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Register now for summer classes and workshops. Learn the basics, or hone your metalsmithing skills in small classes with personal attention from our skilled instructors. Enrolled students can join us for open studio time, and groups of 3 or more are welcome to design their own class. Contact the Registrar at the link above to add your name to our "I'm Interested" list.


Jewelry Open Studio 2016
Tuition as low as $24/session $30.00

Robin Sherwood-Armour, Rosemary Erb-Fawcett

JF6101 (6:30-9:30pm) Wednesdays (Jewelry Studio)

Current or recent jewelry or fine metals students of Brookfield Craft Center are welcome to purchase studio time by joining the Open Studio Program in the Fine Metals Studio. Current BCC members are also eligible to participate if they possess basic silversmithing skills. (Not a Member? Click here to learn more or sign up.) BCC fine metal students and local skilled jewelry artists can purchase time to use BCC's well equipped jewelry studio to work independently on their own pieces. Enjoy time working with other jewelry artists as one of our jewelry artists oversees the studio. No materials supplied. Open Studio sessions are are 3 hours in length, and are held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. Pay a drop-in rate of $40 at the door (cash or check), or purchase sessions online in advance at a discounted rate (single session - $30, two sessions - $54, three sessions - $72). Sessions are to be used within 10 weeks of purchase. Periodically, sessions may be dropped or rescheduled due to schedule conflicts. Participants will be notified with as much advanced notice as possible. No refunds or credits will be offered for unused Open Studio sessions. Participants must have basic jewelry making skills and have had prior instruction and experience using the fine metal studio equipment.
Beginner PMC (Precious Metal Clay)
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $75.00
RobinBeth Faulkner
JF6205 Jun 29 2016 (10am-2pm) Wednesday (Jewelry Studio)

PMC is silver in powder form, mixed into a pliable clay that is easy to shape using simple everyday tools. During firing, the clay burns away, leaving just the silver. Learn to work with silver clay and see how the kiln works and hand fire a small sample piece to take home. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $75.00 will be added to the tuition.
Chasing and Repousse
Tuition $260.00

Materials Fee: $50.00
All Levels
Michael Coffey

MB6205 July 9 & 10 2016 (10am-5pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

Repoussť is a technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped byhammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief.There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussť, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.
During this class, students will learn the technique of creating a wide variety of shapes & patterns by manipulating sheet metal mounted in a pitch bowl. The weekend will cover all aspects of the process, including: selecting and/or making tools, material selection, do's and don'ts with particular materials, hammer control, heat and pitch management, and more. Students will begin the class with a discussion of the concepts of the technique, then they will make a set of small tools which will be their own. Once the tool set is ready, everyone will begin working on a design to work into the metal. Students can expect to leave this class with the tools necessary to continue to work at home or their own studio, as well as at least one finished piece.Ages 16 and up, a materials fee of $50 will be added to the tuition.
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $100.00
Rachel Morris
JF6301 Aug 6, 7 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

Enhance your design work with unique, hand-crafted chains. Learn an array of techniques, both soldered and fused. Learn how how to fuse fine silver links and turn them into single and double loop in loop chains. (This technique can be done at home with fairly inexpensive and safe equipment) Then learn some of the tips and tricks needed to make unusual soldered chains (link, bar and other variations.) Strong basic torch experience required. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $100 is added to the tuition.


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