Metal Magic — Sharon Hanse

Sharon Hanse
2.5 days
All levels
$15 materials fee

Instructor Bio
The calligraphic quest is one of the most fascinating journeys one can take. Nothing is more satisfying than creating a beautiful work of art using words that are inspirational, uplifting, thought provoking, and comforting. Life itself is a fascinating odyssey of epic proportions, and hopefully these calligraphic presentations add a little beauty to everyone’s trip. Sharon Lee Hanse was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has studied the lettering arts and various related subjects such as paper marbling, papermaking, paste paper technique, bookmaking, illuminating, and gilding. Sharon has been privileged to study with some of the finest calligraphers in the world like Sheila Waters, Thomas Ingmire, Peter Thornton, John Stevens, Marsha Brady, Mark vanStone, Carl Rohrs, and Leana Fay. Under the business name Toucan Design, Sharon established a studio in her home where she pursues her artistic endeavors. In addition to participating in art fairs across the eastern United States, Sharon produces work on commissions for individuals, organizations, and businesses. Work accepted into the Letter Arts Review Annual Review in 2007, 2010, and 2012.

Class Description
Embossing your calligraphy into metal opens another wonderful way to display your lettering skills. Learn the best way to design work for the various metals: copper, brass, aluminum, and pewter. Each metal has different characteristics that will influence the final product and must be taken into account when designing a piece. Explore a variety of tools that can be used to enhance your work and the ways to use patinas, inks, and paint to add another layer of interest. Metal pieces can be treated so they may be used outdoors; cut, manipulated, and adhered to various structures, boxes, tiles, etc.; and be incorporated into collages. Metal work can be matted and framed, or become a piece of free standing or hanging art. Create frames for your calligraphy using metal embossing. Explore a whole new media to present your work.

Supply List
• 3 stylus of varying size
• Old telephone book or old mouse pad
• Pencil
• Paper
• Erasers
• Cork-backed ruler
• Calligraphy pens
• Ink
• Paper