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Ben Neubauer – Soldering In Three Dimensions Workshop

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Julia Lowther – Viking Knit Chain, Open Chain Maille and more.

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Pete Small – Bronze Casting Workshop – Sisters Oregon

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Alison B. Antelman

Proposed workshop: Custom Clasps



 Create clasps that are safe, secure and truly one-of-a-kind. Come up with unique solutions to complete your designs. Learn the key and box clasps, make original simple latches, and unusual shaped ear nuts. We will discuss customizing terminals and findings to unify your art jewelry. We will explore a variety of solutions to link your custom-made clasp to the rest of your piece. Students are expected to go with their own design impulses in order to explore new ideas in finishing their jewelry. Basic fabrication, including soldering, required.

Handouts with step-by-step images and descriptions are supplied along with a list for student supplies and resources

 Artist Biography

Alison B. Antelman exhibits and sells her work from her studio, galleries and at craft shows nationally where she was awarded; 2010 and 2009, Best of Jewelry at Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival in Ketchum, Idaho; 2009 Best of Show-Jewelry at Park City Kimball Arts Festival in Park City, Utah. Her work is in the Lark Books publication, 500 Gemstone Jewels and the November 2010 issue of Lapidary Journal’s, Jewelry Artist magazine.

            She teaches classes and workshops at the Mendocino Art Center, Richmond Art Center, Scintillant Studios, Metal Arts Society of Southern California, Metal Arts Association of Silicon Valley in California, Sun Valley Center for Arts in Sun Valley, Idaho and in her own studio.

            As President of the San Francisco Metal Arts Guild (founded in 1951) she enjoys proselytizing the word of metal arts. She is often found creating one-of-a-kind jewelry in her well-lit studio, The Sawtooth building in Berkeley, California. 

Hi Missy,
great to hear from you. I applied to the Bend High Desert Art show for this August, we’ll see what happens.  My clasp class is intermediate level and up and the Hydraulic press class is for all levels. Both are clear and concise two day classes that students have been successful in.

daily rate: I usually do a flat rate of $600 for a weekend workshop or $50 an hour (the flat rate is the better deal), plus travel and housing (although it is possible that my husband needs to go up there for work so maybe we can work something out regarding housing). I usually have a $25 kit fee for the clasp class

Number of students depends upon what the studio can handle-we can talk further but I’m fine with 10 to 12 students.


Available dates for workshop is April 23-24 or April 30-May 1, 2011

 2 dayWorkshop: $50.00 hourly/ 350.00 day

Kit $25.00

We have a classroom available for 12 students with workstations.

Lodging is being provided by member.

Travel: $400.00

Demo/Presentation to COMAG members: 300.00

Total estimated costs for Demo/presentation, 2 day workshop, 25.00 kit and travel at $1425.00

Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011

C. Greg Wilbur

2 day hollow forming workshop up to 8 students with demos for everybody in COMAG. $300/day total.  Learn to raise copper vessels with Greg Wilbur.

Velvet Da Vinci gallery


BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing, University of Oregon, 1978

BS Art Education, University of Oregon, 1978

U.S. Navy, 1969 through 1973, including Vietnam 1972 through 1973

General Studies, Oregon College of Education, 1969


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Pratt, Seattle, Washington

Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon

Bemingi Blacksmiths, Minnesota

Emma Lake, Canada

Collaborationz, New Zealand


Seattle Metal Guild

American Craft Association

Creative Metal Arts Guild

Society of North American Goldsmiths


Raising is an ancient metalsmithing process that stretches malleable metal into striking contours. Using forged steel hammers, open and closed forms are created from sheets of bronze, brass, copper and silver.

Physically demanding, this process requires hundreds, often thousands of repetitive blows, producing a modest amount of work from a single artist.


Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011

Nancy Hamilton

 Hey COMAG Members! We are excited to share the replies from our candidate artists available for workshops in 2011. Each artist will have a separate post so you can leave your comment and questions. We will try to answer all questions before our VOTE by the end of March or sooner.  After we have all submissions you will be asked to VOTE in our last post and we will keep you informed. Please leave us a comment if you are interested in having COMAG sponsor this artist!

