BETTY HELEN LONGHI "A Fresh Look at Spiculums"

  • 04 Mar 2011
  • 9:00 AM
  • 06 Mar 2011
  • 5:00 PM
  • Metal Arts Studio, Studio E, 3230 N Dodge Blvd, Tucson, Arizona 85716; Info - 520-245-9105
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Notice: Sorry this workshop has filled but please send an email to: Chris Eggers to get on the waiting list. if an opening becomes available you will be notified on a first come first serve basis.

A speculum is a tapered tube made from a flat sheet of metal. They are usually made by a process of forming similar to that which is used for traditional tube making. The resulting product is an elegant tubular form that can be bent in various ways after the seam is soldered. But this is just the beginning; what would happen is the pattern was irregular so when the edges came together the seam line became curved. What about synclasticly forming the metal pattern before closing it into a tube. What if you anticlasticly form the speculum and leave the seam open. Or how about combining synclastic and anticlastic areas in the same speculum and closing it into a vessel form In this workshop we will address the basic forming processes and move beyond them to experiment with these additional options. In this new arena there are endless possibilities for making bracelets, collars, earrings, beads and abstract sculptural forms.

BIO: Betty Helen Longhi is an independent studio artist producing a line of finely crafted jewelry and sculpture. Her work is recognized for its sculptural quality, flowing lines and subtle use of anodized niobium as a source of color. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she also attended Cranbrook Academy of Art and studied with numerous metalsmiths including Heikki Seppa and Michael Good.

Ms. Longhi's work has been exhibited at the Virginia Museum, Delaware Art Museum, American Craft Museum and the Renwick Gallery Museum Shop as well as numerous retail galleries.  She has marketed her work through the American Craft Council Fairs and Philadelphia and Smithsonian Craft Shows..  She received a number of awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship funded by the Delaware State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In her role as teacher, Ms. Longhi has been guest artist at the Univ. of Wisconsin and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has taught at Haystack, Penland, Parsons School of Design, Peters Valley, Arrowmont and many more training centers in the USA and Canada.  Additionally, she has written a number of articles and reviews for Metalsmith and has lectured on shell forming for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.  She is currently working with co-author Cynthia Eid on a book titled Shell Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths: Creative Paths to Form, which will be published by Tim McCreight of Brynmorgan Press.  She maintains a studio and retail sales space in her lakeside home near Lexington, NC.

SKILL LEVEL: The workshop is appropriate for advanced beginner to advanced metal students who have made speculums.

This 3-day workshop will be limited to a minimum of 8 and maximum of 10 students!

WORKSHOP FEES: $250 ADC Members/$275 Non-Members

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