Chasing and Repoussé: Great Techniques for Form and Texture
This three-day beginning workshop will introduce students to the exciting processes of chasing and repoussé. The term repoussé refers to forming sheet metal from the backside with rounded steel, brass, and plastic punches to create raised areas on the front side. Chasing refers to detailing and texturing the front side of the metal. These techniques are steeped in tradition, yet contemporary as well. They are a vital part of the jeweler/ metalsmith’s skill set for making exciting textures and creating great form in sheet metal. The emphasis for this course is on making samples and developing skill. Students will also make one or more tools during the class to keep. Those with prior experience may request more advanced projects, or choose to work in silver. There is a required student supply list for this workshop. Megan will bring tools for you to use during class, and you will have access to the tools at the studio. Hand-made chasing tools by Bill Dawson are also available for purchase from Megan during the workshop (cash or check only). Materials Fee of $5 covers steel for tools. This class is limited to eight students.
Friday, August 7 – August, 9 10:00 am – 5:00 each day
Basic metalworking skills are helpful (ages 18 and up).
Class Fee: $735 Materials Fee: $5 payable to instructor
Instructor: *visiting artist* Nancy Megan Corwin
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 techniques taught. Student results may vary depending on student skill level.
Nancy Mēgan Corwin is a jeweler/metalsmith, teacher, curator and writer in the field of art metals specializing in the ancient techniques of chasing and repoussé. She teaches master classes and lectures around the United States, Canada, England and Australia. In their Spring 2000 issue, Metalsmith featured Mēgan’s work in a 5-page article titled “Nancy Mēgan Corwin” by Michael Channing. She was also selected for Metalsmith’s “Exhibition in Print-2000.” In their Fall Issue, 2009, Ornament Magazine published the cover image and a feature article on Mēgan’s work and studio practice. Her work continues to be represented in many more publications and books to this date.
In 2009 Brynmorgen Press published Mēgan’s book on the techniques of chasing and repoussé, titled “Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern,” which is in it’s second printing and is available internationally.
Mēgan has artwork in a number of private collections throughout the United States, in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, The State University of New Mexico Art Gallery at Las Cruces Gallery in their permanent collection, and at the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington in their permanent collection. Mēgan exhibits work at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA.