Connie Ulrich

June 2011

Wearable Art using Cold Connections

Course Description
Each student will check out a tool box, full of the tools used to learn the beginning skills of classical jewelry making. During the first few days we will learn techniques in metal that we can incorporate using found objects you bring with you. The basic skills covered are sawing, piercing, filing, texture, some forming, and rivets. All levels of experience are welcome.

Supply List
*Safety glasses
Good eyes...bring magnification if needed.
*Ear plugs
Found objects you may want to incorporate into your work
*Items marked with an asterisk are available in the Shakerag store.

Artist's Statement

My most recent series, “River Landscapes”, is inspired by the land on which I live which is surrounded by rolling hills, large rocks, trees, streams, and ponds. The series is achieved through the use of simplistic, abstract forms. I design and fabricate all of my pieces, and I enjoy the whole process of creativity.
In my work, I blend the materials and shapes of the natural world with my fascination for architectural form. Characteristic within the work is the notion of balance as I perceive it in the world about me.
My commitment to ecological balance is reflected in the jewelry fabrication. My work is dedicated to the wise and gentle use of the Earth's natural resources, with much of the work being done with hand tools and without the use of harsh chemicals. I delight in the re-designing of old jewelry, creating new work from recycled material and new metals and gems.
Although fabrication and casting demands precision, calculation, and patience, I still work spontaneously. I begin each piece with an initial concept, but welcome and encourage the natural flow of change that takes place during the creative process.
www.ConnieUlrich.com

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