FRED ZWEIG "The Ancient Art of Granulation"

  • 22 Sep 2012
  • 9:00 AM
  • 23 Sep 2012
  • 5:00 PM
  • Metal Arts Village, Studio E, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85716 Info: 520-791-4063 X130/Jeanne
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Granulation (from Latin: granum = "Grain") is a goldsmith's technique in which the surface of a cast or fabricated piece is decorated with small spheres of precious metal or "granules" following a desired pattern of design. The technique originated in Sumeria (present day Iraq). The oldest example of granulation from 2500 BC was discovered between 1922 - 1934 in the tomb of Queen Pu-Abi Ur. Later, in the first millenium B.C. the Estruscans refined the technique. The craftsmen of Etruria were the first to use fine powder granulation without the use of hard solder.
Learn the process of granulation - create grains of metal (granules) of various sizes, prepare the support sheet, make organic glue to adhere granules, create geometric and organic designs. Students will watch demos and practice fusing their designs using fine silver or 22k gold (optional).

BIO: Fred Zweig is a self-taught metalsmith practicing since the early 1970s. He has been involved with teaching others for nearly 30 years and has a sincere passion for the process of metalworking and all of it's traditions and possibilities.

His desire to give homage to those who proceeded him and his desire for information have led him to moderate several historical metal forums including the Society of American Silversmiths and Society of Arts & Crafts website.

A creative innovator of materials and tools to create unique designs, Fred has attended and assisted in many workshops in metal and other media. He is currently involved in forging neck collars for retailers and producing a line of unique pins and pendants using techniques he has developed. Teaching is a natural extension of his desire to share with others what he knows which falls into his desire to "Show and Tell".

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced
WORKSHOP FEES: $150 ADC Members/$175 Non-Members
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