Chasing and Repoussé Class

I'm a bit late in writing this post, but this summer has been quite busy... I can't believe summer is almost over and that school is starting this week. Wow, how time flies.

Finished project from class.
During the last week of July I got the very exciting opportunity to go to a chasing and repoussé class at Touchstone Center for Crafts, located in beautiful southwestern PA.
The class, Chasing from A to Z, was taught by the extremely talented Liza Nechamkin Glasser. This five day course really did cover all of the basics of chasing, from correct posture, pitch types, history, survey of techniques, tool making to finishing. There were six students in the class, all wonderful people to work with.

Now, you might be wondering what this technique is. Let me step back and explain. This metal forming technique, dating back nearly 5000 years, combines two different processes: repoussé pushes metal from behind, giving the piece depth, and chasing pushes metal from the front, adding detail to the piece. These two processes are combined to form intricate pieces, such as this vessel from the 7th-9th century:
Vessel from 7th-9th century.

These technique aren't only used on small decorative pieces, however. This is how both the face mask of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen and the Statue of Liberty were made! 

I'll get into more specifics about the details of chasing and repoussé in a future blog post.

If you are interested in learning various art techniques, I highly recommend attending a class at Touchstone. The campus is gorgeous and relaxing, the meals were great (how could it not be great to have someone cook three meals a day for you), and the staff was wonderful. It was a great week of quiet concentration to be able to refocus and move forward. 

Fellow students, hard at work.

Looking toward the dining hall at Touchstone.

Chasing is definitely a technique that will require lots (and lots) of practice and many years to master. But it has opened so many possibilities and ideas, and I can't wait to move forward. Here is a pair of earrings I made for a dear friend:

Hand and Paw Earrings (copper, sterling silver)

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