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Bob Ebendorf Masterclass

Lost and Found

This is a five-day Masterclass

Students will fashion ornaments of adornment, using low-tech skills to construct their jewelry ornament.  We will gather materials to work with from the beach, off the street, or unusual materials which you might bring to class.  Intermediate hand skills are required. 

There will be a focus on problem-solving, idea generation, and design concepts.  The class will be playful with ample time for one-on-one dialogue. 

Bob Ebendorf

Project Materials

Gather all sorts of materials and objects which appeal to you because of their age, association, history, form, color, texture, etc.  Listed below are some loose categories to help you get started on your collection.

  1. Natural materials: seeds, pods, shells, bones, etc.
  2. Found objects: broken glass from the beach or parking lot, pottery shards, pieces of plastic.  “Old” metal: bottle caps, cans (broken and rusted, or chosen because of label detail), old kitchen utensils, metal toys, etc.
  3. Old jewelry: from home, flea markets/boot sales, second-hand stores
  4. Memorabilia that is important to you: toys or game pieces from your childhood, family photos and pictures of yourself, postcards, letters and postage stamps, etc.
  5. Stones – cabochons and tumbled stones
  6. Aside from scouting interesting materials at second-hand stores, flea markets, see if you can discover other sources such as a fishing tackle store, an old-fashioned hardware store, or a grocery store that has a selection of imported foodstuffs and packaged goods.
  7. Bring five metal jar lids, for example: Snapple lids or Kerr jar lids.  The lid is better when the rim is very low and shallow.

Have fun collecting stuff, but it’s important to bring a collection with you to class so you won’t have to scramble for materials before you are able to begin.

Bob Ebendorf

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Bob Ebendorf



Bob Ebendorf







Robert Ebendorf teaches at East Carolina University where he holds the Belk Distinguished Chair.  He is known internationally for his use of unusual materials such as found objects, industrial products, and paper in his work, and his willingness to share his techniques and ideas with students.  He is credited with helping to shape the craft movement since the 1960’s. 

The evolution of this inventive, dedicated and prolific artist has included a Fulbright Scholarship and teaching positions at many universities.  He is the former president of The Society for North American Goldsmiths.  His work is widely held in museum and gallery collections including the Renwick Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum, American Craft Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

The jewellery school is based near St Austell in Cornwall, UK and all jewellery making classes run in our well equipped workshop.

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