No Torch, No Problem: Connections without Heat

Course Description

About this course

For most metalsmiths the torch is the be-all and end-all in joining metals. However, there are many situations where the application of heat is not appropriate, and many more where the visual stylings of cold connections can create a unique design unmatched by comparatively boring solder seams. In this one-day workshop, students will learn several versatile cold connection techniques: from the three main types of rivets to the mechanical wonder of the tap and die (screws). Students will create samples that employ these various joinery techniques and learn all about the wonderful world of cold connections along the way. No previous experience is required.

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.
William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


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Materials Cost



William Vanaria


January 11, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

All Levels
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