Jewelry & Metals Week

Through the Jewelry and Metals workshops you will find an exciting creative outlet in which to apply your individuality and ingenuity. The program includes Metals Week (six workshops), Native American Jewelry and more – all designed for a range of abilities and interests.

Metals Week Courses
= Native American Arts


June 10–14
Coordinator: Deborah Jemmott

Spend a week in intensive metals studies with master metalsmiths. Maximize your creative artistic experience through workshops, lectures and demonstrations delivered by a team of six experts.

You will work with one master instructor in an environment that encourages learning new techniques and creating work as well as networking with fellow jewelers and metalsmiths. Learn new skills, improve your techniques, and challenge yourself to grow as an artist working in metal. Lectures and demonstrations give you access to a variety of experts with different perspectives on metal and jewelry work. Small class size allows maximum interaction.

Your week will also include:

  • Opening night faculty slide show
  • Faculty exhibit and reception
  • Two afternoon cross-over demo sessions with other Metals Week instructors
  • Potluck Dinner & Art Auction
  • Culmination exhibit of participant work

Hidden (or not so hidden) Secrets: Making your Exceptional Jewelry with Decorative Techniques

Joanna Gollberg
June 10-14

Making your jewelry more distinctive is always the goal of the jewelry artist. In this class you will learn how to make your jewelry designs even more distinctive and special with decorative techniques such as soldering small wires together and soldering sheet, wires, and balls onto sheet metal without making a solder mess. In addition, you will learn how to make your own simple chasing tools to use for embellishment, how to add beads in unusual but professional ways, how to make movable parts using pre-cut tubing, and how to use kinetics by means of careful soldering. Many other short cuts, tips & tricks, and techniques will be covered as we go along! Soldering small components will be a major part of this class. Bring your Little Torch if you have one. Students can come with ideas of jewelry designs they want to complete or the instructor can give assignments.

Skill level: Basic soldering skills helpful, not required.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $15, includes the use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds; you will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Joanna Gollberg is a studio jeweler in Asheville, NC. She exhibits and sells her jewelry nationally, and she teaches jewelry making at craft schools and for metalsmithing groups. Joanna is the author of The Jeweler’s Guide, Making Metal Jewelry, Creative Metal Crafts, and The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry.

Russian Filigree

Victoria Lansford
June 10-14

Learn the secret of Russian filigree (filigrana), the exquisite technique of tension fitted, open back filigree. Through extensive demonstrations and hands-on exploration, you will learn how to create intricate 3-dimensional pieces that can be traditional or contemporary in design. The class will begin with making delicate scalloped filler wire and a specialized frame wire. While building skills in successful frame construction and filling, you’ll create a pendant and a finger ring. As the class progresses you will delve into making a large bead, more complex ring options, and learn how to bend filigree into wrapping and undulating forms. Victoria will share all her processes, necessary steps, and tricks to ensure success and fun! With a firm grounding in this technique, you’ll be able to realize your own ideas and take the process in your own direction.

Included in the workshop will be multiple discussions and demonstrations of Victoria’s contemporary, sculptural jewelry and functional objects. Those familiar with the technique through Victoria’s Russian Filigree DVD will have the opportunity to further their skills with more advanced projects.

Skill level: Ability to solder with a torch is required.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $15, includes finishing and buffing wheels, and the use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds; you will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Victoria Lansford has generated an international revival of nearly lost metalsmithing techniques through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating. Her award winning artwork ranges in scale from wearable art and artist books to custom metal installations for a newly built 69 meter superyacht. Her work has appeared in juried exhibitions, books, and magazines, including the Lark 500 series, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist, and on Home & Garden Television. She created the metals program and served as head of the Metalsmithing Department at Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee. Her instructional DVD and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, and her iPhone™ app, iMakeJewelry have sold throughout the world.

Control the Melt: The Fused Surface

Roger Rimel
June 10-14

Create richly patterned surfaces by fusing silver and gold filings to copper and silver sheet. Further enhance the metal by stamping and making marks with a variety of simple tools. Use this palette of textured surfaces to fabricate a neckpiece and earring ensemble. Bring your old gold to reprocess and stones to incorporate. You will solder, fuse, cold connect with decorative rivets, and develop designs with the textured metal from your own collection. Finish the neckpiece with a hand-fabricated catch attached to stainless steel cable. Class will include discussion of composition, design strategies, and lots of individual attention.

Skill level: All levels, but some basic fabrication skills would be helpful.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $80, includes 18K gold for fusing and stainless cable neckwire material; you will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Roger Rimel has been a goldsmith, designer and artist in St. Louis for over 35 years . He has exhibited his award winning work locally and nationally, taught classes and workshops at Maryville University, Southern Illinois University, Craft Alliance, and with the Society of Midwest Metalsmiths. His work has been published in Art Jewelry 3, and Maker Magic: How to Develop Your Voice Designing Art Jewelry by Connie Fox. His work is represented by Ayesha Studio and Gallery, Englewood New Jersey, Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design, St. Louis, MO, Curated Fine Art and Luxury Goods in Mystic, CT, and James Durbin Jewelers, in Saint Louis, where he has worked the last 22 years as designer and bench jeweler.

