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Tool Making with Jesse Bert

Workshop  /  Technics   Making   Workshops  /  07 Nov 2018  -  08 Nov 2018
Published: 03.08.2018
Chasing tools made by Jesse Bert..
Chasing tools made by Jesse Bert.

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Students will explore the attributes of carbon steel to create unique and exciting tools much in the same way that has been done by artisans and jewelers for generations. As well as looking at some traditional forms and shapes of tools used in Mexico, Jesse Bert will also explain the value of exploring form and design to create your own tool designs that will enhance, embellish, and personalize each metal creation or piece of contemporary jewelry that leaves your bench.
Tools will be made by grinding, filing, or cutting with the jewelers saw to give form. Sanding and polishing will be used to give final finish, followed by a 2-step heat treatment process so that the tools will last a lifetime.
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
Chasing tools made by Jesse Bert..
Chasing tools made by Jesse Bert.

© By the author. Read Copyright.