August 6-8, 2015
Tim Lazure is an associate professor in the Metals Design Program at East Carolina University. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. His work is in the collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, and the Gallery of Art and Design in Raleigh, North Carolina. Images of his work have been published in 1000 Rings, 500 Brooches, The Art of Enameling, and The Craft of Silversmithing (Lark Books).Tim’s jewelry, silversmithing, and furniture work have regularly been featured in national and international exhibitions.
Adorning the finger has been a tradition for ages. Rings are loaded with historical meaning. They can symbolize love, embody authority or status, and portray accomplishments or affiliations. They can be understated or fancifully flamboyant. This class will explore jewelry design, fabrication, stone setting, and assembling techniques related to the ring concept. Aesthetic value of jewelry comes from the artist’s imagination and execution rather than from the size of the stone or the value of the metal.
Students will fashion rings of personal importance, expression, and adornment. The class will center around lecture and demonstration with plenty of time for individual attention to create jewelry that is unpredictable, honest, complex, bold, simple, and beautiful. This workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate metalsmiths.
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