Barware Accessories Class at Silver Peak Studio

Barware Accessories

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If you have ever had the desire to create utilitarian objects from metal, this is the class for you. Each student will learn basic forging, raising, and sinking techniques while creating a unique set of barware. Perfect for the intermediate or advanced student to expand their skill-sets and make something stunning. At the end of this two-day adventure students will not only finish tongs, strainer, spoon, and olive fork, they will also get to use them. This class will conclude with a fun (optional) happy hour on the deck overlooking the beautiful mountains so that each participant can test out their wares and relax.

We will cover:

  • Basic:

    • Sinking
    • Raising
    • Piercing
    • Forging
    • Wire twisting
    • Hammer textures
  • Annealing
  • Finishing techniques

Class duration 16 hrs (8 hours each day with a 45 minute break for lunch)

Last day to cancel for a full refund or credit is July 17, 2021.

Prerequisite: Metals 1 or equivalent. Confidence with a saw and hammer.

Tools needed:

Ear protection is required, forging is loud business. Please bring expandable foam ear plugs or similar protection. Foam plugs will be available to purchase from the instructor for $2. You will need to bring your own N95 or P95 mask (in addition to a cloth mask).  This is for filtering out small particulates that are formed when metalsmithing.

Materials fee:

$45 which will include the copper for each piece. Sterling silver may be purchased for cocktail spoon and olive fork day of class for an additional fee. Templates will be provided, however, if you have a design in mind please bring it to class.

About the instructor, Liz Covert:

Liz Covert

Liz honed her skills while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in small metals and sculpture. Inspired by the world around her, she continued her education with a Masters in Cultural Studies. Liz’s extensive experience in metal work includes welding, blacksmithing, and a career in sculpture conservation. Her teaching background ranges from first grade art classes to private jewelry lessons and has spanned over a decade. 

Liz is the owner and creator behind Covert Metals, a one-woman metal working studio located in Denver, Colorado that has roots reaching from New York to Texas. Covert Metals emphasizes unique one-of-a-kind design that melds contemporary styling with hand-forged detailing. 

Some of Liz’s favorite things are printed books and sci-fi in all forms. When she’s not at the bench she’s outside hiking, running, or cycling. Liz also loves food in all forms and flavors, and especially likes to cook. Her work is a reflection of all the things she enjoys wrapped up in the importance of quality over quantity.