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.

Metals Course Descriptions

These are the course descriptions only

 3001 | Metal Skills.1 | FULL

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Mon, 9/20/2021 to 11/15/2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $260.00 | Friends: $245.00 | 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 | Metal Skills.2: Etching & Bezel Setting

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Tues, 9/21/2021 to 11/9/2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $260.00 | Friends: $245.00 | Sessions: 8

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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See Metals supplies note.

 3012 | Metal Skills.3 | Forming & Enameling

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Wed, 9/22/2021 to 11/10/2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $260.00 | Friends: $245.00 | Sessions: 8

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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See Metals supplies note.

 3018 | PMC3: Fine Silver Clay

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/9/2021 to 10/10/2021 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $230.00 | Friends: $215.00 | Sessions: 2

During this weekend class, students will learn how to make jewelry using PMC3, a fine silver clay. The class will be full of tips and techniques on how to work with metal clay, including how to create textures and stencils to make jewelry more unique and personal. Anticipate additional discussions about tools, materials, hand sculpting, carving, and much, much more! No previous experience required; however, the instructor will challenge intermediate metal clay students based upon their experience. Students will be asked to purchase some materials ahead of time. **See Metals supplies note and SSA website for a materials list; and bring a bag lunch.

 3019 | BronzClay

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Thurs, 10/7/2021 to 11/18/2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $225.00 | Friends: $210.00 | Sessions: 6

This class will focus on learning the fundamentals and basics of Bronzclay™. Students will learn how to roll and shape the metal 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. *See Metals supplies note and please see SSA website for a materials list.

 3022 | Bangles and Charms | NEW

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Alejandra Salinas
Dates: Tues, 11/16/2021 to 12/7/2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Friends: $150.00 | Sessions: 4

Design and create bangles and charms out of silver, brass, and/or copper in this fun 4-week class. Students will form metal bracelets while learning basic metal skills-soldering with a torch, texturing with hammers, and using metal stamps to create decorative charms. Students can expect to complete several bracelets that could make perfect holiday gifts. *See Metals supplies note.

 3110 | Introduction to Jewelry-Making Techniques

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Alejandra Salinas
Dates: Sat & Sun, 9/25/2021 to 9/26/2021 | 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 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 Metals supplies note. Please bring a bag lunch both days. Levels: Beginning Instructor: Alejandra Salinas Pérez Date: Sat & Sun, Sep 25 & 26 Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Santikos Building Tuition: $170 (Friends: $155) | 2 sessions

 3200 | Advanced Metals Studio Projects | FULL

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Sarah T. Roberts
Dates: Fri, 9/24/2021 to 11/19/2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $260.00 | Friends: $245.00 | 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. *See Metals supplies note. Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least three metals courses or equivalent intermediate metals experience.

 9510a | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Tues, 9/21/2021 to 10/26/2021 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Friends: $250.00 | Sessions: 6

Learn the basic skills required for welding metal to metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. You will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. Scrap metal will be provided or you supply your own metal for specific projects. Please see SSA website for materials list.  To register visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media registration form.

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 9510b | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Tues, 11/9/2021 to 12/14/2021 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Friends: $250.00 | Sessions: 6

Learn the basic skills required for welding metal to metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. You will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. Scrap metal will be provided or you supply your own metal for specific projects. Please see SSA website for materials list. To register visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media registration form.

 9510c | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Sat, 10/30/2021 to 11/20/2021 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $250.00 | Friends: $235.00 | Sessions: 4

Learn the basic skills required for welding metal to metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. You will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. Scrap metal will be provided or you supply your own metal for specific projects. Please see SSA website for materials list. To register visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media registration form.

 9511 | Welding Beyond Basics | FULL

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Wed, 9/22/2021 to 11/10/2021 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Friends: $300.00 | Sessions: 8

This class is for individuals that have previous experience welding but want time to hone skills, explore processes, and work on individual projects. Through practice students will learn optimal welding setting required, based on the materials being welded, to acquire an adequate welding bond. Students will also work on advanced projects from hinges, levelers, modular methods, and bending with stock materials. The class will also dig into calculating steel strength. Includes some tools and supplies; please see SSA website for a materials list. To register visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media registration form.

 9551 | Simple Knifemaking

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Tobin Nieto
Dates: Wed, 9/29/2021 to 11/17/2021 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Off Campus | Building: Off Campus
Tuition: $280.00 | Friends: $265.00 | Sessions: 8

Using low-tech forging setups, you 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. To register visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media registration form.

 9553 | Introduction to Blacksmithing

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Alex Ruiz
Dates: Thurs, 10/7/2021 to 10/28/2021 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Off Campus | Building: Off Campus
Tuition: $215.00 | Friends: $200.00 | Sessions: 4

This course is designed to take you through the seven basic elements of blacksmithing incorporating those techniques into one finished piece, as well as understanding the ergonomics of forging. From these seven, you can branch out to more complicated forms of metalworking. Relying almost entirely on hand tools-using a forge, anvil, and hammer-create something both of form and function such as a bottle opener, door pulls, trivet, or wall hook. Other works can be created as time permits. To register visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media registration form.

 

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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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