Jan 24, 2008


We had our first lesson in silversmithing last night and it was so much fun! Cynthia had each of us come up with a bracelet design and then worked with us to make it a feasible project. It was nice to try something different but still feel at home in our own shop. My brain is all a flury with excitement and images of things I want to make.

We each started by cutting out a strip of sheet silver and then worked with it to start creating a pattern or shape.
Close up of my bracelet...

Our bracelets at the end of class 1. Top to Bottom, Alex, Amy, Jill

Jan 22, 2008


I'm starting a silversmithing class tomorrow. I can't wait, Jill, another friend of ours and I are taking a class from Cynthia Archer, our studio mate & and resident metal worker.

I aready have ideas for things I want to make... and I know that I am going to need to learn wax carving because many of these items are sculptural and will be better suited to casting... I think. But first some basics, lets not too ahead of ourselves. Cynthia is so meticulous and particular about her work I know we are going to learn a lot! I'll post some doodles, and in progress pictures soon.

Hey just in case you haven't seen this website before, the carrot box is one of the most inspirational places to go when you want to oogle what other talented folks are up to. Everyday there are new photos and plenty of links to great artists. I love seeing such diversity!

Jan 19, 2008


Beginner Series with Amy Johnson
$155 each or $520 for all 4 classes

Beginner Flamework Beadmaking with Amy Johnson
Sunday Feb 17th 10am - 5pm $155

Beginner Flamework Buttons with Amy Johnson
Sunday Feb 24th 10am -5pm $155

Beginner Flamework Gold, Silver, Palladium & Copper Leaf with Amy Johnson
Sunday March 9th 10am -5pm $155

Beginner Flamework Focal Beads & Pendants with Amy Johnson
Sunday March 16th 10am -5pm $155

Encasing & Hollow Beads with Jill Cribbin

Two Sundays (10am-5pm)
March 16th & 23rd
Four Thursday evenings (7-10pm)
Jan 31st -Feb 21st


Larry Brickman
Feb 2nd & 3rd 10am -5pm
$550 material inc.


Glass or Silversmithing Studio Bench Time
$15/hr or $120/10hr + glass or silver
Take advantage of working in a professional studio and feel free to ask for assistance.
Must reserve by phone or email and have beginner level experience


We are hosting the next toronto lampworkers dinner on Tuesday Jan 29th at 7pm. We will start off with dinner at The Mill St. Brew Pub, and follow up with a torching play time at our shop TANK. Anyone who wants to come is welcome, and you can try making a bead or just watch people demo. Bring stuff for show and tell! This meeting is free, each person pays for their own dinner at the pub.

Please RSVP so I can make a reservation at the restaurant.
amy_johnson@sympatico.ca or 647-430-8589


TANK fire+ metal
103. Bldg #74
55 Mill St. Toronto, ON
Open Wed - Sun Noon - 5pm