Wire & Fire - Merging of Wire Weaving and Metal Techniques in Jewelry

Assortment of wire-wrapped rings and earrings
3 cab pendants
3 different pendant designs
three pendants
 Wire bracelet and ring

Date: March 7-8, 2020 (Spring Semester)
Medium: Jewelry
Instructor: Kaska Firor and Kat Firor Colque (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate

Based on the techniques described in the instructor's new book, Wire & Fire, this workshop will explore the blending of wire-weaving with other metal skills. Students in this class will work on completing three intermediate level projects. Instructors will provide step-by-step instructions for each project, and will also encourage students to customize their designs to create pieces more aligned with each student’s artistic vision. Demonstrations will include easy soldering, cutting, forming and texturing sheet metal shapes, setting cabochons, wire shaping, wire-weaving and layering.

Students need to know basic wire weaving techniques (over/over and over/under weaves as described on the instructor’s website) and be comfortable using small hand tools. Students do not need to have soldering skills.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $40-50*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructors

Kaska Firor has been working with wire for the past 20 years and is a recipient of many awards for her intricately woven jewelry. Among others she is two time 1st place winner in the wire category in Bead Dreams Competition at the Bead and Button Show. 

Kaska is the author of Freeform Wire Woven Jewelry and co-author of Wire & Fire. Kaska’s work has been published in several books and trade magazines such as Art Jewelry, Step-By-Step Wire, Bead Style and SNAG’s Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey

See Kaska’s work and workshop schedule at www.designsbykaska.com and www.facebook.com/designsbykaska

Kat Firor Colque is an herbalist and metal smith who lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, animals and plant collection. Mostly self-taught, Kat has been involved in jewelry design almost her entire life, and has been teaching metal and wire techniques for five years. Currently she works as a jewelry designer and teacher, traveling to conventions and retreats to teach metal smith techniques and sells at art shows, shops, and galleries.

Kat’s work is inspired by her interest in cultural anthropology and love of nature, as well as her work as a community herbalist and wild forager. She attempts to create collections with meaning, symbolism and hand fabricated metal versions of the plants she collects hiking and foraging.
You can see Kat’s work at www.facebook.com/Artemisaanima.