Development of Techniques with Chasing and Repousse in Relation to Containers
Chiappetta, Carolyn Joan
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The problem. The specific problem undertaken in this creative effort has been to get totally involved with the process of chasing and repousse, using tools and hammers with precision and control. An explanation of the process in making the container as it relates to the chasing techniques is a major consideration. Procedure. The procedure has been to continue research in the development of the container. That research has involved the construction of four containers, each having a chased and repoussed lid. I have also gone into the construction of the container itself, the processes having been recorded with camera and these photos are used to be self-explanatory in the development of the containers. Findings. This experiment in the development of the use of the metalsmith's tools has given me a better sense of awareness of the metal. An intense study of these processes has defined a strong artistic sense within me. This project also has given an opportunity to experience the container as an art object as well as a useful utilitarian piece. The techniques of chasing and repousse lends its toward a fine textural surface and gives the metal a whole new perspective. In that way, it has expanded my whole concept of metal, Conclusions. Experience with tools has broadened my perspective of the capabilities of the metal. It has also taken the fear out of using the tools. That was the original reason for starting such a problem. Therefore, this project has helped achieve my goals.
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