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.

Registration for 2020 Metals Week and Jewelry Courses will open February 1st, 2020. All registrations that are received by February 1 will be subject to a lottery in the event that any workshop receives more applications than seats available. You will be notified of your class placement by email by end of business day, February 5.

Questions? Contact the Summer Registration Office at 951-468-7265 or summer@idyllwildarts.org.

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METALS WEEK

June 14-18

Coordinator: Deb 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. Lectures and demonstrations give you access to a variety of experts with different perspectives on metal and jewelry work. Small class size allows maximum, personalized 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

All registrations that are received by February 1 will be subject to a lottery in the event that any workshop receives more applications than seats available. You will be notified of your class placement by email by end of business day, February 5.

Connections: Hinged Magnetic Clasp

Roger Rimel
June 14-18

Do you know how impossible necklace clasps can be? Either they’re tiny and you have to fight them to get a little jump ring into a space that won’t stay open, or they’re big and in the way or they’re not secure and fall off….Learn how to create a hinged magnetic clasp that is secure, durable, and a central element in your sterling silver neckpiece. This clasp is unique in its design and hidden magnetic function and can be used in a variety of jewelry applications. It is large enough to handle easily, is part of the design of the neckpiece, and is very secure. You will explore techniques to enhance this adaptable closure with your stones and gems, as well as surface techniques including stamping, roller printing and chasing. The class will include discussion of composition, design strategies, and lots of individual attention.

Skill level: Basic fabrication and soldering skills required
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $75 – This workshop’s $75 lab fee includes stainless steel cable: 2.5‘; magnets (4); sterling silver tubing: (2mm x 2”),  (3mm x 2”), (6mm x 1”), (2.25mm x 1”); sterling silver strip: 12” at 5mm x 18 gauge; sterling silver sheet: 1.5” x 1.5” x 20 gauge; sterling silver round wire: (3”, 18 gauge) (12”, 10 gauge); and the use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. You will be asked to bring additional materials.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Roger Rimel is an award winning goldsmith and artist living in St. Louis, MO. He exhibits his work locally and nationally and has taught workshops at Idyllwild Arts, Boulder Metalsmithing Association (BOMA), Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. His work is included in Art Jewelry 3, and Maker Magic, by Connie Fox. He is represented by Ayesha Gallery, Englewood New Jersey, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, in St. Louis, MO, Curated Fine Art in Mystic, CT.

Website: www.rogerrimel.com

Facebook: Roger Rimel Jewelry Design

Melt it, Forge It!

Elise Preiss
June 14-18

Have you ever had a vision for a new piece, only to discover that the only metal available in your studio is sitting in your scrap box? Wait no more for the delivery of new materials! Recycle your own and strike while the silver is hot! In this workshop, you will delve into a variety of processes to safely prepare and transform your metal scraps and give them new life. You will start by learning how to properly prepare and alloy your metal to successfully melt it into a workable ingot. You will then familiarize yourself with torch handling and the safety procedures necessary to pour molten metal into a mold. You will also learn how to choose, prepare, and care for your tools, crucible, and mold. In addition, you will learn about the care and preparation of forging tools, as well as basic forging techniques, providing all the skills necessary to transform an ingot into a ring or bracelet. You are encouraged to bring any pieces of silver or gold available in your studio. You will take home the confidence to use recycling in your home studio, along with tips and tricks to care for your tools. Let the recycling begin!

Skill level: All levels (Some basic fabrication skills in metal helpful)
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $55  –  This workshop’s $55 lab fee includes charcoal block, crucible, graphite rod, copper, steel stock, and the use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. You will be asked to bring additional materials. 
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Elise Preiss is a metalsmith living and working in Los Angeles. A summer apprenticeship in France with master blacksmith Guy Pendanx awoke her love for metal. Elise teaches at the School of Art, CSU Long Beach. Her work has been exhibited at venues across the US, including the Metal Museum in Memphis and Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, as well as the Carnegie in Covington, KY. She holds an MFA with an emphasis in metal from CSULB. 

