Upcoming Workshop: Andy Cooperman’s Imaginative Captures (Zengineering)

Upcoming Workshop: Andy Cooperman’s Imaginative Captures (Zengineering)


"Icecap Ring"

“Icecap Ring”


Seattle based metalsmith and writer, Andy Cooperman, is coming to Texas in January 2016 and HMAG has managed to snag him for a workshop!

Andy will lead his 4-day Master Workshop, Imaginative Captures (Zengineering), for HMAG members January 23-26, 2016.  This workshop is the original ” imaginative captures” class as conceived and presented by Andy Cooperman himself.

Imagine a more fluid way to incorporate a gemstone, enamel or found object into your work: A fresh approach that leverages the principles of traditional stone setting to open possibilities that go way beyond the old standbys of prongs and bezels.

Imagine tearing down some of the walls that exist between ideas, process and materials and creating new, elegant and more fully integrated setting solutions. This is Capturing.

This information-packed workshop is designed to help you change things up, to liberate the problem solver within by helping participants see a different way of approaching their work and navigate the choke points and roadblocks inherent in studio life. Along the way we’ll explore a wide variety of tricks, shortcuts and studio tips –and some really bad jokes. Demonstrations and an extensive collection of samples will be used to illustrate topics including cold connecting, caging, back setting, the flex shaft and advanced soldering techniques.

Participants must have basic jewelry skills and a familiarity with tools and studio equipment. Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering and basic bezel setting. Students should have intermediate experience and be familiar with: the rolling mill, torches, hammers, buffers, etc.

Those who enroll must be able to silver solder (hard/medium/easy) unattended.


 About Andy:

Metalsmith, educator and writer Andy Cooperman works from his Seattle studio where he builds jewelry and objects for exhibitions and private clients. His work and writing has appeared in blogs, magazines and books, including Humor in Craft, Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III) and The Penland Book of Jewelry and is held in private and public collections such as the Victoria and AlbertMuseum, Central College in Pella Iowa, and the Tacoma Art Museum.

Recently his work was featured in the exhibition Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor which toured from the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis to the Tacoma Art Museum. His solo exhibition Assorted Objects opened in September at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville TN.  As a teacher, Andy’s goal is to help students develop the creative problem-solving tools that will allow them to see beyond standard solutions and open new doors onto the creative process. He teaches and lectures nationally and has spoken at many conferences, most recently in Minneapolis for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Grains to Gold conference  and at Outside the Lines the 18th annual CoMA (Colorado Metalsmithing Association) conference.



Imaginative Captures (Zengineering) 4-day Workshop:

Saturday- Tuesday, January 23-26, 2016; 9am- 5pm

Charisma Design Studios

226 Cavalcade

Houston TX 77009

Cost:  $450.  (includes Andy’s materials kit and lunch each day.)

This workshop is offered at $750 in other locations.  HMAG is pleased to be able to offer a substantially discounted rate to its members.


HMAG Workshop Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your registration more than 7 days prior to the start of the workshop, your registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee, will be refunded by check or PayPal.  No refunds will be given for cancellation within 7 days of the start of a workshop.

Any questions or need more info?  Contact Terry Fromm at HMAGPres@gmail.com.


Click Here to register for this workshop.