Andy Cooperman Workshop: Creative Surface Development

HMAG’s Board of Directors is pleased to bring  renowned Seattle metalsmith Andy Cooperman to Houston to present his  workshop Creative Surface Development.

Andy’s description of this workshop:

” Our world is covered in textures and patterns that inform and delight us. In the studio, a unique or well-chosen surface adds character and depth to an object, enhances and even defines it. But it so often happens that we come to rely on a handful of basic textures rather than developing our own creative surfaces.  

The goal of this workshop is to fix that, to uncover new ways to consider surface, to loosen up and experiment, generating a wide variety of metal samples–“flash cards”. Each sample will be accompanied by notes detailing how the surface was produced, so that the effect can be replicated for future application. We will explore heat-generated surfaces as well as rolled, hammered, abraded, spontaneous and complex surfaces. 

Then, using some of the surfaces discovered, participants will build a brooch or pendant. A simple but elegant brooch finding system will be demonstrated.

Discussion includes using natural surfaces as source material as well as how and when to apply surface texture during the construction of a piece. Bring a sense of play and a sharp pencil–there are sure to be lots of tips and tricks.”
About Andy: Since 1984, metalsmith Andy Cooperman has lived and worked in Seattle where he builds jewelry and small objects for museum exhibitions, galleries and private clients. His work has been featured in many publications, including Penland Book of Jewelry and the new book Humor in Craft and is held in private and public collections that include the Victoria and Albert Museum, Central College in Pella Iowa and the Tacoma Art Museum.  Andy teaches and lectures nationally and taught in the metals program at the University of Washington 2006 – 2008.  His work has been shown recently in Esoterica: Through the Looking Glass, a Tributaries solo exhibition at The National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis and in Radical Alchemy in the Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, Virginia.

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Workshop Details:

Location   Glassell School of Art Jewelry Studio.
Dates   May 11-13, 2012
Cost    $350, fee includes all materials
Registration Details    Online registration via  Workshop is limited to 12 pre-selected participants.
Due to anticipated high demand for this workshop, there will be a lottery for the workshop seats.  The lottery will be held at the annual meeting on April 11, 2012. Members whose dues are paid as of April 01, 2012 are eligible. Presence at the meeting is not required to participate in the lottery (although it would be lovely if you could join us!)

Question, concerns or comments?  Please contact the workshop chair, Patty Scott @ or 281-373-1578.