Website: www.elisepreiss.com

Instagram: @elisepreiss

Brooches with Attitude

Sarah T. Doremus
June 14-18

Do you aspire to make your work about more than beautiful jewelry? Let your jewelry speak for you. In this class, we will create one of a kind pieces that speak for and about you. Learn how to translate your thoughts, ideas, and concepts into metal. Using a diverse palette of materials, we will create brooches that tell our story. While we will employ many techniques, we will focus on etching, surface design, capturing non-metal elements, unusual pin backs and design strategies that will best articulate your ideas. Come with your emotions on your sleeve, your philosophy in your mind and your opinions on your tongue, and we will transform them into wearable statements to pin to your chest.

Skill level: All levels (Some basic fabrication skills in metal helpful)

Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $35 – This workshop’s $35 lab fee includes spring wire, micro screws, rivets, decal paper, sanding discs, separating discs, sterling and brass tubing, diamond bits, plexiglass, wood, and the use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Sarah T. Doremus is an active sculptor and metalsmith living in Deer Isle, ME, producing work for galleries and private clients. She devotes much of her time to teaching at two rural Maine elementary schools, and also teaches workshops around the country at Idyllwild Arts, Haystack, Penland, Arrowmont, Peters Valley, and Metalwerx. She holds a BS in Art History from Northeastern University, and a BFA from Mass College of Art. Her work is included in publications such as the Lark 500 books, Making Good, and Humor in Craft, and is in exhibits and galleries across the country.

Website: www.sarahdoremus.com 

Instagram: @teagoblet22

Hand Fabricated Botanicals

Nicole Ringgold
June 14-18

In this workshop, your focus is on designing and creating everything that can be found on a nature walk – leaves, flowers, branches, berries, seedpods, and more. You will learn a broad range of techniques that you can use to make silver come alive, from soldering multiple joints in one piece, to fusing scraps, reticulation, creating three-dimensional joints, texturing, basic repoussé and chasing, fold forming, and carving. You will create several different pieces of your choice throughout the week. You are welcome to copy demonstrations or incorporate demonstration techniques into your own artistic designs.

Skill level: Basic soldering and sawing skills required
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $210 – This workshop’s $210 lab fee includes sterling silver: 1 6×3″ sheet 22ga, 1 6×3″ sheet 24ga, 1 10’ wire 16ga,  1 10’ wire 18ga, 1 5’ wire 20ga; solder; various fiber wheels, burs, blades and drills; and the use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. You will be asked to bring additional materials.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Nicole Ringgold is a silversmith who lives in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington. Her work is shown in 22 galleries throughout the country. Nicole is an outdoor enthusiast, gardener, wife and mother, and world wanderer. Her studio is situated inside a bright greenhouse where she hand fabricates each of her pieces with silver sheet, wire and recycled scraps. She recreates nature with as much detail as possible to make the metal appear alive. 

Website: www.nicoleringgold.com 

Instagram: @ringgoldnicole

Facebook: Nicole Ringgold Jewelry Designs

Badass Bezels with a Hammer Handpiece

Monica Cardone
June 14-18

Up your bezel game with thicker bezels to give your jewelry creations a higher quality and perceived value. In this class, you will learn how to use a hammer handpiece to set a variety of stones including but not limited to sea glass, sea stones, and regular cabochons. During the workshop, you will also glean many tips and tricks for using irregular found objects like sea glass and sea stones, forming and soldering bezels quickly and easily, and other advanced fabrication techniques. The special focus of the workshop is fitting the bezel to the stone, soldering the bezel, and using the Foredom hammer handpiece to set the stones. The Foredom hammer handpiece is a powerful tool that has many uses and has several different tips that can be adapted to your preference. You will learn the ins and outs of the hammer handpiece so that you will know how to use it, take care of it, and make the most of it.

