WORKSHOPS IN BRAUNWALD – SWITZERLAND

Braunwald

The Design Werkstatt is organising summer workshops and Symposiums for Ornamentmakers in the car free swiss mountain village of Braunwald in central Switzerland since 1988. The different workshops for beginners, advanced and professional jewelry makers during July and August have become well known as a place of learning, inspiration and communication. Participants come from all over Europe.

 

 

How to get there?

From Zürich International Airport, there are excellent train Connections every hour. Traveling time to Braunwald: 2 hours. A funicular railway links the last village in the Valley to one of the most beautiful car free resorts in central Switzerland at a altitude of almost 4000 feet. In the free time, hiking, rock climbing, swimming in a clear lake at the foot of the ragged mountain and glacier scenery, mountain tours and cycling , even hang gliding and many other summer activities are possible.

 

 

The Studio

The Workshops take place in a spacious wooden two story building. The studios are well equipped for up to 12 participants with direct access to a terrace with a breathtaking panorama view of the surrounding mountain peaks and glaciers. Every week, always from Sunday to Friday during July and August, different workshops take place. The courses will be held by well known craftsmen and women.

The charming studio Eishäuschen

31 Years Jewellery Arts Workshops in Braunwald Switzerland

 

The Design Werkstatt is organising workshops for Ornamentmakers in the beautiful medieval Town of Freiburg near the Black Forest and Summerworkshops in the car free Swiss mountain village of Braunwald in central Switzerland since 1988. The different workshops for beginners, advanced and professional jewellery makers have become well known as a place of inspiration and communication. Participants come from all over Europe and overseas. Every week, from Sunday to Friday from the middle of July until the middle of September, different workshops take place. Well-known crafts experts will hold the courses. The Workshops take place in a spacious wooden two story building called the Eishäuschen. (In Winter, the Near by Tennis court is turned into a ice skating place) The studios are well equipped for up to 12 participants with access to a terrace with a breathtaking panorama view of the surrounding mountain peaks and glaciers. I am very pleased to present to you our programme 2019.

 

31 years of jewellery summer workshops in Braunwald, the car free Swiss mountain village in central Switzerland ! The Studio became a place of encounter and exchange with other jewelry makers and a center 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 middle of September, different workshops take place. Well-known crafts experts will hold the courses. The studios are well equipped for up to 12 participants with access to a terrace with a breathtaking panorama view of the surrounding mountain peaks and glaciers Thanks to the competent course instructors and the Braunwald hospitality, many friends of jewelery remain loyal to us for many years. Thanks to all who made these 31 years possible! Still highly motivated, I am looking forward to the weeks in the mountains, to the many encounters.

 

In our Freiburg workshops continuous morning, afternoon and evening courses as well as weekend workshops will be held from October to July. We are very happy to give you details of available places and contents of courses and will be very pleased if you find what suits you.

 

Felix Stüssi

SCHEDULE OF SUMMER CLASSES 2019 IN BRAUNWALD SWITZERLAND

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

More information’s:  info@stuessi.de.

DESCRIPTION OF SUMMER CLASSES IN BRAUNWALD 2019

07  Anticlastic rising    August 14th – 19th

Anticlastic raising offers possibilities for design which are inconceivable using conventional methods. By moulding the metal sheet on wave - like irons or sticks, bending is possible in 2 directions, as is the case, for example, with domed bangles. Transforming a single sheet of metal into an undulating organic form using only a hammer and stake is the art of anticlastic raising. When the hammer hits the piece of sheet metal resting on the stake, the metal rises into curves or coils, its edges stretching more than its centre. It’s a technique that requires skills. A sinusoidal stake is secured it in a vice. The annealed metal sheet is bend over the stake in order to get stretched in both directions. Hold onto both ends of the metal when working it on the stake. This provides the tension necessary for the piece to coil into shape. When using the correct size of stake, there will be a void under the metal just inside the outer edge, so each blow of the hammer will stretch the metal slightly.

Course instructor: Ronda Coryell is Certified Master Bench Jeweler, She is known as a producer of education materials about various jewellery techniques and Argentium

08  Silversmithing    Juli 21th – 26th

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.

Course instructor: Karl Geiger. After his apprenticeship as a gold and silversmith he studied at the College in Schwäbisch-Gmünd. Due to his professional experience Karl Geiger is familiar with the most demanding techniques.

