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Spring Quarter

April 20 – June 29

Summer Quarter

June 29 – August 23

Youth Summer Camps

June 22 – August 7

  • Six 1-week sessions available

2015 Summer Catalog

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Jewelry Faculty

Aimee Golant
Angela Grigsby, G.G., G.J.
Arlene Mornick
Bonnie Heras
Carolyn Moore
David Casella
Denise Taylor – Area Assistant Head
Katy Joksch
Kelly Nedderman
Kim Emilianowicz Mirus
Norika Takada
Tricia (Becker) Weiner
Vernon Theiss – Department Head

Learn the skills and techniques in a variety of methods, from traditional metalsmithing and fabrication, to casting metal using the lost wax method, setting gemstones or shaping modern resin and clay. Our classes allow you to create original pieces of jewelry or small sculpture, expand your knowledge into specific techniques, or even make your own tools and design your own home studio.

Spring Quarter

Please see the Class Index page here.

Summer Quarter

Metal Clay Intensive: Basics & Beyond

Learn skills and techniques in forming metal clay for both flat and sculptural jewelry designs, creating surface texture and enhancements. Students will receive an in-depth orientation to metal clay while making three pendant projects.

Introduction to Jewelry & Metals I

This introduction to jewelry making begins with the simple skills of sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, texturing, annealing, stamping, polishing, safety, and design; you’ll also learn the properties of metals like copper, brass, and silver. You’ll make a sterling silver ring as well as technical samples you can use for future reference and will gain hands-on experience with techniques that can be applied to almost any kind of project, large or small.

Casting Wax to Silver

Learn lost-wax, an age-old sculptural jewelry-casting process that involves creating a positive wax model, using that model to create a mold, then using the mold to cast a form in metal. YouÕll carve, cast and finish at least one pendant or ring in silver.

Introduction to Jewelry & Metals II

Create an original piece of jewelry of your own design using a cabochon stone while learning new techniques such as bezel setting and expanding on existing skills such as piercing, drilling, riveting and flexible shaft techniques.

Youth Exploration in Metal Jewelry (Ages 12 – 17)

Using copper, silver, and other nonferrous metals, youth learn jewelry and metal art skills to create unique jewelry of their own design.

Youth Chibi: Miniature Figurines (Ages 8 – 11)

Youth learn the basics of preparing, shaping, sculpting, cane making, and baking polymer clay to make small sculptures known as Chibis, and incorporate them into objects that they leave the class wearing.

Youth Casting Wax to Silver (Ages 12 – 17)

Create a positive model out of wax, make a mold, then cast a form in metal, finishing at least one pendant or ring in silver. Sketches and ideas are encouraged.

Youth Jewelry Immersion Program (Ages 12 – 17)

Embark on a full week’s study of jewelry making, becoming a young artisan by the week’s end with the skills to design and create an independent project.

Future Quarters

Jewelry Friday Night Fireside

Industrial arts with a social splash – two hours of glass flameworking fun followed by a drink with your classmates as you compare your finished pieces and visit. A perfect after-work decompression.

Three-Hour Jewelry Taster

Learn the basic skills of annealing, texturing, stamping, filing, sanding, polishing and design, along with shop safety. You’ll come out with a small finished project. Taster classes make great gifts for a DIYer, or take a class together with family and friends for a fun bonding experience. Sign up for one morning and one afternoon Taster on the same day in separate disciplines and you’ll receive a $15 discount.

Exploration in Chainmaking

Make gorgeous woven and Etruscan chains by learning the classical skills of manipulating wire through the selected use of hand tools, making jump rings, splicing wires and fusing jump rings shut. Your finished, one-of-a-kind silver chain will be able to accommodate an original pendant or be worn alone.

Charm Bracelet: Silver Metal Clay and Jump Rings

Design and make a charm bracelet using silver jump rings and simple linking techniques, and art clay silver to create two-sided and three-dimensional charms as well as the bar and toggle.

Gemology

Explore gemology, gemstone properties and testing methods – critical steps to becoming a jeweler. Learn how to identify different types of gems and stones, and how to use testing equipment to identify unknown stones. Class discussion includes synthetics, imitations, treatments and enhancements. Bring your favorite jewelry pieces or gems to discuss.

Three-Dimensional Metalsmithing

Learn new techniques and take on design challenges to further your understanding of fine metalwork. Working in copper brass and silver, you will learn movement through hinge making, how to incorporate handmade plastic dies and how to use the hydraulic press allowing you to create three-dimensional multiples and hollow forms for use in jewelry, boxes and lockets.

Innovative Casting

Expand your jewelry knowledge with casting techniques including traditional wax carving skills, casting gemstones directly into your designs, and casting organic materials. In this fast paced class, you will enjoy the diverse results from these different processes.  After the three casting burnouts, you will leave with several finished one-of-a-kind creations.

