The Hinged Bracelet Class
Acid etching and Roller Mill embossing provide the basis of this intermediate/advanced class where students will create a hinged bracelet with catch. Students learn how to mix a mordant which when applied to exposed metal on painted silver or copper plate will reveal a design of the students making created by applying various different resists. Roller mill embossing will make high and low relief surfaces. The class is a mixture of fine art and graphic design
This class also focus’s on the creation of box catches and other styles of catch. This class is a seven week course as it covers so much ground but the techniques learned can be applied to many different jewelry objects.
10.1.14 - 11.5.14 Wednesdays 6 - 9pm
Course Fee $440
174 North 11th Street Brooklyn, New York, NY 11211• (718) 387-6200
A 10% discount is applies to a second course when booking more than one course. A further discount of 15% is applied to a third course.
3 hours of benchtime are included with each class. Bench time is available every Tuesday 6pm - 9pm and some Saturday afternoons 2:30pm - 5:30pm. Blocks of benchtime are available as well as an hourly rate. The studio is also available for benchtime by appointment.
Michael Fitzgerald attended the national College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. He studied a wide range of arts and crafts before finding that Jewelry was the medium he had most interest in. After graduating in 1990 with honors, he joined an EU sponsored program of further study in the Centro de Arte and Comunicao in Lisbon, Portugal. There he studied with the renowned jeweler Terese Seabra, this was also his first introduction to co-operative jewelry studios.
Upon returning to his native Ireland in 1991, he proceeded to set up Rubicon studios with several other well known Irish Jewelers. Over the next several years Michael developed his ranges and skills, exhibiting both commercially and in galleries nationally and internationally. In 1992 he was named Irish jewelry designer of the year for his collection of wearable perfume bottles.
In 1996 Michael began to divide his time between Dublin and New York. In 1999 he was granted a special merits artist visa at which point he set up a new studio which he now runs with his wife Hiroyo Fitzgerald.
Michael sees his work as taking fresh and inventive ideas and combining them with excellent craftsmanship so that idea and technique stand together equally.