WOLFGANG VAATZ "Why Does Some Artwork Feel Just Right? Using the Language of Art to Express Jewelry Design"

  • 11 Nov 2017
  • 9:00 AM
  • 12 Nov 2017
  • 4:30 PM
  • City of Tucson Randolph Center Arts & Crafts Building #4 Jewelry Studio, 200 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona 85711; Contact: 520.837.8244
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Using The Language of Art to Express Design Approach to Fabrication

Day 1: Will include discussing intellectual tools of design. Works of Masters of Fine Art from Renaissance to Modern will be examined. Participants will look at basic proportions in design and their effects, including colors, shapes, and lines. Texturing tools and metalsmithing techniques will be explored while developing a design for the project, either a pendant or brooch.

Day 2: will focus on making the object by applying the technical approach - making texturing tools, fusing 22K gold onto Argentium silver, cutting, texturing and creating surface treatments, soldering, and finishing methods.

BIO: Wolfga ng Vaatzwas born in Namibia. As a child, he moved to Chicago and then to Germany with his parents. He attended Munich's Kunsakademie for a short time. Dissatisfied with the art institute, Wolfgang returned to the pristine Namibian desert. There, his own artistic voice thrived due to the complete immersion into an unspoiled natural environment. Successful exhibitions in Namibia and Germany followed. In 1990, he returned to the United States, where he created large water sculpture that were widely collected. Relocation to northern AZ in 2001, he began painting landscapes of the Southwest. A move to southern AZ in 2009, reawakened a fascination for gems and minerals from his childhood. Transforming quickly to work with natural stones and metals, he used his skills as a painter and sculptor, while getting used to working on a much smaller scale. Since 2012, Wolfgang has been seriously working as a studio jeweler, exclusively creating wearable art.


Skill Level: (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) - prior soldering experience required

Workshop Fee: $195. ADC members/ $230. Non-ADC members

Tool and supply list will be sent to registrants prior to the workshop.

*Optional: l Student kit for purchase will be $50 without gold or $100 with gold.

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