Intro to the Art of Chasing: April 22 – 26, 2024

Intro to the Art of Chasing:

Chasing is a style of relief work in sheet metal that can be applied to almost anything. From teapots to battle armour it has been used to create sculptural narrative in metal throughout human history.

For me, the art of chasing is a beautiful fusion between illustration and sculpture. The ability to transform any drawing into a three-dimensional form is one of the most exciting and challenging aspects of relief work.

In this 5 day course, we’ll be focusing on building a knowledge base of different chasing techniques, material control, pitch management, and how to use illustration and design to compliment relief work in sheet metal.

Participants can expect to work on up to two projects in 18ga (approx 1mm) copper. The first project is a structured follow-along design matched to the individual’s skill level. If there is time the second project will be assigned on an individual basis to best complement their growth and interests.

Participants can be expected to draw, it is not a prerequisite as there are many projects that can be traced but drawing is highly encouraged. As sheet metal is shaped it distorts and changes in volume requiring the maker to redraw elements of the design by hand. Certain intermediate to advanced designs can only be made this way, but not to worry if drawing is a newer skill set as we have many available projects that only require tracing.

Participants can be expected to swing a hammer for 7-8 hours a day, the hammers are not very heavy but it should be kept in mind that it is very physical work.

All skill levels are welcome!

April 22 – 25, 9 AM to 5 PM, April 26, 9 AM to 12 PM
Tuition $650

Douglas Pryor, Instructor

Self-employed artist; teaching/demonstrations: Metal Arts Academy (CA), Appalachian Center for Craft- Tennessee Tech University (TN), British Artist Blacksmith Association Master Class Tour (UK), Hereford College of Arts (UK), Plumpton College(UK), Manhattan Student Art League (NY), Politarchopolis University (AUS),  The Idea Foundry (OH); residencies: Buffalo Creek Art Center (NV), Light Grey Art Lab (ISL) ; Published in: “Hephaistos” magazine issue 4/2022 published by Internationale Zeitschrift für Metallgestalter,  “Artist Blacksmith” magazine No 158 2020 published by British Artist Blacksmith Association,“Anvils Ring” Volume 45 #2 2017 published by ABANA.

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