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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.


Textured Silver Foil with Enamel
Tuition $290.00 Registration Closed

All Levels
Joanne Conant
JF4412 Nov 1 & 2 2014 (10:00am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Metals Studio)

Students will learn how to make textured silver foil from fine silver sheet for use with enamels. Interesting patterns in the silver foil enhance the interest in your pieces; they add depth, sparkle and brilliance.  This technique can be used with or without cloisonné wires.  Students will complete a piece that can be either be used as a sample or put on a pewter box that can be for themselves or given as a gift.  All skill levels welcome. Materials costs are included in the tuition.
Tuition $315.00

Lanette Barber
Registration will close one week prior to the date of the first class. Register early to reserve your space!

JF4413 Nov 8 & 9, 2014 (10:00am-4:30 pm) Saturday/Sunday (Metals Studio)

The history of chain making goes back to the beginning of adornment. Many countries/cultures have a version of ‘chain’ that accompanied their adornment heritage. Since the onset of the machine age, chain making has slipped aside as an art form. There are many chains established historically that are not difficult to make and are fun to learn. In this workshop you will be introduced to SIX CHAINS by demonstration and hands on. Students will construct a basic chain that will then go on to become an orbit chain, classic loop in loop, Egyptian links, Byzantine and woven chain (Viking knit). All vary in approach and style and will offer a nice variety to suit different pendants as well as develop skill. Handmade chains, for your one of a kind or small production pieces, will add a detail not accomplished by most purchased machine made chains. Each student will be encourage to make samplings of the chains introduced to develop muscle memory for future production and will be encouraged toward design thinking of their own. A metals foundation is required for this class. .


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