Forging and Fabricating Utensils

Instructor: Erica Moody

Supplies/Materials Fee: $60

Enrollment limit: 10 FULL/Waitlist Full

Level: All levels

Syllabus/Overview (PDF)

This weekend will be about exploring ways of moving and forming hot and cold metal sheet and rod into eating utensils through demonstrations and experimentation. Students will have the opportunity to create their own eating and/or serving utensils – for practical use, or with a sculptural and/or conceptual intent. Material provided will be steel and brass rod and sheet. Techniques introduced in demos and instruction may include cutting, drilling, cold and hot forming (forging, sinking, forming, bending, looping), cold connections (riveting), finishing and detailing (angle grinding, hand filing, burnishing) as well as combining different materials, including different metals and/or materials found or brought in such as wood/bone/scrap metal, etc.

Wedding Cake Serving Set of forged steel and brass

Erica Moody is a studio Artist and architectural metals fab shop owner based in Midcoast Maine. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts (NC), Massachusestts College of Art & Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design (MA), Woodenboat School (ME) and Wentworth Institute of Technology (MA). Notable exhibitions of her work include Penland Gallery (NC) and CRAFT Gallery (ME). Erica has worked with architects and homeowners on their custom metalwork needs since the mid-nineties, and has been doing related commissions through her business Magma Metalworks since 2001, which now operates under her name. Projects have been welded and machined of various metals to fabricate items such as custom hardware and railings, to furniture and sculpture. She has a passion for resolving unique engineering challenges that also require fussy attention to fine detail and well-executed craft. Erica also has her own design line making fine tools primarily focused on serving good food, such as spoons, ladles, and other specialty serving wares.