A Fusion of Metal and Glass
Join metalsmith, Dana Finimore, for a weekend of creative fun at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View, AR.
Learn to create stunning, handcrafted copper jewelry embellished with glass enamel. This class will be focused on enameling on copper demonstrating both torch fired and kiln techniques. Time during class will be balanced to allow for in-depth demonstrations of the techniques/methods being taught and plenty of time for students to actually work on the processes or projects. This Intro to Enameling Workshop will be a sampler of enameling procedures, techniques and materials.
Students will learn from group demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction, and use their new skills to create earrings and pendants.
All Materials and supplies are provided (Register by April 27th and materials are free). Students may wish to bring their favorite jewelry making tools and a sack lunch.
Instructor Dana Finimore
The core of my work is centered in the ideology of finding catharsis of body and mind through contact with the natural world. My relationship with nature is symbiotic. It is my belief that as a human and an artist, I need nature and nature needs me. Compositional explorations in metal and paint express my keen observance of the textures and shapes found in nature. Early years spent roaming the creek banks and meadows of north central Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains has gifted me with a reverence for the environment. When my brain becomes cluttered by the superficiality and artificiality of today’s existence, I find clarity of spirit outdoors. Working in copper and sterling, I find the process of annealing and manipulating metal to be an act of collaboration between the natural elements and myself. When I paint, I make work that feels organic yet abstract, the work is a visual reverberation of my time spent outdoors. The work must be spontaneous otherwise it risks becoming duplicitous. I want my work to be completely responsive to the emotional rejuvenation I experience while spending time in the terrain.
Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.
Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.