The Art of the Buckle with Richard Salley
Belt Buckles may not fit perfectly into the category of jewelry, but they can certainly be considered wearable pieces of art. In this full day workshop you will learn to make a very personalized belt buckle for yourself or a special someone. Although the examples shown here are decidedly Western in look, your challenge will be to create a buckle that reflects your own aesthetic. The common elements will be to have a pierced brass overlay and edge embellishments...beyond that, the design choice are up to you. Buckles are a great way to showcase a special stone, coin or other object. Plenty of inspiring examples of non-Western buckles can be found with a simple Google search. This workshop is limited to eight students. Studio tools and equipment will be available for use. Students may also bring a flat-backed cabochon, coin or other object to attach to the buckle. It should fit on a 1.5” x 1.5” back plate with room for embellishments. Stones will also be available for purchase during class.
Sunday, May 31 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Metalsmithing skills required, including soldering and sawing to be successful in this class. (Ages 18 & up)
Class Fee: $230
Kit Fee: $40 payable to the instructor
Instructor: *visiting artist* Richard Salley
Please note our *visiting artist* registration policy for this workshop. Registration & Refund Policies
Please note: Images for this workshop are provided by the instructor, and represent the project taught. Student results may vary depending on student skill level, and personal design ideas employed by the student.
A $40 kit fee will be collected in class and includes the following:
Visiting artist Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran. His metal working experience turned to 'found object jewelry' after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002.
Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry.
Richard's work has been featured in ‘Belle Armoire Jewelry’, ‘Art Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book ‘Making Connections’, ‘Steel Wire Jewelry' by Brenda Schweder, 'Steampunk Style Jewelry' by Jean Campbell and 'Metal Style' by Karen Dougherty.