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Jewelry/Metals

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.

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Get It & Go: The Perfect Bezel | 7.28

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5596
7/28 - 8/4
6-10pm
Tuesday
1
$114
$103

You've learned the basic bezel setting, but can you execute it perfectly? Problems soldering? Can't get the ripples and gaps out of the bezel? Get helpful insider information about tricks, specialty tools, and finishing techniques that will make a huge difference in the quality of your bezel-set work. A short investment of time will yield lasting, professional results for you. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $10


One-Day Workshop: Cuff Bracelets | 8.1

Adia Bobo

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5587
8/1
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

Hammer, roller print, pierce, and drill your way to a new cuff bracelet. We'll start by working through bracelet fitting techniques and exploring a few texture ideas for metal. Then you'll make a bracelet of your own design while working on your shaping and texturing skills. Demos will include using the rolling mill and hammers for adding texture as well as sawing and drilling designs into the metal. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $10


One-Day Workshop: Working with Gold Fill Wire | 8.8

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5594
8/8
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

Want to get the rich look of gold for about the cost of silver? Learn the tricks of working with 14k gold filled wire to create stunning rings and jewelry. We will use 14k yellow and pink gold filled wires of different shapes to help teach you the special techniques of soldering and finishing with this material. You'll learn how to measure, solder, and shape the metal before exploring different finishes for your work: hammered, plain, matte, or high shine! Jennifer will also discuss techniques and differences between 14k gold fill, gold plate, and solid golds. She'll lastly demo a great trick for adding a tiny tube set stone! Make a set of stacking rings for yourself or to give as gifts. Prerequisite: none, but some understanding of soldering is helpful     Supply fee: $15


One-Day Workshop: Cuttlefish Casting | 8.9

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5593
8/9
9:30am-5:30pm
Sunday
1
$114
$103

Most people know of cuttlefish bone as parakeet food. You'll cast directly into it in this workshop! Because you can carve, scrape, and press into it so easily, cuttlefish bone makes a perfect receptacle for molten metal. It's a quick, low-tech, and inexpensive way to bring casting into your home studio. Pratt will provide bronze for students; those wishing to work in silver should bring their own shot or scrap. Prerequisite: none  Supply fee:$15


Stone Setting: Bezel and Beyond | 9.15

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5625
9/15 - 11/3
1:30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday
8
$468
$421

Cabochon, faceted or free form stone, found object--if you have it, you can learn how to set it! Although the basic bezel is a great place to start, many other settings often work better for a particular stone or better highlight its unique qualities. Expand your repertoire! Demonstrations include bezel, basket, prong, post, turtle, tube, flush, channel settings, and more. You will produce both samples and finished elements for jewelry applications. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals and ability to solder independently       Supply fee: $35


Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 9.15

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5626
9/15 - 11/3
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$468
$421

Learn how to design and create wax models for the centrifugal casting process. Additional topics include cuttlefish casting, direct pour processes, creating stone settings in wax, finishing, problem solving, and small-scale production. You will be able to produce several finished pieces for jewelry, sculptural, and functional applications. This class accommodates all skill levels and may be repeated. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $35


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 9.16

Roger Horner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5652
9/16 - 10/21
9am - 1pm
Wednesday
6
$330
$297

Designed for beginners and those needing a refresher, this class introduces students to the fundamentals of metalworking. Through demonstrations, individualized instruction, and plenty of practice, you will develop basic skills in sawing, filing, soldering, riveting, texturing, and polishing as well as in the safe use of tools and studio chemicals. We encourage you to repeat this class with several teachers, not only to strengthen your skills but also to benefit from the expertise of each instructor. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $30


Sculptural Holloware | 9.16

Catherine Grisez

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5627
9/16 - 11/4
6-10pm
Wednesday
8
$468
$421

Holloware is a traditional method of hammering flat metal into three-dimensional form, such as a cup, teapot, or sculptural vessel. Come and explore its diverse sculptural possibilities as you learn how to create unique forms with textures that cannot be achieved through other metalworking processes. You will learn raising, dapping, planishing, and chasing and repousse. In addition, the class also covers options for finishing, coloring, and sealing metal. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $35


