Monday, July 11, 2011

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival - July 2011

Every month my teammates on EtsyMetal choose a theme for our blog posting.  We call this our EtsyMetal Blog Carnival.  For this month, the topic is "Artist's Work That Has Influenced My Own".  Be sure to check out posts by the other participating members (see list at the end).
John Cogswell has been teaching jewelry making for thirty plus years and had recently retired from teaching at SUNY New Paltz.  When I found out that he was going to be teaching stone setting at Revere Academy 3 months ago, I jump at the opportunity to learn from this man LIVE.  Besides, I learn better by watching, and I heard he is a wonderful teacher.  The class was a real joy, and he has endless funny stories to share. 

If you don’t get a chance to attend John’s workshops, I highly recommend getting his book, Creative Stonesetting.  Here are a few of the results of his class demo:

John demo-ing how to raise stitches
Shoulder Bezel
Tension Setting
Basket Setting, fabrication
Basket Setting, finished
Slotted Assembly
Hope you enjoy reading the other team member's blog posts on the same topic:
Kate Jones -
Fluxplay Jewellery (Maria Whetman) -
2Roses -
Elizabeth Scott -
Andrea Ring -
Nodeform -
Beth Cyr -
Inbar Bareket -
Cynthia Del Giudice -
Evelyn Markasky -
AdobeSol -

Quercus Silver -


Quercus Silver said...

I have the book! I love to read it at bedtime and have "bezel dreams". lol.
How exciting to have taken a class with him, though.

kate jones said...

what a fantastic book. I got it last xmas and have learned alot from j. cogswell. thanks for sharing.

AdobeSol said...

How fantastic to be able to take one of his classes! I love the pieces you created as a resuly. thanks for sharring!

Nodeform said...

Wow, that sounds like you had a really productive class with lot's of new setting ideas and techniques. Looking forward to seeing more of those new settings in your jewelry.

Evelyn Markasky said...

Nice choice, it's a great book! Must have been nice to do that workshop!!

tkmetalarts said...

The book pretty much covered all the class demos, plus more. I highly recommend the book, even though his jokes and stories aren't in there. :)

TeriB said...

A friend has lent me the book and it's wonderful. I love your heavier, thicker bezels that frame the stones so well. How do you secure the stone since the bezel doesn't "wrap over" the shoulder of the stone?

Fluxplay Jewellery. said...

It's a great book, haven't seen it for ages, you've inspired me to dig it out again.

tkmetalarts said...

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comment. John is a great teacher and he is a pro in sharing his knowledge.