Skill level: Basic jewelry making techniques, including proper sawing, filing, soldering, sanding, and finishing techniques required.
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $45 – This workshop’s $45 lab fee includes practice stones, fine silver bezel wire, sterling sheet, and the use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. You will be asked to bring additional materials.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Monica Cardone is a metalsmith and has been making jewelry for more than 15 years. Having learned from expert metalsmiths in the US as well as studying classical old world techniques with a master goldsmith in Florence, Italy, Monica’s passion for combining the art of jewelry making and the art of Florence itself is evident through her role as the founder of the Metalsmiths in Florence workshop. She has taught both domestically and abroad, and her work has been featured in Art Jewelry and Studios magazines, the Travel Channel’s TV show “Treasure Hunters”, and the Rio Grande/RioPro blog. 

Website: www.ciaomonica.com 

Instagram: @ciaomonica_

Facebook: Ciao Monica

Rings, Rings, Rings!

Joanna Gollberg
June 14-18

In this class we will use the Smith Little Torch to make rings, rings, rings! We will discuss proper soldering methods including stick soldering, pick soldering, and applique. Classroom demonstrations will include: kinetic rings, hollow-form rings, adding gemstones and found objects, big rings, little rings, spinning rings, two-finger rings, shaker rings;  using bezels, prongs, and tabs; using the ring stretcher, proper sizing and re-sizing; carving for decoration, making a tapered band, adding a shank to a setting, proper measurement and layout, and anything and everything else you want to know or can imagine. You will leave this class with as many rings as you’d like to make, plus an increased knowledge and confidence in expert soldering techniques.

Skill level: All levels (Some basic fabrication skills in metal helpful)
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $15 – This workshop’s $15 lab fee  includes the use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. You will be asked to bring additional materials. Instructor will have a specialized soldering board available for purchase in class.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Joanna Gollberg received her AAS in Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has been a self-employed studio jeweler for 20 years, selling her work at craft and jewelry galleries and fine craft shows in the US. She has authored four books on making jewelry (all published by Lark Books), and her work has been included in numerous publications, such as Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament Magazine, 20th Century Jewelers, and 500 Wedding Rings. She teaches jewelry making for metalsmithing groups, Craftsy.com, and craft schools, such as Idyllwild Arts, Penland, Arrowmont, and Haystack. 

Website: www.joannagollberg.com

Instagram: @joannagollberg

Facebook: Joanna Gollberg Jewelry

Jewelry Courses
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Navajo Inlay Jewelry

Richard Tsosie
June 22-26

Working closely with Richard Tsosie, a leading contemporary Navajo jeweler, you will design patterns and create colorful collages in stone; then you will learn to use lapidary equipment to cut, grind and prepare stones to set into basic silver forms such as rings, bracelets, earrings and belt buckles which you will create. Safe use of the lapidary equipment will be covered. If you have no prior experience in metalsmithing, you will learn the basic techniques and concepts for shaping silver.

Skill Level: All levels, basic experience with silver is helpful.
Tuition: $755
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. Some stones will be available for purchase in class. You will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
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Enrollment limited to 10 students

Richard Tsosie (Navajo) is a 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.

Navajo Inlay Jewelry

Roy Talahaftewa
June 29 – July 3

In this special workshop, you will learn the classic Hopi Tufa casting technique. Tufa is a soft porous stone used for direct casting of one-of-a-kind designs. In instructor Roy Talahaftewa’s jewelry, he combines several techniques including classic Hopi overlay, as well as stone inlay of cabochons. Roy mines the tufa stone from mountains in northern Arizona, so his offering of a tufa casting workshop is truly rare. 

In addition, Roy will demonstrate his special techniques for making stamping tools. These “matting” stamps are used to texture surfaces on his jewelry. You will also explore simple stone setting (cabochons) to incorporate into your work. 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 and bench tricks.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $65 – This workshop’s $65 lab fee includes use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds, and one piece of tufa. Some silver sheet and cabochons will be available for purchase in class; you will be asked to bring additional supplies and tools.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 12 students

Roy Talahaftewa (Hopi, Water Clan) is from Shungopovi Village in northern Arizona. He works in silver and gold, and uses Hopi overlay and tufa casting in his designs. Roy received his 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.

