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

Unless noted, tuition for metals classes covers basic studio supplies, chemicals, tools and equipment. However, students should anticipate additional fees for other tools, metal and findings for their samples or projects. Most supplies are available for purchase directly from the Metals Department during class time or Open Lab. 

Open Lab:

Open lab sessions are free and available for all enrolled students (including students that take weekend classes) at the following times: Sept 11 – Nov 16 (No open studio Oct 6, Nov 2 & 3) Tues, 9:00am – 12:00pm; Fri, 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Sat, 10:00am – 3:00pm . Please note that while there will be a lab monitor on duty during open studio sessions, for safety reasons, there is no official instruction provided during these times, unless agreed upon between you and an instructor. Students should use only the tools, equipment and materials demonstrated and covered by your instructor during the course. 

Metals Course Descriptions

 3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Dongyi Wu
Dates: Wed, 9/12/2018 to 11/14/2018 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310.00

This class introduces students to fundamental techniques and tools used to create unique jewelry and small metal sculptures. Students will work through a series of projects focused not only on technique, but also on encouraging individual expression. Techniques taught will include: sawing, basic forming, surface textures, silver-soldering, riveting, ring-making, and surface finishes. Students should expect to complete two to three projects with consistent attendance. *See supplies note. 

 3018 | Basket Settings

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Deanna Pastel
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/6/2018 to 10/7/2018 | 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $250.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $235.00

In this two-day course, students will explore the art of properly measuring, soldering and setting a hand-made basket mount for a faceted stone. Students may make any type of jewelry (i.e. earrings, ring, pendant) within the duration of this workshop with the focus that at least one project will be completed to a high finish. The project guidelines may also include accents of gallery wire incorporated into the main wirework for the stone. Students are encouraged to bring in a range of larger sized faceted stones. These can be round, oval, square, triangular, or any shape. Anything 8mm and over is best to learn on, and odd shapes are encouraged. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. *Please see SSA website for a materials list. 

 3019 | Bronze & Copper Metal Clay

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Mon, 9/10/2018 to 11/12/2018 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310.00

This class will focus on learning the fundamentals and basics of Bronzclay and Copprclay. Students will learn how to roll and shape the clay, how to use different tools to carve it and add texture, as well as surface finishing while creating one-of-a-kind works in these materials. Kiln use and firing the finished dry clay pieces will be reviewed to provide full understanding of the firing of metal clay. Students will be asked to purchase some materials ahead of time. *Please see SSA website for a materials list. 

 3024 | Basic Metal Skills.2

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Thurs, 9/13/2018 to 11/29/2018 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310.00

Students will hone and expand on the skills already gained in Basic Metal Skills.1 while learning new techniques-etching, hydraulic press, and enameling. The class will begin with discussions and exercises in creative thinking and design strategies. Then students will explore new techniques to incorporate into their designs. Demonstrations will include various ways of etching and enameling on metal. Matrix dies, pancake dies, and embossing with the hydraulic press to create multiples and voluminous forms will also be introduced. Project prompts will be presented by the instructor and will emphasize creative thinking and design skills while incorporating new techniques. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See supplies note. No class Nov 1 & 22. 

 3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Laura Quiñones
Dates: Sat & Sun, 9/22/2018 to 9/23/2018 | 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

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

 3119 | Spoons: The Head & The Handle

Level: New | Intermediate | Instructor: Jillian Sortore & Blake Kennedy
Dates: Tues, 9/11/2018 to 11/13/2018 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310.00

This class will focus on combining metal and clay while exploring a spoon's form and function. Students can expect to complete two projects; one using clay for the head and metal for the handle, the other using metal for the head and clay for the handle. Clay handbuilding techniques will include pinching and molding. Metals techniques will include forming, fabrication, and cold connections. Emphasis will be placed on resolving the marriage of the two materials. Students will be challenged to consider how clay and metal are both similar and different. Prerequisites:Students must have completed either Basic Metals I and/or Introduction to Handbuilding *See supplies note. 

