I’ve applied for a $1,350 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to take a workshop on jewelry and industrial processes. This is becoming a big topic for me as a writer, although I wonder if it is somewhat controversial (if not misunderstood.) This class, taught by Don Friedlich, may not quite have enough students, tho, to make it a go. So I've offered to help spread the word.
Don's Designing in Multiples Workshop takes place October 7 - 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Maryville University, St. Louis, MO. The cost is $400. See more at http://www.midwest-metalsmiths.org/workshops.
The reason I'm interested is because I've been studying industrial manufacturing processes at a local community college. I feel it could be a way for me to produce cheaper pieces faster, in addition to my artistic pieces, This would allow me to offer customers options and save some wear and tear on my hands. In Don's workshop, we are to spend some time making prototypes out of cardboard. Then he will lecture on industrial processes and help us to make creative use of these concepts -- such as casting, laser and water jet cutting, commercial photo etching, etc..
Don is internationally known. To see his work go to http://www.donaldfriedlich.com.