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Be inspired by beautiful spring flowers, and explore the traditions of Japanese Kinko metalworking. In this project based class, students will create a pendant or earrings based on the Japanese Cherry Blossom (Sakura) or Plum Blossom (Ume) in both silver and copper. Students will get a brief over view of the fascinating history of this ancient art, as well as names and multiple uses of the traditional Japanese tools used. There will be an emphasis on using Pine pitch to hold and form each piece using special forming Tagane. Additional options for surface finishing will be presented. Choose a traditional Japanese hand finish using stones & horsehair brushes, or use modern finishes of the flex-shaft to complete your masterpiece. This class is limited to eight students. The Japanese tools for this class will be provided by the instructor, but also available for purchase afterwards.
Saturday, April 13 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Basic metalworking skills are recommended. (ages 16 & up). Safety glasses are required, & magnifiers are suggested.
Class Fee: $120 Materials Fee: $25 payable to the instructor.
Instructor: Eldon Kohler