Nancy Mēgan Corwin teaches traditional and non-traditional chasing and repoussé classes which include the most common approach such as using pine resin pitch as a base for punching sheet metal up from the back (repoussé) and for chasing (detailing and texturing the front surface); and the non-traditional approach of using dies for repetitive forms and outlines.
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced class descriptions:
1. Chasing and Repoussé — A Modern Approach with a Traditional Base: A beginning class in which students start out learning to use the tools and equipment, such as the pitch bowl and chasing hammer, for chasing and repoussé, while experimenting with the effects of these tools on sheet copper. The traditional approach of lining the front of the metal and punching out from the back is next. Finally the students learn texturing and refining techniques. Making a tool is included in three-day or longer classes only. Beginning classes are process oriented. Resulting pieces are considered samples. Mēgan brings lots of her own samples, finished pieces, and a selection of tools for students to use during class. Recommended textbook: “Chasing and Repoussé: Techniques Ancient and Modern” by Nancy Mēgan Corwin, published by Brynmorgen Press, which can be purchased through Amazon.com and through many jewelry tools and equipment supply companies.
2. Using Dies for Multiples: In this intermediate class the student uses pre-made dies for forming the metal (useful in making multiples in a series or pairs of earrings, etc.); and dies for simple lining.
3. Chasing and Repoussé in Silver: This is an intermediate/advanced class in which the student works exclusively in silver. Students are excepted to bring design ideas to the first class.
4. Gold Keum-boo on Chased and Repoussé Silver Jewelry: One week course only—learn how to apply 24k gold foil using the keum-boo technique to chased and repoussé irregular surfaces. Follow a step-by-step process of making one or two chased and repousse jewelry items in silver, then apply the gold sheet for contrast. The emphasis is on resolving the technical challenge of applying the gold onto a variety of textures and forms. Students will leave with one or two pieces of jewelry and a basic understanding of how the process works including how to problem-solve in your own studio.
Mēgan will be teaching the following confirmed classes in 2017:
June 10 and 11, 2017, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
Die Forming and Multiples for Chasing and Repoussé
Danaca Design, Seattle, WA
Class Fee: $325, $5 – $15 materials fee paid to instructor
Die forming is the process of pressing or hammering metal into a cut out design in a hard, resistant material. The result is a puffed out shape that can be repeated many times. The die can be flipped over and pressed from the other side as well for making hollow forms and reverse earrings. The die forming allows the artist to create a repoussé form in metal without using pitch. The individual forms are easily chased to make them unique. A basic understanding and beginning practice in chasing will help you get the most out of this two-day intensive. There will be pre-cut dies available for use during class. We will be using a hydraulic press as well as inexpensive, non-toxic PVC dies for hand hammering the forms.
September 3-8, 2017
Gold Keum-Boo on Chased and Repoussé Silver Jewellery
Chichester, England (1 hour south of London by car)
Class fee:£601 course registration (includes 24k gold keum-boo sheet and some 24k gold shot to make different thicknesses of foil)
Course Reference Number: 5D7215
Learn how to apply 24k gold foil using the keum-boo technique to chased and repoussé irregular surfaces. Follow a step-by-step process of making items with irregular and textured surfaces and then apply gold sheet onto silver for contrast. The emphasis is on resolving the technical challenge of applying the gold onto uneven surfaces. You will leave with at least two pieces of jewelry and a basic understanding of how the process works and how to problem-solve in your own studio.
West Dean College is one of the most beautiful places in England! Founded by Surrealist patron Edward James, who worked with Salvador Dali on many projects, it is internationally recognized for conservation and creative arts and has one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public.
You will have time to explore the award-winning gardens, wander the 300ft long pergola, the newly restored sunken garden, the walled kitchen garden and an impressive collection of Victorian glasshouses. Or just enjoy a parkland walk among the sheep with views over the South Downs.
The Estate that includes West Dean College and West Dean Gardens is situated a few miles north of Chichester on the western South Downs, stretching 6 miles – about an hour drive south of London.
These tools are Mēgan’s exclusive and unique designs and consist of six repoussé punches, three undercutters and one liner. They are made by master tool maker Bill Dawson and available only through his website.
In Seattle you can purchase them through Danaca Design Studios.
Please also check out Bill’s website for the small repoussé and chasing tools he designs. They are just as wonderful — I use them all the time.
Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern
Virtually every culture with a history of metalsmithing has demonstrated accomplished work in the complementary techniques of chasing and repoussé. From delicate Hellenic earrings to works as massive as the Statue of Liberty, the use of hammers and punches to form and ornament metal remains as vibrant today as it has in its 5,000 year history.
This lavishly illustrated book provides first-time artists with enough information to get started, but also offers advanced workers insights into design and process. Almost 500 photos and drawings guarantee not only clear instruction but bounteous inspiration.