Deb Karash at The Ranch

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Deb Karash at The Ranch

Time: June 19, 2014 at 10am to June 23, 2014 at 5pm
Location: The Ranch. Center for Arts & Craft Snohomish, WA
Phone: 360-568-7709
Event Type: jewelry, metals, education
Organized By: Randi Harper
Latest Activity: Jun 5, 2014

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Drawing on Metal
Instructor: Deb Karash
June 19 – 23
10am – 5pm

So, you’ve tried enamels, patinas, torches, kilns, heat treatments – maybe even anodizing. On a good day, when the stars are properly aligned, and the sun is shining – you may have gotten color on metal. (Color that may even stay there!) Then again, you may not have the equipment; want a better range of color; may not be interested in the harsh chemicals, etc. Deb Karash’s technique for applying color on metal with colored pencil provides endless opportunities, can be done with minimal equipment, and most importantly, it allows strong color contrast - with total control from the maker.

We’ll explore form, color and fabrication in this five day “slow metal” workshop – layering and coloring until the metal reaches a velvety depth. Expect to come away with a range of samples as well as finished pieces that express your unique voice using these techniques.

Course #1461923 $875. ($20. Materials fee)
$900. after May 30
(materials list @ registration)
To register, call 360-568-7709

Deb Karash was seduced by color in the late '90s, when she began cautiously introducing color into her jewelry with stones. The variegated hues within a single color, especially turquoise's mix of green, gold, and rust inspired her to try and reproduce the color on metal using colored pencils. Her 30-step process took five years to perfect. Per Deb: "After a while I enjoyed coloring so much that I didn't need the stones anymore, I just wanted to color the metal. That's how it started. Now all the color in my work is colored pencil. I'm not a color fanatic - my home is neutral and I wear black. I simply wanted to do something different to metal surfaces.”

"Jewelry, for me, is really about intimacy. Windows, layering, and texture are metaphors for the mystery and richness of personalities. Jewelry becomes a part of people's lives and stories. I enjoy participating in the marking of significant events in their lives and hearing the stories they tell me about their jewelry. Throughout history humans have adorned themselves in a variety of ways. I feel a part of that history, if in a very small way. I draw inspiration from natural textures, fiber, stone, and mixed media painting and sculpture. Surface, color, and texture are as important to my work as are the forms themselves."

Deb Karash is originally from Illinois where she earned an MA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Northern Illinois University. She now lives in the mountains of North Carolina. A full time studio jeweler, Deb sells her work at galleries throughout the US and Canada and teaches workshops worldwide. She is a founding member of Flow, an artists’ co-op in Marshall, NC. Her free time is spent renovating their new home in Asheville and traveling. To see more of her work, visit:

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