Rivets + Techniques for the Union of Repurposed Materials with Jesse Bert

Workshop  /  Technics   Making   Workshops  /  07 Nov 2018  -  08 Nov 2018
Published: 04.10.2018
Jesse Bert. Necklace: Desert Day, 2018. Maple, yucca bark, glass torch-fired enamel over copper, sand cast silver, coconut shell, sandstone, leather, rivets.. Jesse Bert
Necklace: Desert Day, 2018
Maple, yucca bark, glass torch-fired enamel over copper, sand cast silver, coconut shell, sandstone, leather, rivets.
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Technical procedures for use and application of repurposed materials in contemporary jewelry
As a maker or jewelry artist, sometimes it’s difficult to know which might be the best material to use for the type of object you wish to make.
In this workshop, instructor Jesse Bert will talk with students about what is important to take into consideration for a good application, mounting or connecting of dissimilar materials. Students will be led through the process and procedure for the perforation, and union of distinct materials.

Jesse has 17 years of experience working to create finished jewelry objects, the base of which are made with found or repurposed materials. A key element of all the work Jesse makes is the use of cold connections, such as rivets, and he has it down to a science. Students will learn a special method for the preparation and use of rivets, in order to learn about the process and experiment during the class. They will be able to incorporate found or repurposed materials in their work.

The materials list will be sent to students upon registration.

When: Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-17:00 h.
Course Price: $360 + Materials Fee (€ 310 approx).
Language: Workshop taught in English or Spanish.


Mexico based artist 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 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 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. With annual participation in exhibitions, 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.


Jesse Bert
with student.
with student

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