Technical & Design Support Service (updated 10/4/2011)

Peter Erickson giving a flatware forging demonstration
SAS Artisan Peter Erickson

Below is a list of SAS Artisans and industry craftsmen who are participating in the Technical & Design Support Service. These members have made themselves available to conduct lectures and/or workshops in their areas of expertise.

With techniques, such as hidden hinges, box & tray making, spinning, polishing, and chasing slowly disappearing from metalsmithing programs internationally, SAS has taken the initiative to strengthen those programs lacking in specialized areas of metalsmithing.

All correspondence, scheduling and financial matters will be between the institution and targeted Artisan and Supporting member/s, and not through SAS.

Feel free to contact us to assist in your decision making.

Michael Banner
PO Box 217, Monterey, MA 01245
Michael teaches advanced Silversmithing at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln Massachusetts. Private lessons available (advanced) SAS Artisan member

Robert A. Butler
PO Box 719, Pine Plains, NY 12567
Robert will demonstrate raising, chasing, forging, model making, and conduct a slide lecture. SAS Artisan member

John E. Cogswell
PO Box 341, Clintondale, NY 12515
John offers workshops on most areas of silversmithing and jewelry making, including hollow core construction, box & hinge making, forging, surface embellishment, patinas, stone setting, granulation, clasps & closures, metal inlay, and mokume. He will also lecture and show slides of his work. SAS Artisan member

James A. Curtis
8405 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Jim, head silversmith at Colonial Williamsburg, will demonstrate all phases of silversmithing, from casting an ingot to rolling it into sheet and transforming it into a finished object. SAS Artisan member

Cynthia Eid
PO Box 750007, Arlington Heights, MA 02175
Cindy teaches the Advanced Silversmithing courses at the De Cordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA. She will demonstrate shell-forming, angle raising, crimping, stretching, lap seaming, and forging. In addition, Cindy will instruct forming of unusual shapes, as well as squares and circles, with a sculptural approach applicable to both holloware and jewelry. She can also demonstrate forming and construction methods in pewter. A workshop in Photography for Metalsmiths (go to her Photo Tips for Metalsmiths page) and a slide presentation of her work are also available. Private lessons available. SAS Artisan member

Peter G. Erickson
119 Green St., Gardner, MA 01440
Peter forges production flatware as a livelihood and will demonstrate the process of forging a flat bar of silver into a completed spoon or fork. He will also conduct a slide lecture. SAS Artisan member

Fred Fenster
6691 Twin Lane Rd., Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Fred, a metalsmithing professor at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, will demonstrate raising, forging, construction, stone setting, and hard soldering techniques. He will also conduct a pewter forming and construction workshop and slide lecture. SAS Artisan member

Markham J. Frankel
276 E. Queens Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23185
A self-employed silversmith, Mark will lecture and conduct a workshop in box making and basic silversmithing techniques and "tricks." He will also hold an open discussion on current student projects and his own work. SAS Artisan member

William N. Frederick
1858 N. Sedgwick, Chicago, IL 60614
Bill will demonstrate all aspects of silversmithing including hidden hinge making, fabricating, raising, complex soldering techniques, and an extensive slide lecture. SAS Artisan member

Jeffrey Herman
PO Box 786, West Warwick, RI 02893
Jeff, executve director of SAS, will discuss all business aspects of being a professional silversmith, the importance of technical expertise prior to graduating, maintaining accurate records, photographing your work for publicity and presentations, safety in the shop, marketing opportunities, pricing strategies, the financial rewards of restoring silver, and an extensive slide presentation of Artisan member's work. He will also lecture on how the silver industry has opened opportunities for free-lancing craftsmen and independent silversmiths. His latest lecture topic: "The Art, Craft, and Business of the 21st Century Silversmith." Jeff also offers personal consultation to the appraisal and curatorial communities regarding technique, restoration, and conservation. SAS Artisan member

Roger H. Horner
1037 187th St., Shoreline, WA 98155
Roger, a metalsmithing professor at the University of Washington, will give a work-shop on tool making (chasing punches, chisels & gravers). He will demonstrate hardening, tempering, and refining the tool surface. Upon conclusion, Roger will provide a handout of an overview of what he taught and will also give a slide show of his work. SAS Artisan member

Yuen Kee-Ho
2203 Sunnyside Dr., Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Yuen, a metalsmithing professor at the University of Northern Iowa, will demonstrate electroforming, aluminum anodizing, and present a lecture and slide show of his work. SAS Artisan member

Val Link
5531 Darnell, Houston, TX 77096
Val, a metalsmithing professor at the University of Houston, offers a slide lecture and workshop on die forming with non-conforming masonite dies, hydraulic die forming, raising, shell forming, chasing & repousse, and making of chasing tools. SAS Artisan member

Bob McNee
380 Tremont St., Taunton, MA 02780
Bob, a spinner at Reed & Barton Silversmiths for 25 years, will demonstrate basic and advanced spinning techniques for precious and non-precious metals. The school must have access to a spinning lathe.

Harold Rabinowitz
62 FlamingoRd., East Hills, NY 11576
Harold, a specialist in creating Judaica, will give a slide lecture and demonstrate raising and fabricating techniques. SAS Artisan member

Cynthia Schlemlein
26625 72nd St. SE, Snohomish, WA 98290
Cynthia will conduct workshops on metal forming including raising, stretching, sinking, anticlastic raising, shell construction, and chasing used in creating holloware, basic forging, soldering, and chemical and non chemical patination. Techniques can be demonstrated in silver, copper, and pewter. She will also show slides of her work. SAS Artisan member

Randy Stromsöe
Stromsöe Studios, Rancho Terra Bella, 3780 Old Creek Rd., Templeton, CA 93465
Randy will demonstrate handle & spout making, flatware forging, spinning, sinking, raising, seaming, chasing, repousse, and pewter working. Private lessons available. SAS Artisan member

Munya Avigail Upin
411 Waverely St.., Belmont, MA 02178
Munya offers two workshops: one on Woven Metal techniques and the other on Surface Embellishment. Her slide lectures are on 20th Century Decorative Arts, a retrospective of her work, and Cross Reference-Inspirational Images and Finished Works of Art. Private lessons available. SAS Artisan member

Pauline Warg
15 Holly St., Room 102, Scarborough, ME 04074
Pauline will demonstrate piercing, chasing and repousse, soldering, hinge, catch and latch making, smallware (card cases, pill boxes, salt and peppers, etc.) construction, and nitric acid etching. In addition to a slide lecture, she will organize, advise and write curriculums. Private lessons available. SAS Artisan member

Linda Weiss
702 Montebello Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Workshops on introduction to soldering, fabrication, angle raising of vessels, forging (dynamic line). Private lessons available. SAS Artisan member

Wendy Yothers
5318 N. Oaks Dr., Greensboro, NC 27455
Wendy will demonstrate enameling, raising, swedging, and model making for silver and pewter casting. She will also show slides and lecture on handwork needed in the silver industry. SAS Artisan member

Valentin Yotkov
232 Woodcliff Blvd., Morganville, NJ 07751
Valentin, a silversmith trained in Bulgarian, offers workshops in chasing & repoussé, tool making, and will give a slide presentation. Private lessons available. SAS Artisan member


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