Intermediate Metalsmithing | 9.17

Susanne Lechler Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5739
9/17 - 11/05
9am - 1pm
Thursday
8
$440
$396

In this revamped intermediate-level class, instructor Susanne Osborn will help you continue building your metalsmithing skill set to evolve from 2-D to 3-D. Our core classes always have soldering skills embedded into the curriculum, so plan on getting better at this, as well as learning about: fold forming, small-scale forging, chasing and repoussé, hydraulic press forming, and cuttlefish casting. These formed shapes will be soldered or cold connected to make small sculptural forms or wearable art. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals and ability to solder independently     Supply fee: $35


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 9.17

Julie Brooks

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5651
9/17 - 10/29
1:30 - 5:30pm
Thursday
6
$330
$297

Designed for beginners and those needing a refresher, this class introduces students to the fundamentals of metalworking. Through demonstrations, individualized instruction, and plenty of practice, you will develop basic skills in sawing, filing, soldering, riveting, texturing, and polishing as well as in the safe use of tools and studio chemicals. We encourage you to repeat this class with several teachers, not only to strengthen your skills but also to benefit from the expertise of each instructor. NO CLASS 10/22.  Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $30


NEW: Line and Texture in Enamel | 9.17

Julie Brooks

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5734
9/17 - 10/8
6-10pm
Thursday
4
$240
$216

Do you like to draw or have a flair for bold or organic design? In this short class you will learn basic skills in multiple enamel formats, including sgraffito through liquid enamel, hand drawn graphite elements, water color and china paint enamels, and making and firing simple decals. Find your voice through color application, line, and texture to further your artistic concepts. Come prepared to experiment! Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $20


Workshop: Casting Solutions for the Small Studio | 9.19

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5753
9/19 - 9/20
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

You can cast in your studio! Come learn a variety of ways to get small-scale casting done on a tight budget and without the major investment of big casting equipment. You will learn how to create finished pieces using gravity casting with tufa, sand, cuttlefish bone, and charcoal. The instructor will demonstrate steam casting and how to make a vacuuming casting unit. You will also be shown wax carving and flexible mold-making techniques. The weekend will conclude with a discussion about resources and options for getting work done outside your studio. Don't let a lack of expensive equipment keep you from casting any longer! Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $20


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 10 Weeks | 9.20

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5660
9/20 - 11/22
6-9pm
Sunday
10
$440
$396

Designed for beginners and those needing a refresher, this class introduces students to the fundamentals of metalworking. Through demonstrations, individualized instruction, and plenty of practice, you will develop basic skills in sawing, filing, soldering, riveting, texturing, and polishing as well as in the safe use of tools and studio chemicals. This class is being offered in a new format of shorter 3-hour meetings held over 10 weeks. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $35


Silver PMC | 9.23

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5656
9/23 - 9/30
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
2
$114
$103

Silver Precious Metal Clay is a remarkable substance that is worked like clay, but fires into solid silver that can then be manipulated just like raw metal. Come learn how to make hollow forms, beads, molds, and texturing stamps. You'll also learn how to solder and finish your fired pieces. Experimentation is encouraged! This short class accommodates beginner through advanced students. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $70 (includes PMC)


Beginning Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 9.25

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5655
9/25 - 9/28
9:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Mon
1
$440
$396

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     Supply fee: $30


Workshop: Cold Connections | 10.3

Susanne Lechler Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5657
10/3 - 10/4
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

There are both functional and aesthetic reasons for choosing a cold connection over soldering. Come learn when and how to employ these fascinating elements in your work. You'll be shown how to make different kinds of rivets, staples, washers, bezel settings, prongs, and tabs. In addition, the instructor will demonstrate using a tap and die to make your own threaded connections for tiny screws and bolts. You'll be amazed by the limitless possibilities for incorporating cold connections into your work. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $20


NEW: Go for the Gold | 10.7

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5732
10/7 - 10/28
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
4
$240
$216

