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Personal Adornment & the Narrative Object

This class is part of the NW Designer Craftsman Symposium and no discount codes may be used for registration. Thank you.

This workshop will explore a wide range of concepts applicable to personal adornment and the narrative object. Working with both traditional and alternative materials - silver, copper, wire, recycled materials, and found objects - participants will fashion objects of personal importance, expression, and adornment. We will also investigate the use of color and collage as a design tool. Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on projects, we'll discover the many methods of selection, integration, and assembly inherent to this limitless range of materials. The class will be centered around lectures and demonstrations, with plenty of time for individual attention and making.

4 sessions

Intermediate to Advanced Skill Level

NWDC and Schack will provide additional supplies included Bullseye Glass, Frit and several other supplies needed for the class. The cost of these items is included in the registration fee.

Student Supply List - Please bring to class:

Any metals tools you already have and can travel with. There are some tools in the studio that can be borrowed.

Silver solder--hard, medium, and easy

X-act knife and spare blades

Quick setting glue such as Zap or Crazy Glue, E6000-can be found at craft stores

Saw blades

Assorted drill bits

20 gage sheet of copper (10"x10"), 20 gage silver if you care to work in that, but most will be in copper.

Gather all sorts of materials and objects which appeal to you because of their age, association, history, form, color, texture, etc. Listed below are some loose categories to help you get started on your collection.

Natural materials: seeds, pods, shells, bones, etc.

Found objects: broken glass from the beach or parking lot, pottery lot, pottery shards, pieces of plastic.

"Old" metal: bottle caps, cans (broken and rusted, or chosen because of label detail), old kitchen utensils, metal toys etc.

Old Jewelry: from home, flea markets, second-hand stores. We will tear it apart.

Memorabilia that is important to you: toys or game pieces from your childhood, family photos and pictures of yourself, postcards, letters and postage stamps, etc.

Stones-cabochons and tumbled stones.

Aside from scouting interesting materials at second-hand stores and flea markets, see if you can discover other sources such as a fishing tackle store, and old fashioned hardware store, or a grocery store that has a selection of imported foodstuffs and packaged goods.

Bring 5 metal jar lids, for example; Snapple lids or Kerr jar lids. The lid is better when the rim is very low and shallow.


Born in 1938 in Topeka, KS, Ebendorf received his BFA in 1960 and his MFA in 1962. Following graduation, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Norway. He has taught at the University of Georgia (1967-71) and the State University of New York at New Paltz (1971-88), and East Carolina University since 1996. In 1995, he was awarded the American Craft Council Fellowship for his achievement in the crafts and commitment to the craft movement. Bob is co-founder and past president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and is represented in many worldwide collections including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the British Museum, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Museum of Art and Design New York, and the Yale University Art Gallery, just to name a few.

Dates & Times

Fee: $720.00

Members: $720.00

Mar 6-Mar 9, Friday-Monday 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Ages: Adult - 18+
Instructor: Robert Ebendorf
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio