Forging Techniques

Course Description

About this course

Forging is an ancient art of hammering metal to transform the shape and width of wire. Using an assortment of hammers, steel blocks, and anvils, participants will forge numerous gauges of wire and thick sheet, changing the shape and look of the metal, with focus on anything from jewelry components to sculptural or utilitarian forms.

This class will also serve to familiarize students with different hammers for creating a variety of textures on the surface of metal. Cold forging (no fire/heat) and hot forging (with fire/heat) will both be covered. Additionally, students will learn about the working properties of copper, nugold/brass, and sterling silver. Come make some noise and learn to utilize a hammer with precision in this 4-week class! 

Meet the Instructor

Joy Raskin

Joy Raskin has been a silversmith since 1984 and has exhibits throughout the United States, Ireland and New Zealand, showcasing both her jewelry and flatware designs. Joy is a native of New Hampshire, having attended public schools in Manchester and Concord and was accepted as a member of the League of NH Craftsmen while still in high school. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Joy is an instructor at Metalwerx in Waltham, MA, The Craft Center in NH, Sharon Art Center, and many other schools.

Joy has received many awards for her work. She was commissioned by the NH State Council on the Arts to create the Cultural Access Award for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 2001. Her work is included in many collections, including the White House and Smithsonian Institution. Joy's work is found in multiple galleries throughout New England, including the League of NH Craftsmen Galleries, Boston Society of Arts & Crafts, Guilford Art Center, Millbrook Gallery, and others.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $30 materials fee for this course, which is payable upon registration. It covers sheet metal and numerous gauges of wire in copper, nugold/brass, and sterling silver. 

Students should bring 
  • closed-toe shoes - required for all Metalwerx classes
  • additional thick nonferrous metal - if they want to us it



Materials Cost



Joy Raskin


September 21 -October 12, 2021

Weekly on Tuesday


1:30 PM -4:30 PM


4 weeks

All Levels
Make-up dates 
November 23
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