Joy Fire Metalwork

Classes

Teaching is also part of who I am as an artist, blacksmith, and metalworker. The joy and satisfaction that I gain through my work is something that I think everyone should be able to enjoy. Seeing the enthusiasm of someone who is learning something new and watching as they come up with their own ideas and projects is incredibly inspiring and rewarding. I believe there is some part of each of us that wants to create something with their own hands, and it is an opportunity that does not come up naturally in our modern world. I am incredibly lucky to have the chance to guide people through these processes and watch their happiness and satisfaction as they learn something new.

Bronze casting-beginner to intermediate
Sep
7
to Oct 12

Bronze casting-beginner to intermediate

Students in this class will have the unique opportunity to learn the exciting process of lost wax casting. We will start with creating a wax model, then a ceramic shell mold, and finally we will melt and pour molten bronze! This fun and relatively simple process has been used to create sculptures, jewelry, and even tools. Students can come up with an entirely original idea or choose something suggested by the instructor. No previous experience is necessary. Class price includes the use of tools and facility. Mold supplies and metal are charged by the weight of the individual item or items created. Material fee will be charged based on the amount of material used.

This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

For more information and to register click HERE

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Introduction to MIG welding-beginner/intermediate
May
11
to Jun 8

Introduction to MIG welding-beginner/intermediate

In this class you will learn the basics of MIG welding (or GMAW), which is one of the easiest welding methods to master. Through the fabrication of several small projects you will learn the basics of the technique and will get to make something for yourself to take home. You will also have the opportunity to work on a project of your own design with help from the instructor if you so choose. Learn how to operate the machine, navigate purchasing your own welder and supplies, and metal classifications and selection. After completing this course, you will have the knowledge to pursue welding for art or craft and continue learning on your own! See required attire online.

This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

For more information and to register click HERE

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Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced
Mar
16
to Apr 20

Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced

At one point in our history the skill of the blacksmith used to be a necessity for survival. Now however, it can become a necessity of a different kind. In this class students will learn to think with their hands and utilize their brains in a different way than is typical in modern society. This class will show how forging can become a necessity for the mind and body. There are many different ways to work with metal, but blacksmithing is traditionally the one most concerned with solving odd problems, problems of form, function, and fabrication. Students will be given the opportunity to solve these problems though assigned projects, which can be altered to suit individual needs and creative styles. Learn the basics of forging or build on current skills. No previous experience is required, and all tools and materials will be supplied though it is recommended to bring your own as you advance.

 

This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

For more information and to register click HERE

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Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced
Jan
19
to Feb 2

Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced

At one point in our history the skill of the blacksmith used to be a necessity for survival. Now however, it can become a necessity of a different kind. In this class students will learn to think with their hands and utilize their brains in a different way than is typical in modern society. This class will show how forging can become a necessity for the mind and body. There are many different ways to work with metal, but blacksmithing is traditionally the one most concerned with solving odd problems, problems of form, function, and fabrication. Students will be given the opportunity to solve these problems though assigned projects, which can be altered to suit individual needs and creative styles. Learn the basics of forging or build on current skills. No previous experience is required, and all tools and materials will be supplied though it is recommended to bring your own as you advance.

 

This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

For more information and to register click HERE

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Blacksmithing Workshop-Beginning to Advanced
Dec
8
to Dec 22

Blacksmithing Workshop-Beginning to Advanced

In this three session workshop students will focus on completing a single, in depth project. There will be two options to choose from, a hanging planter or a stool. Students will start by making a tool which they will use throughout their project and will bring home along with their piece of functional art. Previous experience with blacksmithing is highly recommended. If you have any questions about your abilities, please feel free to contact the instructor.

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Bronze Casting-Beginning to Intermediate
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Bronze Casting-Beginning to Intermediate

Students in this class will have the unique opportunity to learn the exciting process of lost wax casting. We will start with creating a wax model, then a ceramic shell mold, and finally we will melt and pour molten bronze! This fun and relatively simple process has been used to create sculptures, jewelry, and even tools. Students can come up with an entirely original idea or choose something suggested by the instructor. No previous experience is necessary. Class price includes the use of tools and facility. Mold supplies and metal are charged by the weight of the individual item or items created. 

This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

For more information and to register click HERE

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Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced
Apr
7
to May 12

Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced

At one point in our history the skill of the blacksmith used to be a necessity for survival. Now however, it can become a necessity of a different kind. In this class students will learn to think with their hands and utilize their brains in a different way than is typical in modern society. This class will show how forging can become a necessity for the mind and body. There are many different ways to work with metal, but blacksmithing is traditionally the one most concerned with solving odd problems, problems of form, function, and fabrication. Students will be given the opportunity to solve these problems though assigned projects, which can be altered to suit individual needs and creative styles. Learn the basics of forging or build on current skills. No previous experience is required, and all tools and materials will be supplied though it is recommended to bring your own as you advance.

 

This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

For more information and to register click HERE

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Bronze Casting-Beginning to Intermediate
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

Bronze Casting-Beginning to Intermediate

Students in this class will have the unique opportunity to learn the exciting process of lost wax casting. We will start with creating a wax model, then a ceramic shell mold, and finally we will melt and pour molten bronze! This fun and relatively simple process has been used to create sculptures, jewelry, and even tools. Students can come up with an entirely original idea or choose something suggested by the instructor. No previous experience is necessary. Class price includes the use of tools and facility. Mold supplies and metal are charged by the weight of the individual item or items created. 

This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

For more information and to register click HERE

 

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Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced
Nov
4
to Dec 16

Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced

At one point in our history the skill of the blacksmith used to be a necessity for survival. Now however, it can become a necessity of a different kind. In this class students will learn to think with their hands and utilize their brains in a different way than is typical in modern society. This class will show how forging can become a necessity for the mind and body. There are many different ways to work with metal, but blacksmithing is traditionally the one most concerned with solving odd problems, problems of form, function, and fabrication. Students will be given the opportunity to solve these problems though assigned projects, which can be altered to suit individual needs and creative styles. Learn the basics of forging or build on current skills. No previous experience is required, and all tools and materials will be supplied though it is recommended to bring your own as you advance.

 

This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

For more information and to register click HERE

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Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced
Sep
16
to Oct 28

Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced

At one point in our history the skill of the blacksmith used to be a necessity for survival. Now however, it can become a necessity of a different kind. In this class students will learn to think with their hands and utilize their brains in a different way than is typical in modern society. This class will show how forging can become a necessity for the mind and body. There are many different ways to work with metal, but blacksmithing is traditionally the one most concerned with solving odd problems, problems of form, function, and fabrication. Students will be given the opportunity to solve these problems though assigned projects, which can be altered to suit individual needs and creative styles. Learn the basics of forging or build on current skills. No previous experience is required, and all tools and materials will be supplied though it is recommended to bring your own as you advance.

This class is taught This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

For more information and to register click HERE

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