In this 2 day workshop students will be introduced to the 3000 year old arts of Chasing and Repoussé. With the use of simple punches, students will learn to sculpt sheet metal, adding form and detail to create 3D works of art. Students will be guided through the process from basic chasing and texturing to creating deep relief forms, which are further refined through planishing. After a brief introduction to the history of chasing and repoussé, students will be guided through the chasing process, with a focus on proper tool and hammer control. Sample plates of chasing and textures will be created with multiple techniques using a variety of punches. Students will then learn the relief embossing process of repoussé, along with the safe handling of pitch and its working characteristics. These relief forms will be chased, textured and planished to bring experimental 3D forms to life. The final sample will combine the techniques explored while developing an understanding for design composition.
This 2 day intensive course is suitable for intermediate to advanced students.