Darts and Pleats: Sewing Techniques for Metal

Marne Ryan
June 10-14

This workshop will help you expand and explore the boundaries of forming and raising metal. Develop the skills to create patterns and textures in sheet copper and silver that can be transformed into hollow-formed vessels or fabricated into custom jewelry. Learn how to create single, double, and accordion darts and overlapping pleats in copper. Drape metal like fabric, using hammers and daps instead of needles and threads. Patternmaking techniques will be taught so you can replicate and adapt your designs.

You will learn how to ergonomically form vessels using large wooden dapping blocks, Delrin mallets and steel daps, and you will finish your vessels by centering and planishing them on steel stakes.

Bring your hammers, bring your stakes (or use ours) and discover the process of making texture using inexpensive hammers that can be made into beautiful texturing tools that can be used to further enrich your designs. You can make textured sheet to be used in fabricated jewelry, simple bowls or complex walled vessels using this technique. Marne will teach you how to make lids for your vessels and finish them with torch firing or liver of sulfur patinas.

Skill level: All levels, but some basic fabrication skills in metal would be helpful.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $20, includes wheels to make texture hammers, some metal, and pattern making materials; you will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Marne Ryan has been exploring and teaching the process of textures through fire, pleating, darting and basically pounding the boundaries of metal since 1976. Her jewelry and vessels have won awards and recognition in the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia. She is a recipient of the Rolex award for excellence in metals and the De Beers Diamond competition winner for America. Her work is in the permanent collection of The American Museum of Art and Design, NY and The White House.

Let Your Texture Tell a Story: Surface Metal Texturing

Dr. Joan Tenenbaum
June 10-14

When we create, we tell our story. With metal as a vehicle, enhance your storytelling by adding density and richness to your surfaces. Create symbolic surface details that make your work stand apart. Explore the myriad possibilities of complex embossed textures. Through demonstrations, assignments, and individualized instruction you will learn how to make patterns of paper and brass to use with the rolling mill. Then you will learn how to modify the resulting sheet stock and to fabricate with it. The class will cover the multi-step process of adding sculptural ridges, with the assistance of the rolling mill, to textured surfaces. You will learn texturing with files, hammers, chasing tools and stamps. In addition, the class will cover various types of forming, riveting and finishing of textured surfaces, and finally, depletion gilding and patinas. Bring your imagination and design sense and Joan will guide you through the technical journey.

You will experiment extensively in class, make sample plates with a variety of textured surfaces, and complete at least one finished piece of jewelry.

Skill level: All levels, but some basic fabrication skills in metal would be helpful.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $45, includes shared consumables, some metal and Joan’s Emery sticks; you will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Dr. Joan Tenenbaum is an award-winning metalsmith who has been making jewelry for 58 years. She has worked as an independent studio jeweler and teacher for the past 36 years. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Anchorage Museum and has been featured in many books and publications. Her work has encompassed jewelry, enamels and hollowware. Joan has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Linguistics from Columbia University and draws on her experiences living with Native peoples to tell stories in her work.

Forged Bracelet with Hinge

Fred Zweig
June 10-14

Forging is one of the oldest and most honored methods of shaping metal. In this class we will explore the plasticity of metal with hammer in hand. Using forging, we will design fluid shapes to customize designs for a perfect fit and an elegant look. Adding a hinge allows us to create mobility and utility. You will learn how to create your own hinge bearers, which will allow you to attach hinges to small areas and odd shapes. Hinges also create a mechanism to customize your design in order to attain a perfect fit for your wrist size. Hinged bracelets are a great method to explore design and expression, and the instructor’s vast experience and passion for forging is contagious!

Skill level: All levels, but some basic fabrication skills in metal would be helpful.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $20, includes thick walled sterling tubing and other incidentals; you will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Fred Zweig has been actively working in metal for the last 40 plus years. His passion for metal and an interest in the earlier craftsmen who have kept metalsmithing alive have led him to study and collect the work of American metalsmiths of the Arts & Crafts Movement. These understated objects continue to be his teachers along with the constant flow of books and workshops provided throughout the country. Forging and raising are the methods Fred has chosen to create his artwork, and his current body of work includes raised bowls and brooches that involve hand forged elements combined with textured and modified planes of metal.

Jewelry Courses
= Native American Arts

Hopi Jewelry: Overlay & Tufa Casting

Roy Talahaftewa
June 18-22

Explore the classic Hopi overlay technique of metalsmithing, as well as tufa casting. Tufa is a soft porous stone used for direct casting one-of-a-kind designs. Learn to combine tufa cast pieces with overlay designs (multiple layers of sheet silver with cut-out designs, textured and oxidized recessed surfaces), or create separate overlay and tufa pieces. You may choose to explore shadow box techniques and simple stone setting (cabochons) as well. Roy also will demonstrate techniques for making stamping tools. Close instruction means this workshop is well-suited for all levels of students.

