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Robert Dancik Masterclass
Amulets and Talismans

This is a five day Masterclass.

Why do we keep things like old ticket stubs, keys to cars we no longer own, a lock of someone’s hair, an earring with no mate, a used book of matches?   Why?  Because these are not just objects, these are the reservoirs of memories.  They protect us from forgetting.  They afford us comfort.   And why do we combine these with other objects and fashion them into items such as rattles, wall art and personal adornment?  Because at heart, we are storytellers.  These objects are amulets and talismans and each one tells a story.

Even though the making of amulets and talismans is as old as human history itself, the use of amulets and amuletic imagery abound today in virtually every culture and fashion arena.  What we today consider charms, lucky pieces, or mementos, are all really amulets and talismans – objects to which we attach importance or power.

These days in making amulets, we often have two distinct considerations.  What do we want to say and how can we physically make it? 

Often, the first aspect, what you want say, is already in place. The problem usually arises when the objects you have assembled have to be joined is some manner to allow you to say it.

In this workshop we will explore many and varied materials, processes and procedures to allow you to combine almost any object or material with almost any other to make your amulet or talisman.  We will focus on ways in which the joining can actually forward your idea rather than just being a way to get things to stick together. 

We will look at and use the narrative characteristics and possibilities inherent in materials such as concrete, epoxy resins, rock-like paper pulp mache, Faux Bone™, enhanced plaster and more. 


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We will cover processes and procedures that will allow the use of these in combination with personal objects and each other to allow full expression of your amuletic ideas. Cold (non-soldered) connections, mechanical joins, and a whole range of adhesives will be also be covered.

 The final form of your amulets may be a piece for the body, the wall, a pedestal, or any combination thereof. 

Participants are encouraged to bring any type of object or material they would like to incorporate into their amulet – nothing is out of bounds.  “Stuff” such as old jewelry, bark, papers, shells, bones, found objects, ephemera, feathers, string, leather, etc are all possible inclusions in your amulet.

There will be lots of handouts and samples to view as well as books to use as reference and inspiration.

Easy Payment Scheme

We know that lots of you want to book the Masterclasses but are worried by all the media coverage about money issues. Places are booking up and we don't want you to miss out. Consequently we are now introducing a Pay-by-Installments system for the Masterclasses and Diploma 10 day intensive courses.

You can now pay for your class in managable chunks (£100 or more at a time) after paying an initial £100 non-refundable deposit to secure your place - give us a call to discuss the payment plan on 01726 817989.

Robert Dancik

Robert Dancik holds a Masters degree in sculpture and a BA in fine art and has been an artist/teacher for more than 30 years. He has taught people from kindergarten to graduate school while exhibiting his jewelry and sculpture in museums and galleries across the US and in Europe and Japan. He teaches workshops at art centers in the US and abroad including Penland, NC; Arrowmont, TN; Metalwerx, MA; Touchstone Center for Crafts, PA; Silvermine, Brookfield Craft Center, CT; and Mid Cornwall School of Jewelry (UK) to name a few.

His work is in numerous collections including the Wustum Museum of Art, Boeringer- Ingleheim International, Schamberger International, Mitsubishi International, Japan, Gallery of Art and Design, North Carolina State University. He has artwork published in many books including “PMC Decade”,“Fine Art of the Tin Can”, “1000 Rings”, “The Art of Resin Jewelry,” and “Creative Metal Clay Jewelry”, and magazines including “Niche”, “Art Jewelry”, “Lapidary Journal” and “Perspectives”.

Robert is the originator of Faux Bone™, a new,wonderful material for artists involved in jewelry, artist’s books, sculpture, and many other artistic disciplines. He lives in Cornwall, UK where he is an avid cook (I didn’t say good) and collector of toys, maps, and compasses.

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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