Susan Skoczen attended Kent State University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry and Metals and studied under the direction of Kathleen Brown, Donna D’Aquino and Tara Stephenson. Skoczen went on to receive her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, also in Jewelry and Metals. While at RISD, she studied with Louis Mueller, Robin Quigley, Johan Van Aswegen and Barbara Seidenath. Her work has been shown at Velvet DaVinci (San Francisco, CA), Sienna Gallery, (Lenox, MA) Aaron Farber Gallery (New York, NY), Sherrie Gallery (Columbus, OH) and several others. Skoczen has taught at Kent State University (KSU), University of Akron, The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) and is a former Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Kokomo (IUK).
In this three-day workshop students will learn the process of carving waxes, casting the waxes in metal and finishing the metal to create unique finger rings. Layout, carving, filing, and finishing your waxes will be demonstrated along with how to size wax to create a comfortable, yet intriguing ring. The design process will be an integral part of the class with several group and individual critique opportunities. Emphasis will be placed on creating a dynamic surface/structure for the piece. Students will then invest their finished waxes and learn the lost-wax casting process and cast their rings in sterling silver. Finishing techniques for the metal rings will round out the workshop. Basic skills required. July 6-8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Paducah School of Art & Design.
Paducah School of Art & Design Master Artist Workshop: Susan Skoczen - Dynamic Surfaces