Beginners: Learn the fundamental materials, processes, and techniques of silversmithing.
Intermediate/Advanced: If you have some experience, you will be able to fine-tune your skills while mastering new techniques such as the shadow box technique.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $65, includes use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. Tufa stone and some silver sheet will be available for purchase in class; you will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Enrollment limited to 12 students

Roy Talahaftewa (Hopi, Water Clan) is from Shungopovi Village in Arizona. He works in silver and gold, and uses Hopi overlay and tufa casting in his designs. Roy received the first major award for his work in 1981, and has earned Best of Show at the Heard Museum, among many others. Working with the nonprofit Hopi Pu’tavi Project, Roy teaches Hopi youth the art of metalsmithing, and he is an advocate and promoter of Hopi artists on the reservation.

Navajo Inlay Jewelry

Richard Tsosie
June 25-29

The Navajo adopted the art of jewelry making from the Spanish, taking the art to new heights and establishing a style that is now considered to be the traditional Navajo style. Today, there are many Navajo jewelers who are moving beyond that style, designing contemporary pieces of jewelry that reflect a new Native American reality. Artists are creating colorful collages and patterns with beautiful stones and shells set in gold and silver. In addition to turquoise and coral, you might find lapis lazuli, purple lavulite, diamonds, pearls, malachite, jet stone, jade, melon shell and other stones, shells and gems. In this workshop, you will work closely with Richard, a leading contemporary Navajo jeweler. You will design patterns and cut, grind and prepare stones to set into basic silver forms such as rings, bracelets, earrings and belt buckles which you will create. If you have no prior experience in silversmithing, you will learn the basic techniques and concepts for shaping silver.

Skill Level: All levels, basic experience with silver is helpful.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $45, includes the use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. Additional charges will accrue for silver and stones used. Limited turquoise and other stones will be available for purchase in class. You will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Richard Tsosie is a Navajo jeweler and sculptor from Flagstaff and the Wide Ruins area of the Navajo Reservation and is currently living in Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been featured in American Indian Art Magazine, Arizona Highways, the video Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Indian Art and Its Evolution, as well as several books including Southwestern Indian Jewelry by Dexter Cirillo and Enduring Traditions, Art of the Navajo by Jerry Jacka. Richard’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums from New York to California.

The Third Dimension: Shadow Box Pendants in Silver Metal Clay

Jonna Faulkner
June 30-July 1

In this workshop, you will be making dramatic hollow-form pendants, each with a “window” that features something special to the maker. Techniques covered will include dry construction methods to build hollow forms; the creation of internal supports for these forms; using “mosaic” applique as well as other types of embellishment such as adding gemstone and pearls; types of bails that might work with individual pieces; creation of small focal elements and dangles using molds; firing and finishing the pendants.

Skill Level: All levels though familiarity with metal clay is a plus.
Tuition: $360
Lab fee: $30 includes handouts; use of loaner tool kits, textures, cutters and molds; kiln firing and consumables; finishing products and consumables.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Jonna Faulkner is a contributing artist to Art Clay Silver and Gold by Jackie Truty, Exceptional Works in Metal Clay and Glass by Mary Ann Devos, The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry calendars by Holly Gage for the years 2009-2013, and 1000 Beads. She has taught at Idyllwild Arts Summer Program for many years as well as at other locations in France, New Mexico, Arizona and California. She now works primarily out of her home studio in Escondido, CA.

Flush, Tube, Tension and Tabbed: Distinctive Stone Setting

Deb Jemmott
July 2-6

This class is all about how to create some of the more unusual settings for stones. We will be working primarily with faceted stones, but some of the techniques are applicable to cabochons as well. We will cover tube setting – including why you might choose to make your own settings and how to make them, tension settings, tabbed settings, and flush settings. You may focus on making samples or choose to make some simple projects that utilize these settings if you prefer to leave with finished work. Samples of possible projects will be available for helping to generate ideas.

Class will include lectures, demonstrations and hand-on help with each type of settings. Learn about setting burs, hart burs, ball burs and cylinder burs – when to use each and what to look for when you are buying them. In addition to learning the setting techniques, you will make some of the basic setting tools to take home.

Skill Level: This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students. Beginning students can be accommodated, but please let the instructor know in advance so materials can be adjusted appropriately. You are encouraged to bring stones you have questions about setting.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $45, includes some metals, settings and stones, use of specialized tools, consumable materials (solders, fluxes, sandpaper etc.), and use of instructors tools. The instructor will have some materials and supplies available for purchase in class. You will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Deb Jemmott has shared her love for metal by teaching jewelry making and metalsmithing to others since 1978, teaching through the San Diego Community College District in addition to many workshops. Her belief that we all have artistic creativity combined with her mastery of jewelry making techniques is key to her nurturing the artistic creativity in each student as well as helping them achieve their ideas in metal. Deb’s work is featured in books and periodicals, and she exhibits and creates custom work.

Additional workshops you may be interested in:

Small Scale Bronze Casting