Metals Week in Idyllwild 2016

Art is everywhere on campus and it makes the experience of learning there even better.
Art is everywhere on campus and it makes the experience of learning there even better.

This year, I took a class from Joanna Gollberg called Soldering Big and Little and in the class we used only the small Smith Torch, which was acetylene/oxygen, a torch that burns hot and allows you to focus on one area of a piece rather than heating the whole piece like is done with an atmospheric torch.  Joanna was extremely generous with her information and very patient with all of her students and the result was some fabulous work that was done by her students.

In class, I got to sit by my friend Wendy, who moved to San Francisco and I don’t get to see her very much anymore and I miss her very much.  It was great the way she called me a “skank ho”, just like the old days in class when she still lived in San Diego.  Oh, how I miss her. ( I don’t have a “grandma” name really, even though I don’t mind being just “Grandma”, but my daughter suggested “Grandma Skank Ho”, what do you think?)

I really missed my friend, Tracy,  because she didn’t go to Metals Week this year, she went to a wedding instead. I always stayed with her in years past, but this year  I stayed by myself and some nights, I didn’t sleep that well because of that.  If Tracy had been there I wouldn’t have been scared because I know that had someone broken in, she would have pelted them with all of the shoes that she would have brought with her and the intruder would have been incapacitated under the pile.

Somehow I failed to get pictures of everyone’s work before it got sent over to the exhibition of work display.

My work
My work
Wendy's work
Wendy’s work…not a great picture, but the little box just below Wendy’s name is exquisite.
Donna always does interesting work and each one is different from the other.
Donna always does interesting work and each one is different from the other.
I love the huge stone she captured in prongs and set on a ring.
I love the huge quartz she captured in prongs and set on a ring.
Everyone is concentrating on getting their work done.
Everyone is concentrating on getting their work done.

 

More art from the campus:

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Who doesn’t love a cairn?

 

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The last day when we display all of our work that we made during the week:

Find Wendy
Find Wendy

The other teachers that were teaching at Metals Week were Tom McCarthy: Blacksmithing Techniques for the Jeweler; Elise Preiss: Melt It…Cast It…Wear It; THE Victoria Lansford: High Relief Eastern Repousse and Chasing; and Sara Doremus (at the very least, check out her Kinetic Jewelry): The Stories We Tell, The Jewelry We Make.

I have been working with my little Smith Torch since I got home from Idyllwild and I love it.  Deb Jemmott helped me get it up and running and figured out some issues that I was having because my little torch is propane/oxygen instead of acetylene/oxygen.  My torch burns a little cooler, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t melted some things, it’s plenty hot for me.  I also like that there is no black soot from the propane like there is with the acetylene, trade-offs.