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

Metals Week Overview

June 11–15

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 slideshow
  • Faculty exhibit and reception
  • Two afternoon crossover demo sessions with other Metals Week instructors
  • Potluck dinner
  • Art Auction
  • Culmination exhibit of participant work

Beauty and Memory: Making Nature Wearable

Kristina Glick

June 11–15
One-week session

Do you pick up pebbles? Do you find yourself drawn to the odd stone here or the beautiful leaf there? Are you inspired by the natural world? In this class, you will learn how to incorporate those bits and pieces of nature into your jewelry and carry them with you wherever you go. Explore how nature can provide beautiful materials to work with as well as create a link to place and memory.

Start with an overview of different ways to work with natural materials and then learn specific cold connections and related techniques that are key to working with non-metal materials (drilling, cutting, shaping, riveting, tabs, walls, bezels, posts, etc.) Other metalworking skills will be covered as needed. Discuss the merits and limitations of adhesives versus mechanical connections. Your focus will be on individual design and fabrication to determine how each natural material invites a unique approach. Bring your favorite natural objects and materials or explore and collect items unique to Idyllwild and incorporate these fragile, natural materials into your work. You will create various tests and samples as well as at least one finished piece of jewelry.

Skill level: Basic metal fabrication skills helpful, not required

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $30, includes drill bits, diamond drill bits, adhesives, and the use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. Some materials will be available for purchase; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Metals Week Welcome Letter: Download here.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Kristina Glick is a metalsmith and enamelist. She teaches at Goshen College, IN, and teaches workshops for craft schools and metalsmithing groups around the country. Her work has been exhibited in national and international juried exhibitions and appears in various publications including 500 Enameled Objects and 500 Gemstone Jewels. Kristi has an MFA from East Carolina University in metal design. www.kristinaglick.com

Capturing the Moment: Natural Object Casting

April Wood

June 11-15
One-week session

Objects of nature have adorned ancient and indigenous people since the dawn of humanity. Learn to use the lost-wax casting process to immortalize nature in metal. Vacuum casting captures incredible detail and preserves the intricate textures found in natural objects such as leaves, twigs, seeds and pods. This process honors our connection to nature by elevating each object to a new level of appreciation and permanence.

Using the landscape of Idyllwild as inspiration and hunting ground, you will transform found, natural objects into wearable, metal art. Alter and manipulate the objects prior to casting to create unique combinations and juxtapositions. You will learn to prepare objects as models, pour investment plaster molds, use the burn-out process, and pour molten metal. Discover new finishing techniques for the cast metal objects.

Explore new ways to use wood, plants, paper and cardboard, bugs, flowers, hard plastics and other items that will burn out in a 1200°F kiln. Bring items and materials from home that will cast well.

Skill level: All levels

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $20, includes investment plaster, sprue wax, lacquer, use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Metals Week Welcome Letter: Download here.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

April Wood is co-founder of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, where she is a studio manager, exhibitions director, and instructor. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts, Idyllwild Arts, and Towson University. Her work has been exhibited at the Austin Museum of Art, SIERAAD International Art Jewelry Fair in Amsterdam, and Reinstein Ross Gallery in New York City, and has been featured in publications including Metalsmith, Surface Design Journal, and Sculpture. www.aprilwoodmetalsmith.com

Feeding the Heart & Soul: Creating Utensils

Pauline Warg

June 11-15
One-week session

Utensils can be used for cooking, eating or serving. They may be strictly utilitarian or treasured keepsakes that enrich our lives in addition to transporting nourishment to our bodies. The most common eating utensils are the fork, knife and spoon. Chopsticks, condiment knives and spoons, sommelier’s cups and tea strainers are just a few of the many other items that we use in our traditions of eating and drinking.

Working with silver and non-precious metals, this class will cover an array of methods to construct, forge and decorate handmade utensils. Move beyond what is traditionally thought of as flatware to create your own heirlooms. Explore a range of techniques to incorporate into your work, including chasing, stamping, matting, forging, alternative stone setting, forming, cold connections and mixed metal. Learn to consider the functionality of the pieces as well.

