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™ (also exhibiting at Metalwerx Marketplace!). She 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 their work 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 will be provided for use during the workshop.

Students are required to have pitch pots.  Metalwerx will have some available to use during class.  If students already have a filled pitch pot they can bring to class, please plan to bring it (or contact us) as we have a limited number available to borrow. 

The instructor will also have filled pitch pots, tools, and hammers available for sale, if desired. If  students want to buy prepared pitch bowls or tools , they can do so on Nachamkin.com (click Store).  It is ideal to order at least 3 weeks before class to make sure there is enough inventory and time to fill the pitch pots. Make sure to email Liza directly so she can give registrants a 5% student discount on items purchased.

A note on pitch pots: Liza's preference is an 8” x 4” deep pitch bowl available at Otto Frei as well. It is fully round on the bottom allowing it to be tilted at extreme angles for work.  Medium Green or German Red pitch will work well.

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)
  • Bring any chasing tools that you have (labeled!). There will be a limited number of student tool sets to borrow from Liza Nechamkin and she will have sets on hand for optional purchase.  Metalwerx also has quite a few chasing tools that students are welcome to share and use during class.

Tuition

$530.00

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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