Taking Shape: An Introduction to Chasing & Repousse’

Learn the beautiful and ancient process of chasing and repousse’ to chisel and sculpt metal while reflecting on and exploring your own artistic aesthetic.

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In this intensive three-day workshop, you will learn the beautiful and ancient process of chasing and repousse’.

This technique involves chiseling out a design on the front of flat metal, raising the metal from the back of the piece to create volume and definition, and lastly, working on the front of the metal for refining details and adding texture.

The repetitive hammering while moving the punches into and along the metal, while pushing—sculpting slowly— is ritualistic in itself, becoming purposeful and sacred. With every hammer strike, every mark in metal becomes the essence of expression of that which is intimate and revealed.

Kimberly Renee’ is a sculptor of metal specializing in the beautiful and ancient process of chasing and repousse’. She became captivated with the process, and respect began to grow for the ceremonial aspect of the art of creating through the movement of hammering and sculpting slowly along with the metal. With every hammer strike, an essence of artistic expression became revealed into existence.

Tools & Supplies

The following materials and tools will be provided by Kimberly for the class.

  • Green Scotch-Brite™ pads

    for prepping metal
  • Red & green ballpoint ink pens

    For outlining design

    Kim does not use acetone transfer. She will explain why.

  • Pilot pens

    For marking metal

    An intermediate technique for mapping out "layers"

  • 2 x 4 blocks

    for pressing metal into pitch
  • Dowels

    For pushing metal
  • Chasing tools

Students May Bring

  • Writing implements

  • Notepaper

Studio Tools & Equipment

Tools for each student will be available for use through OQZO Metalsmith.

  • Bench area

    for Chasing & Repousse’
  • Fretz chasing hammer

    students are welcome to purchase at the end of class
  • Scotch tape

  • Scissors

  • Eye protection / Magnification

  • Ear protection

  • Additional writing implements & notepaper

  • Torch area

    for Annealing & Pickle/Rinse Station
  • Heat guns

  • Copper tongs and pliers

    for removing metal
  • Pitch bowl and pitch

  • Flux and brush

  • Small hand towel

  • Additional green Scotch-Brite™ pads

Metals Provided

Copper is included in the cost of the workshop. Students have the choice of purchasing silver for their projects. Silver can be purchased through OQZO Metalsmith.

  • 5 Sheets of 22 gauge copper, 3x3 inches

  • Silver sheets are available for purchase.

The Studio

Take a Class • Teach a Class • Open Studio Time Available

OQZO Metalsmith is located in the beautiful and quiet woods of Hillsborough, North Carolina and provides a well-lit, well-equipped studio enviroment perfect for teaching and creating handmade sterling silver jewelry.

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