C. James Meyer is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University where he was head of the Metal and Jewelry program. Currently, he maintains a studio and teaches part-time in Cortona Italy, in association with University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program. He also teaches workshops for Arrowmont School of Crafts, Peter’s Valley, Touchstone Center for Crafts and Penland School of Crafts, where he is currently on the Board of Trustees. Professor Meyer’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally while also being featured in many public and private collections including the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), the Racine Museum of Art (WI), the Georgia Museum of Art (GA), the Gregg Museum, (NC), and the Nordenjelske Museum of Applied Art (Trondhiem, Norway). His work is additionally acknowledge through numerous grants, fellowships and publications.
Professor Meyer’s workshop will be based on the reductive properties of non-metal materials and small-scale forging. This demonstration will focus on the incorporation of PaperStone ® or Richlite®, (a recycled paper in natural resin) into jewelry objects. The properties of these materials allow for forms that are not easily achievable in traditional sheet and wire fabrication. The application of color will also be discussed along with linear design in contrast to carved forms.