Eastern Chasing and Repoussť with Victoria Lansford

Tuesday, May 4, 2021; 9:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Friday, May 7, 2021; 9:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Tuesday, May 11, 2021; 9:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Friday, May 14, 2021; 9:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Tuesday, May 18, 2021; 9:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Friday, May 21, 2021; 9:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)


Cost: $525

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

In this special live, online edition of Victoria’s popular workshop, learn the secret of hammering metal into any shape or design. Whether high or low relief, traditional or contemporary styles, the technique of Eastern repoussé and chasing encompasses it all. This is the type of repoussé used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Scythian metalsmiths to achieve works of unsurpassed beauty, and the technique Victoria has employed for everything from stunning jewelry to huge sliding doors on a bespoke super yacht.

Eastern repoussé is an easily learnable system of exactly how, where, when, with which tool, and how hard to strike your metal to create the designs you want. It empowers you to achieve exquisite detail, unsurpassed depth, and multiple levels of relief. By working on a jewelry scale, you will gain a deep knowledge of the process that can be used on any scale whether wearable, functional, or sculptural. We will also touch on the possibilities of dimensional forms such as rings and bracelets as well as using this process with alternative materials, such as mokume gane and bi-metal.

This extended workshop format is designed to help you achieve mastery of this technique. All class time will be devoted to learning and working in the Eastern repoussé process (not tool making). The demos are in 4K so you can see in magnified, lifelike detail everything that is happening. You are also encouraged to turn your device on your own bench so Victoria can coach you through the nuances of hammering to get the results in your own work that you desire.


Techniques covered include: 

  • Laying out and transferring your design
  • How to use your chasing tools and hammer effectively to acheive your design
  • Become accomplished at chasing line work that can stand alone or make your relief stand out
  • Chasing low relief forms
  • Chasing high relief forms
  • Creating fine detail with your chasing
  • How chasing and repousse work together to create forms
  • Finishing your chased forms


Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.


A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you

Tools for this Class

This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • Eastern Repoussé Tool Set
  • 4” deep pitch bowl and stand
  • Medium Green Chaser’s Pitch
  • Scriber
  • Chasing hammer
  • Weighted rawhide mallet or urethane mallet
  • 4”x4” steel bench block
  • Ear plugs
  • 1 can canola or soy cooking spray
  • Air/acetylene, large butane, or fuel/oxygen torch
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Pickle & pickle pot
  • Bench pin
  • Saw frame
  • 2/0 saw blades
  • Needle file set of 6
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Joyce Chen or other sharp shears
  • Bench pin
  • Sharpie permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Heat gun if you are using a butane torch

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class


Basic bench skills including soldering. 


Victoria Lansford (Guest)

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.