 

09  Traditional Japanese Techniques    July 28th – August 3th

Professor Kimiaki Kageyama will show the participants how to make 3 traditional Japanese metal alloys. Shakudo a metal alloy of copper with 3 – 5 % gold. Shipo Shibuichi is a term for copper alloys containing silver. Nami Shibuichi is composed of roughly 70% Cu, 29% Ag & 1% Au. Also surfaces like Nunomezogan will be shown and practised. The piece of metal to be worked on is fixed in chasing cement, then the surface of the parent material is roughened with a sharp little chisel and following that, a thin metal foil is beatened into this structure and hammered flat. The art of line Inlay becomes also part of the lecture. Finally, various patination methods will be presented and used. Professor Kageyama also shows how to do repousse with  thin iron sheet.

Course instructor: Kimiaki Kageyama was Professor and Head of the Metal Department at Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College in Tokyo, Japan.

 

10 Precious Stone Setting    August 4th – 9th

The making of settings can take up a lot of time. For this reason course participants can obtain stones of their choice before the workshop and then make suitable settings or even pieces of jewellery, which can then be set. For practice during the class settings with stones will be provided. This course is designed not only for participants with little previous experience sinc more advanced students can work with all kinds of more difficult settings.
Course instructor: Wolfgang Schütz, who is a master jewel setter. He is teaching stonesetting to professional Goldsmiths in Germany

 

11  Precious Stones cutting, grinding and polishing    August 11th – 16th

Precious Stones cutting, polishing in free Form and facetting techniques. Learn how to cut, grind and polish precious stones in Free Form and facetting techniques. The tools of a professionaly equipped workshop are at your disposal. Gemsaw's and different facetting 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 is necessary.

Course instructor: Hubert Heldner, lives in Montreux, Switzerland (www.free-form.ch). He organises stone cutting classes since many years. He will be assistet by Noreen Masaki vom South/Eastern African Mineral Centre  SEAMIC in Tansania.

 

12   Material & Ornaments     August 18th – 23th

Collecting different materials that we consider valuable for Jewellery will be the focus of this workshop. In the exclusion process we decide which Material can withstand our aesthetic criteria? Playfully, we examine what has found us, appeared as a value, no matter if an interesting surface, color, texture or structure, metallic, glass, colored, artificial, organic or the like. What the participants bring with them has a value. Why is material "beautiful", what makes the charm of precious metal, what moves us to include elements of art in our reflections. We personally put together a material library according to our aesthetic criteria. The resulting (material) series are ORNAMENTS and become necklaces! As we connect the selected forms / materials, we decide spontaneously, subordinated to the respective idea. Whether chained, glued, riveted, screwed, soldered, or with classic connections, the material tells us how it wants to be connected. Incidentally, we learn to prepare organic from nature for molding, which is used as a stock of models later in metal materialized, as jewelry may continue to live. (We can not cast these manipulated objects in Braunwald, but I like to pass on information on how to implement, where to cast it.)

Course instructor: Georg Dobler was born in Bayreuth Germany. He became a Master goldsmith in Pforzheim and moved later to Berlin, where he founded a Studio for contemporary Jewellery together with Winfried Krüger. From 2002 to 2018 he was appointed professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, in Hildesheim. He became one of the worlds leading contemporary Jewellery Designers Exhibions. His work can be found in numerous galleries, museums and collections.

 

13   Enameling      August 25th – 30th

Enamel is the permanent fusion of the two materials metal and glass. For more than two millennia, goldsmiths and silversmiths use the medium “enamel” to add color to their works. In its depth and quality, it remains unmatched to this day and can not be replaced by any other material. The variety of colors 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. Step 1 consists in getting to know the basics of enamelling and then experimenting with it and making the experiments repeatable. Various enamelling techniques, such as cell emulation technology, and industrial enamel technology, are then taught.

Course instructor: Mandy Rasch from Erfurt has a goldsmith education, a design degree and her own studio. She teaches, among other things, as a freelance lecturer at the Erfurt Chamber of Crafts, participates in many exhibitions and in the organization of the Erfurter Schmucksymposium.

 

14  Hollow shapes and Folding techniques in jewellery      September 1th – 6th

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.

Course instructor: Georg Schulte Master goldsmith, instructor for Mokume Gane and head of a goldsmith studio

 

 

 

Information:

Design Werkstatt Felix Urs Stüssi,

October - June:

Zasiusstrasse 106a  D-79102 Freiburg  Germany,

phone  (+) 49 761 706 713

info@stuessi.de · www.stuessi.de

 

from July 16th until September 8th :

Eishäuschen - CH- 8784 - Braunwald - Switzerland

phone  (+)49 0178 671 72 08

 

Susan Cross from Scotland describes a workshop in SwitzerlandI 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).

 

Renting a workplace

 

There is a separate workshop on the top floor with 4 well  equipped workplaces which are available for SFr 150.- a week during July und August for independent artists who need no assistance. Workplaces may also be rented by participants who wish to do some work on their own after the class.

 

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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