Jewelry & 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.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing Material List

  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.

Studio Note:

No outside studio time will be permitted at this time, unless arranged by the individual class.

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

Summer 2022 Metals Course Descriptions

These are the course descriptions only

 3000 | Metals Studio Rental | Intermediate/Advanced

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Friends: $300.00 | Sessions: Unlimited

The Willson Metals Studio is a fully equipped workspace providing a shared work environment for students and professionals. A lab monitor will supervise each session; however, instruction is not provided. Individuals who have not registered for this in previous terms must contact Department Chair Jillian Sortore at 210.200.8254 prior to enrolling. The fee includes access to the entire studio (hand tools and equipment) and consumable materials (i.e. torches, etching chemicals, etc.). Sheet metal, wire, and casting grain are available for purchase from the Metals Department, but large quantities should be ordered separately by individuals. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed several metals classes or equivalent experience and this enrollment must be approved by department chair, Jillian Sortore. Jun 6 - Aug 7 | See days and times under Metals Open Studio Willson Metals Studio | Santikos Building Hours: Jun 6 - Aug 10 | Tues 1:00 - 4:00pm | Wed 1:00 - 4:00pm | Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm (No open studios when a class is scheduled)

 3001 | Metal Skills. 1 | Beginning

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Alejandra Salinas Pérez
Dates: Mon, 6/6/2022 to 8/1/2022 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Friends: $260.00 | Sessions: 8

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. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3011 | Introduction to Steel | All Levels

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Thurs, 6/2/2022 to 8/4/2022 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Friends: $300.00 | Sessions: 10

Explore how to use steel, an inexpensive and versatile metal, to create wearable objects or small sculpture. Students will learn how basic metalsmithing processes such as sawing, soldering, and cold-connections translate to this material. Students will then focus on creating more complex volumetric forms using scoring and bending. How to enamel steel using vitreous enamels will also be covered. Students can anticipate completing at least three projects. *See Metals Supplies Note and please see SSA website for a materials list.

 3012 | Metal Skills. 3: Forming & Enameling | Intermediate/Advanced

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Wed, 6/1/2022 to 8/3/2022 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Friends: $300.00 | Sessions: 10

This course focuses on how to create volumetric pieces using forming and how to use enameling to add color, texture, and pattern to jewelry and small-scale objects. Students will explore fold-forming to create earrings or pendants and sinking to create a small metal bowl. Then using vitreous enamels, students will learn how to apply color and texture to these pieces. This course may be taken as a follow up to Metal Skills 2 or as a way to hone skills in these specific areas. Students can anticipate completing at least three projects. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See supplies note.

 3022 | Bracelets | All Levels

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Alejandra Salinas
Dates: Mon, 6/6/2022 to 6/27/2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Friends: $150.00 | Sessions: 4

This short course will cover basics of creating cuff and bangle bracelets out of copper, brass, or silver. Learn how to form metal, use the hydraulic press, and other basic metals skills such as soldering, surface textures, and patination. Students should expect to create at least two finished bracelets. If students plan to use silver they will have to purchase metal ahead of time or discuss with instructor on the first day of class. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3024 | Metal Skills. 2: Etching and Bezel Setting | Intermediate

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Tues, 5/31/2022 to 8/2/2022 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Friends: $300.00 | Sessions: 10

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.

 3032 | Color Techniques on Metal and Wood | New | All Levels

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/18/2022 to 6/19/2022 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160.00 | Friends: $145.00 | Sessions: 2

Explore non-traditional color applications for metal and wood surfaces in this two-day workshop. The class will consist of demonstrations and techniques and students will be provided with a small kit of materials to try the processes and create samples. There are endless possibilities when it comes to adding color to surfaces which make for a playful addition to your jewelry. *See SSA website for additional optional materials.

 3110 | Introduction to Jewelry-Making Techniques | Beginning

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/11/2022 to 6/12/2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $170.00 | Friends: $155.00 | Sessions: 2

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.

 3200 | Advanced Metals Studio Projects | Advanced

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Wed, 6/1/2022 to 8/3/2022 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Friends: $300.00 | Sessions: 10

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

 

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If registering during Member's Priority registration, login to the website with your username and password (open registration does not require you to be logged in). To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages to read class descriptions.

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Choose your class by clicking the box to the left of the class name. Scroll to the bottom of the page to click Continue and complete the student information form. Once this form is submitted, you will receive a final e-mail with confirmation of your registration.

 

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