 Proposed workshop:  PMC/SHEET Brooch

Nancy Hamilton  


I wanted to make jewelry but was NOT going back to college. Nope, no way, you couldn’t make me! So, I became a stained glass artist instead. Eventually, I noticed that the stained glass windows were getting smaller and smaller. Soon, I was making stained glass pendants. (I got really good at cutting tiny pieces of glass!) Deep down, I knew that I really wanted to work with metal, but that school thing bugged me.  So, instead,  I beaded, I wove beads, I crocheted beads. I made ribbon flowers, did Irish crochet.  I made polymer clay beads.  I strung beads.  I wrapped wire.  But, I knew that what I really wanted was metal!  So, after much hemming and hawing, I dragged myself to the registrars office and signed up for that damned jewelry program at our local college. Linda Weiss, my teacher, led me down the metal road.  I knew immediately that I wanted this!  After my first class, I started settting up my studio in our 16′ X 16′ storage shed and we hadn’t even started our first class project yet!  I bought tools that I didn’t know the use for and a small propane torch even though I didn’t know how to solder.  After much experimenting and a whole load of books for reference, I learned to solder.  Linda saved me from completely reinventing the wheel and taught me the rest of what I needed to know.  The books still help and I often jump headlong into stuff I shouldn’t be playing with but, who cares!  I’m having a blast.  When I tell people that I have to work, I am actually saying: ” get out of my way, I want to go play”.

(mugshot from summer 2010.)


After about 10 years, I’m still in that studio I set up.  Except, that now, the studio has totally taken over the storage shed and I finally know what all of those tools are for. I’ve added many, many new tools to my collection. Actually, I’m a self proclaimed “tool whore”. I told myself the other day that I have pretty much everything that I could ever need and should now stop buying tools.  But, immediately, I knew that I was lying – there’s always new tools or a new skill to master.  Who did I think I was kidding?

Dates available: June or July 2011

3 day Workshop $50.00 hourly rate/ $350.00 day for seven hour class

Location: TBA  need facility for 6-12 students

Travel: $350.00

Lodging: $100.00 (artist requests RV site for camper)

Kit Fee: TBA

Demo/Presentation to COMAG members $300.00

Total estimated cost with Demo/presentation $1800.00 (3 day workshop)  


Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011

Jim Dailing

Hey COMAG Members! We are excited to share the replies from our candidate artists available for workshops in 2011. Each artist will have a separate post so you can leave your comment and questions. We will try to answer all questions before our VOTE by the end of March or sooner. After we have all submissions you will be asked to VOTE in our last post and we will keep you informed. Please leave us a comment if you are interested in having COMAG sponsor this artist!

Jim Dailing
Stone Setting without Prongs Settings covered would be bead setting, pave, flush setting and a fabricated tapered tube.
Artist Supplies: Jim will supply czs, drill bits, setting burrs needed for setting
Student Supply List
1. 1- 2mm thick band to practice setting stones into. I would suggest at least 4mm wide.
1. Flex shaft
2. a loupe
2. a small light to work under
3. Some means to hold your ring during working, such as an engravers block, GRS system, ring clamp, panavise
4. set of beading tools_________________________________ .
Daily Rate: $350. for one day workshop / $700 for two day workshop
Number of Hours: 7 hours___________
Number of Students: 8____________
Travel Cost $0
Lodging Cost $0
When schedule works for everyone


• University of Portland
• University of Oregon
• Oregon College of Art and Craft
• University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
• Tyler School of Art
• Mendocino Art Center
• Metal Crafting Center-Seattle
Workshops I offer
• The Alchemist’s Workshop
• Stone Setting without Prongs
• Toolmaking for the Jeweler
• Pewtersmithing
• Jewelry making for Teachers
• Flatware Design

Recent Articles
Lapidary Journal, June 2010 “Reinventing the Wedding Ring” by Cathleen McCarthy

Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011