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Events for Sunday October 13, 2013


Art and History of Silver

Art and History of Silver Chasing


Sunday October 13, 2013
2:00 PM
This program features Liza Nechamin-Glasser and Louisa Bann. Join silver expert Liza Nechamkin-Glasser as she demonstrates how through the use of a small array of tools, a silversmith can create intricate detail and can (literally) make a lasting impression on a silver surface.

Nechamkin-Glasser will bring along examples of her work and tools (many of which she has specially designed herself) used in silver chasing and will provide a demonstration of the process. Nechamkin-Glasser has extensive experience working with silver holloware, having created numerous high profile hollowware pieces and American major league sports trophies during her time with Tiffany and Co. as a Silversmith/chaser.

In addition, Louisa Bann of the Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center, will be providing a brief history of America’s love affair with silver, and more specifically the silversmithing trade in New Jersey as well as the emergence of the silversmithing industry in NJ homes. She will look at the evolution of a young country whose industries consisted of farming and shop-keeping, whose homes were decorated with simple utilitarian silver spoons and candlesticks and their churches with silver cups and tankards. The years between 1825 and 1900 will be examined specifically as America emerged from the restraints and dependence on European luxury goods to an economic, design and manufacturing power.

From Medieval armor to modern-day trophies, silversmiths have developed works of art that help to show off the gleam of the precious metal, but especially the fine detail and artistry of their craft. Silver chasing, as thSilver itemse process is called, involves the hammering to depress, raise or move small areas of the metal to create relief designs, monograms or images without removing any of the metal. The work can be done on traditional silver cups, flatware goblets and vases or even on jewelry and religious elements.
 

Bios

Liza Nechamkin-Glasser earned her BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School For American Crafts and immediately thereafter went on to work for Tiffany and Company for 13 years as a Silversmith/Chaser. During this time she developed her silver restoration business and began to instruct chasing and jewelry workshops. Liza resigned her position with Tiffany and Co. to manage Nechamkin Silver Studios [http://www.nechamkin.com/portfolio.htm] full time and pursue the development and marketing of her chasing tools, custom holloware and restoration services.

Louisa Bann formerly worked as the Manager of the Archives at Tiffany and Co. and is currently on staff at the Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center.

This program is supported through funding from the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.


 


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