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Repousse & Chasing

Hi all,

I have begun the maddening trip into the old arts of Chasing & Repousse (I don't even know how to pronounce this word I am so green). I lost my job at the beginning of the year, and have decided to learn something new while I am looking for a new one. In my stumbling across the interweb, I ran across a piece of copper that had been formed just so, I swear, to grab my by the collar and go "LOOK". Thus begins my new obsession of finding out how you guys and gals can make a flat piece of metal into truly works of art.

With copper in hand (16 oz soft rolled from my local roofing company) and the Eastern Repoussé and Chasing DVD on its way to me, I feel like I know less about this art, the more I read about it.

I do have 2 questions:

1. Could anyone recommend other resources to help me learn.

2. Is there anyone local to me that would be willing to mentor or allow me to ask a million question of? (Rock Hill, SC)

I am looking forward to learning a new craft. This is something I have always been fascinated by. Now it's time for me to get off my rear and go chase it!

Aaron Young
Rock Hill,SC

Thanks in advance for your time. looking forward to many hours of reading on here!

Rich Waugh's picture

Welcome to ArtMetal, Aaron!

Welcome to ArtMetal, Aaron!

Sorry to hear about your old job, but it sounds like you have decided on a great way to occupy yourself while job hunting. It might turn out that you have a terrific talent for repousse and chasing and that becomes your new job - who knows?

One book I would particularly recommend is "Moving Metal - The Art of Chasing and Repousse" by Adolph Steines. Pretty much everything you ever wanted to know is in that book.

Check with your local art groups to find someone near you who could guide you, or check into the art department at some community colleges. There must be one or more within driving distance of Rock Hill. While they may not specifically offer chasing or repousse, the metalsmithing instructor might be willing to take you on as an "audit" student for an evening jewelry course and let you focus on the stuff you want to do.

It's pronounced "re poo SAY", by the way.