BECKY McDONAH "Pressure & the Hydraulic Press"

  • 24 May 2014
  • 9:00 AM
  • 25 May 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • Hessen Iron Works, 3230 S Dodge Blvd Unit #6, Tucson, AZ 85713
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The focus will be to experiment with creating surface textures and volume using the hydraulic press. Creating and using dies in conjunction with urethane will allow participants to achieve a variety of results, from embossing to deeper forming. Punches, matrix, embossing, and conforming dies are all possibilities. These forms may also be enhanced by using chasing and repousse techniques. We will use a wide range of material thicknesses, from 18 to 28 gauges, to accomplish various results with different techniques. Although this process can work with a variety of metals, copper will be encouraged because of its properties and economy. Sawing, carving, and soldering skills will be exercised as participants make dies out of wood, plexi, acrylic and metal. You may choose to create a collection of samples or some finished pieces depending on the intricacy of their designs.The techniques demonstrated could be easily applied to jewelry, vessels, sculpture, utensils, shoehorns, etc. Students with basic jewelry skills will get the most out of this course, but beginners are welcome.

BIO: Becky Chader McDonah heads up the Fine Art Metals Area at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Previous to that she headed up the Metalworking Department at Arizona State University in 2005-2012 and she was a Visiting Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio from 2001-2005. Becky received her MFA in Metals from Arizona State University in 2000 and her BA degree from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1995.While in Tempe she served as President of the Arizona Designer Craftsmen Central Chapter 2006-2012, received the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2007 from the Herberger College of the Arts at ASU and served as Co-Chair of the 2012 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) annual conference. She has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, and has lectured and presented workshops at internationally renowned venues including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Some of her accomplishments include receiving the First Place award in the international juried exhibition Refined VII: Inspiration at The Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches, Texas, inclusion in the Schiffer Publications book Humor in Craft, and a solo exhibition Placing Importance at Appalachian Center for the Craft.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

WORKSHOP FEES:$275 ADC Members/$300 Non-Members

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