Chasing and Repoussé

Course Description

About this course

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a working knowledge of chasing through detailed demonstrations, experimentation and different assignments. This class will equip students to further explore chasing with confidence and to fluidly express their own aesthetics through chasing.

Chasing is a technique used to define a surface design to add dimension through relief. When chasing, metal is worked from the front by hammering with various tools that raise, depress, or push aside the metal without removing any from the surface. Chasing is the opposite of embossing, or repoussé, in which the metal is worked from the back to give a higher relief. These techniques, when combined, produce elaborate and intricate surface detail, patterns, and imagery.  

Students will be able to try working with a variety of antique handmade chasing tools. Functions and limitations of most chasing tools will be covered. Use of snarling irons for repousse of closed hollow forms as well as filling and emptying pitch from a vessel will be discussed. Several techniques will be presented and important core concepts and methods will be covered. Images of historic and contemporary chasing will be presented for inspiration.  

Liza teaches, lectures, and exhibits her chased works nationally, and is the creator of Nechamkin Chasing Tools™. Nechamkin Glasser is a highly skilled and accomplished chaser, specializing in the creation of custom silver pieces that are rich with highly ornamental chasing and repousse designs. She encourages participants to bring some pictures of theirwork to share as well as any sketches or patterns they would like to discuss for future projects! The class will focus on producing three sample projects that can be made into jewelry after the workshop.  The goal is to thoroughly explore the possibilities of chasing under the guidance of an expert.

Meet the Instructor

Liza Nechamkin

Silversmith Liza Nechamkin Glasser provides distinguished clients with a full range of rare silversmithing services. She teaches, lectures, and exhibits her chased works nationally, and is the creator of Nechamkin Chasing Tools™. Nechamkin Glasser is a highly skilled and accomplished chaser, specializing in the creation of custom silver pieces that are rich with highly ornamental chasing and repousse designs.

Images of her work are included in the book "Chasing and Repousse' Methods Ancient and Modern" by Nancy Megan Corwin.

Liza Nechamkin earned her BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School For American Crafts and immediately thereafter went on to work for Tiffany and Company for 13 years as a Silversmith/Chaser. During this time she developed her silver restoration business and began to instruct chasing and jewelry workshops. Liza resigned her position with Tiffany and Co. to manage Nechamkin Silver Studios full time and pursue the development and marketing of her chasing tools.

Materials & Tools 

The $5 material fee includes 3 pieces of copper sheet for the class projects. All chasing tools and pitch bowls will be provided for use during the workshop and are available for sale from Liza if desired.

Students should bring 
  • Note book and good writing instrument (or a camera if preferred)
  • Personal safety gear: eye protection and ear protection. (Metalwerx has safety glasses and ear muffs available for use during class)
  • Magna clips, readers , optivisor or other.
  • Rags/shop towel (Metalwerx has these available to use as well)

Tuition

$530.00 $503.50
5% discount until September 15

Materials Cost

$5.00

Instructor

Liza Nechamkin

Dates

October 15 -17, 2019

Time

10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Length

3 days

Level 
Basic and above
Location 
Metalwerx
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