Ben Dory received his MFA in metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. His work explores metalsmithing, jewelry and book arts, where he uses techniques like damascene, salt etching and stone settings as surface adornments. Ben originally hails from the Kansas City area and currently resides in Asheville, NC where he works as a designer for FEHLŌ, along with working in his home studio. Ben’s work has been exhibited nationally and can be found in the collections of the Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science and the Emprise Bank Collection in Wichita, KS.
Ben’s workshop will demonstrate the process of damascene, which is an overlaying of thin metal foils into chased/chiseled surfaces. He will also explain how to make various small tools, like chisels, that can be used with a specific type of steel (A2). Ben will also include information on how he is able to build surface compositions on steel and if time allows, various techniques for flush settings stones.