Kevin O'Dwyer workshop - Anticlastic Raising for Jewellers and Metalsmiths


Kevin O'Dwyer workshop - Anticlastic Raising for Jewellers and Metalsmiths


April 8 - 9, 2020

Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, GA

In this workshop you will learn the basics of anticlastic raising. This process allows you to create exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight and organic looking three dimensional forms that can be used in your jewelry and hollowware designs. A flat sheet of metal is shaped by compressing its edges and stretching the center so that the surface develops two curves at right angles to each other. This anticlastic raising workshop will focus on "open" or "monoshell" forms made from single pieces of thin sheet metal, working to create unique three dimensional forms.

Kevin will lead students through a series of exercises designed to teach the principles of anticlastic raising. This "hands-on" workshop  will provide students with an opportunity to create a series of three dimensional forms that can be used as reference points for future development in their workshops. By the end of the workshop you will have created a series of small sculptural forms that can be developed into earrings and bracelets as well as spiculum development for jewellery, hollowware handles and sculptural forms.

About Kevin O’Dwyer

For over 35 years O'Dwyer's artwork has explored the subtleties of ritual and imagination. Irish prehistoric art, bronze age artefacts, early monastic metalwork, 20th century industrial design and architecture are his creative influences. Equipped with this visual vocabulary O'Dwyer has created artefacts that often combine the textured surfaces and flowing lines of our past with the strong and austere forms of modern architecture. His ultimate goal has been to create a work of art that is timeless, thought provoking and responsive to the human spirit.

O'Dwyer is internationally renowned and represented in both private and public collections including the National Museum of Ireland, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The High Museum, The Racine Museum of Art, The Company of Goldsmiths of Ireland, The Imperial Family of Japan, Nelson Mandela, King Carl Gustas of Sweden and the Ulster Museum.

O'Dwyer has represented Ireland in over 40 international exhibitions and has been featured in over 200 publications including Irelands Treasures, 500 years of Artistic Expression by Peter Harbison.

You may see more of his work on his website

The cost for the workshop will be $200 now and $65 to the Lyndon House for a month's membership in order to be able to use their facilities. Because of the expense of securing him, we must ask for your commitment and payment ASAP as Kevin is scheduling his 2020 commitments now.

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