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FSG - Florida Society of Goldsmiths

FSG - Florida Society of Goldsmiths Teaching the Art of Metal The Florida Society of Goldsmiths is a not-for-profit organization created by metalsmiths to aid and support other metalsmiths through meetings, publicity, workshops and exhibitions; to provide metalsmiths with opportunities for education and exchange of information; to broaden public knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of fine quality hand-crafted metal work, including, but not limited to, jewelry.

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05/26/2022

Invest in yourself and your art!
Join us June 18-24 at Wildacres Retreat! Master metalsmith instructions in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Presented by
West Coast Chapter Florida Goldsmith Society.

Register Today! https://www.wcfsg.org/wildacres-2022.html
Instructors lineup:
Bette Barnett, James Carter, Ryan Gardner, Jeanette Caines and Pauline Warg.
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05/21/2022

Maestro Fabrizio's presentation today was nothing short of brilliant and breathtaking!
Enjoy a snippet of his mastery in action!
Remember you can enjoy these demos too - Simply join FSG today! www.fsgmetalsmiths.org

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05/20/2022

There's still time to register to watch the Maestro Fabrizio demonstrate chasing and repousse' live in this hour and half virtual presentation and 30 minute Q&A.

Free with a $50/yr membership to FSG. Where else can you see master craftsmen share their art for such a low price!
Register now - https://bit.ly/FabrizioDemo

05/18/2022

Maestro Fabrizio Acquafresca is back with a virtual live demo of the ancient art of "Cesello" - chasing and repoussé, exclusively for FSG members.
Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 am EST.

Join us and watch the magic!
FREE - Register at https://bit.ly/FabrizioFSG
You won't want to miss this one! Mark Your Calendars!

05/14/2022

Il Maestro, Fabrizio Acquafresca, http://www.acquafrescafirenze.com, is back with an on-line demo through FSG! Watch how he takes a drawing of a dragon fly and transforms it into a dimensional work of art with his artistic expression in chasing and repoussé. Prior to the demo, he will share the history of the Acquafresca family dating back to the XVIII century. The demo is on May 21, 2022 at 11:00 am EST and is free to FSG members. To register: https://www.fsgmetalsmiths.org/acquafresca-rsvp.html

Art Nouveau flourished during a period of rapid social change and technological change In Europe in the late 1880’s
05/02/2022

Art Nouveau flourished during a period of rapid social change and technological change In Europe in the late 1880’s

See another FSG Free Zoom Demo on May 21,2022 at 11:00 am with Il Maestro (http://www.acquafrescafirenze.com/). Fabrizio...
04/27/2022

See another FSG Free Zoom Demo on May 21,2022 at 11:00 am with Il Maestro (http://www.acquafrescafirenze.com/). Fabrizio is back again to share his expertise in chasing and repousse while creating a dragon fly. Prior to the demo, he will share the history of the Acquafresca family dating back to the XVIII century. They were famed gunsmiths who invented the breech-loading system and mastered the art of chasing on steel and became renowned for some of the most artistically refined and elegant firearm builders. Some of the pistols are in the Metropolitan Museum of New York permanent collection. Please register with [email protected]

Immerse yourself in a perfect setting to elevate your jewelry making skills, and learn new techniques The West Coast Cha...
04/21/2022

Immerse yourself in a perfect setting to elevate your jewelry making skills, and learn new techniques The West Coast Chapter of Florida Society of Goldsmiths will sponsor a five-day retreat in the mountains of North Carolina to be held this June 18 to 24, 2022. The instructors will be Bette Barnett (https://www.studiomigoto.com/) to explore and experiment with steel and gold, Jeanette K. Caines a master Goldsmith in Etruscan Jewelry (http://jewelryarts.com/jewelry-by-jeanette-caines-2/) will teach reliable soldering methods, James Carter (https://jamescarterstudio.com/) a master of art jewelry and the class will emphasis design techniques with hoops. Ryan Gardner (https://www.ryangardnerdesigns.com/) will fabricate stone and metals to create works of art and Pauline Warg (http://www.paulinewargdesignsllc.com/) will teach Torch Fired Enameling. The fee for this event is $1,035 and includes workshop, room and board!! To Register: https://www.wcfsg.org/. Wildacres is open to FSG members only. If you need to join or renew your membership, go to https://www.fsgmetalsmiths.org/join.

