Atelier Guilloché

Classes and Workshops

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The Guilloché Course Schedule for 2018 is live! Please contact me to reserve your places!

About the Guilloché courses and setting:

Courses will be held in the lovely village of Le Brassus located in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. We have 4 seasons, so if you aren’t sure what to bring for clothing, just send an e-mail and I’ll let you know the weather.

Most of your materials are covered from brass, steel, copper, aluminum, wood, plastic, basic jewelry tools, hydraulic presses, and jewelry findings. If you wish to use silver, gold, titanium, niobium or other materials, you should bring them with you or let me know 6 weeks in advance so I can order them, but Rio Grande has a great selection if you are in the United States. I have all the tools you need for a great workshop, so don’t worry about bringing anything with you!

Lunch will be provided with locally made and available products from the Vallée de Joux and the surrounding villages. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let me know when you sign up so that I can accommodate you.

Lodging is not included in the price, but there are plenty of rooms for rent or hotels if you are interested. Hotels are more expensive but you can choose from a list of available accommodations when you sign up.

Due to the limited number of students I can accept in each class, I will be able to pick you up at the airport if you wish (45-50 minutes from the studio) and the lodging is all quite close, so I can pick you up every morning and drop you off in the evenings.

We will be doing activities in the evenings and I hope you will participate, but it is not obligatory. Dinner is not included and we will probably eat at a restaurant 1 time. I have planned hikes with a fondue at the top, chalets with typical Swiss food, and evenings at the lake with a picnic so that you can see the region a bit. There will also be optional field trips to one of the many museums in the region, if the class would like to do that.

For those of you, who are spending a bit more time in Switzerland, just ask, I have tons of things to do in Switzerland and our super close neighbor, France.

A sample schedule, from a previous 4-day class looks like this:

You will arrive at the Geneva Airport in the evening before the class. I will pick students all up at the same time, and we will head up to the Vallée de Joux straight away so that you can settle into your accommodations.

There will be an appetizer/drink and icebreaker where you will be oriented for the days to come. Then you are free to wander or sleep, and be ready to start the next day.

You will be picked up from your accommodations between 7:30 and 7:50 and we can have a quick tea or coffee and croissant (or you may eat on your own before hand). We’ll then set off on our exploration of guilloché with a little bit of history mixed in. The first machine we will learn to work is the straight-line machine. Before lunch, everyone will have made a small sample.

We will eat lunch in the studio, or on the studio grounds if it is nice out, something simple, and just relax or do a mini critique.

We will then attack more samples and go further into depth about the straight-line machine and different patterning techniques.

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At 5:00 we will be finished, clean up and put tools away. You will be taken back to your accommodations and have a brief period to rest, have a nap, a drink or whatever. I will pick you up around 6:15 and we will travel together by car (if you don’t have one) to the destination for dinner. Something simple as I said before, a hike and fondue or something local. After dinner I will take everyone back to his or her accommodations and you are free to explore on your own, but be ready to work the next day.

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Introduction to Guilloché

2-day class, 600 CHF, 3 students max. Classes run from 8:00-17:00 with a 1-hour lunch break. Lunch is included using local products.

In this mini-course, students will learn the basics of both the Rose Engine (day 1) and Straight Line (day 2) machines. This includes how to set up for work, make pieces and adjust the machines.

Students will leave with 4 samples in brass, nickel, or copper and 1 finished “dial” or simple jewelry project.

Dates:

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Beginning Guilloché

4-day class, 1’100 CHF, 3 students max. Classes run from 8:00 – 17:00 with a 1-hour lunch break. Lunch is included using local products.

In this 4-day intensive course, students will learn how to set up the straight-line machines and the rose engines to create a variety of projects. They will learn to make an off-set center, used to decorate sub-dials in the watch industry, and apply guilloché to round pen barrel forms if there is time/ interest, as well as level the flat pieces. Students will learn about various attachments such as the pen chuck, elliptical chuck, and glue plates vs. link chucks.

Students will leave with 8+ samples, and 2 finished projects in brass, nickel, copper, wood, plastic or other materials desired.

Dates:

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Intermediate Guilloché

6-day class, 1’500 CHF, 3 students max. Classes run from 8:00 – 17:00 with a 1-hour lunch break. Lunch is included using local products.

In this 6-day complete immersion course, students will learn how to work on 3-D projects from napkin rings, to boxes and domed pieces, all made in the workshop. They will learn the different types of cutters and their applications as well as how to sharpen them using the GRS power hone system. Students will have help planning their final 2 projects with input from the instructor and will have available the use of a hydraulic press, and full jewelry workshop. Advanced patterning will be an important component in this course with its various applications.

Students will leave with 12+ samples and 2+ finished advanced projects in brass, nickel, copper, wood, plastic, or sterling silver.

Dates:

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Advanced Guilloché

10-day class, 1’900 CHF, 3 students max. Classes run from 8:00 – 17:00 with a 1-hour lunch break. Lunch is included using local products.

In this 10-day intensive course, students will learn to work independently and think out side of the preconceived notions of what guilloché can and cannot do/be. They will be encouraged to explore different applications for guilloché as well as to think about interesting and innovative forms for guilloché. Students will be exposed to contemporary uses of guilloché and will continue their study on self-sufficiency using both the straight-line machine and the rose engine combined with many other tools ranging from the hydraulic press, soldering station, to basic enameling.

Students will complete a minimum of 4 projects in any materials they choose.

Dates:

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Guilloché for Locals, Tuesday Nights

1-month class, 400 CHF, 3 students max. Classes run from 18:00 – 21:00 Tuesdays.

In this 1-month class, students will learn to operate the straight line and rose engine machines. They will be able to set up the machine, make a flat piece and adjust the machines as necessary. Students will have 1 finished piece and 3+ samples at the end of this class.

Dates:

Guilloché for Locals, Thursday Nights

1-month class, 400 CHF, 3 students max. Classes run from 18:00 – 21:00 Thursdays.

In this 1-month class, students will learn to operate the straight line and rose engine machines. They will be able to set up the machine, make a flat piece and adjust the machines as necessary. Students will have 1 finished piece and 3+ samples at the end of this class.

Dates:

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