So for the first time since college, I'm taking an art class just for the heck of it. I'm not sure what exactly made me think that I couldn't do this before. Possibly a lack of funds (art classes are expensive!), possibly the fact that I've never considered myself a talented artist (a fact that jeoshua
likes to vigorously debate--I usually let him win), possibly just inertia! I did take a bellydance class for about a year awhile back and various other short-term dance classes, but that's it.
So the class I'm taking is metal jewelry class taught by a rather talented Richmond artist, Jay Sharpe
. I wasn't familiar with him prior to the class, but some folks were and it was almost like we had a celebrity in our midst. He's really nice and I'm looking forward to the other classes.
We started fairly simply, with wire wrapping, which I've been doing for years, but not with any real finesse. WE made an Egyptian chain, which I CANNOT find a photograph of this technique and I don't have my camera, but maybe I'll post a photo later. It's made by looping together a bunch of curly hook things (like sewing hooks, really) and then smashing them down to make a solid chain without solder. Very cool, although not exacty my aesthetic.
The class is an interesting mix of people. Mostly very serious people! Several of us with businesses already, several more who *hope* to go into business, and then one woman who has a BFA in jewelry making and wants to build a portfolio to apply for an MFA program.
It should be fun. I'm looking forward to being forced outside of my box to try new things and new techniques. Also new materials, since we're working exclusively with copper and brass (for cost reasons) and I'm used to sterling and gold filled wire. I'm also looking forward to playing with solder and saws and hammers, etc. One of the advanced students was soldering something during class and the smell took me right back to childhood. I know I'm going to enjoy it!