Also at the FSGNE in Deland, Richard Salley,  https://rsalley.com/index.html, will be teaching a two-day class on creati...
04/09/2022

Also at the FSGNE in Deland, Richard Salley, https://rsalley.com/index.html, will be teaching a two-day class on creating a bracelet using braided silver wire, a thick wall bezel and prong setting. The class will be Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st. The cost of the class will be $425 to FSG members ($530 for non-members). See registration: https://fsgne.wordpress.com or [email protected]

The Northeast Chapter of FSG will sponsor a one-day CLASP CLASS - with Richard Salley, creating handcrafted closures - b...
04/09/2022

The Northeast Chapter of FSG will sponsor a one-day CLASP CLASS - with Richard Salley, creating handcrafted closures - box, fold-over and spring clasps. Friday April 29th. The cost of the class will be $225 to FSG members ($280 for nonmembers). See registration: https://fsgne.wordpress.com or [email protected]

The Northeast Chapter of FSG will sponsor a two-day workshop with Chris Darway on AURA 22 Gold Fusion on Copper/Silver. ...
04/01/2022

The Northeast Chapter of FSG will sponsor a two-day workshop with Chris Darway on AURA 22 Gold Fusion on Copper/Silver. Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th. Aura 22 was developed to be used on fine silver and metal clay as an alternative/supplement to Keum-Bo. The cost of the class will be $425 to FSG members ($530 for non-members). See registration: https://fsgne.wordpress.com or [email protected]

Join Members of FSG for a free demo by Mer Almagro, https://innershelter.net/, a vitreous enamellist showing us her appl...
03/29/2022

Join Members of FSG for a free demo by Mer Almagro, https://innershelter.net/, a vitreous enamellist showing us her application of opalescent Grisaille. She most often is painting on enamel, which allows her to create miniature, wearable paintings on glass, using layers of very finely ground metal oxides and fired on to the surface of an enameled piece. She prefers not using magnification so that she can step back from the canvas and perceive the entirety of the work for an impressionistic approach. To register contact: [email protected]. To Renew Your Membership or Join FSG go to: https://www.fsgmetalsmiths.org

Our Southeast chapter hosted a workshop with Suzanne Williams, where members learned how to make unusual mechanisms for ...
03/27/2022

Our Southeast chapter hosted a workshop with Suzanne Williams, where members learned how to make unusual mechanisms for jewelry clasps. 🔨
Check out Suzanne’s IG to see more of her designs!

Member Showcase - Kirby Dunnington currently lives in Charlotte, NC.  And she began her career as a jeweler at Tiffany a...
02/23/2022

Member Showcase - Kirby Dunnington currently lives in Charlotte, NC. And she began her career as a jeweler at Tiffany and Company. Her jewelry combines gold, sterling silver and steel with pearls or colored stones. Many of her rings are found steel with gold bezels and some pieces are hammered and incorporating found objects. See her work ➡ https://kdunningtonjewelry.wordpress.com/.

02/14/2022
February Birthstone, Amethyst - The name comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word methustos, which means “int...
02/03/2022

February Birthstone, Amethyst - The name comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word methustos, which means “intoxicated.” Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness and is associated with Bacchus, the god of wine. What is great about the gem is that one can wear it small or wear it big when incorporating into impressive designs. Cut gemstones can range from soulful rose cuts to geometric faceted and modernistic cabochon shapes.

