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: Monday & Wednesday, 1pm - 4pm, Friday, 10am - 1pm,  Saturday, 10am -  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. 

No lab: June 17 & 24, July 15, 17, 19, 21, and 22 or when a class is in session. 

Metals Course Descriptions

 3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-hr Block

Level: Intermediate/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: Intermediate/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.

 3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sandra Salaices
Dates: Wed, 9/27/2017 to 12/6/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $320.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $305.00

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. No class Nov 22.

 3002 | Lost Wax Casting Projects

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Tues, 10/10/2017 to 11/28/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $280.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $265.00

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 to acquaint students with the entire process 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. Students should expect to get through multiple casting sessions with consistent attendance. No previous experience required. *See supplies note.

 3009 | Introduction to Lapidary

Level: New | Beginner | Instructor: John Speck
Dates: Sat & Sun, 9/16/2017 to 9/17/2017 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160.00

This course will introduce students to working with gemstones and lapidary equipment to create one-of-a-kind cabochons. Students will select from gemstone slabs and then use diamond lapidary equipment to cut, trim, grind, and polish these slabs into cabochons. Once students have completed this technique twice, they will select from a larger selection of slabs to make the process more challenging. Each student should expect to complete three to five gemstones. NOTE: A $40 materials fee will be payable to the instructor at time of workshop. Please bring a bag lunch both days.

 3018 | Jewelry Techniques: Sterling Silver Metal C

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/7/2017 to 10/8/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $225.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $210.00

During this weekend class, students will learn how to make jewelry using an innovative new material called Sterling PMC. 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. Please see SSA website for a materials list,and bring a bag lunch.

 3019 | Bronze Metal Clay

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Mon, 9/25/2017 to 12/4/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $320.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $305.00

This class will focus on learning the fundamentals and basics of Bronzclay, one of the first metal clays available on the market. 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 this material. Kiln use for firing and hardening the clay pieces will be reviewed to provide a full understanding of processing of metal clay. Students will be asked to purchase some materials ahead of time. *Please see SSA website for a materials list.

 3028 | Steel Wire Chains and More

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lorena Angulo
Dates: Sat & Sun, 11/18/2017 to 11/19/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $205.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $190.00

During this class, students will learn how to create chains, links, clasps, bails, and more with steel wire. Demonstrations will include cutting the wire and proper use of the hammer while forging the wire. Students will make various samples of chain as well as different types of finishing clasps or bails. Protecting the steel wire with wax after the piece is finished will also be covered. Some knowledge of working with a jeweler's saw is helpful but not required. Students will be asked to purchase some materials ahead of time; see SSA website for a materials list. Please bring a bag lunch both days.

 3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Sat & Sun, 11/4/2017 to 11/5/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160.00

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 | Moveable Parts

Level: New | Intermediate | Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Tues, 9/26/2017 to 12/5/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $320.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $305.00

This class will be concept driven, and students will focus on creating a unique functional object. The function could be anything from a unique piece of jewelry to a conceptual sculpture. The instructor will discuss concept development and guide each student in this creative process. Students will be introduced to some simple kinetics, mechanisms, and powder coating finishes. Additionally, students should expect to walk away with multiple powder coating samples, mechanism samples, and one finished project. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 *See supplies note.

 3200 | Advanced Metals Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Fri, 9/22/2017 to 12/8/2017 | 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 studio Sept 29 & Nov 24.

 3852 | Enameling: Basics and Beyond

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Jan Harrell
Dates: Fri - Sun, 9/29/2017 to 10/1/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310.00

Harrell's 25 years of teaching experience has facilitated mastery and expanded knowledge in both new and old enameling techniques. In this fast paced, three-day workshop, students will learn the ancient techniques of sgraffito, basse taille, and liquid enameling alongside newer ones, such as screening and decal techniques. , Students should expect to complete several samples of each technique. Come ready to broaden your enamel vocabulary with some new approaches to this wonderful medium that has us all fascinated. *See supplies note. Please register by Sept 19th.

 

 

 
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3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-hr 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 9/27/2017 and ending 9/27/2017
 
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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 9/27/2017 and ending 9/27/2017
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.

3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1 (Full)
Dates: Wed, 9/27/2017 to 12/6/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/27/2017 and ending 12/6/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

3002 | Lost Wax Casting Projects
Dates: Tues, 10/10/2017 to 11/28/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 10/10/2017 and ending 11/28/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.

3009 | Introduction to Lapidary (Full)
Dates: Sat & Sun, 9/16/2017 to 9/17/2017 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 9/16/2017 and ending 9/17/2017 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.

3018 | Jewelry Techniques: Sterling Silver Metal C (Full)
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/7/2017 to 10/8/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 10/7/2017 and ending 10/8/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 210.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 225.00 ea.

3019 | Bronze Metal Clay (Full)
Dates: Mon, 9/25/2017 to 12/4/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/25/2017 and ending 12/4/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

3028 | Steel Wire Chains and More
Dates: Sat & Sun, 11/18/2017 to 11/19/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 11/18/2017 and ending 11/19/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 190.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 205.00 ea.

3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech
Dates: Sat & Sun, 11/4/2017 to 11/5/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 11/4/2017 and ending 11/5/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.

3119 | Moveable Parts
Dates: Tues, 9/26/2017 to 12/5/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/26/2017 and ending 12/5/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.

3200 | Advanced Metals Studio Projects
Dates: Fri, 9/22/2017 to 12/8/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/22/2017 and ending 12/8/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

3852 | Enameling: Basics and Beyond (Full)
Dates: Fri - Sun, 9/29/2017 to 10/1/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 9/29/2017 and ending 10/1/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

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