The Found Object Sandwich with Thomas Mann



Date: July 11 & 12, 2020

9 am – 4 pm daily

Skill Level:  Beginner to Advanced

Class Registration Fee:  Early bird – by June 19, 2020: $300.00

After June 19, 2020: $330.00

Here is a chance to learn jewelry techniques from a man Michael Monroe described as a “…visual magician and a poet” and declared by Lloyd Herman to be “…in the vanguard of American art jewelry design for nearly three decades.” This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the design concepts and fabrication techniques important to an assemblage approach to jewelry making. Thomas Mann will lead workshop participants in the creation of their own found object creations.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  Beginner kit – $60.00; Advanced kit – $45.00 (materials only); Advanced kit (materials + tools) $80.00

Students should bring: photographs (old, new, or magazine) and found-objects such as buttons, heirloom jewelry or stuff they find in the street or in nature, or industrial materials (chain, electronic parts, etc.) to incorporate in the design and fabrication of a personal wearable expression.

A professional artist for over 40 years, Thomas Mann is best known for his “Techno-Romantic”™ style of jewelry which juxtaposes contemporary technology and construction techniques with historical romantic imagery. Originally from Pennsylvania, the artist exhibited his work at Jazz Fest in 1977 and has called New Orleans home ever since. Over the last few years, he has moved away from his signature “Techno-Romantic”™ design vocabulary towards jewelry concepts that are, in many cases, models for large-scale sculpture.  He continues to show his work at nationally juried craft and art events, and in gallery and museum exhibitions. And despite an aggressive travel schedule to lecture, teach and exhibit he also oversees a jewelry studio, sculpture studio, and a retail gallery space, Gallery I/O. He has expanded his role as a veteran professional artist to include a focus on education. He now teaches a series of hands-on jewelry making workshops as well as his now 20 year old workshop Design for Survival™- Entrepreneurial Thinking and Tactics, for artists in all mediums.

Tom was featured in the May 24, 2011 episode of Craft in America: Messages.

Registration includes your lunches, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Healthy Hoedown.