We would like to apologize to our members for the misspelling of ”Jody Ochs” in a prior posting of the class she is teac...
01/16/2022
Classes

We would like to apologize to our members for the misspelling of ”Jody Ochs” in a prior posting of the class she is teaching at the FSG Northeast Chapter Studio in Deland, Florida . “Dimensional Forming with Metal’ with JODY OCHS is a 5 DAY WORKSHOP, January 17-21, in a Technique Driven Class to learn shell forming, spiculum forming and possibly fold forming. . To register https://fsgne.wordpress.com/classes/. The instructor prefers that students be vaccinated against COVID. See her work ➡ https://jodyochsdesign.com/

Deland studio CLASS APPLICATION Classes at Our DeLand Studio We offer jewelry classes for students of all skill levels at our Artisan Alley studio in historic downtown DeLand. Please note that all …

Are you interested in watching the history of filigree jewellery and an explain on the process for making Filigree! FSG ...
01/14/2022

Are you interested in watching the history of filigree jewellery and an explain on the process for making Filigree! FSG is giving another free online demo for members on January 22 at 11:00am est. Milt Fischbein from Alberta, Canada, will show us a few live demonstrations on how filigree was made before we had modern conveniences such as flex shafts and electricity. He will also demonstrate some of the methods that he uses today make filigree in his studio. Email [email protected] for your spot. If you are not currently a member of FSG you can join for $50 https://www.fsgmetalsmiths.org/membership-application-form.html

Camille Patton is an enamellist and metalsmith living in the Tallahassee area. Her collections ➡ https://hearthandandfir...
01/14/2022

Camille Patton is an enamellist and metalsmith living in the Tallahassee area. Her collections ➡ https://hearthandandfire.com/ range from champleve, wire work, wall art (with various dimensions) and boxes. There are several series: Birds of a Feather, captures vitreous enamel on copper wall art, Head over Heels, uses opalescent enamels to create depth in earring and pendant sets, and her Wooden Boxes are inlaid with enamel on copper. Her new work will be cloissonne and plique-a jour jewelry. See her Photos

January Gemstone is “Garnet”, which is a bright red, fiery crystal of passion and is thought to be one of the oldest cry...
01/10/2022

January Gemstone is “Garnet”, which is a bright red, fiery crystal of passion and is thought to be one of the oldest crystals used for spiritual protection throughout history. The Latin word for Pomegranate is Granatum, and one glance at these bright red stones reminds you of how these jewels got their name. Garnet is said to bring love, luck, health, loyalty and friendship to people who are born this month.

Chuck Bruce and Micah Kirby will be teaching a class, Advanced Inlay, at the Deland FSGNE studio at 106 Artisan Alley, D...
01/10/2022

Chuck Bruce and Micah Kirby will be teaching a class, Advanced Inlay, at the Deland FSGNE studio at 106 Artisan Alley, Deland, Florida, February 28th thru March 4th. Classes will run from 9am to 7pm with a break for lunch. Construct an inlay bail & pendant, and student choice after, usually an inlay hinged bangle, bead knives, cuff links, or belt buckle. Class will explore drilling into stone, stone in stone, stone cones, hinging and stone on stone. To information on this class at https://fsgne.wordpress.com/classes/. Register with [email protected]
See the work of Chuck Bruce ➡ www.chuckbrucedesigns.com

“Dimensional Forming with Metal’ with JUDY OCHS is a 5 DAY WORKSHOP, January 17-21, held at FSG Northeast Chapter Studio...
12/23/2021

“Dimensional Forming with Metal’ with JUDY OCHS is a 5 DAY WORKSHOP, January 17-21, held at FSG Northeast Chapter Studio at 106 Artisan Alley in Deland, Florida. This is a Technique Driven Class to learn forming 3D shapes using synclast forming techniques,
the anti-clast forming techniques, 3D hoop using the synclast technique, spiculums and curved spiculums; it may incorporate some fold forming, using copper and brass to learn the techniques. If you would like to make things in silver you may bring your own 24-gauge silver sheet. To register https://fsgne.wordpress.com/classes/. The instructor prefers that students be vaccinated against COVID. See her work ➡ https://jodyochsdesign.com/

FSG is looking for a Social Media Head. FSG is a non-profit organization and this role is a volunteer position.  Interes...
12/13/2021

FSG is looking for a Social Media Head. FSG is a non-profit organization and this role is a volunteer position. Interested parties should submit their interest and 2-3 examples of work to [email protected]

