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

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:

Students who are currently enrolled in a metals class can use the studio for practicing techniques taught in the classroom any time the studio is open and a class is not in session, and only during the date range of their class duration.
Jan 22 – Apr 10 (No open studio Jan 25, Feb 8, 29 & Mar 28)
Wed: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
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. 

Registration

Spring 2020 Registration Dates
Friends of SSA: Online | Tues, Dec 3 at 9:00am
Phone | In-Person | Thurs, Dec 5
Open registration | Tues, Dec 10

Metals Course Descriptions

 3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-Hour Block

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: 1/22/2020 to 4/10/2020 | Arranged through Department 
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $80.00 | Friends/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.). Materials are available for purchase from the Metals Department, but should be ordered. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Basic Metal Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience.

 3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited Lab Hours

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: 1/22/2020 to 4/10/2020 | Arranged through Department 
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $335.00 | Friends/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.). Materials are available for purchase from the Metals Department, but should be ordered. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Basic Metal Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience.

 3001 | Metal Skills.1

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Alejandra Salinas
Dates: Tues, 1/21/2020 to 3/24/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $310.00

This class introduces the fundamental techniques and tools used to create unique jewelry and small metal sculptures. You 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. You should expect to complete two to three projects with consistent attendance. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3002 | Introduction to Lost Wax Casting

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Tues, 1/21/2020 to 3/31/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $305.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $290.00

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. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3004 | Liquid Enamel Earrings

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/28/2020 to 3/29/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $165.00

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 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.

 3007 | Bezel Setting

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Dongyi Wu
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/25/2020 to 1/26/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $165.00

Learn how to set a stone with bezel wire in this two-day workshop. Round, flat backed stones may be used to complete your design or any other materials with a round, flat backed shape (buttons, found plastic or resin objects, wood, toys) can be set as a decorative element. The class will introduce the techniques and tools for bezel setting, and some basic metal techniques will also be covered such as soldering, forming and sawing. You are welcome to bring your own stones and other items to set in your jewelry pieces. A material kit will be available for purchase during the class. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. *See Metals Supplies Note. Please bring a bag lunch.

 3010 | Forming & Enameling

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Alejandra Salinas
Dates: Thurs, 1/23/2020 to 3/26/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $310.00

Using forming and enameling, intertwine form and color to create projects like spoons, small vessels and jewelry. Learn to fabricate and shape dimensional pieces and then incorporate a variety of enameling techniques from sifted enamel to cloisonné. Projects will focus on combining and exploring a range of traditional and explorative techniques. No previous metal experience required. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3012 | Metals Skills.3

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Mon, 1/27/2020 to 4/6/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $305.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $290.00

This class is for motivated students wanting to apply design principles and processes to compliment the technical skills learned in previous classes. The class will begin with an in-depth look at design fundamentals and the creative process. Through these discussions and design exercises, you will develop a cohesive and interesting series of artworks in your own personal style. Technical demonstrations will be given based on your individual need. The class will culminate with a pop-up showcase of your work created in the class. *See Metals Supplies Note. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Metal Skills.1 and Metal Skills.2 or equivalent experience.

 3110 | Introduction to Jewelry-Making Techniques

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/29/2020 to 3/1/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/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. Be introduced to 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, you should expect to walk away with at least two finished projects Please bring a bag lunch both days. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3195 | Personalized Nametags

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Dongyi Wu
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/8/2020 to 2/9/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $165.00

This fun weekend class is open to beginners, and those with prior experience, who want to make their own one-of-a-kind nametags whether to wear, for luggage, or for their pet. Using metal and other materials, you will learn how to saw delicate patterns such as letters, create texture with personalized patterns, and create multiple layers using non-soldering connections. Demonstrations will include sawing, cold connections, annealing the metal, texturing, and forming. You are welcomed to bring alternative materials; a material kit will be available for purchase during the class. *Please bring a bag lunch *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3200 | Metals Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Fri, 1/24/2020 to 4/10/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $325.00

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. You 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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 and 2 or equivalent experience. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3301 | Introduction to Small-Scale Sculpture

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Wed, 1/22/2020 to 4/1/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $305.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $290.00

The focus of this class is to introduce the process of creating artwork in-the-round while learning multiple non-ferrous metalsmithing techniques. Investigate how to translate the initial creative inspiration into three-dimensional metal sculpture by developing design and problem-solving strategies. Technical demonstrations will focus on sawing, piercing, annealing, hammering, textures, simple forming, cold-connections, and silver soldering. Through the creation of 2 to 3 projects, you will be encouraged to develop individual expression while becoming proficient at techniques demonstrated. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 9510a | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Tues, 1/21/2020 to 2/25/2020 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $235.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $220.00

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. The six-session class will allow for more project time. You may use the scrap metal provided or supply your own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9510b | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Tues, 3/3/2020 to 4/14/2020 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $235.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $220.00

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. The six-session class will allow for more project time. You may use the scrap metal provided or supply your own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9551 | Simple Knifemaking

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Tobin Nieto
Dates: Thurs, 2/6/2020 to 3/26/2020 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Studio: Off Campus | 4223 S Presa St San Antonio, TX 78223-1025
Tuition: $275.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $260.00

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. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9553 | Introduction to Blacksmithing

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Alex Ruiz
Dates: Wed, 2/5/2020 to 2/26/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Off Campus | 4223 S Presa St San Antonio, TX 78223-1025
Tuition: $215.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $200.00

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. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 
 

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3001 | Metal Skills.1
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 3/24/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/21/2020 and ending 3/24/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

3002 | Introduction to Lost Wax Casting
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 3/31/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/21/2020 and ending 3/31/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 290.00 ea.

3004 | Liquid Enamel Earrings
See description above
Dates: 3/28/2020 - 3/29/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/28/2020 and ending 3/29/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3007 | Bezel Setting
See description above
Dates: 1/25/2020 - 1/26/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 1/25/2020 and ending 1/26/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.

3010 | Forming & Enameling
See description above
Dates: 1/23/2020 - 3/26/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/23/2020 and ending 3/26/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

3012 | Metals Skills.3
See description above
Dates: 1/27/2020 - 4/6/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/27/2020 and ending 4/6/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 290.00 ea.

3110 | Introduction to Jewelry-Making Techniques
See description above
Dates: 2/29/2020 - 3/1/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 2/29/2020 and ending 3/1/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3195 | Personalized Nametags
See description above
Dates: 2/8/2020 - 2/9/2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 2/8/2020 and ending 2/9/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3200 | Metals Studio Projects (Full)
See description above
Dates: 1/24/2020 - 4/10/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/24/2020 and ending 4/10/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

3301 | Introduction to Small-Scale Sculpture
See description above
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 4/1/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/22/2020 and ending 4/1/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 290.00 ea.

3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-Hour Block
See description above
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 4/10/2020 | Arranged through Department
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/22/2020 and ending 1/22/2020
 
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.

3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited Lab Hours
See description above
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 4/10/2020 | Arranged through Department
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/22/2020 and ending 1/22/2020
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.

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