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.

Metals Course Descriptions

These are the course descriptions only

 3001 | Metal Skills.1 | Studio

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Mon, 6/7/2021 to 7/26/2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $250 | Friends: $235 | 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.

 3004 | Liquid Enamel Earrings | Studio

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/10/2021 to 7/11/2021 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180 | Friends: $165 | Sessions: 2

In this fast-paced workshop learn how to make earrings using colorful liquid enamel. You will begin by sawing shapes out of metal and then use a variety of liquid enamel techniques to add color and texture to your work. In addition, learn how to create earring wires and how to solder earring posts. Explore how to make unique pieces of jewelry-from big and small to studs and dangles-the possibilities for adornment are endless. *See Metals Supplies Note. Please bring a bag lunch.

 3028 | Chain Making | Studio

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Laura Quiñones
Dates: Wed, 6/2/2021 to 7/7/2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $195 | Friends: $180 | Sessions: 6

In this course students will explore what types and styles of wire that can be used for chains. They will learn the basic physical properties of the metal itself and what materials work best for chain making. A variety of hand tools, skills and processes for this technique will be covered. The instructor will also demonstrate how to incorporate other materials such as beads and stones into the chain and ways to attach a pendant to a chain to create a complete necklace. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3110 | Introduction to Jewelry-Making | Studio

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Laura Quiñones
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/12/2021 to 7/13/2021 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160 | Friends: $145 | 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 | Studio

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Wed, 6/2/2021 to 7/21/2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $270 | Friends: $255 | Sessions: 8

For the advance 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. Open studio time will be available after the class session ends. *See Metals Supplies Note. Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least three metals courses or equivalent intermediate metals experience.

 ON-3010 | Critique for Jewelry & Metals | Online

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Fri, 6/11/2021 to 7/16/2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Studio: Online | Building: Online
Tuition: $160 | Friends: $145 | Sessions: 6

This course is for students that have an active studio practice and would like the connectivity and feedback of a group critique session. Students will learn the importance of self-evaluation and understand the importance of feedback from your peers. Critiques are used to analyze, interpret, and assess the students work so that they may improve their overall designs and content. If you feel that your artistic practice could benefit from an online critique session this class may be for you. All skill levels and jewelry mediums welcome. Registration closes Jun 1.

 ON-3024 | Enameling: Embellishments | Online

Level: Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Jan Harrell
Dates: Sat, 6/19/2021 to 6/26/2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Studio: Online | Building: Online
Tuition: $170 | Friends: $155 | Sessions: 2

In this two-day online workshop, students of all levels will learn an array of enameling techniques, specifically embellishments. These techniques could be used to establish new designs from the beginning, but most will be better used to give some extra detailing to enhance a piece that is close to being finished. This class will focus on learning and creating a lot of samples, and students should expect to try each one so it is easier to remember the process for future projects and to further their enamel education. NOTE: For students to complete samples and projects, an enameling kiln or torch is needed, otherwise student can observe the demonstrations and resources presented. *Please see materials list for additional materials to purchase for the course. Registration closes May 31.

 ON-3034 | Explorative Jewelry Materials | Online

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Dongyi Wu
Dates: Sat, 5/15/2021 to 6/12/2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Studio: Online | Building: Online
Tuition: $140 | Friends: $125 | Sessions: 4

Work from home using materials you have on hand. This course will allow students the freedom to work in alternative materials and create unique wearable pieces using simple materials that don't require a torch or an equipped metals studio. Conversation on color and texture of materials, as well as overall design, will help guide students step-by-step to transform and repurpose simple materials into unique wearable jewelry pieces. The instructor will share a list of items that could make for interesting jewelry; see materials list. No class May 29. Registration closes May 3.

 

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