The Artful Chain and Clasp
with Tonya Davidson
Sculptural. Fun. Exploration of Negative and Positive Spaces.
In this workshop you will be inspired by line and form. Students will learn to design, create, and process plan out a variety of techniques to execute their masterpiece.
I invite you to come learn to do basic fusing, confident torch and flame control, soldering setups, bur deformation, and how to make a unique clasp. My goal is to provide a knowledgeable and encouraging environment that opens the doors to empowered fun in the studio while elevating your skills.
You will receive:
Access to a private Facebook group prior to and after class. Get to know your fellow students and make new connections. I know that the best part of class is meeting others and I like to help facilitate this for online classes. Also, I know that sometimes we can’t try a new technique for a while. This will provide a life line for later when you need it.
PREREQUISITE: Basic torch experience. It is preferred that you have a oxy/propane torch that allows you to have a small torch tip. However, you can also use a butane torch. Fusing requires a pinpoint hot flame. You can still learn a ton soldering your chain and clasp, but please adjust your expectations.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Artist Assistant Larissa McPherson email@example.com
Personal adornment is not merely accessorizing. It’s a connection, a provoked feeling, a historical leap, and a transporter of being. My work as a maker expresses and integrates history of place, people, and materials. I believe that it’s all connected... that we are all connected.
I strive to bring that oneness into each object I create. My jewelry is a narrative conceptual sculpture that is both architectural, organic and talismanic. My energy as a maker integrates the mountains and desert alike into each treasure. They are powerful and seductive bold forms that bridge my environment, my material and my history and the red thread connection I have with the wearer that was meant to be experienced by the select few. I hope you will enjoy my handcrafted work and become part of my relations.
I have been teaching metals, glass and ceramics for over 25 years. I owned two paint your own pottery stores, Paint Yourself Silly, for 10 years, a coaching business, Artful Success, where I helped artists with their business, and a tool and supply company, Whole Lotta Whimsy, for 10 years. I was a senior teacher for Rio Grande for 10 years and have been teaching metals since 1996. I have been published in several books and many magazines. I also have a fantastic group on Facebook that I started in the summer of 2020, Jewelry Makers Guild where artists share their work, their issues, and their tools to share and help others. I believe that community is what makes everyone a better artist and human. That together we can do so much more than we can alone