Jon Townley Online Workshop

Wire Carved Box
May 16 & 17
from 2pm-3pm

In this workshop, visiting artist Jon Townley will share with you all of the steps required for making a unique lidded box using the wire carving method. The workshop is especially geared toward working at home with limited space, a small amount of clay and simple tools. The workshop will be presented in two 45-60 minute interactive segments on two consecutive days. The online platform will be ZOOM. Once registered, you will receive a ZOOM meeting link the day before the workshop.

Day 1: Initial forming and carving process with tips on variations that allow different looks

Day 2: Assembly and completion with tips about making the piece uniquely yours. Q & A at the end.

Tools and Materials

Clay You will want to have ready 10 to 12 pounds of well wedged clay of you choice for making up to 4-5 boxes.

Cutting Wire 7-15” cutting wire of your choice. Dirty Girls brand, Mudtools, Kemper, a fine guitar string or piece of fine fishing line all work.

Loop Type Trimming Tool Basic loop will work but if you have a few variations on hand it could be helpful.

Banding Wheel a small banding wheel will make the carving step easier you can also work on a small bat, ware board, or a square of canvas to accomplish the same end.

Needle or other Scoring Tool

Wooden Paddle The box is made in two parts, so a paddle or similar implement will be helpful for tamping the bottom part to the upper part when doing the final assembly.

Soft Support A small Foam Pad or Soft Terrycloth Hand Towel for supporting the piece while hollowing out the interior will help prevent damaging the leather hard piece while thinning the walls.

Small sponge


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