Do you love Jewelry?

Me too. You might say, I’m a jewelry evangelist. I have a passion for teaching others, so much that I built the school, Metalwerx and then the Artisan’s Asylum Jewelry Studio. I teach workshops all over the US. What will you find here on my blog? Look for cool stories of jewelry and tips, photography, cooking, jewelry fabrication, travel and books. This blog is about what makes me tick and the cool stuff that’s out in the world.

Moving Metal Part 2 of 3

Thailand is one of my favorite countries to visit. I suggest you travel there some time yourself, cause yes, the smiles are plenty and genuine, and eat anything from a cart or from a stick. Yum. The other reason I love Thailand are for its' drop dead beautiful temples with art that never stops. On a trip to Chiang Man (now my favorite city), imagine me, a metalsmith, seeing an entire temple made of metal. What Srisuphan or the “Silver Temple” is not actually silver, but aluminum which is raised from large panels by mostly monks, to high relief, of sometimes up to 5 inches high. Quite impressive if you have ever tried this yourself.

Local Artist working on a 6 ft long by 3 ft wide panel.

Moving Metal Part 3 of 3

David Huang is a quiet and gentle soul who discovered chasing and repousse. He lives in Michigan and works out of a small studio he built himself. He creates vessels of raised copper bowls, lined with silver with an interior of 24K gold leaf. I was honored to hold one of these precious objects with both hands and goosebumps tickled my arm. For me, metal has three qualities. It is visual, and when one is good at their profession, it is an eyeful of wonder. Metal is audible and has its own sounds when struck. Metal is tactile, and for me, one of David Huang’s pieces filled with bumps and curves and to hold with your eyes closed is simply luscious.


David states "I don’t think of my vessels as being an expression of my voice alone. Rather I see them as the product of a conversation among the tools, materials, and myself in search of beauty. As my real desire is to achieve a timeless beauty, one individuals from any point in history might connect to, it makes sense to be listening to the voices of simple but timeless tools. The humble hammer is my prime tool. I supply the power and it bends, stretches, compresses, and moves the metal according to the particular shape, weight, and hardness of it’s head. The forming stakes I work upon offer their strength to resist the hammer, and their curves to impart a controlled form. The voices of the hammer and stake are a harmony that work best together.”

David’s work:

Serious Soldering for Metalsmiths

April 1-2


Good soldering is the mark of a professional. For students with basic skills, dig deep into all the specifics: gasses (propane, acetylene, and natural gas,) joints (T, butt, curved,) styles of soldering (sweat, chip, stick,) how to use a pick, fussy fittings, and all your questions. No topic will be left uncovered. Plus, discuss how to set up a solder station at home. Get serious about solder!