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Taking Shape: The Fundamentals and Application of Chasing and Repousse'

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Tuition: $1,124.21 includes tuition, materials fee, and applicable sales tax. (Tuition is $1,070, materials fee is $49.39, and tax is $4.82)


August 3-7, 2020

Course Description:

For centuries the fine art of chasing and repoussè has been widely prized and used to adorn sculptural and functional pieces in metal such as hollowware, jewelry, and other metal art.

This workshop will introduce students to a basic foundation in skill development within the technique of chasing and repoussè.  Students will learn to chase designs on the front of the metal, raise the metal from the back, and finish work with the final chasing of details on the front.  We will explore and discuss basic tool shape and their application for sculpting metal.  By using simple shapes and designs most commonly found in ornamental chasing, the students will be presented with an understanding of how various chisels and punches correspond in application to moving and sculpting flat metal into a three-dimensional work of art. 

Essential Skills Learned in Chasing & Repoussé:

  • Working with pitch and understanding its properties
  • Design layout and transferring design to metal
  • Chasing vs. Repousse'
  • Tool Identification and application in relation to the process of chasing and repoussè
  • Design Implementations
  • Chasing details for completion
  • Raising the design
  • Chasing the initial design in metal 

     ONE-FEE GUARANTEE: New Approach is unique. We don't require you to buy or bring your own tools to attend our classes. All you need to bring is your personal optics, like an opti-visor and 10x eye-loupe, if you have them. If not, we will provide them for you to use in class.

    The use of professional bench and tools is included. There is no requirement to purchase or bring tools for this class.

    During the registration process, a $200 deposit is necessary to reserve your spot in the class. The remainder of tuition and kit fee is due by the first day of class.

    Pre-requisites: None, but torch experience helpful


     Instructor: Kimberly Vaughn 


    Class Schedule


    Graduate Bench Jeweler Program:

    12-week intensive program with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

    • Mar 2-May 22, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
    • Aug 30-Nov 20, 2020 - CLASS IN SESSION

    Bench Comprehensive:

    5-day workshop withBlaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

    • Jan 27-31, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
    • June 1-5, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
    • August 3-7, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
    • August 17-21, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

    Stone Setting Comprehensive:

    5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

    • Feb 3-7, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
    • Feb 10-14, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
    • June 8-12, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
    • July 6-10, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
    • July 13-17, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
    • July 20 -24, 2020 w/ Drew Hadley - CLASS COMPLETED
    • August 10-14, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
    • August 24-28, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

    Advanced Stone Setting:

    5-day advanced workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

    • Feb 17-21, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
    • October 26-30, 2020 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List


    Mokume Gane with the Masters:

    5-day workshop with Chris Ploof & James Binnion

    2021 Dates TBD

    Coin Ring Making Using Seamless Ring Construction:

    3-day Workshop with Jason Stinchfield

    2021 Dates TBD


    5-day workshop with Jason Marchiafava

    May 11-15, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
    August 10-14, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

    Counter Sketching & Color Rendering:

    5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier

    2021 Dates TBD

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