Pewter is a metal which has a relatively low melting point. This workshop took advantage of the low melting point to introduce participants to the creation of small cast metal objects capable of being used as jewelry pieces or miniature sculptures.
Wow, thank you Columbus State University and the Columbus Artist Guild. I was a participant in the pewter casting workshop taught by guild members Amy Patterson and Juanita Barrow. The workshop was held at CSU's Corn Center; that upped the game right from the get go. Learning and working in such a wonderful facility made me feel like a serious art student... really... I was decades younger by just walking in the door.
Juanita and Amy were great teachers and made sure that we all left feeling successful. In return for using the Corn Center two art students from CSU joined our class. Spending time and talking with these students about their art career plans invigorated each of us with a renewed enthusiasm for our art work in any medium. TJ and Kaitlyn are seniors, and both are focusing on sculpture. After class they took us to see their work. Kaitlyn has several large sculptures outside in the courtyard. TJ is working on a large piece that will soon be installed on Broadway in uptown Columbus.
The programs at the guild meetings expose us to a lot of new techniques. Each meeting we are introduced to something new or presented with skills we might use to enhance our own work. Today, our young CSU students talked to us about the stories they want their sculptures to tell. We learned about their vision from concept to completion. If you participated in the Broadway Sculpture Walk for the guild last spring, you learned to appreciate the technical aspects of what makes a good sculpture. But these passionate young students hardly spoke of technique, rather, they bared the soul of their sculptures.
It would be great if the Columbus Artist Guild and the art students at Columbus State University can find ways to work together in the future. I hope our CSU students enjoyed this collaboration even half as much as we did...........................Darby Britto
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