SAM PATANIA "Overlay Technique"

  • 03 Nov 2012
  • 9:00 AM
  • 04 Nov 2012
  • 5:00 PM
  • Metal Arts Village, Studio E, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85716 Info: 520-791-4063 X130
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A usual definition of overlay would be, one sheet of metal with a design cut or pierced into it and soldered on top of another layer of metal which is frequently textured to make the design of the top piece more pronounced.
The top piece could also be a design of many pieces soldered onto a bottom layer. Or the top could act as a frame for a central design or edging. The bottom piece can be textured by roller printing, etching, stamping or engraving. Multiple layers can be built using the overlay technique. Overlay can be used to make thicker material out of two layers of thinner materials.
For more than 85 years, the Patania family - father, son and grandson - has been creating remarkable designs in silver, gold, and platinum in their Tucson, Arizona shop.  Sam took over the family business around 1990. Sam's innovative designs employ hydraulic press techniques to improve small-scale production and frequently uses overlay. 

BIO: In  2000 the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery honored three generations of Patanias by displaying and purchasing bracelets from Sam, his father Pancho, and his grandfather Frank Sr. In the April 2012 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist "Sam Patania - Longevity of Western Style" was featured in TREND article, "Western Style - Celebrating the Heritage of the American Southwest" by Deborah Yonick. Sam's work is described as "American Classic - simple elegance, strong in construction and simple in design". Sam's artistic vision spans three generations: "I see longevity in design and construction and seek to continue that part of the Patania tradition. Patania's innovative designs reveal haute couture aesthetic of Western style using hydraulic press techniques to improve small scale production focusing on turquoise being a specialty enhanced with more precious metals, colored precious and semi-precious gemstones.


  • Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.'s
  • Episcopal Cathedral
  • Museum of International Folk Art
  • Paul Newman, Nancy Sinatra, Billy Bob Thornton, Linda Ronstadt, John Wayne, Greer Garson, Princess Margaret, Stanley Marcus of Neiman-Marcus, Georgia O'Keefe, Ansel Adams, Connoisseur Elizabeth Kimberly of Kimberly-Clark, etc.

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

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