Todd Jeffrey Ellis is a silversmith working in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. His art and design work takes the purity and traditional design found in colonial silversmithing and infuses it with innovative contemporary functionality.
Students have made some stunning pieces in my Silversmithing Open Studio course. Using traditional raising techniques students have made pieces ranging from chalices to a hockey trophy. Using chasing and repoussé techniques students have embellished pieces ranging from bracelets, to a motorcycle fender. One student even made decorative pieces for a book cover. Take a look at the course page to see a gallery of some of my past student’s amazing work.
I’m teaching the Silversmithing Open Studio course again this July 27-31st at the Haliburton School for the Arts. Contact me if you have any questions about what is possible in this course. Read about some of the techniques I teach to get some inspiration. I hope to see you this summer!
Come and take a course with me this summer at the Haliburton School of the Arts and enjoy a week in the Highlands and all it has to offer.
Silversmithing/Metalsmithing Open Studio (from July 27th – July 31st) Explore the silversmithing techniques used to raise hollow forms such as bowls, goblets, and vases. You can also learn the art of Chasing & Repoussé which can decoratively embellish any metal form, from small jewellery items to large fenders for motorcycles and bicycles. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm and begin to create your masterpiece.
Jewellery – Earrings, Brooches & Pendants (from August 10th – August 14th ) This course is a great way to spend a week learning to create a number of jewellery pieces through the use of a truly Canadian technique called Fold Forming. This process involves the folding, hammering, and bending of thin metal to create organic shapes that then can be incorporated into various forms of jewellery. There is no limit to what you can create through this process. So bring your enthusiasm and let’s get started.
See the Classes and Workshop pages for more information and to see past students work.