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November 7 – 8, 2015
Expressive Enameling: Beyond the Basics weekend workshop co-taught with Nancy Bonnema, Pratt Fine Arts Center.
I am teaching this workshop with my good friend and extraordinary enamelist Nancy Bonnema. We’re going to show some of our favorite things we’ve learned over the years and give plenty of firing time at the kiln. We’ll have all the needed materials on hand: gold foil; mason stains; pigments, frit, and media for making a liquid ‘writable’ enamel; gel pens; whiteboard and blackboard; and more.

November 1 – 30, 2015
Link by Link, an invitational exhibition of jewelry and small metal works, Pratt Fine Arts Center Hallway Gallery.
Link by Link is an invitational exhibition featuring the work of five regional jewelers who are also educators. Each was asked to select a past student to show work alongside them, to illustrate the handing down of skills and tradition in the field of jewelry and metals arts. Link by Link also partners again two Puget Sound art organizations, Tacoma Metal Arts Center and Seattle’s Pratt Fine Arts Center.

TMAC proprietor Amy Reeves and I have a long history of working together to promote jewelry and metal arts, and our joint goal for this exhibition is to highlight the work of our highly skilled teachers and their students as well as the vital importance of these studio relationships in nurturing the next generation of practitioners.

Early May, date TBD
Simple Surface Design in Enamel workshop at Tacoma Metal Arts Center.
A one-day workshop at a fabulous studio in Tacoma.

March 25 – May 15
Beginning Enameling Survey, co-taught with Melissa Cameron, Wednesday evenings at Pratt Fine Arts Center.
This is a new course that I’m teaching with the super-talented Melissa Cameron. The first four weeks are about powder enamels and surface design, while the last four weeks are about liquid enamels and surface treatments for these.

January 31 – February 1, 2015
Introduction to Enameling  weekend workshop at Pratt Fine Arts Center.

January 22 – March 12 , 2015
It’s All Material: 4 Artists Teach Their Specialties, Wednesday evenings at Pratt Fine Arts Center.
I am really happy to be offering this course again, which is designed to introduce students to a variety of techniques that lend themselves well to jewelry and sculptural applications. We’re covering enameling (Rebbecca), cuttlefish casting (Susanne Osborn), resin (Anne Randall), and wood (Julia Harrison), spending two weeks on each topic.

November 21 – 30, 2014
Pratt Holiday Art Sale, in the yellow building at Pratt, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm daily.

September 6, 2014
Open House at Pratt Fine Arts Center, 6:00-9:00 pm.
It’s our annual fall Open House. Julia Harrison demos wood carving in the front studio while Susanne Osborn demos metalworking in the back studio. Anne Randall, Tisha Abrahamsen, and I get to mingle.

April 12, 2014
Simple Surface Design in Enamel workshop at Tacoma Metal Arts Center.
Stenciling is a fast and simple way to begin experimenting with color. In this workshop, we will use premade, found, and our own DIY stencils to create shape and pattern as we investigate the way enamel colors fire and interact with one another. The great thing about stenciling is that we can use tiny amounts of enamel to get big visual results. Once we’ve stenciled a piece, we’ll go back into it with pens and tiny seed beads to add detail and contrast. Students can expect to complete several small pieces of jewelry or samples.

February 15 -16, 2014
Introduction to Enameling workshop at Pratt Fine Arts Center.

November 16 – 17, 2013
Monotype in Print and Enamel workshop at Pratt Fine Arts Center.
I am so excited about this new workshop! Printmaker, sculptor, and friend Rickie Wolfe (whose work I LOVE) and I have developed an interdisciplinary workshop built upon a common approach to mark-making. On the first day, the class will explore monotype in the Print studio, using stencils, found materials, and ink on paper. On the second day, the class will explore monotype in the Jewelry/Metals studio, using stencils, found materials, and powder and liquid enamels on steel tiles and copper pendants.

October 9 – 31, 2013
Found and Imagined Adornment. Pratt Fine Arts Center
This is an exhibition of photographs of jewelry that I’ve found or imagined/assembled while out walking in the city.

October 1 – 31, 2103
The Art of Teaching: Work by Pratt’s Jewelry/Metals Instructors. Pratt Fine Arts Center.
This exhibition kicks off the “new school year” in the studio and celebrates J/M instructors. Shameless self-promotion: myself included.

September 7, 2013
Open House at Pratt Fine Arts Center, 6:00-9:00 pm.
It’s our annual fall Open House (and my favorite Pratt event). Julia Heineccius demos color on metal and loop-in-loop chain-making in the front studio while Tia Kramer demos cold form wire working in the back studio. I get to handle the meet & greet end of things, which is always a good time!

September 1 – 30, 2013
Pratt Origins: Work by Pratt’s Jewelry/Metals Studio Staff and Volunteers. Pratt Fine Arts Center.
For the past several years, I’ve showcased the work of the Jewelry/Metals studio staff and volunteers in conjunction with Pratt’s fall Open House. I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful, passionate, inspiring group of people helping me make the jewelry/metals program the success that it is. This exhibition is a great opportunity to show visitors the wide range of work being made by Pratt-trained artists. Best staff ever: Anne Randall, Abby Frank, Linnie Kendrick, Jacob Mans, Nancy Strahle, Natasha Bloom, Adia Bobo, Checha Skoklovic; plus volunteers Roger Horner, Paul Casey, Johnathan Stevens, and Esther Erwin. (Not everyone is participating, but they all have my eternal gratitude and admiration!)

