Whether you want to learn to make a ring, work with enamels, set stones, or carve wax, Pratt’s Jewelry & Metals studio has something to offer everyone. With our professional equipment and accomplished instructors, you can experiment with traditional and contemporary mediums and create unique wearable and sculptural works of art with any level of experience.
In this revamped intermediate-level class, instructor Susanne Osborn will help you continue building your metalsmithing skill set. Our core classes always have soldering skills embedded into the curriculum, so plan on getting better at this as well as learning about and practicing the following: fabricating hollow forms, using the hydraulic press, tube and flush settings, marriage of metal, chasing and repoussé, and cuttlefish casting. Bring ideas for projects or wait for inspiration to strike in class!
*NO CLASS on 11/26
Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals and ability to solder independently
This compact intensive will have you working at your bench soon after you arrive on the first day. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of jewelry making through demonstrations, individualized instruction, and practice time. Learn how to control and manipulate metal so that you can confidently make a piece from start to finish. Prerequisite: none
Learn or improve your chasing and repoussé skills in this weekend workshop. The class will focus on the use of Japanese chasing tools called dashitagane, as well as traditional European chasing tools, forming hammers, and dapping punches. You will have the option of working on jewelry, small vessels (must bring your own vessel), or sculptural objects. Basic dashitagane tool making will be covered. The instructor will also be selling optional sets of handmade dashitagane tools for $55. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent
In a world full of commercial options, learn to design and make distinctive chains to enhance your work. Create chains that do your bidding: add movement, lie flat, and are flip-flop proof for necklace and bracelet applications. Learn tips and tricks, practice solder and heat control, and solidify chain making as part of your skill set. This is an ideal class for making unique and treasured holiday gifts while you perfect a long term skill! Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent
We're surrounded by enamel fired onto steel, from enameled oven- and cook-wear in the kitchen, to whiteboards and signage in the school and street. But it's not just an industrial process! Learn how to use liquid enamel on steel and copper, from metal surface preparation to enamel mixing, application, and firing. Extend your decorative palette with appealing textures and patterns using simple techniques, perfectly suited for items like jewelry and small objects. Also learn how to prepare and apply enamel to recycled steel and found objects. Prerequisite: none
Learn to fabricate with steel in this workshop designed to acquaint you with an affordable alternative to precious metals. You will learn to manipulate and solder mild and stainless steel, inlay solder into steel, and finish steel for wearability. Being both strong and easily available, steel allows you to experiment without fear of expense or size, opening up an entirely new range of possibility for your art. Expect to leave with a completed piece of your own design. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent
Learn how to add movement and functionality to your jewelry creations in this intermediate-level workshop. Students will be presented with a host of creative solutions for clasps and joints, including traditional hinges with knuckles, locket latches, and closures for necklaces and bracelets. We will then select a handful to make in class. Each student can expect to complete 3-5 project samples, and will leave with improved soldering skills and new design ideas. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent; some prior soldering experience required
Whether the party is lit with candles, chandeliers, or a disco ball, a pair of sparkly earrings promises that you'll enter in style. Score extra points by crafting these attention-getting accessories yourself, using simple tools like hammers, drills, and files to create striking effects From studs to shoulder-dusters, your party-ready earrings will shine and sparkle in any surroundings! You'll make 2-3 pairs to wear or give. All levels. Prerequisite: none
In this short workshop you will learn the hot and cold techniques needed to make flat, rounded, patterned, and embellished metal buttons. While examining the history of buttons as adornment, you will make a personalized set to take home and use to enhance your own clothing and couture projects. Prerequisite: none
Loop-in-loop chain making is an ancient and elegant method of making a woven chain out of individually fused links. Used by bronze-age civilizations, versions of this chain can be seen in every museum collection of ancient jewelry. This short workshop will focus on completing a fine silver bracelet using this technique, and easy ways that you can continue to use this method, and extrapolate to more complex designs, in the basic home studio. Prerequisite: none
It's like a metalsmithing magic trick: combine a bunch of rigid metal rings in a certain way and the result is a fluid, flexible metal 'fabric'! In this class, we'll showcase this transformation by turning swatches of chainmail into slinky, swingy, chainmail earrings. Following a basic pattern, you'll decide on color, weight, and complexity to create a unique pair of fun, stylish earrings. All levels. Prerequisite: none
Welcome to felting for the 21st century! Manipulating wool is fun, colorful, and addictive. Using wet felting and dry needle techniques, you will make jewelry forms, small dimensional vessels, botanical shapes, or something only you can imagine! This quick how-to class will give you the experience you need to continue on your own. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $10
Working jewelry-scale, learn to forge and manipulate hot stainless steel into decorative marshmallow or BBQ skewers. Perfect for beginners, this short workshop uses methods that blacksmiths and metalsmiths have practiced for centuries. Workshop ends with a marshmallow roasting at the forge! Prerequisite: none