Filigree Jewelry with Susanne Matsché
Berlin based visiting artist Susanne Matsché first discovered filigree as a student in Moscow, Russia in 1991/92. “I was lucky to find an experienced master who taught me this intricate traditional jewelry technique.” In this two day workshop, students will be introduced to the basics of the ancient filigree technique.
Students will learn:
- to prepare decorative wires by twisting and rolling them
- to make their own solder (a special Russian recipe)
- to build a sterling frame to be filled with delicate ornaments
- to make the ornaments for the next layers (leaves, flowers, scrolls)
- to apply ornaments and elements to create layers and three-dimensional pieces.
Filigree is amazingly light in weight. It is also wonderful in combination with enamel work, and the solder used in the workshop is well suited for the enamel kiln (its melting temperature is comparable to the one of the enamel solder). Another interesting aspect is the softness of the fine silver wire. It is so soft that it almost has a textile quality to it, which can inspire a contemporary approach which is otherwise unusual in metal techniques, such as embroidering, weaving, or binding.
Students will come away from the workshop, not only with newfound technical knowledge, but also with inspiration to incorporate filigree into their own body of jewelry work. This class is limited to eight students. Tools will be available for use.
Saturday, March 9 - Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Basic metalsmithing skills and comfort with soldering are necessary for this workshop. (Ages 18 & up)
Class Fee: $430
Class Supply list and Materials Fee: TBA
Instructor: *visiting artist* Susanne Matsché
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Berlin based visiting artist Susanne Matsché studied Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, Jewelry at the Stroganov Institute in Moscow, Russia and the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany. She first discovered filigree as a student in Moscow, Russia in 1991/92. “I was lucky to find an experienced master who taught me this intricate traditional jewelry technique.”
Susanne has lived and worked in Austria, the USA, the Netherlands and India. Since 2004 she lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She has taught workshops on filigree in numerous schools and institutions around the world, such as the Department of Jewelry at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam; the Alchimia Contemporary Jewelry School, Florence; the 92Y in New York City, the UIUC Urbana-Champaign. Susanne has taken part in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. In 2017 she was winner of the First Prize of the Legnica International Jewellery Competition "Identity", Poland. susannematsche.com