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Mary Hettsmansperger (USA)

Mary Hettmansperger is a fiber and jewelry artist who teaches in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Singapore internationally.  Across the US and at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools, and private Guilds.  Mary has authored and illustrated 3 books Fabulous Woven jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, fold and Rivet, and Mixed metal Jewelry workshop all published by Lark/Sterling.  Currently Mary is working on two more books, a new jewelry book - Spring 2012 release and an Art Quilt book - Fall 2012 release, titles to be announced soon.  Other books include, Jewelry Design Challenge, 500 Baskets, Fiber Arts Design Book 7, the Gourd Book, Creative Scarecrows, Pushing the envelope, Fabulous Found object jewelry, Teapots - makers and collectors, Beading with Crystals, and Creative Beading Volume 2.  Mary has had work exhibited at SOFA – through the Katie Gingrass Gallery.  She does segments for the PBS programming - Beads Baubles and jewels and Quilting Art and has had her work published in many magazines, including, Quilting Arts, Art jewelry, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Shuttle Spindle and dye pot, and Crafts Report.

Alternative Surfaces: expressions in  jewelry

Students will learn a variety of unique surfaces using patinas, embossing, colored pencils, torch fire enameling and more to create unique and one of a kind jewelry.  Many torching techniques will be covered, such as fusing metals, adding glass beads, silver foil, resists, sifting, using and rubber stamps, with enamels and patinas.   By incorporating and embedding found items into the jewelry, pieces will become narrative and personal. A variety of cold connections and weaving techniques will be used instead of soldering to connect and create the pieces.   Students will use copper, brass and silver sheeting sheet metal and a variety of found objects to construct their pieces.    Students are encouraged to bring their budding ideas, and small personal found objects to discover the endless options for assembling and connecting. The goal is to find unique designs and approaches and use personal expression to create the jewelry during the week.  Students will have a vast number of new and alternative approaches to surface and construction.  

$40.00 – base material fee *

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