June 7 – 30, 2013
Contemporary Makers: The Jewelry of Julia Heineccius, Amy Reeves, Rebbecca Tomas, Vina Rust, & Julia Harrison. Pratt Fine Arts Center.

May 16, 2013
Opening reception for Contemporary Makers at TMAC, 5:30-8:30 pm.

May 5 – 31, 2013
Contemporary Makers: The Jewelry of Julia Heineccius, Amy Reeves, Rebbecca Tomas, Vina Rust, & Julia Harrison. Tacoma Metal Arts Center (TMAC).
Amy and I are collaborating on this event (she owns TMAC and I run Pratt’s Jewelry/Metals Program).

April 27 & 28, 2013
Introduction to Enameling workshop at Pratt Fine Arts Center.

April 6, 2013
Metropolitan Fashion Week Bellevue-Seattle 2013 Opening Night.
Several of us Jewelry/Metals instructors are exhibiting work during this event.

January 22 – February 5, 2013
Etching for Champleve Enameling, Tuesdays at Pratt Fine Arts Center
Etching is one of my favorite things to do before enameling, and I love teaching others how to do both safely and successfully.

January 17 – March 7, 2013
It’s All Material: 4 Artists Teach Their Specialties, Thursday evenings at Pratt Fine Arts Center.
This new course is designed to introduce students to a variety of techniques that lend themselves well to jewelry and sculptural applications. We’re covering enameling (Rebbecca), felting (Susanne Osborn), resin (Anne Randall), and wood (Julia Harrison), spending two weeks on each topic.

November 17 – 24, 2012

Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Holiday Art Sale, 10:00 am-7:00 pm.
This year, I’ll have a small run of enamel work in our Holiday Art Sale.

September 29 & 30, 2012

Introduction to Enameling workshop at Pratt Fine Arts Center.
I’ve said it before, but this is one of my favorite workshops to teach. Students have created some really beautiful and highly creative pieces in this workshop–I love the focused energy!

September 8, 2012

Open House at Pratt Fine Arts Center, 6:00-9:00 pm.
It’s our annual Open House (and my favorite Pratt event). Anne Randall demos enameling in the front studio while smiths Roger Horner and Paul Casey show small-scale hot forging in the back studio. I get to handle the meet & greet end of things, which is always a good time!

August 30 – September 11, 2012

Welcome! Work by Pratt Jewelry/Metals Staff, Jewelry/Metals Studio, Pratt Fine Arts Center.
This short exhibition coincides with Pratt’s annual Open House and features work by some of the talented people who help me run the studio: Anne Randall, Nancy Strahle, and new monitors Adia Bobo, Natasha Crider, and Checha Sokolovic.

July 21 – October 18, 2012 (public reception Friday, September 7)

Celebration, Washington State Convention Center.
This juried exhibit celebrates artists from nine years of Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program and 25 years of Artist Trust supporting individual artists. I have two wood brooches in this exhibition.

April 19 – May 24, 2012

Beginning Enameling at Pratt Fine Arts Center.
A 6-week class in enameling. Finally–some time to spread out!

March 17 & 18, 2012

Introduction to Enameling workshop at Pratt Fine Arts Center.
I love to teach, and this is one of my favorite workshops. We’ll be spending a lot of time on surface design and just understanding how to apply and fire enamels, which can be so finicky.

January 26, 2012

Northwest Folklife Festival Craft Jury.
I was invited to serve as a jury member for this local event. Festival goers are in for an amazing array of fine craft work by many talented makers.

November 18, 2011

Holiday Art Sale & Hands On Holiday Party at Pratt Fine Arts Center, 6:00-9:00 pm. Local metalsmith Paul Casey and I will be spreading holiday cheer in the Jewelry/Metals studio as we help patrons create their own hand-stamped gift tags and ornaments.

November 12, 2011

Open House at Pratt Fine Arts Center, 6:00-9:00 pm.
It’s our annual Open House. Linnie Kendrick and Jacob Mans will be doing demos in the Jewelry/Metals studios while I handle the meet & greet end of things.

November 1 through November 29, 2011

From the Inside Out, Jewelry/Metals Studio, Pratt Fine Arts Center.
This exhibition features work by Pratt’s Jewelry/Metals studio staff.

October 14, 2011

Art Goes to School: Building a Community of Thinkers Summit / Closing the Gap: The Role of Arts in 21st Century Student Learning.
I will be attending this day-long seminar, sponsored by the Clowes Fund, at Seattle Art Museum. Really looking forward to meeting other arts educators and learning more about what schools and other arts orgs are doing (and struggling to do) with their youth programming.

One thought on “News

  1. Hey Rebbecca, After the holidays I’d love to hear what you learned at the
    Clowes Fund seminar at SAM. I need to go there and have an unobstructed view of John M’s tea and coffee services – opening nite was too crowded.

    I love the pix of you and Kamla.

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