A one-day workshop, 7 hours booked, 6 hours working – 60 minutes of breaks including lunch.
INCLUDES materials: Silver, brass, solder, flux, etc. Students will create a minimum of 2 pieces but can create as many as they can without preventing others from working,
• Students will make a brass bangle first for practice to learn: Sizing, Measuring, Consideration of width, texture, etc., Using a saw, Annealing, Soldering, Filing/finishing
• Students will make a Silver Bangle: They will learn about working with silver, fire-stain, etc. and its qualities, Texturing, etc., Make the bangle(s), Finish the bangle(s)
• Instructor will demo making a silver bangle and show examples of various texturing and finishing techniques. No embellishments other than texturing will happen with this class. Instructor will demo finishing techniques using the flex shaft and larger polishing machine.
Kim Harrell has been making jewelry and silverware professionally since 1997. Her love of making was established in London where she lived and worked for 14 years and obtained a degree in silversmithing and jewelry design. Harrell’s experiences and teachers in London had a significant impact on her work such as learning about the Bauhaus, exploring the British Museum, living amidst some of the world’s greatest architecture. Her teacher, mentors and colleagues were and are some of the most influential silversmiths and makers in Europe. Other influences include the British modernists, the American minimalists, ceramics, architecture, ancient cultures, and artifacts.
Harrell’s design philosophy is ‘less is more’ with an emphasis online, form and texture. “Working with my hands gives me joy and a sense of purpose – creating something out of ‘nothing’ is a powerful experience. I make what I make because it gives me satisfaction to manipulate and transform the metal and unleash the beauty of the materials I use. My work in metal often shows the marks of my efforts and process – reflecting the imprints of my hammers and tools. When I am finished, it is time for you to make your marks, your history and take pleasure in your object- that is my gift to you.”
She has the equivalent of an American Master’s degree in Silversmithing, Jewelry and Allied Crafts from London Guildhall University, and was the recipient of a Jerwood Prize for Excellence in Design and Craftsmanship at graduation. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and art fairs in the United States and the United Kingdom including the Goldsmith’s Fair, Chelsea Crafts Show, and SOFA. Her work has been published in Lark Books, The Times (London), The Independent (London), The Denver Post and many more. Harrell’s clients include private collectors in the USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Norway and corporate patrons such as HSBC, Seagrams/Chivas Regal, The Denver Art Museum, Xcel Energy and Denver Health. The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver acquired a set of her silver sculptural spoons in 2018.
Harrell has taught throughout her career – at universities and community college – and is often asked to speak about her work and running an art business. She currently teaches privately in her studio, at the Art Students League of Denver and has been the president of the Colorado Metalsmithing Association since 2022.