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Beginners Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making

Join artist, Dana Finimore, August 18th and 19th, for a fun weekend of learning basic jewelry metalsmithing at the Mississippi Craft Center! This beginner metal class will cover the fundamental steps of constructing small jewelry pieces in copper. Students will be instructed on the basics of metal cutting including dye cutting, annealing, sawing, fold-forming, and soldering. Students will come away from this workshop with new knowledge of small metals and how to create simple works in copper as well as wonderful handmade pieces including earrings, pendants and bracelets.

Instruction will include hands on studio demonstrations, individual attention, and group discussions. Open to beginner skill levels.

Date: August 19 & 20
Time: 9am - 4pm Saturday
and 1pm - 5pm Sunday
Cost: $200 + $20 material fee

Meet the Teacher: Dana Finimore

The core of my work is centered in the ideology of finding catharsis of body and mind through contact with the natural world. My relationship with nature is symbiotic. It is my belief that as a human and an artist, I need nature and nature needs me. Compositional explorations in mixed media, and metal, express my keen observance of the textures and shapes found in nature. Early years spent roaming the creek banks and meadows of north central Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains has gifted me with a reverence for the environment. I find clarity of spirit outdoors. Working in copper and sterling, I view the process of annealing and manipulating metal to be an act of collaboration between the elements and myself. When I paint, I make work that feels organic. The work is a visual response to my time spent outdoors.

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Introduction to Weaving

Join us at the Mississippi Craft Center to weave a pair of fingertip towels with a fancy border.  We will use rigid heddle looms for this project.  You will learn how to dress the loom, to create plain weave fabric with hand-manipulated enhancements, and finishing techniques for your towels.  All materials will be supplied by the teacher.

Date: August 12, 2017
Time: 9:30 - 4:30
Cost: $100, includes all materials

Meet the Teacher: Kathy Perito

After 30 years of working in various engineering and management positions, Kathy moved to Mississippi and discovered a passion for weaving here at the Craft Center.  Weaving gives her the opportunity to apply engineering principles to create textiles and goods for specific functions.  Kathy’s goal in every weaving project is to ensure the weave structures and fibers selected deliver the expected results.  She says, “It is so rewarding to take a few bobbins of yarn and watch a cloth appear as those threads interlace.  And best of all, there is always more to learn, try, and share.”

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The Mississippi Craft Center and the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi work together to bring you master craftsmen from across the state to teach classes spanning all sorts of mediums.  If you are interested in a class in any of the mediums listed on our website but one is not currently scheduled, please email us at mscraftcenter@gmail.com or give us a call at 601.856.7546 (ask for Sheri) to be notified when a class is available.

We also strongly urge you to fill out our Class Request Form. This form will notify us of interest in the different mediums and will aid us in our future scheduling. In some cases, if there is enough interest shown at a time, a class will be scheduled for the current class season due to high demand.

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