WORKSHOPS IN BRAUNWALD – SWITZERLAND
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The charming studio Eishäuschen

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Ornament Workshops in Braunwald,

Swiss Alps 2022

More than 34 years of jewellery summer workshops in Braunwald, the car free Swiss mountain village in central Switzerland the Studio, called Eishäuschen, became a place of encounter and ex-change with other jewellery makers and a centre for new ideas and techniques. I am very pleased that more and more participants and teachers from all over the world are coming to the workshops in Braunwald. The different workshops for beginners, advanced and professional jewellery makers have become well known as a place of inspiration and communication. Every week, from Sunday to Friday from the middle of July until the end of September, different workshops take place. Well-known crafts experts will hold the courses. The studios are equipped for up to 12 participants with access to a terrace with a breath-taking panorama view of the surrounding mountain peaks and glaciers. Thanks to all who made these years possible! Still highly motivated, I am looking forward to the weeks in the mountains, to the many encounters.

The Studio in Braunwald will possibly be available to us for the last time in 2022 for the summer workshops. The plans for a new building as the future staff house of the Bellevue Hotel are becoming more concrete. Whether it can continue in Braunwald 2023 at another location is still open.

The Design Werkstatt is also organising workshops for Ornament makers in the beautiful medieval Town of Freiburg near the Black Forest. In this workshops continuous morning, afternoon and evening courses as well as weekend workshops will be held from October to July. We are happy to give you details of available places and contents of classes and will be very pleased if you find what suits you. Felix Stüssi

SCHEDULE OF SUMMER CLASSES

Nr.
Date
Content
Teacher
Fee €
Fee CHF

06

July 10th – 15th

Bruno Sievering

  730,-

  790,-

07

July 17th – 22th

Brigitte Breusch

  730,-

  790,-

08

July 24th – July 29th

Bea Benedetti

  730,-

  790,-

09

July 31st – 5th August

Felix Stüssi

  730,-

  790,-

10

August 7th – 12th

Mandy Rasch

  730,-

  790,-

August 14th – 27th

Break  –  no Classes

11

August 28th – 02nd

Annina Rodigari

  730,-

  790,-

12

September 04th – 09th

Hubert Heldner

  730,-

  790,-

13

September 11th – 16th

Ronda Coryell

  730,-

  790,-

14

September 18th – 23th

Georg Schulte

  730,-

  790,-

15

September 25th – 30th

Georg Schulte

  730,-

  790,-

Break: August 14th – 27th / Break: August 14th – 27th / Break: August 14th – 27th / Break: August 14th – 27th / Break: August 14th – 27th / Break: August 14th – 27th / Break: August 14th – 27th /

*Class Language : English. In all other classes : Translation assistance from German into English is available !

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENT

6, 7  Silversmithing

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It is becoming more and more difficult to find an opportunity to learn this highly interesting technique. Carrying out silversmith work requires competent instruction and lavish equipment with the appropriate tools. Copper and silver sheets can be obtained in the usual quantities and dimensions on the spot. This course offers the opportunity to get to know and practise different classical silversmith techniques.

The most important and original silversmith way for the production of hollow bodies and vessels is the repousse technique. Working with the hammer offers many possibilities for deformation. During the development process, many forms are perceptible. Changes are possible at any time. That's the special and nice thing about it. Starting from disc shapes, the material is brought into the desired shape via various iron or wood . Flat or high vessels are possible. The hammer tracks of previous processing are leveled. The course will include the artistic design approach of this technique. In addition, the know how for mounting various elements of the vessels is taught.
Course 5 instructor: Bruno Sievering. After completing his training as a gold- and silversmith, he became a teacher at the Academy of Applied Arts in Pforzheim and Hanau for over 30 Years. He also has his own studio.
Course 6 instructor: Brigitte Breusch -Veittinger. After completing her training as a Silversmith, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and graduated there. She worked as a teacher for almost 10 years at the Academy for Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd. In 2004 she founded her own studio.

8 Jewellery with Paper

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Paper may at first glance be an unusual material for jewellery,but offers very interesting design perspectives due to the variety of colours and the low weight. In addition, it is easily and cheaply available everywhere, most basic processing techniques are familiar. In addition to different coloured papers, Japanese papers and cartons, we also work with paper yarns in a variety of strengths. With silver for the technical parts This allows us to create completely new pieces of jewellery.
Course instructor: Bea Benedetti has completed a goldsmith’s apprenticeship; she still works in this profession, but has been increasingly turning to organic and textile materials for several years, especially paper as a jewelry material, and has deepened her knowledge at the Course Centre for Crafts at Ballenberg.

9  Clasps and catches

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Making suitable clasps and catches for necklaces or bracelets is an exciting subject for advanced amateurs. Felix Stüssi will present a whole range of different clasps, classical as well as surprisingly simple individual solutions. The participants choose some of the clasps that appeal to them to be reproduced in their own work. Good technical skills and soldering knowledge are necessary for this course.
Course instructors: Felix Urs Stüssi.

10  Enameling

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Enamelling Enamel is the permanent fusion of the two materials metal and glass. The variety of colours and techniques offers the creative enameller an inexhaustible field of application possibilities. Experimental and artistic enamelling is the focus of this seminar. It can be used both on and in the surface as well as in the mold. Various enamelling techniques, like cell emulation, and industrial enamel technology, are then taught.
Course instructor: Mandy Rasch from Erfurt is a goldsmith with a design degree and her own studio.
She teaches, among other things, as a lecturer at the Erfurt Chamber of Crafts, participates in many exhibitions and in the organization of the Erfurter Schmucksymposium.