Making Your Own Clasps & Findings

Learn how to make the components that jewelers typically buy, unconstrained by what is available through manufacturers. While buying these items can be convenient, it is often cheaper, faster, and easier to do it yourself. Imagination will be your only limitation, giving your pieces a more unique, handmade look.

Introduction to Rubber Mold Making for Jewelry

Want to make multiple copies of your jewelry? This class explores the basics of two-part molds, including hot and cold molding methods. Bring in at least two original small-scale metal pieces to reproduce. You will come out with at least one vulcanized silicone rubber mold.

Incorporating Found Objects into Your Jewelry

Explore color, texture, fabric or a narrative by including found objects in your work. You’ll learn how to connect objects with rivets, tabs, small screws and bolts, epoxies and bezel settings. You’ll fabricate a variety of pin backs and hinges and learn how to work through design issues presented by found materials. Bring objects and works you would like to incorporate into a jewelry piece to the first class.

Exploration in Stone Setting

This two-day intensive exposes you to three kinds of stone settings: prong, bezel and flush settings. The first day includes a demonstration of how settings are put together. During the second session you will set your stones (or objects) into settings you have created. Sterling silver settings and some stones are supplied.

Introduction to Keum-Boo: Korean Metalsmithing

Keum Boo is an ancient Korean metalsmithing technique used to apply 24-karat-gold foil to the surfaces of silver and other precious metals. This simple decorative technique allows you to add rich gold to your work easily and inexpensively.

Chasing & Repoussé

Make your drawings come to a new life in sheet metal with two techniques that allow you to add highly detailed relief images to your jewelry. Learn to isolate and control the movement of your metal and create a piece using a design of your choosing and spice up your sculpture or jewelry with detailed accents, texture and depth.

Introduction to Cast Resin & Silver Jewelry

Easy-to-use, water-clear polyester resin is a versatile material that can mimic the characteristics of metal, glass, or stone and possesses many qualities lacking in its older counterparts. You will learn to make molds, mix and pour resin liquid, polish hardened resin and create three unique pieces of jewelry that integrate silver with your completed resin pieces.

Silver Bracelet and Chain Mail

Two dynamic processes come together to create a beautiful bracelet. Students will craft a bracelet centerpiece of Art Clay Silver and finish the work by creating chain mail side bands using jump rings. Both techniques will be taught in class.

Bangle Bracelet With Metal Clay

Create a bangle bracelet using techniques you learned in Metal Clay I.

Metal Clay I

Form clay for both flat and sculptural designs creating surface texture and enhancements using metal clay tools such as thickness guides, rollers, texture plates, rubber stamps, files and brushes. You’ll create three pendants while learning clay bail design, arrangement, and placement, stone setting, drying, firing with torch and kiln, and finally finishing and polishing your pieces.

Metal Clay II: Ring Architecture

Learn ring construction with metal clay while practicing ring sizing methods, wide and narrow band construction, stone setting and texture techniques. Students will also review firing and finishing methods and enhance their metal clay skills to create two rings.

Metal Clay III: Copper & Silver

Get an introduction to copper clay as a singular component and as a companion to Silver Clay in jewelry construction. You’ll create one pair of copper and silver earrings, as well as a copper pendant using thickness guides, rollers, texture plates, rubber stamps, files, and brushes. Preparing copper clay by creating a paste for component connections, adding copper elements to copper base, firing copper clay and locking copper and silver components together in one piece of jewelry.

Metal Clay IV: Hollow Forms

Enhance your metal clay skills by learning hollow form construction and creating beads and vessels. You’ll make one focal bead or vessel, and one pair of filigree earrings using basic metal clay tools. Learn skills in forming and connecting components using organic and non-organic armatures as a base for hollow work, creating filigree beads.

Viking Knit with Art Clay Silver

Viking knit is a looping technique that preceded traditional knitting by centuries. You’ll create a silver wire bracelet, embellish it with beads, add a clasp and other components made with Art Clay Silver, a new pure silver clay medium that can be molded, rolled, shaped, carved, stamped, draped and adorned with other elements to create beautiful jewelry.

Mixed Metal Silver and Copper: Art Clay

Art Clay Copper is an exciting, easy-to-use, easy-to-fire clay material to make a variety of 100% pure copper art pieces. In this class, you’ll learn several techniques and processes to combine Art Clay Copper and Art Clay Silver to create one-of-a-kind mixed metal jewelry.

Art Clay Silver and Enameling

Combine two exciting techniques to create colorful silver jewelry. First you will use Art Clay Silver, a medium that allows you to create jewelry or other decorative fine silver pieces without metalsmithing techniques. You will roll, press or mold Art Clay to create the perfect base for the colorful enameling process then create 2-3 pieces of fine silver jewelry, adding beautiful color through enameling.