Level 2-3 Class – 5 Students Minimum : 6 Maximum
Dates: July 19-20-21
Times: 9am – 5pm with lunch break
Class description: Roberto Giordani is a world class blacksmith hailing from Italy. He is traveling and teaching in the US this summer and is offering a three day workshop at Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts this July. The workshop is a collaborative sculptural piece – each student forges an element and then all the elements are connected through traditional (and intriguing!) joinery methods. See Roberto’s sketch below. This is a rare opportunity to forge and learn with a master smith in a small group setting – and a stunning setting at that! Come enjoy the cool mountain temps on the flanks of beautiful Mount Hood and learn something new about moving hot steel. Space is limited so register today! Students should bring their own safety goggles, hearing protection and gloves.
Cost – $475.00
Son of an artisan blacksmith, since he was a baby he spend long amount of time in his father’s workshop. After finishing school, he starts working in “mechanical plant yards” and “heavy metal carpentry”.
His interests in forging and in wrought iron bring him to attend and actively participate to training courses, exhibitions and live demonstrations of many forging masters and wrought iron artists (Toni Beneton, Angelo Bartolucci and Alfred Habermann). He consolidates the intention of transforming the acquired knowledge and abilities into a lifestyle and occupation.
From 2002 Roberto lives in an old cottage on Romagna hills and he works in his shop next to his home. He hosts students and artists from many nations for internships and training courses. He also organizes events for spreading his works and of other artists.
He’s also invited to teach courses and to demonstrate. I.e. in Claudio Bottero School in Stia he teaches metal sculpture and non-ferrous metal forging, in Barcellona, he teaches a course of introduction to sculpture, showing Angelo Bartolucci techniques, in collaboration with Forja Viva association.
His artistic research and experimentation brings him to use non-metallic materials for sculpting.
In January 2014 he founds the “Arts Factory” international academy involving many artists in the project.
His works are showed in Czech Republic, United States, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Morocco, Germany and in many Italian cities.