11  Wax Models & Casting techniques

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In this casting workshop smaller models, pieces of jewellery or little figures will be modelled in wax, embedded in plaster and prepared for casting. After being dried the wax is melted out and the liquid silver poured into the form using the hand or table centrifuge. A further interesting casting technique with Ossa Sepia and Sand casting will be presented.
Course instructor: Annina Rodigari is a graduate jeweller specialising in teaching casting techniques.

12  Precious Stones cutting, grinding and polishing

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Precious Stones cutting, polishing in free Form and faceting techniques. Learn how to cut, grind and polish precious stones in Free Form and faceting techniques. The tools of a professionally equipped workshop are at your disposal. Gem saw’s and different faceting machines as cabochon machines, micro engraving motors and diamond coated tools. In a short introduction precious stones and their physical properties relative to the cutting will be presented. The cut brings out hidden qualities. Individual properties will be explored and cut in a shape in relation to the stone and the cutter. Rough stones can be bought for a low price and cut right away in the class. No previous knowledge necessary.
Course instructor: Hubert Heldner, lives in Montreux, Switzerland (www.free-form.ch). He organises stone cutting classes since many years. Assisted by Noreen Masaki from South/Eastern African Mineral Centre in Tansania.

13  Argentium & Keum Boo

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Argentium is a new, patented sterling silver alloy with the semi-metal germanium. Argentium can be welded without solder. This silver alloy has high tarnish, increased toughness, increased thermal and electrical resistance, and environmental benefits. The participants learn how to weld and process the parts without solder using various pieces of jewelry they have designed themselves. Argentium can be obtained in the course. It is only marginally more expensive than traditional sterling silver.

Keum Boo:
A 0.02 mm thin sheet of fine gold can also be connected over a large area with fine silver or argentium without solder. This fascinating technology, which originated in Asia, works with the help of a hotplate at around 400 degrees C. through an intensive molecular bond between the two metals. After the fine gold plating has been applied, the parts can be further processed into a piece of jewelry.

Course instructor:
Ronda Coryell lives in Albuquerque NM, USA. She graduated with a degree in art, is a goldsmith and jewelry designer, and has long been a lecturer at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. She has created many educational videos on jewelry making techniques

14  Mokume Gane

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The Japanese expression Mokume Gane literally means wood grain in metal which aptly describes the optical effect of this roughly 300-year-old Japanese technique. Thin sheets of copper, silver, palladium or gold are welded in several layers on top of each other. Structures (patterns) are worked into the resulting bar through partial removal of the surface area. By subsequently continuing working, the bar becomes a sheet of uniform thickness. This sheet shows patterns of different metals together on the surface area. In this workshop you will be shown how to make a sheet and a ring in Mokume Gane technique. The fabrication of the bar is carried out in a simplified process with the aid of a burner instead of a special furnace. As a result each participant can make Mokume Gane jewellery after the course with little effort.
Course instructor: Georg Schulte 1993 – 1996 apprenticeship as a goldsmith, 1996 – 2002 journeyman, 2003 on-the-job training in Mokume Gane technique, 2005 examination for the master craftsman's diploma and self-employed with his own atelier. He has been an instructor for Mokume Gane and head of a goldsmith workshop since 2004.

15 Hollow shapes and Folding techniques in jewellery

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This course teaches how hollow jewellery can be created. While just using simple tools, traditional and new techniques can be tried out and combined. Techniques such as compressing, squeezing , deep-drawing, forging, and special wax techniques are demonstrated and used. For example, it will be shown how hollow bangles can be made as single pieces or as a small series. The high precious metal prices make such a method of creation very attractive.

Folding metal opens up a surprisingly versatile handling of the natural properties of metal and enables new dimensions in jewelry and surface design. Usually only a few tools are needed: board iron, hammer, screw stick, pliers and a soldering device. Appropriate hammers are used to create certain structures. Approximately 0.5 mm thin copper sheet is suitable for exercise purposes. In his book Foldforming*, Charles Lewton-Brain distinguishes between line folding, cross folding, T- folding, roller folding, star folding, serpent folding and other folding forms.
Course instructor: Georg Schulte Master goldsmith, instructor for various Techniques at the European Trade Academy in Ahlen and head of a goldsmith studio.

Information:

Design Werkstatt Felix Urs Stüssi
October - June:
Zasiusstrasse 106a, D-79102 Freiburg, Germany
phone (00)49 761 706 713
info@stuessi.de • www.stuessi.de

from July 10th until September 30th :
Eishäuschen, CH-8784 Braunwald, Switzerland
phone (00)49 0178 671 72 08

Susan Cross from Scotland describes a Workshop in Switzerland

I found the whole experience very refreshing and extremely challenging. To have the time and space to think about and develop work in such stimulating and of course very beautiful surroundings was such a fantastic opportunity. Alongside the workshop programme walks were organised, one of which included a memorable ride on a chairlift. I tried to approach this workshop with a open mind and to work intuitively. For three days the mountains withheld their secrets, shrouded in swirling mists with sudden revealing chinks. I could hear them; the waterfalls, the bells of the roaming cows, but could not see them. So as you can imagine, the morning when I woke to clear blue sky and glorious sunshine with breathtaking panoramic views of mountain peaks and glaciers was just so exciting ! The workshops are fully equipped and well set out with excellent facilities. It is also possible to rent an independent workspace, which I would thoroughly recommend to those wishing to develop their work in a very special and unique location. (Published in findings issue 22, by the arts council of England).

More to see

Participants who are in the position to spend more time are advised to visit places of Interest in Switzerland, a small country but with a great choice of the rich cultural heritage within short distance. Using the comfortable system of public transport go and visit famous Museums for Art, Design and Crafts, studios of famous craftsmen in near Cyties like Basel, Zurich, Munich or Milan.

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