2018 Course Information: Introduction to Silversmithing with Dana Finimore
Introduction to Silversmithing with Dana Finimore
Join metalsmith, Dana Finimore, for a weekend of creative fun at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View, AR. Learn to create stunning, handcrafted sterling silver jewelry. This class will be focused on demonstrating basic techniques for working in sterling silver and fine silver. Time during class will be balanced to allow for in-depth demonstrations of the techniques/methods being taught and plenty of time for students to actually work on the processes or projects. This Intro to Silversmith workshop offers sampler of metalsmith procedures, techniques and materials. Students will learn from group demonstrations, and one-on- one instruction, and use their new skills to create earrings and pendants. All Materials and supplies are provided. Students may wish to bring their favorite jewelry making tools and a sack lunch.
09:00 am-04:00 am
Arkansas Craft School
101 North Peabody St. Mountain View, AR 72560
The core of my work is centered in the ideology of finding catharsis of body and mind through contact with the natural world. My relationship with nature is symbiotic. It is my belief that as a human and an artist, I need nature and nature needs me. Compositional explorations in metal and paint express my keen observance of the textures and shapes found in nature. Early years spent roaming the creek banks and meadows of north central Arkansas' Ozark Mountains has gifted me with a reverence for the environment. When my brain becomes cluttered by the superficiality and artificiality of today's existence, I find clarity of spirit outdoors. Working in copper and sterling, I find the process of annealing and manipulating metal to be an act of collaboration between the natural elements and myself. When I paint, I make work that feels organic yet abstract, the work is a visual reverberation of my time spent outdoors. The work must be spontaneous otherwise it risks becoming duplicitous. I want my work to be completely responsive to the emotional rejuvenation I experience while spending time in the terrain.