Jewelry and Metals

The jewelry-making classes taught in our Metals Department include the traditional focus on technique and materials, as well as contemporary considerations of concept, design, and experimentation.

Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Class details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.

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Metals Class Notes

Tuition for metals classes covers basic studio supplies, chemicals, and access to tools and equipment. Some classes include a limited supply kit unless otherwise noted. Students should anticipate additional fees for other tools, metal, and findings for their samples or projects. Please see website for specific supply list.

Jewelry/Metals Open Studio: Open studio time will be permitted prior to and immediately following class time; limited outside of class for open studio time will be discussed in class.

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Jewelry & Metals Classes - Fall 2022


Course Description

What does it take to make a ring? Construction of handmade rings will be the focus of this two-day course in metal. Students will be introduced to the basic techniques of working with non-ferrous metals (copper, brass, and silver), basic hand tools, forging, forming, silver-soldering using a torch, surface embellishment, and finishing techniques. In two days, students should expect to walk away with at least two finished projects. See *Metals Supplies Note. Please bring a bag lunch.

Instructor

Laura Quiñones

Dates

  • Section A: Sat & Sun, Sep 17 & 18 | 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Section B: Sat & Sun, Nov 12 & 13 | 10:00am – 4:30pm

Location

Willson Metals Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

2

Tuition - Regular

$180

Tuition - Friends

$165


Course Description

Learn the fundamental techniques and tools used to create unique jewelry and small metal sculptures as you work through a series of projects focused not only on technique, but also on encouraging individual expression. Techniques covered will include sawing, basic forming, surface textures, silver-soldering, riveting, ring-making, and surface finishes. Note: Bilingual instruction is available for Section B. Tool kits and some supplies included; see *Metals Supplies Note.

Instructor

  • Section A: Sarah T. Roberts
  • Section B: Alejandra Salinas Pérez

Dates

  • Section A: Tue, Sep 20 – Nov 8 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Section B: Sep 30 – Nov 18 | 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location

Willson Metals Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$295

Tuition - Friends

$280


Course Description

Explore this ancient process of casting to create unique and individualized jewelry-scale objects in bronze or silver. The class will begin with a basic project and then allow for independently focused projects for the remainder of the term. Class demonstrations will depend on the needs of individual projects in addition to the basics—model-making, setting sprues, preparing the model in the flask, burning out the wax, casting the molten metal, and surface finishing. No previous metal experience required. Students will need to purchase casting grain for their individual projects; see *Metals Supplies Note.

Instructor

Sarah T. Roberts

Dates

Thu, Sep 22 – Nov 17 (No class Nov 3) | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Willson Metals Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$325

Tuition - Friends

$310


Course Description

Delight in the bright colors achieved by fusing transparent and opaque enamels to copper. Discover how to create textures and unique shapes to capture the reflections of light. This class will cover a variety of methods for fusing colorful enamel (glass) to copper using both a torch and kiln. Students will be introduced to a variety of techniques and will be encouraged to experiment and can expect to complete a pair or earrings and a pendant Basic metals skills are helpful but not required. Tuition includes basic supplies kit and assess to studio tools; see *Metals Supplies Note.

Instructor

Laura Quinones

Dates

Tues, Nov 15 – Dec 6 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building

Sessions

4

Tuition - Regular

$200

Tuition - Friends

$185


Course Description

This Class will focus on learning the basic techniques of working with PMC3 (Precious Metal Clay) a fine silver clay from how to sculpt and carve with the metal clay to constructing a piece of jewelry. Students will learn how to roll and shape the metal clay, how to use tools to carve it and texture it to create dimension as well as surface finishing. Kiln use and firing the pieces will be reviewed to have a better understanding of the firing of metal clay. Students will be asked to purchase some materials ahead of time. Please see website for a list of supplies to order for the class; tool kits will be available for use during class.

Instructor

Lorena Angulo

Dates

Fri, Oct 14 | 6:00 – 8:30 and Sat & Sun, Oct 15 & 16| 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location

Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building

Sessions

3

Tuition - Regular

$230

Tuition - Friends

$215


Course Description

In this follow up course to Basic Skills.1, students will hone their sawing, soldering, forming, and surface finishing skills and apply those basic metalsmithing techniques to create more complex projects. Demonstrations will include how to etch a pattern or texture into metal, how to create a bezel for stone setting, and how to make jump rings and chains to complete a wearable object. Students can anticipate completing at least two projects. See*Metals Supplies Note.

Instructor

Alejandra Salinas Pérez

Dates

Mon, Sep 19 – Nov 21 | 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location

Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$325

Tuition - Friends

$310


Course Description

For the advanced student wishing to pursue a new or continued topic of metalworking and/or jewelry-making or to create a small body of work. Although projects are self-directed, the instructor will work with each student to assist with design, aesthetic, and/or technical decisions.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least three metals courses or equivalent intermediate metals experience. See *Metals Supplies Note.

Instructor

Alejandra Salinas Pérez

Dates

Wed, Sep 21 – Nov 23 | 9:30am–12:30pm

Location

Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$325

Tuition - Friends

$310

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