel setting. Students should have experience with: the rolling mill, torches, hammers, buffers, etc. Those who enroll must be able to solder unattended.

3-day class fee: $1,145 plus $30 kit fee.

Added benefits for Master Class students:

  • Waived registration fee.
  • Advance registration for general classes.
  • Fun-filled tote bag.
  • Special event tickets.
  • Graduation celebration.
  • Transportation to class location.
  • Breakfast and lunch on class days.
  • Commemorative Show bead, pin, and T-shirt.

Andy Cooperman makes all sorts of things from all sorts of things and is known for applying the ethos and discipline of High Craft Metalsmithing to a wide variety of often disparate materials, including wood, ping pong balls, quills, bronze, sterling, steel, and gold. He has been a jeweler and metalsmith for more than thirty years and a writer and educator for close to that. As a teacher, Andy’s goal is to help students develop the creative problem-solving tools that will allow them to open new doors to the creative process.

Andy’s work has been exhibited widely and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft, and many more.

Andy's exhibitions include “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor“ at the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, a solo exhibition at the Appalachian Center for Craft, and most recently in “Metalmorphosis," the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial Exhibition. Andy lectures nationally and has spoken at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the annual Colorado Metalsmithing Association conference, and as keynote speaker for the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and the East Carolina University Symposium. 

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