Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing - Jim Bove'

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

This workshop will focus on the skills needed to create jewelry and work in metal. Students will complete several jewelry and functional objects using casting, cold forging, soldering, sawing, filing, and finishing techniques. Once completed, the student will have a strong foundation of traditional metalsmithing skills. While this workshop is designed for the beginner, intermediate students will also learn much. Jim Bové is a practicing artist and educator living just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania and board member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Jim has organized and curated several international exhibitions and lectures between the Unites States and Japan, including the cross-cultural exchange, Metalsmiths Linking. Jim’s work has recently been exhibited in juried shows in Munich, Prague, and Taiwan as well as in Signs of Life hosted by Facere Gallery in Seattle. His artwork has been featured in Metalsmith magazine’s “Exhibition in Print” and several books, including Lark Book’s 500 series, Humor in Craft, and in On Body and Soul. His artwork resides in collections in the United States, Japan, the Dominican Republic, and Malaysia, and was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2013 Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea.

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Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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