Sandkühler Studio at Oakland's
Elizabeth House Fundraiser

December 3, 2006

Oakland Elizabeth House is a transitional residence for women and children, rooted in faith and growing in love since 1991.

Benefiting the Oakland Elizabeth House.
Do your holiday shopping here!

Beautiful & Unique hand-made gifts by local artists! Scrumptious baked goods for sale! Raffle prizes! Bring this email card invite and redeem for a raffle ticket. (one card per household, please).

Sunday December 3, 2006 from 10 am - 5 pm
St. Augustine's Gymnasium
400 Alcatraz Ave. (at Colby), Oakland.
Lower Rockridge Area, between College & Telegraph.
Phone Elizabeth House: 510.658.1380

All proceeds benefit the women and children living at the Oakland Elizabeth House. Hope to see you there!

Join us for the third annual Hooked on Wire retreat and experience three days of intensive wireworking instruction from three of the premier wirework artists in the country. Each instructor has prepared an original day-long workshop designed not only to leave you with a beautiful piece of wearable art, but also to take your wireworking skills to the next level.

The retreat begins at 7:30pm on Thursday evening with our Meet the Teachers Reception. Get to know your instructors and fellow retreatants in an informal setting.

You'll spend each of the next three days with a different artist instructor and have your nights free to enjoy the best of Bay Area dining, shopping, and live theatre.

Been there? Done that? Well for the truly hardcore wire fanatics we have arranged for optional evening classes with ...

Cold Cuts & Copyrights with Iris Sandkühler

One of the most freeing techniques in metalsmithing is learning how to cut metal by hand. Imagine designing any type of flat shape or image and then translating it into precious metal! In this workshop, students will learn how to make exterior and interior cuts. In addition, details on filing and surface textures will be explored. Inspiration or appropriation? We will also discuss where to find copyright free sources and how to translate them into a viable design.

Note: This class has no kit fee. Registered students will receive a detailed materials and tools list. Each student must bring his or her own jewelers' saw, saw blades, and bench pin and clamp. Saws, blades, and bench pins will be offered for sale on a first-come, first-served basis during the retreat. If you want to reserve a set of tools for purchase during Hooked On Wire, please call The Beading Frenzy (650-401-8372) by August 1st, 2006.

From 1992-1998, Iris Sandkühler was busy creating the Jewelry and Small Metals program at Georgia Southern University. In 1996, she studied fusing at the premier Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City. Reputed for reviving ancient and lost jewelry techniques, its founders as well as students continue to produce museum-quality work. In 1998, she moved to the Bay Area and began to convert her favorite coursework from thirteen years in academics into bite-sized, project-oriented workshops.

Her personal work has afforded her the opportunity to lecture as far away as Berlin. You can find her in print via McGraw Hill publishers, Lapidary Journal, Bead & Button Magazine, and the New York Times to name a few.

When Iris isn't teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hawaii, or North Carolina, you might catch her working with the environmental sculptors Christo and Jeanne-Claude ( or leading a three-day wilderness hike or paddle.

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