Creative Connections with Tin

Course Description

About this course

Printed tin cans are a colorful material generally discarded and disregarded. However, a discerning eye, a bit of imagination and a few simple skills will transform this plentiful and free resource in many directions. This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to make a connection between idea, material and process.  Students will learn assemblage techniques such as pop-riveting, tube riveting, tab/ slot construction, basic forming as well as low temperature soldering using tin as the primary material. Taking the time to PLAY is of the utmost importance. In this workshop we will do just that, make a worthy investment with a “worthless” material.

Meet the Instructor

Ellen Wieske

Ellen Wieske is an artist and educator who works in many materials. Primarily a metalsmith, she received a BA from Wayne State University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, both in Michigan.

She has taught at Haystack School of Crafts (where she is the assistant director), Penland, Arrowmont, as well as universities and colleges across the United States. She has also taught 4 summers in Provence France.

Ellen's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her wire workshop techniques have been documented and published in the book "Weekend Crafter, Wire" released by Lark Books in October 2001.

She maintains Dowstudio, her studio/Gallery with potter Carole Ann Fer, in Deer Isle, Maine. She has also been the Assistant Director at Haystack since 2003. You can see more of her work on her website,

Materials & Tools 

There is a $5 materials fee that can be paid to the instructor for the use of wire and tubing. All other materials needed for the workshop are listed below. 

Students should bring 
  • Bring tin cans! The best to use are the ones with a printed surface but plain silver is fine. Aluminum is not recommended to bring - it is very thin and not great to work with.
  • Can opener
  • Tin snips (only if you have them)
  • House hold scissors - ones you don’t mind cutting tin with. Heavy-duty Fiskers (orange handled dress maker/pattern maker) are a great option.
  • Sketch book and pencils
  • Any pliers you might have or other tools you want with you
  • Small gauge (16-24) copper, brass or steel wire and tubing (the instructor will also have some available for purchase)
  • Any other materials you think you might want to use
  • Apron
  • Safety glasses
  • Any images that might be a resource for you, including examples of your work, if they pertain to your work/play



$400.00 $380.00
5% discount until September 28

Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Ellen Wieske


October 28 -29, 2017


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
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