The Original Imaginative Captures

2 images of jewelry
 a wide metal ring
 2 images of metal jewelry
 a necklace and a colorful tall ring
 2 small metal disks for jewelry

Date: June 16-19, 2021 (Summer, 3 day)
Medium: Tool Technique
Instructor: Andy Cooperman (email)
Skill Level: All

They used to call me-- Andy Cooperman-- “The Crusher” for my heavy hand in stone setting. I had to find a new way to include stones without breaking them. What began as a work-around became a way of working: This is Capturing.

If you’re tired of manufactured prongs and bezels; If you just can’t find an elegant way to incorporate that special stone, enamel sample or little found treasure into your work; If you just need to shake things up, then Imaginative Captures is for you! This information-packed workshop is full of tips and tricks and can help you develop new, more integrated setting (capturing) solutions and break down some of the rigid walls that exist between ideas, process and materials. We’ll get up close and personal with the flex shaft, soldering, riveting and cold connecting.

Participants must have basic jewelry skills and experience with the rolling mill, torches, hammers, buffers, etc. Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering and basic bezel setting. Those who enroll must be able to solder unattended.

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Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.


About the Instructor

Andy Cooperman makes all sorts of things from all sorts of things and is known for applying the ethos and discipline of High Craft Metalsmithing to a wide variety of often disparate materials. He has been a jeweler and metalsmith for over thirty years and a writer and educator for close to that.

Andy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III), The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft and many more.

Andy teaches and lectures nationally and has spoken at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the annual CoMA (Colorado Metalsmithing Association) conference and as keynote speaker for both the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and the Eastern Carolina University Materials Topics Symposium .