Charles Lewton-Brain invented fold-forming, a completely new way of quickly forming sheet metal into wonderful 3-D shapes and textures, most from single sheets of metal without any soldering.
Would you like to make jewelry scale fold formed jewelry without injuring yourself? In this two-day workshop, you will learn many low-impact ways to fold metal and you’ll leave with samples and ideas for further exploration.
Fold-forming uses sheet material, folds it, works it and then unfolds it. Fold forming is a quick, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. It emphasizes forming using the metal’s characteristics. Shaping is extremely efficient and rapid (many are 3-7 minutes working time). Tools are simple; fingers, hammers, anvil and mill. Complex relief forms are made from sheets of metal often on one annealing.
Cost: $425 early-bird price until June 30; after June 30, regular price is $450. All materials are included.
Students Please Bring:
- Notebook, pens, camera for recording samples
- Safety goggles and ear plugs or muffs
- Hammers and mallets. Best are forging and raising hammers
Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States to learn the skills he uses. His work is concerned with Process and Beauty as well as function. He thinks of decision making in metal as drawing, working with the same sensibilities of mark and commitment as when working with pen and ink. Many pieces use a ‘printmaking’ approach to working metal, that is that the work is done in separate steps in groups and layers building towards the finished piece.
Process and the tensions between nature and structure are part of his concerns. His work and writing on the results of his technical research have been published internationally. In 1994 Brain Press was established which documents, publishes and markets the results of his research activities. He has worked on the Cage Series of work extensively since 2001. In the spring of 2008, he traveled to Thailand to visit his colleague Dr. Hanuman Aspler. This journey contributed to a major exhibition and catalog (River Trip) and rekindled his interest in chasing. He has also published two major books in 2008, Foldforming with Brynmorgen Press, and The Jeweler’s Bench Book with MJSA Press. He spent January 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand studying chasers. Since 2012 he has co-juried the Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition, an international online exhibition organized by the Center for Metal Arts and Sue Lacy.
A distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, he has lectured and taught in England, Germany, the United States, Canada and Australia. He is a consultant on the jewelry field, and has written expert witness reports regarding health and safety in US legal cases. A short video interview showing foldforming is available on YouTube. You can also watch a 2010 online interview with Jay Whaley.Reservations
Bookings are closed for this event.