SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

From exhibition receptions, gallery talks, workshops and after-hour events, there are countless opportunities to get involved and enjoy everything the Metal Museum has to offer.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Make Your Own: Copper Rose

SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 10AM - 12PM, 2:30 - 4:30PM

Use 36 gauge copper to make a single copper rose. You will cut the forms and use pliers to shape the petals and then assemble them all, using wire as the stem.


$15 per project | Ages 15 and up (Ages 10-15 may attend, but must have an adult registered with them)

Green Sand Molds

SATURDAY + SUNDAY, JAN. 25 - 26, 9AM - 4PM

Learn how to make a two-part mold using an oil bonded sand known as green sand. Saturday morning will be spent learning the process and making a switch plate light cover. The remaining time will give you access to all of the Museum's patterns and our experienced instructors knowledge to explore all that green sand casting has to offer. Expect to leave with multiple castings.

$360 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

MIG Welding I [SOLD OUT]

SATURDAY, FEB. 1, 9AM - 4PM

Sometimes described as the “hot glue gun” of steel. Learn to safely operate a wire welder (MIG) and ARC Welder. The Shop Staff has assembled an inspirational scrap pile of shapes and sizes of steel for you to create yard sculptures, creatures, critters and anything you can imagine. For health and safety, please let the shop staff know if you have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator.


$180 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

Letter Wax Seal

SATURDAY, FEB. 1, 9AM - 4PM

Looking to add an extra touch of the handmade on your valentines this year, or for special invitations? This is the class for you! This NEW offering in the Metal Museum Foundry gives you a chance to make your own custom wax seal signet with your own initials or family crest. Everyone will leave with one custom-made seal with a wooden handle.


$180 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

Family Metalsmithing: Cast Pewter Valentine Keepsake

SUNDAY, FEB. 2, 2 - 4PM

The family will be introduced to pewter casting techniques and create custom keepsakes. As a family they will create a one part sand mold by building a flask out of legos, filling it with kinetic sand, and pressing shapes and letters into the sand to create their keepsake. These keepsakes can be made into a variety of different objects such as magnets, pins, or pendants.

$30 per group | Up to 5 participants

Junior Artisans: Embossed Copper Valentine

SATURDAY, FEB. 8, 10:30AM - 12PM

Using embossing techniques junior artisans will create copper valentines. They will explore pattern, texture, and add text. They will use a variety of materials to decorate their valentine. The valentines can be made into cards or into a small garland.

$15 per student | Ages 7 - 10

Young Coppersmiths: Valentine Signet Rings

SATURDAY, FEB. 8, 2:30 - 4PM

Young coppersmiths will use polymer clay to create signet rings that can be used as wax seals. They will explore imagery and symbolism and create their own unique seal. While the rings are baking they will write letters using parchment paper and fountain pens. After the rings have set they can fold their letters and use wax to seal them, stamping them with their own seal.

$15 per student | Ages 11 - 13

Blacksmithing I

SATURDAY + SUNDAY, FEB. 9 - 10, 9AM - 4PM

This class teaches the fundamental skills needed to forge steel and understand how to safely and effectively use blacksmithing tools. Learn to bend, taper, twist, punch, drift and upset steel while you work on several small projects. Expect to take home a coat or pot rack and a couple of hooks. No prerequisite required however a one day blacksmithing class is recommended. This class can be used as a prerequisite for Blacksmithing II and Sunday Open Studio.


$360 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

Mini Metalsmiths: Forged Foil Creatures

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 3:45 - 4:45PM

Mini metalsmiths will use aluminum foil, copper, and brass fasteners to create kinetic creatures. They will be introduced to the forging, embossing, and riveting process. Inspired by the work in the Museum's collection, they will create a creature from either nature or their imagination.

$10 per student | Ages 3 - 6

Valentines Eve in the Museum Store

THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 3 - 7PM

Looking for a unique, handmade gift this Valentine's Day? We have you covered! Join us on Thursday, February 13, 2020 for champagne and shopping in the Metal Museum Store. Inspired by the craft of metalsmithing and the distinct beauty of a handmade piece of art, the Museum Store proudly represents some of the best metalsmiths in North America.

Admission is always free to the Museum Store. Museum Members receive 10% off their purchases.

Combining Steel & Precious Metal for Jewelry w/ Joe Clift

SATURDAY + SUNDAY, FEB. 22 - 23, 9AM - 4PM

Join us as special guest artist Joe Clift leads a jewelry-making class on combining steel and precious metals. Learn to use steel on a jewelry scale, using both hot and cold forming techniques. Add sterling silver and colored stones to serve as both decorative and functional elements. Complete your pieces as pendants and bracelets. Finishing techniques will be included.

Make Your Own: Leap Day Origami Frog

SATURDAY, FEB. 29, 10AM - 12PM, 2:30 - 4:30PM

Create fold formed copper frogs inspired by origami. This class teaches the process of fold forming using origami patterns. Origami paper will be provided to practice on, and thin copper sheet will be used to create the final project.


$15 per project | Ages 15 and up (Ages 10-15 may attend, but must have an adult registered with them)

Family Metalsmithing: Copper Flower Centerpiece

SUNDAY, MAR. 1, 2 - 4PM

Families will come together to create botanical centerpieces out of copper. They will create flowers, leaves, and other natural elements using hammers and texturing tools. Each family member can create a different element, bringing it together to create a unique bouquet that is one of a kind.

