The Nitty Gritty
- Each purchase covers one person
- Classes last 3 hours
- No cancellations within 48 hours and no refunds for missed classes
- Tuesday 12/19 at 6:30PM
As a child, Corrina Sephora was introduced to metalwork in her father’s boat building workshop. After witnessing her dad weld a piece of metal – a process she described as ‘electric lightning’ – she knew she was destined to be an artist. Her fascination with the process of burning, soldering, and bending metal into completely new creations never left her, and eventually manifested itself into an illustrious career of crafting unique, larger than life metallic sculptures and art installments. The only thing competing with Sephora’s passion for her art is her enthusiasm for sharing her unique process with others. After spending some time teaching as a university professor, she decided to take the classroom into her own studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center on the Westside and start offering intimate classes of her own.
While welding, hammering, and twisting resistant pieces of metal into works of art may not be for the faint of heart, Corrina is the perfect guide to walk newcomers through each step, especially in her newest class, where students will learn how to fashion custom Christmas ornaments out of copper. After annealing it (that's metallurgy speak for "heating it up in a furnace"), copper becomes bendy and malleable, making it the perfect medium to use as a first experiment in metal-based art. Guests at this festive class will have three holiday copper shapes to work with, which - following Corrina’s fun and informative instruction – they will hammer, stamp, and shape into customized holiday ornaments. For those looking to fire the intensity up a notch, Corrina will be more than happy to offer a brief torch-cutting demo following the ornament-making tutorial.
After the tutorial is over and the ornaments are completed, your group of newly inaugurated metallic artists will be invited to partake in a cocktail party on the beautiful Goat Farm property with the artist herself. We recommend using this time as a chance to pick Corrina’s brain about her dynamic history as a metalworker and artist. In a career spanning several states and multiple decades, she’s certainly accumulated her share of interesting stories, like when she took a job at an industrial factory where she was the first female welder in the company’s history.This class is for all appreciators of handmade craftsmanship (not to mention those on the hunt for a creative Christmas present) and anyone who thinks that art should be fun. Whether you’re an artist hoping to explore a new medium or an average Joe searching for a unique art experience, a couple hours of hammering, stamping, bending, drinking, and socializing at Corrina Sephora’s quaint Goat Farm studio will have you totally on board with the metallurgy train.