Heavy Metal: DIY Metal Smithing Class with Artist Corrina Sephora
Art meets metal and fire everyday at Corrina Sephora’s one-of-a-kind metallurgy studio. Now you can experience the magic of metalwork firsthand, through our new metalsmith classes.
What To Expect
A 3-hour metal-smithing class at Corrina Sephora Studio
Choose between bottle opener, metal flower, or kitchen tool classes based on dates below.
Snacks, adult beverages, and socializing after the workshop
Corrina Sephora was introduced to metalwork in her father’s boat building workshop as a little girl of five. 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, his 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 property on the Westside of Atlanta 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 and her staff are the perfect guides to walk newcomers through each step. In the bottle opener class, students will start the class with a basic piece of steel flat bar, which in three hours will be transformed into a beautifully customized bottle opener. After annealing it (metallurgy speak for heating up in a furnace), you’ll fashion a hole in the steel using ancient hammering techniques on the anvil. Then you’ll have the chance to really get creative by using a vise and wrench to create custom decorative twists and designs in the handle of your bottle opener. You can also use stamps to imprint custom lettering into the steel.
You can also learn how to fashion three-dimensional brass and copper petals in the metal flower class. You’ll start out with several sheet metal flower cutouts, which in only a few hours will be transformed and combined into a beautiful decorative flower. After annealing the metal in the furnace, you’ll form and fashion each flower cut out using a variety of hammering and shaping techniques on the anvil and stump, all under the instruction of Corrina and her expert studio staff. The separate pieces will then be combined with a stem and finished with a blowtorch to create a gorgeous ornamental flower.
In the kitchen tools workshop, you’ll learn the ancient – and fun – art of ‘striking’. After annealing a stainless steel rod in the furnace, you and a classmate will alternate hammering it on an anvil with a pair of mallets, slowly flattening and forging the steel into a knife shape. This is metallurgy at its best – putting the power of fire and human strength against metal to create art. Eventually, after adding some additional embellishments with a variety of other techniques, you’ll have a pair completely usable kitchen tools. Depending on what you want, you can fashion your tools to function as oyster shuckers or as a pair of decorative knives that can be used on anything from jams and spreads to cheeses.
When the tutorial is over and your metal do-dads are completed, your group of newly inaugurated metallic artists will be invited to partake in a cocktail party on the beautiful Goat Farm property, where you can enjoy a complimentary beer! 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 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.