Learn several affordable methods for incorporating gold into your work, including gilding wood, two different approaches to the Korean technique called Kum Bo (applying gold foil to silver), using gold PMC slip on silver sheet, and an innovative way of firing gold foil onto enameled steel. All materials provided. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $70


NEW: Focus on Form: The Brooch | 10.15

Julie Brooks

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5738
10/15 - 11/19
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$330
$297

The brooch is possibly the oldest form of jewelry and throughout time has displayed status, honor, remembrance, and personal history. In this class, we will explore inspirations for creating brooches as we develop our own personal aesthetic. We will consider the brooch in relation to the body while learning simple methods for handling pin backs, findings, and connections. This is a great class for enamel artists who want to make their work wearable as well as anyone with an interest in skill building. Come ready to explore ideas and push the boundaries of tradition! Prerequisite: none, though some background in soldering or cold connections helpful     Supply fee: $20


NEW: Workshop: Wearable Wood + Metal | 10.17

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5733
10/17 - 10/18
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

Like peanut butter and chocolate, wood and metal are great materials that work well together. But combining them successfully isn't always such a simple matter. In this class, we'll explore a variety of decorative and functional techniques for combining metal and wood to create comfortable, durable, wearable objects. Learn versatile approaches you can adapt for your own designs, including pique-style inlay, making mixed-material chains, attaching findings such as earposts and ring shanks, and bezel-setting into wood. Expect to complete several samples and 1-2 wearable pieces. Prerequisite: none, but previous jewelry-making experience is helpful     Supply fee: $20


NEW: One Day Workshop: Powder Coating | 10.24

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5661
10/24
10am - 6pm
Saturday
6
$114
$103

Durable, vibrant color options await your command when you add powder coating to your skill set. In this workshop, you will learn how to properly clean and prepare metal for thermoset powder application, both of which are critical steps for ensuring a permanent finish. You will then learn how to electrostatically apply the powder and heat-cure pieces to a finished outcome on the same day. This workshop is ideal for becoming familiar with the process and its equipment needs as well as for making a small number of reference samples or pieces to later incorporate into your work. Class time allows for experiments with powder coating techniques like masking, stenciling, and multiple color applications. The instructor will showcase design possibilities and cover what you'll need to powder coat jewelry and small dimensional pieces on your own. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $20


One-Day Workshop: Tube and Flush Settings | 10.25

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
10/25
10am - 5pm
Sunday
1
$100
$90

In this workshop you will learn two of the most requested stone setting techniques in one day: tube setting and flush setting. These two settings are a beautiful addition to any jewelry design as a feature or an accent. Demonstrations include setting and finishing techniques that will help you achieve a more professional look to your work. Beginning to advanced students are welcome. Prerequisite: basic soldering and fabrication skills     Supply fee: $15


One-Day Workshop: Tube and Flush Settings | 10.25

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5735
10/25
10am - 5pm
Sunday
1
$100
$90

In this workshop you will learn two of the most requested stone setting techniques in one day: tube setting and flush setting. These two settings are a beautiful addition to any jewelry design as a feature or an accent. Demonstrations include setting and finishing techniques that will help you achieve a more professional look to your work. Beginning to advanced students are welcome. Prerequisite: basic soldering and fabrication skills     Supply fee: $15


One-Day Workshop: Hot-Forged Bracelet Forms | 10.31

Paul Casey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5658
10/31
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

Working jewelry-scale, learn how blacksmiths forge, chisel, and fuller hot metal, as well as how they approach further embellishing surfaces with decorative rivets and filing. This class is tailored for beginners, but the curious with some experience may also enjoy learning about the overlap in techniques shared between blacksmiths and metalsmiths. You will complete 1-2 bracelets. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee $10


One-Day Workshop: Cuff Bracelets | 11.1

Adia Bobo

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5659
11/1
9:30am-5:30pm
Sunday
1
$114
$103

Hammer, roller print, pierce, and drill your way to a new cuff bracelet. We'll start by working through bracelet fitting techniques and exploring a few texture ideas for metal. Then you'll make a bracelet of your own design while working on your shaping and texturing skills. Demos will include using the rolling mill and hammers for adding texture as well as sawing and drilling designs into the metal. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $10