Dutch Stowe’s unique jewelry highlights masterful wire wrapping and metal fabrication that combines dynamic artistry and approachable technique. A natural teacher, he has been sharing his expertise for over six years at art shows, bead stores, senior centers and private events. His approach to teaching never varies in its mission; each student has a fun, relaxed experience culminating in a beautiful and wearable jewelry piece. His own exquisite copper, silver and mixed media pieces can be found in art shows throughout California and on line.
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The beauty of hand-hammered copper is unique. Unlike gold or silver, it has a warmth and glow that seems to come from within. The process will change the metal’s color, rendering it a pure product that enhances the skin tone of the wearer. The trick to creating the magic, however, goes to the careful manipulation of the metal and finally, how it’s finished. And, that is the story behind each copper piece created by master craftsman, Dutch Stowe. After hand cutting and manipulating each piece of pure copper into the desired shape,
Dutch artfully burnishes each with wax to achieve just the right patina. This requires many thin layers to slowly arrive at that place. Once he is satisfied, he applies an additional layer to “set” the patina. The end result is one that protects the skin of the wearer as well as a finish that is unique to the individual piece. Unlike commercially prepared copper jewelry, these feel soft to the touch and glow, rather than shine, as Dutch never uses lacquer to finish his work.
C U R R E N T C L A S S E S
August 18th - 20th, 2017 Part of Garan-Beadagio Workshops at Hilton Hotel Orange County Costa Mesa
No-Solder Prong Setting for Cabochon Pendants
This surprisingly easy cold connection technique is an unconventional method to set a beautiful Cabochon. Using any size, type or cut of stone you will create a unique copper setting that will enhance its color and shape. Intermediate skill level recommended but beginners with some skill using hand tools are welcome. Cost: $60.00 Material cost $25.00.
Embossed Copper Bracelet
This stunning bracelet combines several techniques creating an outstanding piece that is easier to do than the end result suggests! Using a combination of metal forging and embossing you will create a bracelet that looks both organic and polished. Using a SIZZIX embossing machine and embossing folders you will leave class with a piece you will proudly wear and a versatile technique that can be applied to bracelets, pendants and other jewelry. All skill levels welcome. Cost: $55.00 material cost: $20.00
Fold Forming a Pod or Leaf Pendant
Fold Forming is an essential starting point for the creation of many types of fabulous jewelry. This valuable technique allows you to create rather elaborate, unique pieces using a hammer and small piece of metal. In this class, you will make a Pod or Leaf shaped copper Pendant. You will do no soldering but will learn to work with a torch to anneal (heat treating to soften and/or change color) the copper as a finishing touch. All skill levels welcome. Cost $50.00 Material Cost $20.00.
No-Solder Bezel Setting Cabochon Pendant
In this class, you will make a truly beautiful piece of jewelry using a simple, cold connection technique. This method creates a bezel out of a flat piece of copper and is suitable for mounting any type non-faceted stone. This is an effective non-solder process for creating bracelets or pendants. Because of the variety of stones that can be used the only limit to what you will ultimately create will be your imagination. Intermediate skill participants welcome. Cost $50.00 Material $20.00.
Segmented Copper Bracelet with Embossing
We love segmented bracelets! This class teaches you how using square panels but is applicable for circles, free-form, triangles-any shape you desire. You will also learn to make your own clasp adding to the unique look of your bracelet. This is a valuable technique that works in concert with many others offered during this show. Intermediate skill participants welcome. Cost $65.00 Material $25.00.
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To explain my creative expertise...
You have to appreciate my technical background. I am a geek. I was an electrical engineer and computer programmer, so my career was about making one line connect to another. I came from a logical place and found art as an extension of my technical craft. Not only can I wire wrap an intricate pattern, but can probably light up Las Vegas through it. I do more than wire wrapping and beading. I do lapidary work. That is, I work with semi-precious stones, can solder metal, repair broken jewelry and my designs aren't too bad, either. I owe a lot of the credit to my wife, Phyllis, who is my right hand. She has an intricate aesthetic with her work, with just the right amount of "bling." She advises and tolerates me.
Phyllis is a talented bead artist who has combined gemstone colors and weaves to make delicate and intricate bracelets to complement any outfit. Not only does she have a great color sense, but she's tall, so we like her.