On the blog

  • Talk to Wayne Werner long enough and the word “trip” comes to mind. He worked at The Psychedelic Shop in San Francisco, made tiger pins as gifts for a Jerry Garcia tour, and has traveled the planet to study the world of metals. From humble huts in Egypt and Sumatra to the esteemed halls of […]
  • Jeweler and perennial student America Cutter took her first class at Metalwerx in 2009.  At that point in her life, she had a young daughter, and had been making beaded and wire-wrapped jewelry for a few years.  (Beading and wire wrapping are, of course, widely viewed as the “gateway drugs” to a full-fledged passion for […]
  • Our Winter 2015 course catalog is graced with the artwork of Avery Lucas, a former Metalwerx scholarship winner.  The copper sculpture of two open palms comes to life with its intricate line work, gently imploring the viewer to decide whether the hands are giving, or receiving. The twenty-nine inch piece was created as one of […]
  • It is the season of the Queen of Beadwork. With three concurrent solo shows, Joyce J. Scott, the Baltimore based, globe trotting, world famous, African American bead artist modestly refers to all this attention as merely “a real whirlwind.” If one is familiar with her extensive and varied catalog, an underplayed remark such as this is […]
  • The buzz on Ganoksin didn’t stop for almost two weeks after our recent blog article, Pulse Arc Welding for Jewelers: The Revolution is Now! At Metalwerx, we have only just begun to “think like welders” and realize the doors that can open with pulse arc welding technology. For three full days, a very full class […]
  • If you know where one can get a Hawaiian shirt made of flannel, there’s a jewelry teacher in New Hampshire who would like to add it to his collection. “I wear a Hawaiian shirt. It’s like a uniform,” says Jeff Georgantes, head of the jewelry program at Dartmouth College in Hanover. It may help to […]
  • It didn’t take long for Erica Moody to make use of the techniques she learned in a recent Metalwerx workshop. As the recipient of a scholarship offered by the Belmont-based gallery, Alchemy 9.2.5, she was able to enroll in a class of her choice. She chose to participate in the 2014 Summer with the Masters […]
  • There’s a micro-revolution happening in studios. It takes place one pulse at a time but can add up to big savings of time and money. Developments in pulse arc welding technology are giving jewelers an alternative to soldering that can ultimately free them to indulge in more creative pursuits. “We finally have something for the […]
  • Swords have been a lifelong obsession for Patrick Hastings. He made his first sword out of wood when he was a young boy growing up in a small California town. He made his first steel sword at the age of thirteen. Patrick indulged his passion in high school, where he was able to attend two […]
  • Salvador Dali said, “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” Don’t tell that to Pat Flynn. He is all about the meticulous pursuit of exactitude. He admits his workshops can be a bit demanding, but he’s seen plenty of students come away from his classes with a new level of pride and confidence […]

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