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, and only during the date range of their class duration.
Sep 13 – Nov 23 (No open studio Sep 14 & 28 and Nov 7, 28, & 29)
Thu: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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

Fall 2019 Registration Dates
Friends of SSA: Online | Tues, Aug 6 at 9:00am
Phone | In-Person | Thurs, Aug 8
Open registration | Tues, Aug 13

Metals Course Descriptions

 3001 | Metal Skills.1

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Thurs, 9/19/2019 to 11/21/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Friends/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.

 3011 | Metal Skills.2

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Dongyi Wu
Dates: Wed, 9/18/2019 to 11/20/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $310.00

Students will hone and expand on the skills already gained in Basic Metal Skills.1 while learning new techniques with an emphasis on creative thinking and design strategies. The class will consist of three parts: metal forming, hydraulic press, and hollow forms built with soldering. Demonstrations will include various ways of metal forming and creating hollow forms, and students will use these techniques to construct small dishes, bracelets, hollow rings, and other forms. Students can expected to finish 2 to 3 pieces during the class. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See supplies note.

 3019 | Bronze & Copper Metal Clay

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Tues, 9/17/2019 to 11/19/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Friends/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. NOTE: Students will be asked to purchase some materials ahead of time. *Please see SSA website for a materials list.

 3024 | Combining Paper & Metal

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Sarah Roberts & Kevin Auer
Dates: Mon, 9/16/2019 to 11/18/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $310.00

In this class students will explore the artistic possibilities of combining paper and metal to produce prints, small-scale sculpture, and jewelry. The workshop will address the papermaking process from breaking down fibers to create paper pulp, adding color to the pulp, as well as forming sheets. Additionally, students will create three-dimensional shapes by casting paper over objects and into molds. In the metals studio, students will learn how to saw and etch patterns in metal and transfer their designs onto handmade paper. Three-dimensional shapes will be explored using armatures, as well as scoring and bending techniques. A variety of cold connections will be demonstrated to connect the two materials. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3110 | Introduction to Metal Jewelry Techniques

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Sat & Sun, 9/28/2019 to 9/29/2019 | 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. 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 | Mold Making

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Kenny Lantz
Dates: Tues, 9/17/2019 to 12/3/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $350.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $335.00

Molds can be used to replicate an already existing form, to create hundreds of repetitious forms, or to capture the unique textures and shapes found in nature. This class gives students the skills necessary to create a variety of simple and complex molds. One-part, two-part, and multipart rubber and silicone molds will be covered. Additionally, students will learn how to cast resin and wax into their molds. Personal expression will be emphasized while students work through a series of finished samples. The instructor will cover supplies the first day of class; some materials may need to be purchased outside of the studio.

 3200 | Advanced Metals Studio Projects

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Fri, 9/13/2019 to 11/22/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Friends/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 at least three metals courses or equivalent intermediate metals experience. No class Oct 11.

 3852 | Steel Jewelry

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Maia Leppo
Dates: Sat & Sun, 9/14/2019 to 9/15/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $315.00

Explore the use of steel as an affordable, lightweight alternative material for a variety of jewelry fabrication. Learn, experiment with, and apply different soldering, micro-welding and riveting methods with 20g-10g steel wires. Personalize your jewelry with handy, non-toxic finishing techniques and added accents of your choice. The course will also cover riveting and soldering with other metals (silver, brass, copper, tin) as well as basic hydraulic press use. Simple mechanisms for pin backs, clasps, and earring wires will be covered to help make your piece complete. NOTE: A materials kit will be available for purchase during the course. Please register by Aug 23.

 3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-Hour Block

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: 9/13/2019 to 11/23/2019 | 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.). 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 Lab Hours

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates:  9/13/2019 to 11/23/2019 | 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.). 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: Tues, 9/10/2019 to 10/15/2019 | 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. 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. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9510b | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Tues, 10/29/2019 to 12/3/2019 | 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. 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. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9551a | Simple Knifemaking

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Tobin Nieto
Dates: Tues, 10/1/2019 to 11/19/2019 | 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, 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. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9551b | Simple Knifemaking

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Tobin Nieto
Dates: Thurs, 10/3/2019 to 11/21/2019 | 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, 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. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9553 | Introduction to Blacksmithing

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Alex Ruiz
Dates: Wed, 10/2/2019 to 10/23/2019 | 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 students 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, students can branch out to more complicated forms of metalworking. Relying almost entirely on hand tools-using a forge, anvil, and hammer-students will 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: 9/19/2019 - 11/21/2019 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 9/19/2019 and ending 11/21/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

3011 | Metal Skills.2
See description above.
Dates: 9/18/2019 - 11/20/2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/18/2019 and ending 11/20/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

3019 | Bronze & Copper Metal Clay
See description above.
Dates: 9/17/2019 - 11/19/2019 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/17/2019 and ending 11/19/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

3024 | Combining Paper & Metal
See description above.
Dates: 9/16/2019 to 11/18/2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/16/2019 and ending 11/18/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

3110 | Introduction to Metal Jewelry Techniques
See description above.
Dates: 9/28/2019 - 9/29/2019 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 9/28/2019 and ending 9/29/2019 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3119 | Mold Making (Full)
See description above.
Dates: 9/17/2019 - 12/3/2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/17/2019 and ending 12/3/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 350.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.

3200 | Advanced Metals Studio Projects (Full)
See description above.
Dates: 9/13/2019 - 11/22/2019 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/13/2019 and ending 11/22/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

3852 | Steel Jewelry
See description above.
Dates: 9/14/2019 - 9/15/2019 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 9/14/2019 and ending 9/15/2019 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-Hour Block
See description above.
Dates: 9/13/2019 - 11/23/2019 | Arranged through Department
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 9/13/2019 and ending 9/13/2019
 
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.

3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited Lab Hours
See description above.
Dates: 9/13/2019 - 11/23/2019 | Arranged through Department
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/13/2019
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

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