Join FSG members in watching a zoom demo from Douglas Wunder, https://edouglaswunder.com/, of how he incorporates geomet...
12/01/2021

Join FSG members in watching a zoom demo from Douglas Wunder, https://edouglaswunder.com/, of how he incorporates geometric influences of human and naturally made objects to create graphic representations of sweeping curves, upward perspectives and overlapping alignments in detail. Watch a tour of his studio and listen to him share some of his secrets. Free to FSG Members on December 4 at 1pm. To Register: [email protected]

Once a year the stars align … magic is in the air: January 16-22, 2022 at Atlantic Center for the Arts for a week of ins...
11/13/2021

Once a year the stars align … magic is in the air: January 16-22, 2022 at Atlantic Center for the Arts for a week of inspiration, instruction, and thoughtful design. ➡️
https://fsgne.wordpress.com/

The Northeast Chapter of FSG is still open for registration for their Winter Workshop January 16 to 22, 2022. It is held...
11/08/2021

The Northeast Chapter of FSG is still open for registration for their Winter Workshop January 16 to 22, 2022. It is held at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The center has a great campus feel with various studios and an inhouse dining area, so for one week the teachers and students form a bond to inspire creative activity. There will be classes from Chuck Bruce (Lapidary Inlay), Micah Kirby (Electro Etching), Albert Rasch (Blacksmithing), Ron Miller (Wire Wrap Jewelry), and Judy Ochs (Fold Forming). See a full description - (https://fsgne.wordpress.com/winter-workshop-classes/). There is a deadline by the end of November so sign up to get back to inhouse workshops. FSGNE will follow the state of Florida's requirements for safeguards and protocols as well as those required by the ACA.

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Still time to sign up for my Dimensional Forming With Metal workshop the week of January 17th through the 21st has changed location and will now be held in the Deland Florida studio of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths North East Chapter. If you've ever wanted to learn how to make your work more "3D", organic, domed etc., this is the workshop for you. We'll learn how to form metal using both sync-clast and anti-clast methods, and we'll make spiculums! Those are the hollow tube forms you see in many of my pendants and bracelets. I've added some pics of my work as examples. This is an advanced class, but if you are a beginner, the only requirement is that you are comfortable with a jewelers torch and hammers. PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED. Message me for a full class description and information on how to sign up
A survey: what, specifically, is patina? Is it limited to Liver of Sulfur or commercial blackeners?
So very sad to learn of Tom Benham's passing. What a valuable member he was. Love and peace to Kay and family.
Just wondering if the members directory is available yet?
Just starting out on my dream to become a professional jeweler. Any places near Tallahassee where I can take metalsmithing classes? Currently taking an introduction to jewelry class in school now, so learning the basics. Was hoping someone can point me to more classes in my area? Thank you for your time, and have a wonderful day.
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Hello everyone. My Dad introduced me to you all many years ago and I met some of you twice at Wildacres 🙂. Now both he and I have moved on from our jewelry-making days. I will soon be posting a lovely jewelers/crafters workbench he made himself - of rare Birdseye Pine onto Craigslist. I also have a rolling mill I need to part with. If anyone is interested please message me.
Hi there, I‘m hoping that you could spread the word about my husband‘s gofundme page. On May 3rd Oliver was altering a wooden mandrel to work with a unique cuff of his. Not all tools that one can buy do exactly what you need them to do, so changing existing tools or making some from scratch is a common practice for jewelers. Making changes to this mandrel changed his life. He decided to use a circular saw to make the changes that he needed and severely injured his right hand in that process. Please read more at https://www.gofundme.com/oliver-jewelry-traumatic-hand-injury Thank you Christiane
hi FSGers! I have a question. I am trying to email Michael Dyber via his website and keep getting bounced back. Does anyone have the master gem cutter's email? You can PM me with it if you have it. I can try to call him as I do have a number. It might be an old one. Anyone?? thanks
Yum, pancakes! Thanks, Kevin Potter!
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What a great weekend learning Etching with Salt Water at the Morean Art Center with Jean Marie DeSpiegler. What a great class and the best, informative and patient teacher! Check out just some of our pieces!