Expand your repertoire of alternatives to the mass-produced parts that we frequently add onto otherwise handmade pieces. For many contemporary metalsmiths, the focus is often on “how it will look,” rather than “how it will work.” Explore the design and construction of five unique clasps: an enclosed toggle clasp; a lentil clasp; a knocker clasp; a bayonet clasp with a safety catch; and a spring-loaded, telescopic bracelet clasp with bezel-set terminals. Competent soldering and fabrication skills required. Materials List will be available after Registration opens. Download Materials List.

John Cogswell is a jeweler, silversmith, educator, and author/illustrator. He has taught at SUNY New Paltz, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and Hofstra University and has conducted workshops around the country, including at Arrowmont, Haystack, and Penland. John was the 2006 inductee into the National Metalsmiths' Hall of Fame and was Touchstone Center for Crafts' 2007 Artist of the Year. He is author of Creative Stonesetting, and has contributed to several contemporary jewelry texts. His work is included in many public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the Ackland Museum of Art.