Hydraulic die-press Exploration with Jesse Bert

Workshop  /  Making   Technics  /  06 Sep 2018  -  09 Sep 2018
Published: 12.07.2018
Jesse Bert. Necklace: Door, 2012.  Antique roofing copper, silver, iron, antique piano key, glass, ebony, gesso.. 10 x 6 x 1 cm. Techniques: Hydraulic die-formed, bezel set, hand stamped, cold worked.. Jesse Bert
Necklace: Door, 2012
 Antique roofing copper, silver, iron, antique piano key, glass, ebony, gesso.
10 x 6 x 1 cm
Techniques: Hydraulic die-formed, bezel set, hand stamped, cold worked.
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The concept of “place” is an idea that fascinates and provokes, it speaks of identity, culture, and nostalgia.  In this workshop, students will be lead through exercises investigating innovative ways to incorporate unique materials, combined with traditional fabrication techniques.
With help from the instructor, and ideas from class discussions, students will design and create sculptural jewelry which embodies a descriptive visual dialog with qualities of technical processes. Students will be encouraged to consider natural forms from the landscape, architecture, and the use of discarded materials found on daily walks. Combined with these cues and the concept of place, students will create objects which offer a visual description to suggest a relationship to their experiences during the time spent at the workshop.  

During their time in the workshop, students will be introduced to 3 main techniques for use in the fabrication of work.  The principal technique will be learning how to work with the hydraulic press to create volumne in sheet metal. Using plexiglass and normal jewelers tools students will create unique molds or dies. The molds can be used many times without a great deal of wear, this allows for the ability to create multiples of the same piece or pieces in series. The second technique shown during the course of the class will be the development and use of rivets. This series of operations will give the students the ability to connect many dissimilar materials, which are sometimes sensitive to heat,- such as metals, plastics, and organic materials such as wood. They will learn about the strength and structural capacity of each material, understanding how to perforate and connect without the risk of fracture or breakage. The third technique shown during the workshop will be an introduction to the fabrication of the jewelers chasing tools. This is a general term which can include for example tools for texture, stamping a specific design, or tools for embossing. Using a special steel for tools, each student will have the opportunity to create unique tools which will leave beautiful personalized marks on their work.  Each tool will be heated and tempered to a specific hardness to resist the wear of use to last a lifetime.

When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:30 -14:30 & 16:00 -19:00 h. Sunday 10:30-14:30 h.
Course Price: 320 €
Languages: Workshop taught in Spanish or English.
Basic materials and tools provided. For complete information about tools and materials please contact Studio Squina directly.

To reserve your space please make a deposit for 170€ to the following Bank (BBVA) account Number:  ES1101820787440201608481
Once you have made your deposit please send an email to the following address to advise Sandra and Gimena of your deposit:

IMPORTANT: When you make your bank deposit,- in the subject line of the deposit please put the full name of the person that will be taking the course and also include the name of the course ( Volumnes in Sheet Metal with the Hydraulic Press).


Jesse Bert holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from RIT in New York, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from ECU in North Carolina. 3 years spent as an apprentice in a tool and die shop before beginning university gave Jesse a strong interest and appreciation for fine handmade tools, which he now uses to embellish his work with delicate texture and design. Over the past 12 years, Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques to students of all skill levels at his own studio, as well as annual workshops in other cities around the world. Jesse is also an adjunct professor at the Technological Institute of Monterrey in the city of Guadalajara. He participates in National and International exhibition each year, some recent venues include: Tienda Q, Oaxaca City, Mexico; Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco; Alchemy 925, Massachusetts; The Palace of Iturbide, Mexico City; The Amber Fair Legnica, Poland; Inhorgenta Fair Munich, Germany; Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City; The Museum of Art and Design, NYC. In 2014 he was invited to participate as a fellow at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts residency program.
Work in Progress. Materials: copper, plexiglass, antique garter clips..
Work in Progress. Materials: copper, plexiglass, antique garter clips.

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