It’s hard to believe we opened seven short years ago! My, have we grown, and it is time to celebrate seven years of creative community in the jewelry and metalworking arts. This fall season you will see some wonderful changes in the studio and gallery with a fresh redesign, new displays, and some new artists being added.
Instructors and students from around the region, across the country and Canada have joined us. We could not be more honored to become a destination for quality instruction in the jewelry and metalworking arts. We invite you to enjoy a variety of fall classes including our popular Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing, precious metal clay, enameling, metal etching, and some very special workshop offerings to complete our 2019 visiting artist programming.
New Hampshire artist Jeff Georgantes joins us in the studio Labor Day weekend August 30 through September 2 for two new workshops. “Creating Stone Settings: Baskets and Bezel Blocks” combines two most-requested settings projects: how to make your own basket settings and how to use bezel blocks. You will not only learn how to fabricate stone settings, but will also how learn how to set round and oval faceted stones with the option to make a finished pendant or ring with the settings that are created.
Then finish off the weekend learning about the basics of pulse arc welding, and how to integrate this technology into traditional jewelry-making techniques. “WELD IT! Pulse Arc Welding for Jewelers and Metalsmiths” will open your eyes to how this technology can be integrated with traditional jewelry-making techniques, plus a pile of tips and tricks to help you reimagine how your work is created. Sunstone Engineering is also supplying a number of Orion precision pulse arc welders for participants to utilize and explore during the workshop.
Boston visiting artist Cynthia Eid returns with a new workshop, “Creative Metal Forming Part II: Spiculums–3 Ways in 3 Days,” September 20 through 22. The elegant, tapered, hollow forms known as spiculums hold a unique fascination for jewelers and metalsmiths. Spiculums make efficient use of precious metals, since they are hollow and formed from thin metal sheet. Light yet strong, spiculums are used in jewelry, hollowware, and sculpture. In three days, you will learn from a master artist the three basic methods and types of spiculums.
Lastly, we welcome the return of Vermont artist Anne Havel for “In the Heat of the Moment: Explore/Expand/Excel with Torch-Fired Enameling,” October 11 through 13. Using a torch, we will cover various methods of line creation and imagery within your enamel piece. Successive layers of liquids and sgraffito, transparents, opaques, graphite, firescale, acid etching, and more will be explored. No matter your skill level, there will be the opportunity to immerse yourself in new ideas and principles in this fun workshop.
You are also invited to join us in the new gallery for a trunk show of Anne Havel’s colorful enameled jewelry, October 11 through 13.
Join us to celebrate our anniversary with two special events. Our Seventh Annual Student and Instructor Exhibition opens Friday, November 1, and runs through Saturday, November 23. Our talented community of students and instructors joins together to show off their latest jewelry and metalworking creations. The festive community reception will include door prizes and the presentation of a people’s choice award. Many works will be available, and it’s a great way to get a jump on your holiday shopping, and support local artists—from emerging to established.
The anniversary celebration continues on Saturday, November 2, with our Open House. Free mini workshops and demos will be scheduled throughout the day for all to enjoy.
Join us this fall for the celebration, and to scratch your creative itch! Visit fluxmetalarts.com for a complete list of current classes and events.
CREATING STONE SETTINGS: BASKETS & BEZEL BLOCKS | WELD IT! PULSE ARC WELDING FOR JEWELERS & METALSMITHS | AUGUST 30–SEPTEMBER 2
With visiting artist Jeff Georgantes
CREATIVE METAL FORMING PART II: SPICULUMS—3 WAYS IN 3 DAYS | SEPTEMBER 20-22
With visiting artist Cynthia Eid
IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT: EXPLORE/EXPAND/EXCEL WITH TORCH-FIRED ENAMELING | OCTOBER 11–13
With visiting artist Anne Havel
ANNE HAVEL JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW | OCTOBER 11–13
7TH ANNUAL STUDENT & INSTRUCTOR EXHIBITION | NOVEMBER 1–23
Reception 6–9pm Friday, November 1
ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE | 10AM NOVEMBER 2
Flux Metal Arts
8827 Mentor Avenue, Suite A
Mentor, Ohio 44060