 3200 | Advanced Metals Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Fri, 9/14/2018 to 11/30/2018 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $315.00

This class is for motivated students who wish to pursue a new or continued topic of metalworking and/or jewelry-making to create a small body of work. Students are expected to have a good base of fundamental skills. Although projects are self-directed, the instructor will work with each student to assist with design, aesthetic, and/or technical decisions. Access will be given to all of the equipment/processes of the metals studio for this class as it relates to the chosen focus. *See supplies note. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience. No class Nov 2 & Nov 23. 

 3852 | Enameling: Cloisonné on Silver

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Harlan W. Butt
Dates: Fri - Sun, 11/2/2018 to 11/4/2018 | 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $315.00

Cloisonné is a process that uses thin strips of silver to create intricately detailed compartments on metal forms; these compartments are then filled with enamel and fired in a kiln. Essentially, this ancient technique is drawing shapes and patterns with wire and coloring these designs with glass. Designs can be simple or very complex. In this three-day workshop students will learn how to cloisonné on a slighted domed disc. Demonstrations will cover the entire process from base coat to finishing. Basic metalsmithing/jewelry skills and some enameling experience would be helpful but not required; beginners are welcome. *Please see SSA website for a materials list. Please register by Oct 19. 

 3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-hr block

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $80.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $65.00

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, 210.200.8254, prior to enrolling. The fee includes access to the entire studio 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 Basic Jewelry Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience. 

 3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $335.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $320.00

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, 210.200.8254, prior to enrolling. The fee includes access to the entire studio 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 Basic Jewelry Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience. 

 9510a | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Sat & Sun, 9/15/2018 to 9/16/2018 | 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $225.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $210.00

Register for this class on the Sculpture and Integrated Media page found hereLearn the basic skills required for welding metal to metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. Students will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. The six-session class will allow for more project time. Students may use the scrap metal provided or supply their own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list. 

 9510b | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Tues, 9/18/2018 to 10/23/2018 | 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $225.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $210.00

Register for this class on the Sculpture and Integrated Media page found hereLearn the basic skills required for welding metal to metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. Students will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. The six-session class will allow for more project time. Students may use the scrap metal provided or supply their own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list. 

 9551 | Simple Knifemaking | Location Change

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Tobin Nieto
Dates: Thurs, 9/20/2018 to 11/15/2018 | 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
Studio: Off Campus | 4223 S Presa St San Antonio, TX 78223-1025
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Register for this class on the Sculpture and Integrated Media page found hereUsing low-tech forging setups, students will construct a single edge blade, through tang knife with a forged guard. Advance forging techniques will be covered and will address keeping overall grinding of the blade to a minimum. Learn how to construct a handle using natural and manmade materials. Tuition includes most materials; please see SSA website for a list of supplies needed. No class Nov 1. 

 

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Fall 2018 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, August 7th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, August 14th.

 

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3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1
Dates: Wed, 9/12/2018 to 11/14/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/12/2018 and ending 11/14/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

3018 | Basket Settings
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/6/2018 to 10/7/2018 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 10/6/2018 and ending 10/7/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 235.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.

3019 | Bronze & Copper Metal Clay
Dates: Mon, 9/10/2018 to 11/12/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/10/2018 and ending 11/12/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

3024 | Basic Metal Skills.2
Dates: Thurs, 9/13/2018 to 11/29/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/13/2018 and ending 11/29/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech
Dates: 9/23/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 9/22/2018 and ending 9/23/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3119 | Spoons: The Head & The Handle
Dates: Tues, 9/11/2018 to 11/13/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/11/2018 and ending 11/13/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

3200 | Advanced Metals Studio Projects (Full)
Dates: Fri, 9/14/2018 to 11/30/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/14/2018 and ending 11/30/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

3852 | Enameling: Cloisonné on Silver (Full)
Dates: Fri - Sun, 11/2/2018 to 11/4/2018 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 11/2/2018 and ending 11/4/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-hr block
Dates: 9/11/2018 to 11/16/2018 | Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/11/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.

3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited
Dates: 9/11/2018 to 11/16/2018 | Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/11/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.

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