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Start Date: Jan 28, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Sun)

Create many pairs of stunning earrings in this workshop-style class. Each week we’ll learn how to use various studio equipment and hand tools to make new styles of earrings! We’ll learn how to cut and drill sterling silver, copper, brass and bronze metal to make a variety of shapes, and some simple forming and patina techniques. We’ll also go over bezel-setting stones, and making your own earwires for a signature look. This beginner class will give you the skills to continue creating earrings for yourself and your loved ones for every occasion!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 29, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

Make a splash with a stunning statement necklace made completely by hand! We will explore making one-of-a-kind sterling silver pendants featuring colorful cabochon stones, which hang from gorgeous handmade chains. We will use silver, copper and bronze wire to form loops and links, which then can be combined in infinite variations for fun metal chains. To pull your unique necklace together, we will also learn how to make a variety of toggle and hook clasps. You’ll come away from class with at least two completely original finished necklaces, and the skills to make many more!

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing preferred but not required

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Start Date: Feb 6, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

This course focuses on complex fabrication and surface techniques that allow students to expand their technical skill and design aesthetics. Techniques covered in this follow up to Fundamentals I include an introduction to building forms with the hydraulic press and dapping blocks, traditional surface explorations with etching, patinas, and torch enameling as well as tube setting faceted stones. This course will sharpen students’ aesthetic sensibilities and ability to translate ideas into a finished piece.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing I or equivalent

 

Start Date: Feb 24, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Join us for a two-day intensive workshop learning to apply vitreous enamel to copper forms. We’ll provide you with a rainbow of enamel colors and enough copper to make an elegant brooch as well as pendants, earrings, or objects of your choosing. Take your designs one step further with your paintbrush, and embellish your enameled forms just as you would a tiny canvas with specialty paints designed for use on glass and china. The result is a treasure uniquely your own for wearing or giving as gifts!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 7, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Transform a flat two-dimensional sheet of copper into a closed three-dimensional form in this ancient and dynamic process of raising metal.  Using metal hammers and stakes, you will learn the process of Western and Eastern concentric raising.  Design possibilities, surface treatments and patinas will be explored.  Geared for both beginners and more experienced students, Greg’s class will take a personal approach to closely monitor your technique development and efficiency.  Prerequisite: some hand strength is necessary.  Beginning and experienced students welcome.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Foldforming is a fast way to manipulate flat sheets of metal to make 3D forms. By heating, folding and hammering thin sheets of metal you can experiment with the variety of forms that unfold as you work. With a few subtle hammer blows your copper sheet can transform into a multitude of forms, from leaves and flowers to striking geometric structures. Take it further by colorizing the metal using some simple patinas. This dynamic, experimental work will inform your artistic process as your ideas for sculpture and jewelry evolve. Join us as we test the limits and learn more about foldforming, chemical and heat patinas!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: May 27, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

Historically, jewelers were partners with opticians in the design and making of eyeglasses. In this fast paced one-day workshop, we’ll explore historical through contemporary spectacles through slides, samples, and demos. We’ll learn how jeweler's techniques are applicable to making eyeglasses. Learn tricks from the optical indus­try about holding lenses in frames, coloring lenses, and explore inventive approaches to creating hinges and other mechanisms. This is NOT a hands-on workshop; it is an exploration of a how to understand pro­cesses that are specific to the low-tech fabrication of eyeglasses for intermediate to skilled jewelers.

Prerequisites: While beginners are welcome, intermediate to advanced jewelers and metalsmiths will get the most out of this workshop.