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Posted on September 5, 2014

artwork using etching technique. Non-toxic Saltwater Etching Workshop
1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Sept. 9; 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Sept. 10
Coover Hall Jewelry Studio, Rooms 7-8

Artists can explore a non-toxic saltwater etching technique at a jewelry and printmaking workshop Sept. 9-10 in Coover Hall’s jewelry studio (rooms 7-8).

Sponsored by Cal U’s Department of Art and Design and funded through a grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the workshop is free and open to the Cal U community and the general public. 

Sessions run from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Sept. 9 and 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Sept 10.

Artist and jeweler Jesse Bert, of Mexico, will conduct the workshops awith Art and Design faculty members Dr. James Bove‘ and Dr. Scott Lloyd.

At the workshop

Workshop participants will learn the process of etching a copper plate with a pure saltwater solution. This non-toxic process produces results similar to traditional ferric chloride acid etching, but without acid fumes and hazardous materials. The process is easy to manage and simple to use.

Participants will work with Bert to create an etching with unique surface textures that can be used for jewelry applications or printing plates.

Using their etched metal plate in a printing press, participants will work with Lloyd to create a print on paper. Hand printing techniques also will be demonstrated, so participants without access to a press can continue using the technique.

In the last part of this workshop, students will work with Bove‘ to create a piece of jewelry incorporating their etched copper plate.

Register now

For more information or to reserve a spot in the workshop, e-mail Bove‘ at