Weekend - May 21-23, 2021
Explore the fundamentals of flush and bead setting. Work with samples in brass and learn to create flush setting tools, properly sharpen a graver and creatively set stones. Feel confident using the basics of bead setting to bedazzle your next project!
Weekend - May 28-30, 2021
Steel Lace For Jewelers: Woven, Welded, Formed, Adorn
Create lace patterns in steel and fabricate them into jewelry or small objects. Learn techniques specific to steel including cutting, welding, soldering, brazing and forming. Discuss pattern development, material behavior, finishing and preservation techniques. Experience group demonstrations and class discussions with ample time to create your own jewelry.
Weeklong - June 6-11, 2021
Fabulous Non-Ferrous Flora
Use soldering and cold connections to create botanical forms in copper, brass and bronze. Explore pattern making, sheet forming, cold forging and patination while creating a series of floral objects. Through prompts and self-directed inquiry, bring real or imagined flowers to life!
Weeklong - June 13-18, 2021
Free yourself from traditional methods and create your own processes for using all the fun materials you have collected. Experiment with a variety of substances, including metal, fiber, plastic and more. Learn techniques for mold making, combining disparate materials, adding color and using found/recycled items while developing skills to utilize alternative materials in exciting ways.
Beginner-Advanced (requires basic familiarity with some tools and crafting techniques, such as drilling, and using a jewelers saw, pliers, and x-acto knife); Materials fee, optional, instructor will communicate with each participant prior to class to determine needs, options and fees
Weeklong - June 20-25, 2021 - Beginner Week
Enameling Pins and Found Objects
Learn the fundamentals of kiln fired enameling. Apply enamel to pre-fabricated pins and found objects. Fire pieces in the kiln while exploring the limitations and boundaries of enamel.
Weeklong - July 18-23, 2021
Painting in Enamel
Explore a variety of ways to achieve monochrome and multicolor designs using powdered and other enamels. Take designs from various geometric and organic patterned fabric designs, photographs and paintings. Refresh them using watercolor enamels, underglaze pencils, overglaze china paints, pen and ink, and more!
Beginner; Materials fee, payable to instructor, $45 to include painting enamels, underglaze pencils, watercolor enamels, china paints, etc.
Weeklong - July 25-30, 2021
High Relief Chasing: The Art of the Chisel
The options are limitless for creating objects with chisel work. Focus on the demands and strengths of high relief sculpting. Practice on paper and clay in order to study the material demands of sheet metal. Dive deep into chisel design, chisel control, pitch management and composition. Make work like you've never made before.
Intermediate (requires the ability to draw); Materials fee, payable to instructor, $225 for set of 16, 1/4-inch chisels including 4 planishing chisels, 4 embossing chisels, 2 angles planishing chisels, 3 curved liner chisels, 2 strait liner chisels, 1 stippling chisels
Weekend - August 6-8, 2021
Intro to Powder Coating: Alternative Techniques
Learn basic powder coating along with alternative techniques such as sifting, dipping and drawing on top of powder coated surfaces. Take notes, make various powder coated samples and experiments. Leave with your unique samples and a brooch and/or earrings using the techniques covered.
Beginner-Advanced (requires basic soldering and ability to use a table saw.); Materials fee, payable to instructor, to be announced for a variety of extra powder coat colors (optional)