Skill level: All levels, basic metal fabrication skills helpful

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $40, includes some non-precious metal (copper, nickel, brass), natural stones, some unusual cut stones & cabochons, plastic, wood, enamels and other items for decorative and functional components; use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Metals Week Welcome Letter: Download here.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Pauline Warg is a metalsmith with 39 years of experience. She earned a Journeyman Metalsmithing Certificate and a BFA from the University of South Maine. Her work encompasses jewelry, silversmithing and enameling jewelry and holloware. She authored Making Metal Beads (Lark) and Jewelry Enameling Workshop (Interweave). She teaches at colleges and art centers nationally. Pauline wrote a segment of the book Jewelry Design Challenge (Lark), and teaches enameling in the DVD Basic Jewelry Enameling: Torch Fired Tutorial (Interweave).

www.paulinewargdesignsllc.com
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Nature Journals for Metalsmiths

Charity Hall

June 11–15
One-week session

Design, fabricate and bind your own blank book – a handmade work of art that can be used for sketching, journaling or to honor a special event. This class takes the traditional form of the book and transforms it into an heirloom journal. Creative writers and artists understand that a beautiful book elevates the contents. And who can’t resist a beautifully bound book? Focusing on inspiration from the flora and fauna of the San Jacinto Mountains surrounding Idyllwild, you can explore ways of merging nature with your design for a unique copper bound book. This art form holds rich possibilities for personal expression.

Charity’s background as a botanist for the San Bernardino National Forest makes her the perfect guide to help you learn how to identify Idyllwild’s iconic trees and wildflowers. Take a morning stroll or participate in an optional nighttime activity of luring colorful beetles and moths to an insect viewing arena for additional inspiration. She will help you find creative ways to explore your personal style and interests.

Learn metalsmithing techniques to use in conjunction with traditional bookbinding methods in a novel approach to create a one-of-a-kind artist’s book. You will be guided through design and fabrication of your book, including making and soldering traditional knuckle and strap hinges. With some simple soldering tricks, these complex looking hinges are not as difficult as they might seem. Explore textures such as roller printing with preserved leaves and adding ornamentation with riveting, and chasing. Finally, pages will be added to your journal using the Japanese stab binding method. Expect to complete a signature nature journal.

Skill level: All levels, basic fabrication skills in metal helpful

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $55, includes materials for hinges, binding tools and materials, archival paper for pages, transfer paper, use of tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Metals Week Welcome Letter: Download here.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Charity Hall is a metalsmith in Blacksburg, VA, and teaches workshops for guilds and schools around the country, including Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Penland School of Crafts, Center for Enamel Art, and Idyllwild Arts. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation and appears in many publications. Previously she was a botanist for the San Bernardino National Forest, and she incorporates natural imagery in her work. She received her BA in biology (Colorado College), and MFA in metal design (East Carolina University). www.charityhall.com

Who Knew All This Could Be Done With A Torch?
Setting & Torch Firing of Enamels

Anne Havel

June 11–15
One-week session

Focus on torch-firing of enamel and designing a creative setting for those enamels. Starting with the planning process, the screws, rivets, tabs and sewn elements used for setting must be considered before the enameling begins. As the class progresses, you will move through the full evolution of creating the torch-fired enamel and integrating it into your unique setting. To facilitate the creation of more unusual settings, we will discuss different ways of seeing ordinary objects that can give you clues or ideas about more complex settings.

The class will cover proper metal preparation, planning to accommodate various setting techniques, torch use, appropriate form and application of enamels, and setting the enamel.

Skill Level: Some enameling experience required, Basic fabrication skills in metal helpful but class designed to meet you at your level of skill. Complex settings require more advanced skills.

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $55, includes some enamels and other supplies, and the use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Metals Week Welcome Letter: Download here.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Anne Havel is an independent studio artist, teaching workshops and exhibiting jewelry in juried shows throughout the US. Her work is in exhibitions, collections, and publications including Alchemy3, the 15th Juried International Enamel Exhibition of the Enamelist Society, Materials: Hard & Soft, Art Jewelry Today 4, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, and Behind the Brooch by Lorena Angulo. The Enamel Arts Foundation acquired two of her pieces for its permanent collection. Anne is treasurer of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and The Enamelist Society. crafthaus.ning.com/profile/annehavel

The Expressive Necklace

Micki Lippe

June 11–15
One-week session

So you want to make something to put around your neck. What kind of statement will it make? What will it look like? What does your creation say about you? Necklaces can be long or short, small pendants or elaborate neckpieces with elements. Explore the possibilities, benefits, drawbacks and the technical construction of designs. Through demonstrations, targeted assignments and individualized instruction, you will learn how to design several types of necklaces in order to explore your own creativity.

Challenge yourself to move into new creative territory. Working in groups and individually, you will participate in creative exercises using paper, metal, and found objects. You may use your time to create several pieces of jewelry or to make samples as metal sketches. Bring bits, pieces and ideas that you would like to use for the basis of your new designs.

