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:

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.
Jan 16 – Apr 6 (No lab Jan 26, Feb 9 & 16 & Mar 2)
Wed: 1:00pm – 4:00pm & 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Fri: 1:00pm – 4:00pm 
Sat: 10:00am – 2:00pm

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 2019 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, December 4th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, December 11th.

Metals Course Descriptions

 3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Dongyi Wu
Dates: Mon, 1/28/2019 to 4/1/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310.00

This class will provide an opportunity for students to study fundamental metals techniques and design. Self-expression will also be highly encouraged. Students will learn how to work with metal through sawing, filing, piercing, riveting, surface embellishment, and ring making. Students should expect to finish two to three major projects. Demonstration and critiques will be held during the class. *See supplies note.

 3002 | Lost Wax Casting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Alejandro Sifuentes
Dates: Thurs, 1/24/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 9:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $335.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $320.00

Rediscover self-inquiry and explore the process of lost wax casting. With guidance from the instructor, students will learn to work intuitively through a format of spiritual and studio practices that will equip them with the tools to work efficiently from start to finish. Cast in bronze, silver, or gold while learning the art of casting, as well as about patinas and other finishing techniques. Materials will be discussed at the first class. No prerequisite. *See metals supplies note.

 3011 | Introduction to Steel

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/2/2019 to 3/3/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

This workshop will introduce participants to working with steel in jewelry or small-scale sculpture. Students will focus on how to create three-dimensional forms in steel by using soldering, cold-connections, and scoring and bending. Surface design and embellishment will be covered through demonstrations in etching, enameling, and patinas. Personal expression will be emphasized while students work through a series of finished samples. Please bring a bag lunch. *See metals supplies note.

 3012 | Beyond the Basics: Metals Skills.3

Level: New | Intermediate | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Thurs, 1/17/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $335.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $320.00

This class is for motivated students who wish to learn how 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. Then, through design exercises, students will develop and refine their personal style. Through these discussions and exercises, students will develop a cohesive and interesting series of artworks. Technical demonstrations will be given based on the needs of the students.The class will culminate with a pop-up exhibition of their work created in the class. *See supplies note. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 & 2 or equivalent experience. No class Mar 21.

 3019 | Bronze & Copper Metal Clay

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Tues, 1/22/2019 to 2/26/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185.00

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. *See Metals Supplies Note and please see SSA website for a materials list.

 3055 | Wood Jewelry

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/9/2019 to 2/10/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

Wood makes a great material for wearable objects; it is lightweight, durable, and easy to work with. This class will explore a variety of basic wood working techniques, tools, and equipment to create a small series of works. Students will learn about wood varieties and characteristics, how to size rings, and how to create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. The class will cover simple inlay, color applications, and surface finishing. *A materials kit will be available for purchase during the class; please bring a bag lunch.

 3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Techniques

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/26/2019 to 1/27/2019 | 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 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, students should expect to walk away with at least two finished projects please bring a bag lunch *See metals supplies note.

 3200 | Metals Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Fri, 1/18/2019 to 4/5/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/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. 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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 and 2 or equivalent experience. *See Metals Supplies Note. No class Mar 22.

 3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9 Hour Block

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/23/2019 to 4/6/2019 | Arranged through Department- Arranged through Department
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 individuals should order large quantities separately. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Basic Metal Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience.

 3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/23/2019 to 4/6/2019 | Arranged through Department- Arranged through Department
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 individuals should order large quantities separately. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Basic Metal Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience.

 
 

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3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1 (Full)
Dates: Mon, 1/28/2019 to 4/1/2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/28/2019 and ending 4/1/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

3002 | Lost Wax Casting (Full)
Dates: Thurs, 1/24/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/24/2019 and ending 4/4/2019 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

3011 | Introduction to Steel
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/2/2019 to 3/3/2019 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/2/2019 and ending 3/3/2019 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.

3012 | Beyond the Basics: Metals Skills.3 (Full)
Dates: Thurs, 1/17/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/17/2019 and ending 4/4/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.

3019 | Bronze & Copper Metal Clay (Full)
Dates: Tues, 1/22/2019 to 2/26/2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/22/2019 and ending 2/26/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 185.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 200.00 ea.

3055 | Wood Jewelry
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/9/2019 to 2/10/2019 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 2/9/2019 and ending 2/10/2019 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.

3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Techniques
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/26/2019 to 1/27/2019 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 1/26/2019 and ending 1/27/2019 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.

3200 | Metals Studio Projects (Full)
Dates: Fri, 1/18/2019 to 4/5/2019 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/18/2019 and ending 4/5/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.

3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9 Hour Block
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/23/2019 and ending 1/23/2019
 
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.

3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/23/2019 and ending 1/23/2019
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.

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