Facebook: Talahaftewa Gallery

Amped-Up Cuff

Robert Lopez
July 4-5

Learn how to anodize Krystal© titanium to reveal its close packed hexagonal crystalline structure. Using a resist, we will layer various colors as we ramp up the voltage. We will also explore heat-treating titanium to achieve vibrant colors such as golds, magentas, purples, and blues. You will also explore the benefits of working with tarnish-resistant Argentium Sterling Silver. Argentium is a silver alloy that is whiter and brighter than traditional sterling and can be annealed softer and hardened beyond traditional sterling. We will be fusing Argentium silver granules, discs and square wire, enabling us to reduce the number of solder joints in our pieces, as well as roller printing patterns on the Argentium silver to give it texture. You will have the option of adding a colorful patina or a bright shiny polish to the silver to add an extra layer of wow! Other techniques we will cover in this jam-packed weekend are bezel setting, granulation, riveting, and more. You will use Robert’s “Stinger Riveting System” to make quick and flawless rivets that will join roll printed and patina silver to a sheet of titanium full of colors and free-flowing organic energy.

Skill Level: Intermediate, basic fabrication skills required.
Tuition: $370
Lab fee: $65 – This workshop’s $65 lab fee includes packet of Titanium 3 sheets; Argentium silver sheets, wire, and rivets; cabochon; roller printing material; and the use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. You will be asked to bring additional materials.

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Robert Lopez is a self-taught metalsmith. He is drawn to the difficult and physical nature of jewelry fabrication to transform metals and stones into his unique vision. Robert  accumulated his collection of tools and knowledge of the art anywhere he could, but his greatest learning came from continuously experimenting with the materials at hand. He often rolls his own sheet silver from ingots he pours himself, and even grinds and polishes all of his own stones. His raw and organic designs are fabricated with skill, but are free to grow without constraints or preconceived notions. 

Website: www.robertlopezdesigns.com

Instagram: @robertlopezdesigns1

Facebook: Robert Lopez Designs

Stamp It, Punch It, Stack It: A Journey Through Texturing, Piercing, & Layering

Kristina Glick
July 6-10

Expand your metalworking repertoire by exploring innovative approaches to foundational skills. Many people overlook the complex potential of cornerstone techniques such as texturing, sawing and layering metal. This workshop will help you maximize these metalsmithing processes to create stunning pendants, brooches, earrings, rings or cuffs. We will start by exploring various methods of creating texture, including unique approaches to stamping, roll printing and electroetching. Hands-on skill learning will be paired with basic design and strategic thinking about various visual effects such as over-all textures vs. patterns or imagery. Next, we’ll explore how to create effective designs for piercing in metal and how to layer those designs for maximum visual effect. You will learn various construction methods including rivets, tabs, walls, and sweat soldering. The workshop will include demonstrations, group conversations about design and execution, and one-on-one time with the instructor. You will be able to create a series of samples as well as one or more finished pieces of jewelry. This workshop is open to everyone from veteran metalsmiths looking to expand their creative repertoire to beginners looking for an introduction to working with metal.

Skill Level: All levels welcome, but some basic fabrication skills in metal would be helpful.
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $20 – This workshop’s $20 lab fee includes shared materials such as paint pens, roll mill textures, riveting materials, and the use of all tools, equipment and consumables such as solder and compounds. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students

Kristina Glick is a metalsmith and enamelist. She teaches at Idaho State University as well as teaching workshops for craft schools and metalsmithing groups around the country. Her work has been exhibited in many national and international juried exhibitions and appears in various publications including 500 Enameled Objects and 500 Gemstone Jewels. Kristina has an MFA from East Carolina University in Metal Design.

Website: www.Kristinaglick.com

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