Chasing and Repoussé Techniques

Sculptures by Avery Lucas
Course Description

About this course

Chasing and repoussé techniques have been used since ancient times to emboss patterns, textures, and images into sheet metal. Learn to utilize the malleable quality of non-ferrous metals to create high and low relief in copper, bronze and silver. These decorative forming techniques can be applied to jewelry, vessels, and functional objects to add texture and imagery; enhancing any artist's visual vocabulary.

Simple shapes and designs will be provided for each student to try their hand at hammering and learn the basic principles while working on samples. Students will spend the second half of the week creating small pieces of their own design or transforming those samples into finished pieces. Instruction on hammer uses, and some forming and cold forging will also be covered. Avery will discuss resources for buying pitch, tools, and additional materials so that participants can utilize this technique in their own studios.

This course is appropriate for any level student who understands metalworking fundamentals and is interested in learning more about forming. Students need to be comfortable handling a torch.

If you'd like to see more of Avery's work, please visit her website

Meet the Instructor

Avery Lucas

Avery Lucas received her MFA in Jewelry/Metals at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth in 2012. Lucas is currently a studio artist, teacher, production jeweler, and mold maker in Rhode Island. She has taught metals and design at University of Masschusetts Dartmouth and Rhode Island College. Lucas has also lectured and taught workshops at East Carolina University, Rhode Island College, State University of New York - New Paltz, and at the Fuller Craft Museum. In addition to being a Niche Award finalist, her metal work won "Best Of" Contemporary Art Month for a featured exhibition at Equinox Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Lucas's one of a kind work is sold online and in galleries nationally.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $45 materials fee for this course that is payable upon registration. This materials kit includes copper sheet, various thicknesses of tool steel for students to make their own chasing tools, and other items necessary for completion of projects. 

Students should bring 
  • A sketchbook for notes and drawing


  • Any designs you may want to try out (Avery will be bringing a wide selection of simple forms to choose from as well)
  • A positive attitude geared towards learning!
  • Pitch and pitch bowls. (Metalwerx will have these available for students who do not already own one. Please let us know if you would like to borrow one during class so we can make arrangements.)
  • Any hammers or chasing tools you already have (Metalwerx has plenty of tools available to share, but students who already own tools may like to have them at class)
  • 18g fine silver sheet metal if you would like to work in silver



Materials Cost



Avery Lucas


August 9 -13, 2017


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


5 days

Basic and above
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