The Art of the Layered Ring
with Douglas Wunder
This workshop will explore how to design rings that share a unique layered appearance but employ the use of basic yet simple techniques. The emphasis of this class will be on how to create a piece of jewelry using a three dimensional process. Hand sawing with a jewelers saw will be a subject of focus. Other topics explored will be anodizing titanium and how to determine the desired size of a ring. Titanium and silver will be the core materials used, in the form of: sheet, tubing, wire and a variety of prefabricated components. Participants are encouraged to come with an imaginative, experimental approach to jewelry making.
PREREQUISITE: Basic metalsmithing skills. Students should have a basic understanding of jewelry making and how tools are used but need not have mastered the techniques involved. Basic skills include exposure to the following techniques:
Sawing, Drilling, and Filing.
Sanding, Finishing, and Polishing metal by hand and using a flex shaft.
Basic Cold Connections: Has tried riveting, or other cold connections for metal that doesn’t require the use of a torch.
Basic Soldering Skills: Soldering using sheet metal and wire.
Curiosity and patience.
More experienced students may also enjoy this course.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Artist Assistant Janet Dickinson email@example.com
The seeds for jewelry design began at an early age and took form in college. When Doug was five, he started making plastic models. With continued years of interest, he developed many skills for constructing miniature objects and installations. In college at The University of Iowa, Doug gravitated to metalsmithing and jewelry design. He developed a unique style that focused on abstract imagery with the use of titanium and cold connections. By the time Doug graduated in 1989, the years of making models and his education in metalworking provided opportunities in professional jewelry design.
He started his career by wholesaling his jewelry at galleries, museum gift shops, and special interest stores in the United States. Since 1995, he has shown his work at top-rated craft shows and art festivals across the country such as the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, CO, and the St. Louis Art Fair. He has also participated in numerous exhibitions and competitions. Throughout his career Doug has received his share of recognitions, including a Saul Bell Design Awards in 2018 and a Pennsylvania Art of the State award in 2019.
Doug has authored magazine articles for Art Jewelry and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine, and he has been represented in many books and periodicals. Working with GoggleWorks in Reading, Pennsylvania he teaches metalsmithing classes. He also conducts virtual workshops and travels to colleges, art centers, and guilds sharing his perspectives on jewelry design.
Douglas Wunder lives in Kutztown Pennsylvania with his wife Amy and daughter Annabel.