Skip to main content

Fastenation Workshop with Thomas Mann

I think it's always a good idea to take workshops if you can.   And even better if you got a friend to drag along.  My friend doesn't have any experience (none necessary) and I could use some exposure. So we called Angele (she's AWESOME!) and signed up for Tom's Fastenation workshop here in New Orleans.  It's about time this city had some workshops!   

We arrived at Thomas Mann's studio and received our supplies.  It was a box of metal, screws, headpins, faux bone, and a name tag with our names on it!   There was no one from New Orleans.  How can that be?  Me and Tysheena were the only ones.  It felt like we were at a convention.  Fun!  Anyway first things first...lecture on how to do things.  Next...time to use tools.

Look at everyone.  So busy at their workbench.

There's Tysheena using a hammer to give her metal some texture.  

I had to remember that we were there to learn the technique and not to create something spectacular.  I knew if that was my thinking I would get stuck.  So I decided to saw a fish and Tysheena sawed a flower.  Did I tell you she doesn't know how to saw?

Our first assignment was to texture our metal and then make two tube rivets.  A large tube rivet (surface set) and then a small tube rivet (counter sunk).  Not too shabby and now it's time for lunch!

That's me making a counter sink hole.

Our final assignments were solid wire rivets, mounting tube sections, and wire wrapping. Tom went around the studio making sure we were using the tools correctly.  He corrected me on several occasions. So after awhile if I saw him come my way I would stop working.  Hehe!  But I finally got over it.  I liked that he corrected me.  How else is anyone going to learn?  All this time I've been holding the metal stamp incorrectly.  No one corrected me before.  And to think all this time I thought I was doing things perfect! Wow!  

Anyway here is our final pieces.  After the flower incident Tysheena sawed out easier shapes and her piece turned out to be a flower and mine was a fish.  Although Tom thought it was something else.  I forgot what he said.


After we were done Tom brought us upstairs for a tour into his studio.  Oh what fun.  He walked us through his day and behind the scenes operation.  We got to see his and other artist's workbench.  All I have to say is that he's a VERY busy, busy, bee.  


This was a lot of fun.  I learned a few tricks and honed in on my skills, AND Tom was a great instructor.

I'm thinking about taking his soldering class.  Yes, I know how to solder but am I doing it correctly?  Ha!  

Muchas Gracias studio flex!

Namaste
Kalaya

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A Love Note To My Readers

Dear Friends,
My gallery has decided to move and it saddens me to say that I will not be going with them.  I have broken away from the herd.
So what now?
This is what I ask myself and to be honest I do not know.  
I turn to you.
The ones who come back to read...to listen to my failures, successes, and my angst.  I am grateful that you are still here.

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) was here in New Orleans.  I was so thrilled.  I made new friends and visited with old friends and we had a blast!

Halstead held an exhibition along with SNAG at RHINO Contemporary Gallery.  200 kits went out and 30 pieces were selected for the Halstead Design Challenge.  My piece, What's Her Story? was selected to be among one of the 30.  I was so honored.
_/\_
Inspired by the women of Storyville and Bellocq's photography this brooch is the first in its series.
The story behind the story.
Every woman has a story, especially the women of Storyville (red-light district of New Orleans from 1897-19…

Mandalas

Mandalas have been on my mind a lot lately.  Struggling to find my truth.  I find making these in the studio calms me.
Even though I knew that hard solder melts at 1450 degrees I still had to try enameling the copper.  In theory the solder should not have run.  If I only took it out of the kiln a minute sooner this may not have happened. A total melt down but I love that color!  :) My intention for the above mandala was a ring.  The challenge was difficult but I managed to make it. I feel myself pivoting once again and feeling the need to create amulets and talismans but in sculpture form.

Each person's life is like a mandala - vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life...everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening.

~Pema Chodron

Namaste Kalaya

The Arrowmont Experience Pt. 1

I know from previous experience that I had to ask the driver to stop at a grocery store before dropping us off at Arrowmont.  I was feeling so good about having all my ducks in order and then this happened! I'm sure I screamed WTH because everyone was looking at me but I wasn't the only one in shock.
I was thinking...great!  Now I will have to walk to get my wine.  LOL!!!

Arrowmont for 2 entire weeks!  Yeah....Bring it on.  I can do this...roommate annd all.
I was in Anne Havel's All Fired Up: Who Knew a Torch Could Do All This?
My notebook for ALLLllllll the notes I'm going to take.
OMG!  I don't know where to begin.  I have so much to share.  Let's see...
I fell in love with a cup.
Annnd...then I bought a cup made by Jason B. Burnett.  He had me at the hexagons. Just an aside here.  I couldn't buy the cup I fell in love with.  Arrowmont has an assortment of ceramic cups in the mess hall to use.  I could post a cup a day on Insta but my friend did that.  …