$30 per group | Up to 5 participants

MIG Welding I [SOLD OUT]

SATURDAY, MAR. 7, 9AM - 4PM

Sometimes described as the “hot glue gun” of steel. Learn to safely operate a wire welder (MIG) and ARC Welder. The Shop Staff has assembled an inspirational scrap pile of shapes and sizes of steel for you to create yard sculptures, creatures, critters and anything you can imagine. For health and safety, please let the shop staff know if you have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator.


$180 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

Resin Sand Molds

SATURDAY + SUNDAY, MAR. 7 - 8, 9AM - 4PM

Learn how to use resin sand to make a two-part mold. Resin bonded sand is a mixture of a super fine grade sand mixed with a 2- or 3-part chemical that binds the sand together and hardens. It creates a strong mold that can withstand high temperatures. You will pour several aluminum and bronze molds, either custom made or from the Museum’s patterns.


$360 | Beginner | Ages 15 and up

Mini Metalsmiths: Pipe Cleaner Bugs

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 11, 3:45 - 4:45PM

Mini metalsmiths will use pipe cleaners and recycled materials to create bugs. Students will choose from a variety of recycled material to serve as the body of their bug, then use the pipe cleaners to add legs, antennas, and wings to their creepy crawlies.

$10 per student | Ages 3 - 6

Junior Artisans: Colorful Embossed Copper Tiles

SATURDAY, MAR. 14, 10:30AM - 12PM

Inspired by enameling process and Master Metalsmith: Sarah Perkins, junior artisans will create copper tiles using the embossing process. They will explore concepts like pattern and texture. After designing and embossing their tile, they will fill the designs with colorful sand, echoing the surface texture found in Sarah’s work.

$15 per student | Ages 7 - 10

Young Coppersmiths: Fold Formed Origami Frogs

SATURDAY, MAR. 14, 2:30 - 4PM

Young coppersmiths will be inspired by origami to create fold formed copper frogs. Students will be introduced to the technique and process of fold forming. First they will practice by creating paper origami frogs. Students are encouraged to create not just one copper frog, but a family that ranges in size. They are welcome to add embellishments to their frogs using a wide variety of materials.

$15 per student | Ages 11 - 13

Reception & Gallery Talk for Tributaries: Sophie Glenn

SUNDAY, MAR. 15, 3 - 5PM

Join us Sunday, March 15 at 3pm for the opening reception of our Tributaries exhibition and a gallery talk by featured artist Sophie Glenn!
 

Sophie Glenn is a furniture maker and metal worker from New York City, NY. She received her MFA in Furniture Design and Woodworking from San Diego State University (San Diego, CA) in 2017 and has worked as a metal fabricator and welder for independent businesses across the country. In her series, “Rust Never Sleeps,” Sophie challenges traditional norms in furniture making through her use of material and color. Designs, which appear at first to be made of wood, are revealed to be fabricated in steel. Sophie’s work charges the audience to abandon our preconceived notions and to look more closely before drawing conclusions.

 

Sophie Glenn's gallery talk will begin at 3:30pm. This exhibition will be on display from March 15 to May 17, 2020.

Blacksmithing II

SATURDAY + SUNDAY, MAR. 21 - 22, 9AM - 4PM

Blacksmithing II teaches advanced forging techniques, such as forge welding, collars, collar lap joints, and rivets. By the end of this two-day class, students will leave with a 12” x 12” window grille. The first day will focus on making the frame and center bar and riveting it together. The second day will focus on scroll making, which includes forge welding and fitting the scrolls to the grille.


$360 | Blacksmithing I Required | Ages 15 and up

Layered Pendant

SUNDAY, MAR. 22, 9AM - 4PM

The jeweler's saw is one of the most important tools for jewelers. In this class you will learn how to use a jeweler's saw and bench pin to cut any shape out of metal. Once the pieces are cut, learn how to attach two pieces of metal using the cold connection riveting process. Expect to leave with at least one finished piece of jewelry.


$360 | Blacksmithing I Required | Ages 15 and up

Make Your Own: Recycled Tin Jewelry

SATURDAY, MAR. 28, 10AM - 12PM, 2:30 - 4:30PM

Learn how to use a circle cutter and dapping punch to turn recycled tin and bottle caps into pieces of jewelry!

$15 per project | Ages 15 and up (Ages 10-15 may attend, but must have an adult registered with them)

Reception & Gallery Talk for Tradition of Excellence

SUNDAY, MAR. 29, 3 - 5PM

Join us Sunday, March 29 at 3pm for the opening reception of Tradition of Excellence: Japanese Techniques in Contemporary Metal Arts and a gallery talk by the curator, Hiroko Yamada.

 

Curated by Hiroko Yamada, Director of HYART Gallery (Madison, WI), and originating from Penland Gallery at Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC), Tradition of Excellence explores a wide range of Japanese metalworking techniques and materials. The exhibit brings together both Japanese and American artists, honoring the profound skill and knowledge of these makers and highlighting the influence of Japanese metalworking within the contemporary metal arts field.

 

Hiroko Yamada's gallery talk will begin at 3:30pm. This exhibition will be on display from March 29 to September 13, 2020.

Forging on the River 2020

WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY, APR. 1 - 5

​Forging on the River is an annual blacksmithing conference and pre-conference workshop hosted by the Metal Museum. In addition to the chance to learn from an internationally recognized artist-blacksmith, Forging on the River provides metalsmiths and enthusiasts the opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and work collaboratively on projects, all while enjoying the Metal Museum exhibitions and grounds.

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