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My name is Cheryl Bibeau and I took my first metalsmith class as a way to spend quality time with my college age daughter, Danielle. After two classes together, metals became irresistible and I have continued classes and working with metal ever since. Of all the metals, I find copper warm and ever changing. I can make it soft and malleable; I can make it strong and supportive. As a full-time coppersmith, copper and I are still learning all that we can do together.
My central Massachusetts studio is where I form the etched copper into a variety of jewelry and useful items. Especially enjoyable is creating new designs for cuff bracelets, and rings.
I call my current classes “banging on copper”. With hammers, metal can move into curves and a variety of shapes. Patterns and designs can be hammered onto the metal as well. It will be interesting to see where these new techniques lead me. The possibilities seem endless…