Skill level: All levels, basic fabrication skills in metal helpful

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $15, includes the use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Metals Week Welcome Letter: Download here.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Micki Lippe has been a studio jeweler for 40 years. In 2015, she received of the Seattle Metals Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work will be a part of the 2016 Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial. Micki’s jewelry has been included in many books including Adorn and the 500 Earrings. She received a BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, and in 2010 she received WU’s Alumni of Distinction award. www.looselyhinged.com

Jewelry Courses
= Native American Arts

Hopi Jewelry

Gerald Lomaventema

June 19-23
One-week session

Explore the classic Hopi Overlay technique of metalsmithing, which is the use of multiple layers of sheet silver with cut-out designs, textured and oxidized recessed surfaces for depth and dimensional designs. Beginning students will learn the fundamental materials, processes, and techniques of metalsmithing, and those with experience will fine-tune skills while mastering new techniques. If you are an intermediate or advanced student, you can learn to make sheet silver using silver coin ingot and silver scrap – the technique used to make Hopi jewelry before silver sheet was readily available. Learn a bit about the history of Hopi jewelry making. You will benefit from the close instruction and class interactions.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $45, includes two stamping tools to keep and the use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. Ingot mold available for an additional $50; limited silver sheet available for purchase. You may bring your own clearly marked silver and hand tools. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Gerald Lomaventema (Hopi, Bear Clan) is from Shungopavi on Second Mesa, AZ. He uses a wide range of techniques and specializes in making silver ingot sheet. He shows widely across the country and in Japan, and has been featured in several publications. Gerald has won dozens of awards for his work, including first place awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Gallup Ceremonial, Eiteljorg Museum, and many more. His training includes work with Michael Kabotie, Lawrence Saufkie, Roy Talahaftewa, Duane Maktima and other fine metalsmiths.

Navajo Inlay Jewelry

Richard Tsosie

June 26-30
One-week session

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 are welcome, 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. You may bring stones that match your preferences as well as your own clearly marked silver, tools and work lamp.

Materials List: Download here.

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.

Two Worlds Collide: Copper Cuffs with Silver Metal Clay Embellishments

Jonna Faulkner

July 1-2
Two-day session

This workshop combines traditional and metal clay jewelry-making techniques to create beautiful cuff bracelets. Pattern copper bracelet blanks with a rolling mill and explore other ways of patterning milled metal. Create embellishments in fine silver metal clay, using rivets to attach embellishments. Learn shaping, texturing, adding gemstones and pearls, firing and finishing the metal clay. Your bracelet will be a unique and dramatic piece.

Skill level: All levels

Tuition: $360

Lab Fee: $35, includes tools, kiln use, one copper bracelet blank, fine silver wire as needed, consumable supplies; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

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 to 2013, and 1000 Beads. Jonna has taught workshops in France, New Mexico, California and Arizona, and at her home studio in Escondido, CA. www.jonnafaulkner.com

It’s All About the Heat: How to Succeed at Soldering (Almost) All of the Time

Deborah Jemmott

July 3-7
One-week session

Soldering is the joining of metal pieces using an alloy material that has a lower melting point. It is one of the more difficult, but important techniques for a jeweler to master. While commonly used, it is not well understood. How many times have you gone to solder a joint together and it just won’t work? How do you know what’s wrong? How do you know what to do differently? The basics are very straightforward, but it is deceptively simple and there is much more going on than there appears to be.

This class will take you step by step through the soldering process from understanding its physics to the practical application of joining metal pieces together. In order to solder well, you need to understand how and why the soldering works, and to practice to become proficient with the process. Whether you are an advanced student wanting to solder better or a relative beginner, you will learn new ways to approach even the most difficult solder job.

Through exercises in sheet and wire, learn the basics of soldering and then move on to soldering jump rings, pin backs, earring posts and other soldering puzzles that require more skill. Learn solder set-ups, jigs, fixtures, tools, fluxes and torches. Bring your own solder problems to address. Explore how to design for optimal soldering – and how to clean it up when it doesn’t work.

Expect to fabricate a finished piece of your own design – a stepped bezel for a transparent stone or a hollow form – utilizing your new solder skills. Soldering can be fun, and Deb’s passion is soldering and teaching soldering.

Skill level: Basic metal fabrication skills helpful

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $55, includes the use of all tools, equipment, and consumables such as solder and compounds; soldering tools and jigs to take home. Bring your own clearly marked metal and tools. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Deb Jemmott has shared her love for metal by teaching classes since 1978, teaching through the San Diego Community College District in addition to many workshops. Deb’s belief that everyone has artistic creativity combined with her mastery of jewelry making techniques is key. She nurtures creativity in each student and helps with technical issues so students achieve their ideas in metal. Deb’s work has been featured in many periodicals and books, and she exhibits and creates custom work. www.debjemmott.com