Imagine taking a normal sized image, reducing it to a fraction of its original size, using that image to form a wax model and ending up with a beautiful artwork in bronze. It is hard to imagine it, but once you’ve seen the process and done it yourself, you not only have some bragging rights, but a new appreciation of one facet of metal craft. Artisan and instructor Eileen Johnson specializes in jewelry making and shows students how custom jewelry and even mini statues are made in this fascinating class.
This six-week class begins Wednesday, January 21, at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts from 7 to 9 pm. Students will create a piece of their own in Ancient Casting Bronze. Designs are carved in wax, then centrifugally cast in this non-toxic, beautiful, hard alloy. Make a key fob, pendant, earrings, charm or small statue. Bring in a favorite photo for the instructor to edit in Photoshop for your template/pattern. Materials will be provided and 2 finished pieces are yours to keep. Good manual dexterity and attention to detail are helpful for this class. Registration deadline is January 14. Cost is $165 and $145 for Arts Council members.
Johnson is a former dental laboratory technician, who, after retiring established a design company specializing in handcrafted jewelry in bronze, sterling silver and gold. She has a workshop in Wye Mills, MD and her jewelry has been offered in a national catalogue. You can also find her work in fine gift shops, including the Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA.
Center for the Arts classes are designed to renew existing artistic interests, and to develop new skills. Registration materials are available at 206 South Commerce St. in Centreville, MD Tuesday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, or by calling 410-758-2520, online, www.arts4u.info , or request via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.