3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. You can try Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Enameling, Foundry, Glass Casting, Glass Flameworking, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, Leather or MIG Welding. Take a Taster and meet new friends, or give the gift of creativity to someone special. These popular and fun classes fill up fast!
Bangle Bracelet with Metal Clay
Continue to enhance your metal clay skills while making two bangle bracelets! Skills learned and practiced include: sizing to accommodate clay shrinkage; constructing a bracelet on a mandrel; shaping; stone setting; and adding texture and other decorative elements. We will also review firing and finishing methods. Tools for metal clay are very simple and include thickness guides, rollers, texture plates, rubber stamps, files, brushes, ring sizers and the ring mandrel. PREREQUISITE: metal clay experience
Casting Wax to Silver
Learn the ancient process of lost wax casting sculptural jewelry. Experimenting with different types of wax, you will carve, cast, and finish at least one pendant or ring in silver. Students are encouraged to bring in personal sketches and ideas. PREREQUISITE: Jewelry & Metals I
This class in metal clay techniques is designed for both beginning students and those seeking to refresh skills and learn new ones. Students will design and make six charms to be displayed on a linked bracelet. A new technique will be taught with each charm, including forming, texturizing, stone setting, filigree syringe work, curved surface construction, and setting a glass component. The bracelet will be secured with a bar and toggle clasp fabricated with metal clay. PREREQUISITE: metal clay experience
Chasing & Repousse
Make your drawings come to life in sheet metal with two techniques that allow you to add highly detailed relief images to your jewelry. Learn to isolate and control the movement of your metal and create an original piece using the design of your choice. Spice up your sculpture or jewelry with detailed accents, texture and depth. PREREQUISITE: Jewelry & Metals I
Exploration in Chainmaking
This class covers the classical skills needed to make woven and Etruscan chains. You will learn to manipulate wire through the selected use of hand tools, making jump rings, splicing wires together, and fusing jump rings shut. Your finished one-of-a-kind silver chain can accommodate an original pendant or be worn alone.
Exploration in Stone Setting
This 2-day intensive exposes you to three kinds of stone settings: prong, bezel and flush. The first day includes a demonstration of how settings are put together. During the second session you will set your stones (or objects) into settings you have created. Sterling silver settings and some stones are supplied. PREREQUISITE: Jewelry & Metals I
Friday Flame: Jewelry
End the workweek with fire, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night focused on industrial arts and good company. Enjoy a 2-hour workshop creating a work of art to take home. Then sip wine or beer with the group and marvel at your new masterpiece!
Learn the first steps to becoming a jeweler in this intensive class focused on gemology, gemstone properties, and testing methods. You will learn how to identify different types of gems. Class discussions include synthetics, imitations, treatments, and enhancements. Bring in your favorite jewelry pieces or gems to discuss.