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Material Exploration: Jewelry Workshop with Thomas Mann

  • Shaw Center for the Arts 100 Lafayette Street Baton Rouge United States (map)

Join New Orleans-based jewelry artist and designer Thomas Mann for a workshop in cold connection jewelry-making in conjunction with Adore | Adorn The Elsie Michie Contemporary Jewelry Collection. The Basicz™ Mash-Up with Thomas Mann is a sawing and cold connecting workshop mash-up drills down with demos and hands on practices — Tom’s signature De-Mystifying the Jewelers Saw and FASTENation™ are the basis for the teaching plan! 

Ages 18+, all skill levels welcome. Enrollment limited to 20; advanced registration required. $65 for students, $65 for members, $75 for general public.

This exhibition is supported by the generous donors of the Annual Exhibitions Fund.

Thomas Mann, an icon of the American Craft Jewelry movement, a full-time practicing professional artist for over 45 years, describes himself as an artist working in the medium of jewelry and sculpture. He works with a variety of metals, thinking of them as painters think of their palettes — Each metal having its own color and luster. Inspired by parts from machines, electronic instruments, costume jewelry, and old postcards & photos, Mann’s recurring but always changing parts give his work its storytelling quality and theatricality. He calls this design vocabulary, which combines industrial aesthetics and materials with evocative themes and romantic imagery, "Techno-Romantic".

Thomas Mann developed Techno.Romantic after years of experimenting with the idea of incorporating 20th-century collage and assemblage techniques into jewelry making — Attempting to humanize technology and provide raw material and inspiration for our imaginations.

Thomas Mann lives and works in Uptown New Orleans where he oversees a jewelry design and production studio and gallery.

Earlier Event: August 15
Third Thursday
Later Event: September 1
Free First Sunday